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Old 09-12-2019, 08:54 PM   #121
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So the past couple weeks have seen a major lower leaf ejection from S. Repens, H. Araguaia, A.R. Mini, and H. Pinnatifida. This is the second time for the S. Repens not too far apart. It's a major PITA with the overflow clogging, I resort to taking out the steel mesh insert and letting the leaves go into the pre filter which mitigates a flood.

That's no big deal and is easy to clean every couple days but the shrimp are also free to make it through and are drawn to the decomposing leaves. If anyone knows a method of separating leaves from shrimp in an overflow....just take my money now!

After ignoring the situation in the overflow for a while I saw the shrimp had eaten a ton of leaves on the sponge. The sponge should have been basically clogged but only a fraction was there.

At the same time both the L. Pantanal and R. wallichii immediately stunted hard. Sorta frustrating since my last update had some of the best growth I've seen in this tank.


I did some testing and based on the plant colour I knew the NO3 was low so I did a one time dose. Ignored it for another week.
H. Pinnatifida was getting extreme pinholes and losing leaves so I threw in some K since I have been slowly reducing it. The bump in No3 sped up the growth of all the plants but also the algae.

Still looked decent even through it had some problems.


I got fed up with leaves and shrimp so I hacked everything back that was a culprit. The monte carlo was overgrown and I promised to give a local some so shortly after it got leveled too.

I actually felt alot better with this

Some plants were were doing just fine. R. Mac. Caterpillar


I knew I trimmed the monte Carlo too short and there was alot of dead but I left it in just to see. The shrimp ate it but also resulted in roots bulding up in the overflow so I just ripped it all out and finally did a good vacuum of the front substrate.

As it sits today.


Something needs done with this...but I'm ignoring it still.


The Glandulosa is on the mend, Pantanal might be a goner and wallichii shows promise. I find it interesting that the Pantanal and wallichii are on the same schedule, when one stunts so does the other. I can't confirm it's wallichii forsure though, it was a mislabled AFA tissue culture (Rotala sp. Vietnam) I think.

I have just gone back to the very 1st edition of remineralizer, the ever changing water conditions continue. Next macros will be with KNO3, just don't like how the calcium nitrate mixes. I had 1 week where everything was happy...I have no idea why though lol.
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:11 AM   #122
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I really admire how you maintain your tank man. I love your plants. Thanks again for your P. eructus. it is the jewel of my tank. I finally lost the ability to grow things like wallichi and R. macranda in my tank. I think my ADA substrate is loosing it's buffering capacity now that the tank has been set up for over a year and my tap water is extremely high GH & high pH. Do you ever consider changing the substrate since your tank has been setup? what would you even do for a tank that size? Root sticks or a new layer of Amazonia?
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I really admire how you maintain your tank man. I love your plants. Thanks again for your P. eructus. it is the jewel of my tank. I finally lost the ability to grow things like wallichi and R. macranda in my tank. I think my ADA substrate is loosing it's buffering capacity now that the tank has been set up for over a year and my tap water is extremely high GH & high pH. Do you ever consider changing the substrate since your tank has been setup? what would you even do for a tank that size? Root sticks or a new layer of Amazonia?
Thanks and I'm glad the plants are doing well for you. P. Erectus is one of my favorites too. Wallichii is a mystery to me but Macrandra is an absolute weed. Test your KH if you can and see how much your substrate is used up. All 3 of those plants should like a similar environment.

I certainly have thought about adding some fresh aqua soil or root tabs, I might take the opportunity before planting the carpet again. I have an open bag of Tropica soil and will just dumb it in using the inverted pop bottle trick to catch all the dust. Tropica soil doesn't release ammonia as far as I can tell from when I set it up so shouldn't be a big deal.

I'm using RO that's at 5GH and 1KH, also started fertilizing a bit early so the substrate may go a little further then with your tap water. I would guess you're right and the soil has lost it's ability to buffer the KH down which all 3 of those plants are easier to grow with lower KH. I'm curious what your dosing is like for macro and micro fertilizer?
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Honestly i have pretty much stopped dosing. Almost 2 months ago (IIRC) I inserted 4 Seachem root tabs into the back part of the tank (stem plants). I also had some issues with staghorn algae growing all over the leaves of my plants. I read that excess iron causes it, so I stopped dosing flourish iron. My current fert regime is : 1 pump of tropica premium nutrition (green liquid: macros + micro) once a week right after a 50% water change. What would u recommend ? I have a set of test kit strips..would those parameters help to suggest dosing?
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