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Old 06-09-2019, 05:04 PM   #111
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@Ventchur Good idea with the reflections...


Quick mid week water change since I will be away for the next 4 days and wanted to keep the good progress going.

After water change.

Wide angle, I like when the two islands that also look like one big island.


Okay enough pics for one day.
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:55 PM   #112
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Amazing scape! Very clean look.
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Thanks vraev and solarz!! Really appreciate the kind words, lots of hard work paying off.
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:43 PM   #114
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I did a little trimming yesterday, it started out like this:

And ended up like this:

There was no mercy given to the S.Repens, I’m curious how it will respond. The leaves were slowly shedding from the bottom up so I helped it out a bit...

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Old 07-09-2019, 02:57 AM   #115
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I love the cleaned up look. I always feel that I am doing something terribly wrong when I trim heavily. However, almost always I end up feeling better in a day or two when the tank cleans up and the plants start growing back again.
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I love the cleaned up look. I always feel that I am doing something terribly wrong when I trim heavily. However, almost always I end up feeling better in a day or two when the tank cleans up and the plants start growing back again.
I almost always feel better after the trim, I procrastinate when I know it will be a long maintenance day but feels better once the plant mass is out.

S. Repens looks like it will be just fine, showing new growth on the bare stems. Upped the calcium last week, felt like it was a bit low and have seen some improvement already. Some of the troublesome plants perked up and are showing better growth then I have seen in a while, hopefully the trend continues.

Tillandsia putting on a show.
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Awesome work!

Can't even imagine how much devotion and dedication has gone into this, but it looks amazing. The colors are popping, the scape is sweet on the eyes.

Great job, mate. I've been away fer a while, so I'm taking great pleasure in going thru this thread, and enjoying the buildup to current day.
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Awesome work!



Can't even imagine how much devotion and dedication has gone into this, but it looks amazing. The colors are popping, the scape is sweet on the eyes.



Great job, mate. I've been away fer a while, so I'm taking great pleasure in going thru this thread, and enjoying the buildup to current day.
Thanks Mlevi!

A few observations I've made the past few weeks:

Increase in calcium absolutely transformed the L. pantanal and R. wallichi. Both are showing more normal growth after increasing it by 8ppm. Shortly after I realized that the micro dosing was incorrect, I was adding only 10ml/day instead of the 15ml/day that the micro solution is made for. This had been going on for some time after making the last batch of fertilizers. It's been a week or two since and during maintenance today I noticed larger leaves on quite a few species, especially the rotala's.

Another observation is that the fish have been very shy, they hide anytime theres movement in the room. More so then they ever have been. This has me checking the co2 but they seem to be just as shy in the mornings when alot of the co2 is off gassed.

Things I want to change are:
Slowly reduce PO4 dosing.

Increase the Zinc to more modern levels. This was a non chelated CSM+b clone and I've proven to myself that both grow plants just fine at CSM ratios.

Build a led strip light for extended viewing time.

Since there are no fish to be seen here are some plant photo's.

H'ra' and pantanal looking better than ever.


Macrandra is very fat considering this is all new growth from last trim. Normally it only gets this large if I replant the tops.

I love how the top of the leaf looks like pearl paint. (hard to photograph)

Trimming recovery.


That side view is comming back.

FTS

Full setup shot

First week in a long time where I think the GSA and bba are receeding, hopefully I didn't jinx it.
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Old 08-16-2019, 04:37 PM   #119
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Did some trimming and took a pic. Ran out of KNO3 and the local hydroponics store had some Ca(NO3)2 so on a whim I am using a mix of the two. Only problem was it doesn't mix with KH2PO4 so made a separate container for that.

R. Macrandra Caterpillar and L. Aromatica mini starting to get established.


Monte Carlo needs a trim but not motivated since I want to replace it at some point.
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Absolutely incredible. it is just so perfect. wow!! I love your tank. Thanks again for your great stems... I will post an update with your plants grown up in my tank.
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