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Nothing wrong with a bit of picture snobbery, but I liked your pictures just fine back when they were blurryish (I have a good imagination).
I don't even know where to start!
They're all so pretty, Cory! I go starry-eyed and swoonish when I see your collection. Group shots are *almost* more than I can handle - and you know it's true, so don't try the "You just like everything" line. Buces fascinate me. 'S why I'm so awful at helping you pick favorites - I really can't pick with these!
At first glance they seem such small and unassuming plants, neh? But look a little bit closer . . . the range of leaf shapes, textures, and colors is astounding - and that's when they're DRY (quite the little show-offs when submerged)! Three cheers for Bucephalandra!
I've always loved Crypts, and Java ferns, too. So that's not even taking into account the gorgeous Nurii and CRAZY Threadleaf ferns you have in there (those Javas are like punk-rockers - every time I see them all clustered together back there It makes me go "WOOOOOHOO!") Three cheers to YOU for sharing your emersed experiences (and pics!) with the rest of us! ^_^
Since cheering is what I like to do, three more cheers for Gunung Sumpit! (still like to say that one out loud guunnuunngg >.<)! Those roots are insane, and the first splitting is on the horizon!!! HOW. VERY. EXCITING! (I think we need a bigger pot) I'm swooning for that little woobie - can we call it Lil' Gunny?! PLEASE!!!? Cheering on Artemis, too, with those crazy roots intent on escape and it looks like TWO spathes forming? HUZZAH! Both from the very first Bucy batch to come home, and growing SO WELL! Strong roots laugh in the face of your tinypots!
The yellowing leaves appear to be mostly the old ones that those plants came with? And they're all showing a lot of new growth - probably just adapting to their new home in a bigger tank - with brighter lights, neh? You mentioned a water change to correct any possible issues with nitrates or low Ph - have you ever tested the water in the bottom of this tank? I'm super curious to know what the readings are across the board. Especially since your water is sooooo soft to begin with - do you treat the water to raise Gh like you do with your fishy tanks?
Loved the walkthrough on the Theia Brown - thanks for that! So neat to look at those images back-to-back through time. It's doing beautifully (they all are), I can't wait for the next in the series, as all those new little leaves come into their own. (lets do the time warp again!)This plant in particular has seen more of a dramatic change than many of the others - it's remarkable how quickly it's grown!
I'm so excited to see all these beautiful flowers forming! I hope they keep it up! Does Semuntai also have two? Or am I seeing things in my excitement? I do think that very last one is a spathe, it doesn't look like a new leaf to me - is that Mentarang Kal-timur? Another one of the original group! Makes me happy to see how it's grown since it came to live with you *one of* my favorites, for sure - such a dainty little thing, perfectly formed and prettier than pictures, with tiny ruffled leaves, each in it's place, and those pretty reddish stems. . .
Randomly wondering why the humidifier running now that the temps are cooler? Here, it gets drier in the cooler months? *ish confused*
Happy to hear that Miranda is doing well and fungus-free! I'm a fan of this one, too - it's so BIG! I can't wait to see how that new little leaf grows in - and if it's more inclined to stand tall and strong in it's emersed form. Though I do like the wooshy effect it has going on right now, too! *Woooooooshes* She's gonna be another pot-breaker, neh?!! ^_^
Be nice to Kedagang mini and the others from the batch before! It isn't their fault they were given the wrong names! Technically, there aren't any right names yet, anyway - or only just three? I know stuff like improper ID's drive you scientific types crazy, but Buces are so very MYSTERIOUS! You're a pioneer, I say roll with it! Forget those crappy names, and call them whatever you like (Adelita would be a pretty name for a Buce ^.~)! They're still just as pretty as can be, and I'm happy to hear they're growing well for you. *Fingers crossed* that in time you'll find them a "proper" ID (somehow?!). Until then, I'll still love them just as much as the others. . . poor little things. . .redheaded stepchildren of Cory's collection! <3
Bummer that the bare rhizome isn't coming back. . . I guess in retrospect that it makes sense, since it not only underwent the stress of the move, but also is trying to shift to emersed at the same time. Wonder if it would have done better wet? How's the other half holding up?
Have I mentioned how excited I am about your Brownie collection? I am! Still! I'm super curious about all of the Buces that come in several colorforms. They're kind of like Pokemon, you gotta catch 'em all, and there seem to be so many Brownies to collect (it's going to be a loooong winter with no new Buces shipped)! You have. . . red, jade, ghost, and yellow now, right? I don't remember seeing yellow anywhere else before this one, but it's stunning! Can't wait to watch it grow! I think there's also Brownie blue, and Brownie brown. . . I've also seen some labeled as Brownie Athena and Brownie Helena (which might be the same as Brownie Pink, or Pink Rosa?) Brownie Ghost Brown, and even one called Brownie Metallica(!?). I'm not sure I trust all of those names (and I may have just accidentally made some up) - Buce names are so tricksy, and so curious. . . I remember reading somewhere or another that Brownie Ghost was given that name because it appeared in one area for a short time, and then just. . . vanished! *poof* Not sure I believe that, but it's a great story. . . I'm just excited you had one haunting your tank in time for Halloween. . .really looking forward to watching these little Brownie Buces as they grow into their emersed form. They really are lovely. . .
Oh yeah! I don't have any buces, or the ferts to make it myself, but if you want to, you should tell how you make your (modified) EI water! I'm sure someone out there in netland will benefit from the information. Or not. Let 'em figure it out for themselves ^.~
You will never stop me from wanting (and demanding!) MOAR PICS of your beautiful collection. . . but since you took so much time out to humor me (and the others) with all these gorgeous shots, I figured I'd take the time to throw a book of my own back at you (not that you have to 'listen' to me enough already, neh?) Sorry I've been so scarce on the journals lately - keeping myself very busy behind-the-scenes - but I still lurk! Your plants are beautiful, Cory - keep up the good work, and please keep the updates (and pics!) coming! I can't wait to find out what happens next (or for those fish to come out of QT!) *GRINS*