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Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:33 pm Post subject: Re: My tank with loads of Staurogyne sp.
Thats a big mass of staurogynes. Let me know what other stuff you've got (I am planning a robbery at your residence, who's with me?....shhhh!) .
Thats very decent apart from a couple of things, I felt necessary, so am putting them below, you can try them if you feel convenient.
1-Hygros need to be trimmed and replanted for more thicker growth.
2-Staurogynes also require a progressive slope trim from front to back, that'll make your tank look more deeper and interesting. Shorted growth at front gradually becoming taller as it moves back. This also eliminates the dieing/brown leaves that stand out prominently at the first glance. Check Tom's tank to see what I am talking about. Repeated trimming is needed to achieve a proper carpet like that.
3-Increase CO2 to 3+ BPS, have an indicator to achieve lime green coloration, that ensures you have proper co2 levels and fewer algae problems if you are able to maintain it constantly.
4-Plants look a little deficient to me, gradually increase dosing with CO2.
As plants grow out, their mass increases by multiples to what you originally planted and so does their nutrient intake capacity.
Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:38 pm Post subject: Re: My tank with loads of Staurogyne sp.
thanks a lot for your tips have a few things to say/ask about them -
1. hygrophila is one of my favorite plants. like its super fast growth rate. i have to trim and replant it every sunday after i do the water change. but i have a lot of problems replanting it. they don't remain in the soil because the soil is too loose. and after 2-3 days, they just die. so every week, i throw away like 4-5 dead hygrophila stems. need help on how to plant them.
2. about giving a slope to Saturogynes, should i just trim the upper part of the plant? they are not taller than 1.5-2 cm. i fear that i will cut them too much and end up killing them. will try it surely on this sunday and update. actually i made a mistake again and did not slope the substrate rightly. -__-"
3. any more CO2 than what i have right now makes my fish swim at the surface all day. and yes i am going to buy a drop checker in april when my exams end :)
4. nutrient deficiency. yeah, thats what i always felt just cannot figure out what deficiency is it. need some help here too.
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