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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:26 pm Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 EI  ferts.  What  works  for  me  is  about  50  ml  on  the  day  of  water  change  and  in  between  I  squirt  some  iron.  That's  it.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:29 pm Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Till  the  time  you  get  otos,  may  be  you  should  consider  introducing  a  small  pleco,  and  later  move  it  out.  I  have  found  them  to  be  quite  effective.
 
 IME  monte  carlo  is  sensitive  to  ammonia.  I  see  your  carpet  of  monte  carlo  has  reduced  significantly,  which  happens  sometimes  due  to  fresh  amazonia.  It'll  take  a  good  2-3  months  before  most  ammonia  from  amazonia  has  leeched  out.  I  suggest  you  keep  more  sturdy  and  fast  growing  glossostigma  till  that  time.  Later  you  may  choose  to  keep  and   trim  glosso  or  replace  with  monte  carlo  with  greater  chance  of  success.  Act  soon  as  bare  exposed  substrate  is  inviting  troubles  which  can  be  avoided  now.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:24 pm Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Thanks.  I  was  wondering  if  I  should  try  out  hair  grass  since  the  area  is  big  instead  ?  Or  should  I  give  one  more  go  with  monte  carlo  in  mats  just  laid  on  the  substrate.
 
 By  any  chance,  anyone  know  where  in  Bangalore  do  they  have  stock  of  Otos  ?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:45 pm Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Hair  grass  grows  very  slowly  compared  to  glossostigma,  but  easier  to  maintain  in  the  long  run.  If  you  want  a  quick  thick  carpet  say  in  3  -  4  weeks  go  for  glosso.  But  be  also  ready  for  frequent  trimming.  Personally  i'm  tired  of  trimming  of  glosso  and  taken  a  break  from  it  Smile  .  Currently  i  have  hair  grass  /  monte  carlo  and  some  bits  of  glosso  in  my  tanks.
 
 Dont  try  monte  carlo  again  for  atleast  couple  of  months,  the  growth  wont  be  any  different  if  tried  again  now.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:39 pm Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Can  you  post  your  tank  pics?  would  nice  to  look  at.
 
 I  had  ordered  2  mats  of  monte  carlo  and  I  can't  do  anything  but  to  plant  it.  Let's  see.  Also  got  4  Oto's.  They're  doing  great  cleaning  work.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:04 pm Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 It's  a  jungle  out  there.  Any  suggestions  on  how  do  I  trim  the  tall  reineckii  mini  ?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:43 pm Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Did  a  heavy  pruning  yesterday  and  the  tank  looks  like  this  now  :-)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:21 pm Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Nice  tank  .
 
 Post  some  closeups  of  each  plant,especially  the  cuba  they  look  awesome.  Also,  it  will  be  great  to  know  for  the  other  hobbyists  abt  the  current  dosing  micro,macro  and  Fe  levels  and  the  brands  you  are  using.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:36 am Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Will  post  some  close  shots  of  plants  in  a  week's  time.
 
 It's  not  cuba  -  I've  put  montecarlo  mats  in  hope  that  they'll  pick  up  and  it's  melting  at  the  moment,  hopefully  will  come  back.
 
 Dosing  -  nothing  magical,  some  things  I  make  sure  are;
 
 1.  TDS  at  about  20-30  (basically  using  can  water  for  water  changes,  around  30  %  every  week).
 2.  Temp.  of  at  about  25-26  degree.
 
 3.  Dosing  of  EI  ferts  (bought  from  Shreejith),  around  25  ml  of  macro  every  water  change  +  5  ml  of  micro.
 
 4th  or  5th  day,  again  dose  a  bit  more  (now  there  is  really  no  check  at  this  time).
 
 I  do  squirt  some  iron  and  occasionally  potassium  (Seachem).
 
