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Angel079 03-27-2010 10:37 AM

Why this week's w/c went against my feelings
 
Some of you may or may not recall my question how to slow down the growth of the Vallis.....Well any & all measure taken here lead me nowhere but even longer Vallis. That in combination with a outstanding amount of duckweed made me do something on my 55g this AM that truly went against every fiber of my being but I seen no other option any more since the lower half of my tank really received NO MORE light at all and my poor cory's been swimming loops in there trying to find ONE spot to go up & get air......

I pulled the leaves of the Vallis ranging around 4ft out of my tank and cut them all with a pair of scissors much like lawnmower action in the tank; all now cut at the water surface height.

Then I scooped out 3 larger nets full of duckweed.

While I know this was necessary and many of you had suggested the cutting action prior it still doesn't seem quite right doing this. But fish come before plants....and its sure as heck super bright in my dim 55g now :lol:

KSASTER2 03-27-2010 11:22 AM

way to go

Mikaila31 03-27-2010 11:25 AM

LOL, I know what you mean, my 55gal doesn't have duck weed, but sometimes the plants sneak up on me and the next thing I know my fish I majorly running out of swimming space:lol:.

redchigh 03-27-2010 02:24 PM

makes good compost in the garden. :)

willow 03-27-2010 03:45 PM

they seem to stay crunchy for ages after too.:-?

Angel079 03-27-2010 06:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mikaila31 (Post 351852)
sometimes the plants sneak up on me and the next thing I know my fish I majorly running out of swimming space:lol:.

AMEN! I can clean & cut and what not this week and before you know it 2-3 days from now its all grown back - I actually started ref to this very tank as the "Bermuda triangle" cause all work I do there vanishes into thin air every time :lol: I'd hate to have to leave that tank alone for some 2 weeks :shock: come back and my office is solid green goop :lol:

LisaC144 03-27-2010 08:32 PM

Duckweed is a floating plant right? Did you trash it? I'll pay for shipping if ya feel like shipping me some...

molliefan09 03-27-2010 10:29 PM

yes, duck weed is a floating plant...one LFS i go to here tells me its nothing but a problem...so he gives it to me for free!!

Angel079 03-28-2010 09:28 AM

That stuff REALLY is a pest - You get one little bitty one in on a plant and within less then 1 week my whole top is covered in it with very little to no light coming through any more for the other plants. ;-)

LisaC144 03-28-2010 09:41 AM

Oh, so it's more of a pest than a nice floating plant? SA sent me a little Salvinia but it's to tiny I think my fish are eating some of it and it certainly doesn't grow like it seems duckweed does. There's probably less in the tank than when I first put it in. Any suggestions on a nice floating plant for me then? One that doesn't look like a weed ;-)


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