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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:55 pm Post subject: UKG Plants Smile Reply with quote

 After  my  Lower  Kindergarten  Classes  in  plants  I  have  moved  on  to  replant  the  tank  Smile
 
 
 Tank  Planted  on  29  March  2009
 
 36”  X  18”  X  18”  50  US  Gallons
 
 Substrate  Sieved  Construction  Gravel  and  Laterite
 
 Hardscape  –  A  few  locally  picked  up  rocks
 
 Lights  216  Watts  PLL  {6X36Watts}
 
 CO2  Pressurized,  can’t  count  bubbles,  Cranked  up  till  the  Dropchecker  color  became  acceptable.  1000LPH  Powerhead  driving  a  Dymax  DF102  Reactor.  A  short  {6  Inches}  spray  bar  to  breakup  the  output
 
 Ferts  EI  with  Microsol  B,  I  have  a  Bottle  of  Flourish  with  me,  I  am  thinking  of  switching  to  that  from  Microsol  B
 
 Plant  List
 Foreground  -  Echinodorus  Tenellus,  Lilaeopsis  Brasiliensis,  
 Mid  Ground  -  Blyxa  Japonica,  Crypt  Wenditii  Green,  Nymphae  Zenkeri  Red,  Ottelia  Alismoides  /  Nymphae  “Taiwan”  {Jury  is  out  on  that  one}
 Background  -  Eleocharis  Vivipara,  Rotala  Rotundifolia,  Heteranthera  Zosterifolia,  Ludwigia  Glandulosa,  Blyxa  Aubertii
 
 
 The  red  lilly  and  most  of  the  stems  will  be  removed  slowly.  I  am  hoping  that  the  large  empty  space  at  the  Lt  back  corber  will  be  filled  up  by  the  Blyxa  Aubertii  once  it  grows  well.
 
 The  Ech  Tennellus  has  exploded  over  three  weeks  and  is  already  choking  the  Blyxa  Japonica  and  has  covered  all  the  smaller  rocks  Sad  .  So  that  will  also  have  to  go.  If  the  Lilaeopsis  grows  well  I  can  hopefully  use  that  as  the  only  foreground  plant
 

 
 
 


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:05 am Post subject: Re: UKG Plants Smile Reply with quote

 Hey  Unni
 
 The  plants  look  very  healthy  and  yes  the  E.  Tennelus  seems  to  be  doing  extremely  well.  Overall  looks  pretty  nice.
 
 One  thing  which  i  feel  is  that  the  there  is  very  little  hardscape  in  your  tank  ,  try  getting  in  some  more  rocks  in  the  middle  of  the  scape.  Also  the  left  hand  portion  looks  a  bit  bare,  you  might  want  to  consider  putting  in  some  plants  there.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:33 am Post subject: Re: UKG Plants Smile Reply with quote

 Nice  Tank   Unni  ,  I  think  you  are  being  too  modest  ,  abt  your  setup  ,  and  a  double  promotion  is  in  order  !!!  Clapping  
 As  an  aside  ,  what  is  the  liquid  that  you  use  in  yor  drop  checker  ?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:11 am Post subject: Re: UKG Plants Smile Reply with quote

 Hats  off  on  your  dedication  and  improvement!   Thumb Up  
 Amazed  by  the  growth  of  H.zosterifolia  and  tenellus.  How  are  blyxa  and  brasilis  doing?
 Really  inspires  me  to  redo  my  sick  tank....
 
 I  agree  with  Seetha  on  hardscape  part,  you  should  get  some  rocks  n  wood  for  it.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:35 am Post subject: Re: UKG Plants Smile Reply with quote

                                                   
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 One  thing  which  i  feel  is  that  the  there  is  very  little  hardscape  in  your  tank,  Also  the  left  hand  portion  looks  a  bit  bare,  you  might  want  to  consider  putting  in  some  plants  there.                  