 Once  in  a  while  (if  I  see  that  the  diffuser  is  clogged  too  much)  -  add  API  Carbon  booster  and  it  does  help.  Can  tell  by  the  look  of  pearling.  I  mean,  I  can  see  Reineckii  pearling  (had  seen  a  pro  mention  that  he  had  never  seen  that  plant  pearling,  I  can  get  it  to  pearling  very  easy  in  fact  with  just  the  co2  diffusing).
 
 I  try  to  maintain  the  hardness  of  water  at  about  150  after  dosing.  Now  it  is  nothing  scientific  I  know.  But  with  the  lights  I  have,  I  believe  this  is  working  for  me.  Had  a  bloom  of  Diatoms  and  its  going  away  (largely  thanks  to  4  Oto's  I  have).
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:25 am Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Scape  looks  promising.  Its  been  a  long  time  since  I  saw  someone  using  red  eye  tetra  in  a  planted  setup.
 
 I  wonder  why  you  added  a  layer  of  laterite  under  it.  Anyway,  whats  done  is  done,  though  i  see  no  benefit  of  using  laterite  under  aquasoil  unless  maybe  when  you  have  heavy  feeders  like  echinodous  and  nymphaes.
 
 Though  the  scape  looks  complete  as  is  in  mid-background  strata  but  I  feel  it  will  look  a  lot  better  with  a  few  adjustments.
 
 Alternanthera  though  a  neat  plant  isnt  a  fine  contender  for  NA  style  scapes.  maybe  you  can  reduce  the  extent  it  occupies  the  midground  space.  instead  you  can  go  for  plants  like  rananculus  inundatus,  some  compact  varieties  of  crypts,  blyxa  japonica,  staurogyne  repens/porto  velho,  hygrophila  araguaia,  etc.
 
 Maybe  a  few  clumps  of  mosses  glued  to  foreground  rocks  sparingly  will  add  to  the  rustic  apead  of  the  scape.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:27 am Post subject: Re: New 4 Feet Planted tank Journey Reply with quote

 Hi  Hamza,  appreciate  looking  into  it  man.
 
 Red  Eyed  Tetra  -  nice  guys,  have  a  thing  for  them  -  the  folks  I  have  are  a  bit  too  shy.
 
 Laterite  -  actually  I  added  it  for  continuous  iron  supply  mainly  for  the  bacteria  and  oxygen  absorption.  Not  sure  if  you  know  Dr.  Kevin  Novak  ?  Quite  a  unconventional  guy  with  lots  of  books  and  experience.  He  suggests  that  we  actually  shouldn't  be  dosing  nitrogen  or  phosphorus  at  all.  Once  this  tank  matures,  I'd  want  to  risk  having  algae  and  see  how  it  works.  His  theory  is  that  plant  actually  takes  amonia  and  backs  it  up  with  Koi  ponds  with  tests.  Lot  of  videos  in  Youtube  in  case  you're  interested.  May  be  he  is  right  about  the  commerical  angle  of  vendors  ???  Yet  to  find  out.  my  tank  is  only  1  month  and  3  weeks  old  as  of  now.
 
 Reineckii  I  guess  it's  a  little  too  much  I  bought  -  was  after  the  color  :-)  Had  a  bunch  of  S  Repens  which  I  lost  to  diatom.  I  will  be  filling  it  in  again,  in  due  time  with  that  and  rananculus  inundatus  (seems  like  a  nice  plant).
 
 I  had  mosses  glued  but  they  got  all  dust,  fuzz  and  had  to  pull  out.  Also,  for  the  stones  that  I  have  -  when  I  attached  Java  moss,  it  actually  looked  quite  unsightly  and  unnatural.  Do  you  suggest  I  try  may  be  willow  ?
 
 One  question  that  has  been  brewing  within  me  is  -  how  do  I  get  the  greens  to  pop-up  and  eliminate  the  yellow  tint  ?  Like  the  Solar  RGB  without  it  (can't  afford  that).  I  was  thinking  should  I  throw  away  the  led  strips  and  plain  go  with  6500  led  bulbs  in  number  ?  Your  help  would  be  much  appreciated  man.
 
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