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Old 06-03-2020, 09:41 PM   #171
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Some of my favorite views are when the bulbs turn on but before they warm up.
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Old 06-09-2020, 09:04 PM   #172
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Might as well give the 1 week update on the 8xt5ho for 4 hours/day. The most noticeable plant change would be the S. Repens having it's leaves partially closed the entire photo period. Seems like growth might a bit quicker and upright than normal but nothing drastic.

Glass algae was less than normal as well, going to let it go for another week and see. Four hours is a short viewing period so really not a long term solution but I'm busy doing other things this time of year anyways.
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:08 PM   #173
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Better do my 2 week update of 8x54w t5ho lighting before I forget. Tank is doing great, can't really think of a plant that's struggling at the moment, mostly just old L. Glandulosa leaves in the overflow which is normal for how cramped it is. Glass algae was about the same as last week nothing sticking to the plants though.

I'm still heavily spot dosing hydrogen peroxide, need to pick up some excel at some point to test a mix for the rock BBA. This has become part of my water change routine and will probably continue it at least for a while. I also remembered to add 5ppm K after water change, the H. Pinnatifida will appreciate it I think.

S. Repens with it's half closed leaves.
C. Flamingo stunning under a blue tube

R. Macrandra Catipillar and R. Wallichii

P. Palustris

P. Erectus isn't behaving, I want big fat single stems but it's very branchy these days. I'm letting it slide, to force the big stems it would need trimmed more frequently.

Of course a FTS


Setting up for a big uproot and plant day in a week or two, can't say I'm looking forward to it.
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This little guy had a rough go in the 90 gallon due to the acidic water and his shell was eroding pretty bad. He now lives in the hard water (tap) neglected tank and is healing. Thought it was neat that the new shell is completely different coloration.


A little behind on the water changes lately but got a FTS today. Replaced the 3000k for a purple and with only 4 bulbs till the co2 ramped up.

All 8 still going strong.
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Limnophila Aromatica Mini

High light / CO2 / ferts

Low light / no co2 / zero water column fertilizers
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Your tank looks amazing. Great job on the stand too
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Limnophila Aromatica Mini

High light / CO2 / ferts

Low light / no co2 / zero water column fertilizers
Wow. even that low energy plant growth is spectacular. wow!!! algae free leaves. Love it.
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Thanks @W8INLINE and @vraev I'm glad you both enjoy the journal.


New additions!
A small group of tank bred Sturisoma panamense aka Royal farlowella.


As suspected the green neons are making more appearances these days with the new tank mates which is wonderful. There are a few that have lost coloration which is concerning but there's no die off the past two years so hopefully not neon tetra disease.

The auto doser stopped feeding macros, don't know how long but I feel I caught it fairly quickly. Both NO3 and PO4 tested zero with my expired kits and a couple plants were just starting to stunt. P. Erectus was the quickest plant to react, tops started splitting with small stunted growth. It's still recovering so I'm letting it grow out, some plants including all Ludwigia's didn't care..they are root fed though. Mermaid weed stunted one node and then un-stunted the next when dosing was corrected. Overall it was a hiccup in growth, and I got some valuable observations.
Around the same time I did a very heavy trim but here is the FTS as of today. Bulb combo went back to the previous setup.


Also, here is a little work in progress, may have to start another journal. I'm no pro at scaping or nano tanks so should be fun.
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Love the Royal farlowella. Where do you buy your fish?
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Love the Royal farlowella. Where do you buy your fish?
Green neons, otos from Spencer Jack, Royal Farlowella from Shrimp Fever and added 30 Microdevario Kubotai from Angelfins.
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