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The shotgun approach to planting a tank
Old 03-28-2013, 04:59 PM   #141
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You'll figure it out. I think that perhaps you got talked into the whole CO2 idea as an after add on to accommodate the light intensity... at least that's what it appears to be.

Maybe you could use an opaque plexi glass to reduce the light?

Actually, You could put a lattice work over the tank to block out some of the light... might even make an interesting effect in the water. The thicker the strips, the less light gets through. You could even make it adjustable. Tape across the fixture at intervals would do until you figured out how much to block.

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Old 03-28-2013, 05:51 PM   #142
 
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I love seeing that flash of blue from the betta in your tank, so cute.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:59 PM   #143
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I love seeing that flash of blue from the betta in your tank, so cute.
Yah, he really stands out under those LEDs.

Here's a shot of a Bacopa Caroliniana stem sans leaves. I dislike working with the iphone autofocusing system, even though all my shots have been with one, I still don't like it.

Anyway, I cut off the top to put in my jug project and left the bare stem in the tank to see what it would do. This is the little sprout that appeared today.

All the other stems are growing, one in particular but it happens to have been the tallest and has the most light as a result. Half of the original leaves have dropped leaving the bottom half bare. I think that these are best to be cut at this point and the top planted in place of the bottoms in order to keep all the new growth. I will probably do that and donate the lower portions to the office tank. I know that they will re-sprout but I don't know how many I may want in the home tank... particularly if they get all spindly all the time.

If I do donate these I will cut them into two node sections and plant the first node into the sand leaving the second exposed to sprout and grow... sort of like the "lucky bamboo" I always see.

I've no shots yet but the tank looks bare as I removed a lot of the dwarf hygros. I'll get a shot after dark tonight. The DH that are left are a few decent stems and a number of really short sprouts in the rear left of the tank. They were getting overgrown and were really aimed at being my fast growing ammonia sink anyway. I like them but it turns out in moderation.

I now regret going with a tall tank. I would have made out much better with a 16" tall long tank, much easier to work in and easier to convincingly fill with plants. My light levels at the bottom would be a bit higher as well, for better or worse though.

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Old 03-29-2013, 06:06 PM   #144
 
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getting the same response from my moneywart, also trimmed mine today
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:33 AM   #145
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Updated picture.

Notice the absence of all that dwarf hygrophila

Now the plants stand out on there own more rather than a wall of green.... which I didn't mind. Those stems in the middle are actually uprooted and stuck on the filter intake... they do look like they are very tall but I just haven't gotten around to replanting them yet. I want to re-arrange the aponogetons and remove one sword.

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Old 03-30-2013, 11:21 AM   #146
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:D yay new pics! It does seem more interesting now, but a little scattered
have you ever considered putting the rock near the drift wood to create one uniform focal point? I think it's scatting the focus somewhat XD

looking forward to the next tank evolution~
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:36 AM   #147
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I decided I still need something green growing up the back of the tank so I am going to start watching for a tall narrow stem, something that isn't going to spread out too much. I like the look of the Bacopa caorliniana so I might move those and add another bunch. More vals might be too much but would also work well.

Moving the rock around may be in the works as well.

I'm really liking the pennywort now, it's getting out of the water and there is a large leaf dry, a small leaf completely out of the water and another shoot heading up. It's growing faster than I though it would as it is now up from the substrate to the surface and across more than half of the tank. Sorry, didn't think to take any pictures of it as I noticed it while trying to capture the "sick" betta... damn feisty for a fish that hasn't eaten in five days.

Here is a shot of the dwarf somerthingorother, or what's left of it, one of them must be floating around the top somewhere. The catfish are digging around them and bumping them all the time so they are getting damaged... although I expect that they just aren't doing well anyway. I will probably move these to the jug where there are no fish and see how they do in a different environment with sunlight. The mat of duckweed is thick enough I might be able to grow these emmersed... needs more thought.

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Old 04-03-2013, 12:09 PM   #148
 
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Notice the absence of all that dwarf hygrophila

Now the plants stand out on there own more rather than a wall of green.... which I didn't mind. Those stems in the middle are actually uprooted and stuck on the filter intake... they do look like they are very tall but I just haven't gotten around to replanting them yet. I want to re-arrange the aponogetons and remove one sword.

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Jeff, is this aquarium in the photo the tank with the Marineland Double Bright LED?
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #149
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Jeff, is this aquarium in the photo the tank with the Marineland Double Bright LED?
Yes, it's a 24" over a 30" tank.

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Old 04-03-2013, 12:18 PM   #150
 
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Yes, it's a 24" over a 30" tank.

Jeff.
That settles it. I am going to have to get one of these for my 29g. The "sun" light effect is very nice. I'm planning on combining the present fish in the 29g with the 33g, and re-do the 29g. This would be a good tank for a quiet lagoon aquascape.
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