 
 
 Thanks  Seetharam
 I  had  about  four  pieces  of  rocks  in  the  tank,  but  the  proportions  {Plants  Vs  Rocks}  did  not  work  out  like  i  thought  it  would  Sad  .  All  the  rocks  are  being  covered  by  plants  now.  I  will  move  the  Crypts  backwards  so  that  the  rocks  are  seen  better
 Last  time  I  had  a  major  real  estate  problem  because  of  the  too  much  hardscape  Smile  
 
 Here  is  an  early  picture  to  show  the  rocks
 
 There  are  two  pieces  of  Blyxa  Aubertii  behind  the  rocks  on  the  Lt  side.  I  am  hoping  that  their  final  growth  would  fill  up  that  empty  area

 
 
 
 
                                                 
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 As  an  aside  ,  what  is  the  liquid  that  you  use  in  yor  drop  checker  ?
                 

 
 Thanks  Bijay
 I  got  the  4dKH  Indicator  solution  from  Vince

 
 
 
                                                 
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 Amazed  by  the  growth  of  H.zosterifolia  and  tenellus.  How  are  blyxa  and  brasilis  doing?
                 

 
 
 Thank  You  Hamza
 The  H  Zosterifolia  and  the  Ech  Tennellus  are  planned  for  replacement  later  on.  I  used  them  to  start  off  since  I  had  good  luck  with  both  even  with  DIY  CO2  and  less  intensive  care.
 Both  Aubertii  and  Japonica  seems  to  be  settling  down  now.
 The  Lilaeopsis  is  growing  very  slowly  and  that  part  of  the  tank  has  a  lot  of  algae  :-(  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:48 am Post subject: Re: UKG Plants Smile Reply with quote

 Unni,  you  have  nailed  how  to  control  a  planted  tank.
 
 Now  onwards  get  the  hardscape  first,  then  decide  the  size  of  your  tank  and  plants.  A  drive  around  Cochin  outskirts  should  get  you  stuff  in  the  streams  and  ponds  etc.,
 
 It  is  very  difficult  for  us  to  get  rocks  and  driftwood  exactly  as  we  want.  There  is  never  enough  quantity  of  these  easily  available.
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 Not  able  to  see  any  picture.  Dang  office  firewall.   Sad  
 
 But  the  comment  on  explosion  of  E.tennelus  is  certainly  making  me  jealous...  I  have  mananged  to  keep  my  specimens  stable,  but  the  rate  at  which  they  produce  runners  has  certainly  left  a  lot  wanting.  But  mostly  because  of  bad  substrate  choices  I  guess  though  I  cannot  say  I  wasnt  warned.  Now  trying  to  fix  things  and  hoping  to  get  a  promotion  soon.   Smile
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 Great  tank  in  making  Unniga.  however  i  think  that  a  Big  driftwood  will  add  a  focal  point  to  the  tank.  you  can  then  place  your  plants  and  rocks  in  and  around  the  driftwood.
 if  no  wood  then  i  think  you'll  need  some  Big  rocks  and  again  you'll  have  to  be  innovative  with  their  placements.
 
 and  what  all  plants  will  you  be  adding?
 please  add  java  fern(both  normal  and  windelov).....java  fern  between  the  rocks  will  look  great.  and  once  they  grow  they  are  beautiful  to  see.  if  you  are  getting  the  driftwood  then  add  christmass  moss  and  anubias(i  guess  you  have  lots  of  them,  by  the  way  my  anubias  finally  flowered  but  that  was  one  ugly  flower,  no  where  near  to  the  flower  which  Trevor  sir  had  posten  in  your  thread).........
 
 and  how  come  no  hairgrass??  you  have  the  power  of  pressurized  CO2.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:49 pm Post subject: Re: UKG Plants Smile Reply with quote

 wow  !  inspiration....
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 If  that  is  UKG  then  my  tank  is  totally  uneducated   ROFL  
 
 Looks  great  ...  the  left  back  corner  looks  empty,  what's  comming  up  there?
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 Hi  Unni,  
 
 Good  tank  in  the  making...  getting  ready  to  win  more  awards  eh??  Good
 
 For  checking  your  CO2  count,  just  dip  the  tube  directly  into  any  water,  and  you  will  get  the  count,  you  dont  need  any  drop  counter  for  that.  For  your  hard  scape,  you  need  bigger  rocks  as  your  midground  plants  have  eaten  up  what  you  had  earlier  placed.
 
