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The shotgun approach to planting a tank
Old 04-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #181
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I'm glad I'm not the only one, always though it looked like some alien creature's legs :/
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:00 PM   #182
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New plant time. Easy one this time, a dwarf water lily from bulb. I've looked at these a few times and they were just bulbs in dry packaging, these were already sprouted nicely which makes me feel a little better about getting them.

Apparently colour variations are more due to lighting conditions than any species selection.

I'm curious to see it it makes it to the surface. I'm pretty sure that if I plant the bulb it will rot so I am going to leave it on the surface of the sand. It at least holds itself down well enough.

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #183
 
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:44 PM   #184
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ooohhh that lily looks purple :D
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:58 PM   #185
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ooohhh that lily looks purple :D
Yah, I think it will go greener in my lighting, lower lighting seems to do that to coloured plants but if I get my act together and get that aquatic light system it should let me keep some more coloured varieties... although I anticipate having to get more surface coverage to compensate.

I just need to decide between reducing the bulb span from 17" to 15" while upping the light level by over a factor of two (three if you count the RGB bulbs) or increasing the bulb span from 17" to 21" while upping the light levels by over a factor of three (four if you count the RGB bulbs).

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Old 04-20-2013, 10:03 PM   #186
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have you looked into the finnex rayii?
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:15 PM   #187
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have you looked into the finnex rayii?
It came up before here... just couldn't find any solid information on the product even from their site. I know the Marineland product somewhat now and can see it in the LFS being used. To be honest I would probably choose to assemble my own given a little incentive and time but both are lacking right now.

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Old 04-20-2013, 10:48 PM   #188
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it's fairly highly recommended in the aquarium hobby for planted aquariums. And the majority of reviews I've heard from it have been positive. you can also try one buildmyled.com as those tend to bring out more vibrant colors~

I'm not a big fan if marineland >.< to me their quality vs price is just average. haha
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:56 AM   #189
 
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The lilies have worked well for me so far in my 55g with two 6500k T8 tubes. The lily pads seem to get to the surface in a couple of days. I don't want the lily pads and try to keep them pruned back.. At the advice of a friend, I buried them about half way and use root tabs with them. Placing the bulbs on top of the substrate is a popular way to handle should work out fine. A rich substrate in apparently appreciated. By the way, My plants are tiger lotus and have stayed kind of a dull red.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:17 AM   #190
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I was putting in my new driftwood piece last night and noticed these little java moss shoots in behind the original piece. I thought it was interesting to note how they have "rooted" into the sand. These look more like a proper stem plant here than what the idea of a "moss" should be.

In pulling out some other stuff I inadvertently pulled some other java moss out and found that it had developed some roots as well. I forgot to take a shot of that but I left it in my "extra plant pail" for now anyway along with some other stems... until I decide what to do with them.

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