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Old 04-07-2013, 07:24 PM   #161
 
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when ever I get my tank balanced out and established im going to get a led tank for sure, just cant get over that look. everytime I see it I like it that much more!
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:18 PM   #162
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New Plants!

8 new species, unknown as yet. I'll try to ID them another time. Pics forthcoming later as everything, most everything is floating. I will be splitting some of these between home and work tanks and removing some of my current home stock to go into work.

Here is a video snippet of a lily plant if anyone has any insight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgVJ1cFKatE

Oh, also a video of the LFS plant tanks with the parabolic larger diameter lights overhead and the respective light play effect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEOVDDMzqXY

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:47 PM   #163
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I'm coming up blank on the lily like plant, I cannot find an example of it online anywhere and it's not doing that great. I've posted another video here more out of curiosity if the youtube conversion will work than for any other reason. I changed the lighting and moved the plant so it is getting more light than is in the clip as I figure that, based on the narrow fine leaf structure, it is not a low light plant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgVJ1cFKatE

If anyone has any idea of what it might be, post.

One of the new ones, no picture as it is all floating right now, looks like a Mayaca fluviatilis (Bog Moss). I thought it might have been a narrow leaf anacharis but it didn't look quite right.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:06 PM   #164
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can you take a photo of the lily pads?
It kinnnnnnndddd of looks like an aponogeton
just really lanky. lol

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #165
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Now that I look closer, they aren't pads so much as longer leaves. This crappy iPad shot has two of the taller ones, the over exposed and the lower right that looks half melted.

I was looking only for plants that had long single feared stems but I missed looking for the shapes of the leaves.

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Old 04-15-2013, 09:00 PM   #166
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ehhh I dunno, I still think it's an aponogeton. but I've never owned one >.>
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #167
 
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Jeff, that plant looks like an Echinodorus species.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:49 PM   #168
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Jeff, that plant looks like an Echinodorus species.
Yah, I found some examples of it, sort of a chain sword and I have my doubts as to whether my light will suffice, it hasn't for what I suspect is another dwarf sword species. I put it in the brightest spot of the tank to see how it responds.

I will be doubling my light to compensate for more floating plant material... let's see if I can generate algae with an LED system or not as I won't be reducing my photo-period of 14+ hours per day.

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Old 04-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #169
 
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Yah, I found some examples of it, sort of a chain sword and I have my doubts as to whether my light will suffice, it hasn't for what I suspect is another dwarf sword species. I put it in the brightest spot of the tank to see how it responds.

I will be doubling my light to compensate for more floating plant material... let's see if I can generate algae with an LED system or not as I won't be reducing my photo-period of 14+ hours per day.

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I wasn't thinking of the "chain" swords in Helanthium, but of a true sword in Echinodorus. I have a couple that look like this one. I bought it as a larger plant and it weakened (in the tank with Flourite substrate no less) and I replanted it when I replaced the F with sand. The new leaves it acquired before this have been much smaller, maybe 4 inches or 5 inches in length (from the substrate to leaf tip). I'm hoping it will now recover, with sand and Flourish Tabs. My other larger swords in this tank are rebounding after the change. I think it was labelled E. palaefolius, but E. subulatus has similar leaves too. B.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #170
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The long stems are as long as 12" and the largest leaf might be 3/4" on the stems whereas the leaves at the substrate are the long narrow type with almost no stem apparent.

I haven't put a tab in with it, I was going to but without adequate light... I'm testing that first.

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