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 A  person  who  just  won  the  last  competition  claims  he  is  still  in  the  UKG  !!!!!
 
 I  don't  trust  this  guy.   Confused  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Just  kidding.  Awesome  start,  Unni.  You  are  going  places,  certainly  not  UKG.
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A  person  who  just  won  the  last  competition  claims  he  is  still  in  the  UKG  !!!!!
 I  don't  trust  this  guy.   Confused  
                 

 
 Unni  there's  no  peace  when  you  try  to  be  modest,  there's  no  peace  when  you  try  to  be  yourself  and  there  is  no  peace  when  you  have  a  job  to  do.
 
 Life  man  life.  Chuckle
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 Finally  saw  the  pics.  Man  am  as  green  as  the  plants  in  that  tank.  So  envy  that.  Beautiful.  Would  love  to  see  the  tank  after  the  blyxa  are  grown.  Right  now  it  looks  like  a  box  design  instead  of  the  usually  recommended  triangle  design.  Smile
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Unni,  you  have  nailed  how  to  control  a  planted  tank.
 Now  onwards  get  the  hardscape  first,  then  decide  the  size  of  your  tank  and  plants.  A  drive  around  Cochin  outskirts  should  get  you  stuff  in  the  streams  and  ponds  etc.,
 It  is  very  difficult  for  us  to  get  rocks  and  driftwood  exactly  as  we  want.  There  is  never  enough  quantity  of  these  easily  available.                

 
 Thanks  Madan,  You  made  my  day
 
 I  have  a  good  piece  of  driftwood  that  I  picked  up  from  Big  Fish  at  Gurgaon  {Got  it  when  i  visited  Thirthankar  }  .  I  am  planning  to  use  that  in  the  next  revision  of  the  tank.

 
 @  Johnny,  Joy,  Muthu
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 Great  tank  in  making  Unniga.
 and  what  all  plants  will  you  be  adding?
 and  how  come  no  hairgrass??  you  have  the  power  of  pressurized  CO2.                  

 Thanks  Mudassir
 I  will  not  be  adding  any  more  varieties  of  plants.  I  plan  to  strip  down  the  stems  once  the   Blyxas  and  the  foreground  establishes.
 There  is  hairgrass  in  there,  but  the  tall  variety   

 
 
                                                 
Shreyasmrao  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Good  tank  in  the  making...  getting  ready  to  win  more  awards  eh??  Good
 For  your  hard  scape,  you  need  bigger  rocks  as  your  midground  plants  have  eaten  up  what  you  had  earlier  placed.  All  the  best                  

 
 Naw,  this  tank  will  not  be  ready  for  the  competition  next  month   Sad  .  It  would  have  been  nice  to  participate
 
 As  for  the  rocks,  I  got  what  I  paid  for.  They  were  picked  up  from  the  Railway  Yards  at  Edappally.   Chuckle   Chuckle  

 
 
                                                 
nature_lover  wrote  (View  Post):                

 A  person  who  just  won  the  last  competition  claims  he  is  still  in  the  UKG  !!!!!
 I  don't  trust  this  guy.   Confused  
 Just  kidding.  Awesome  start,  Unni.  You  are  going  places,  certainly  not  UKG.
                 

 
                                                 
Madan  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Unni  there's  no  peace  when  you  try  to  be  modest,  there's  no  peace  when  you  try  to  be  yourself  and  there  is  no  peace  when  you  have  a  job  to  do.  Life  man  life.  Chuckle                  

 
 Such  is  life   Sad   .  I  get   Poke  for  being  modest.  There  is  no  justice  in  this  world  man   Smile  
 
 Thanks  Suraj.  Your  CO2  setup  is  the  main  culprit  behind  the  tank   Thumb Up  
 
 
 I  plan  to  allow  this  to  grow  for  6-9  months  {may  be  a  few  bigger  rocks  if  I  can  get  them}.  Then  the  tank  will  be  stripped  down  again  for  the  next  trial  with  good  driftwood  a  fresh  setup  Smile  
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