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Just felt like maybe taking a picture once a week so I can see growth and you guys can all see it. ;)

2/24/10 - Plants arrived
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2/27/10 - Water Change
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I'll post one pic a week of the whole tank after my water changes which I do Saturday. :)

Edit: Looking at the pics I notice some growth...which I didn't notice without. :p that's why this helps me. ;)
 

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Looking really good, Austin. You did a nice job. I like the idea of you taking shots once a week, documenting plant growth, and sharing pics with us. :)

(Ps. How about all this crazy rain we are getting?!)
 

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@both of you: =D Thanks.

I thought it would help me actually be able to tell if there was any noticeable growth... Which, without pictures I wouldn't notice since I look at it all the time... (It's like 5 feet from my bed... :p )

@Lisa: I did notice the Ludwigia Repens growth! :D If I hadn't had pictures I wouldn't have noticed that. It looks a lot healthier than it did in that picture after I first planted it! (And apparently that plant needs high light... which I don't think I have... I think I have moderate-low light)

@Kymmie: Thanks! :) Thought it would be a cool thing to see how the plants progress (or die D: I hope not tho!) from week to week. Also, I love the rain!!! :D Though I don't really have to go anywhere in it, so I'd probably dislike it if I had to drive places when it was pouring. But I love hearing it rain and watching it. :) Cus it barely rains in cali normally.

Btw, random, but when I was typing this post, I saw a platy fry dashing towards the bottom of the tank away from the fish. I am 99% sure it wasn't eaten... and now im 100% sure because as I was typing that I saw him, I saw him again.. or a different one... darting to the bottom into my dwarf sagittaria. I swear this batch of platy babies are trying to drive me insane... I keep seeing them, and then they disappear when I go to catch them! And then they reappear later. T.T Caught 7 total... last batch I caught like 20 easily. None of them did this to me! D:
 

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Wish I had a better pic... For some reason my pics always turn out ugly...

I don't notice much differencee but heres a pic from today:

March 6, 2010: After W/C

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I notice everything looks better from last week. think it's the way the pic was taken. T.T


This pic is not as bright and looks better...

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All pictures withing 5 minutes lol.

And thanks angel! :)
 

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Looking good!!! I am glad to see you go planted as well!!
 

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Thanks Angel,

I think I'ma make some webpage for the pics so they can be seen better. I'll also try to get a better picture tonight sometime.
 

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Austin, C'mon! That picture is not ugly! A see some slight growth happening. It's looking good! :)
 

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Thanks :)

I heard though that the stem plants grew very quickly and mine don't seem to...

I don't MIND slow growth as long as my plants are healthy. XD So that's the only thing that concerns me is that there isn't much growth. Not because I want everything to explode and get huge, but I want it ot be healthy.
 

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Kepp in mind they need to fully root first too. As long as the plants are dying I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you're okay. Heck, you don't even have melting going on like some plants do when they are new. You're doing something right, my friend. Way to go!
 

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Thanks :)

I heard though that the stem plants grew very quickly and mine don't seem to...

I don't MIND slow growth as long as my plants are healthy. XD So that's the only thing that concerns me is that there isn't much growth. Not because I want everything to explode and get huge, but I want it ot be healthy.
Actually I can't speak for all stem plants but I have stem plant clippings that grow pretty prolifically even when there are NO roots (cuttings), all they need are light on leaves and nutrients from the water column. I have several varieties growing like this now that haven't even started to establish their root system.

Don't worry, Austin, you'll figure out the "secret" to balancing your tank and getting good growth, it just takes patience and close observation. I am surprised to be learning that even my water change schedule affects specific plants and their growth patterns (noticeable differences!). Your tank looks marvelous, you have lots of time to fine tune : )

Sometimes the best thing to do is to stay out of the way and let mother nature take it's course.
 

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Kepp in mind they need to fully root first too. As long as the plants are dying I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you're okay. Heck, you don't even have melting going on like some plants do when they are new. You're doing something right, my friend. Way to go!
Thanks! :) ^_^ I was reading up about crypts earlier (which quite a few of my plants are) and it said it takes over a month for them to fully root and start taking off. Though I also read crypts like more soft, acidic water which my water is the opposite of. I'm going to assume it's the same for my sword and dwarf sag rootwise. I think my sag might slowly be starting to get going and my sword has only turned over one new leaf since I got it but hopefully it'll get settled in. I noticed the wisteria grew a little from last time but not much. :)

I think I'm just lucky none of the plants melted yet... *knock on wood*

Actually I can't speak for all stem plants but I have stem plant clippings that grow pretty prolifically even when there are NO roots (cuttings), all they need are light on leaves and nutrients from the water column. I have several varieties growing like this now that haven't even started to establish their root system.

Don't worry, Austin, you'll figure out the "secret" to balancing your tank and getting good growth, it just takes patience and close observation. I am surprised to be learning that even my water change schedule affects specific plants and their growth patterns (noticeable differences!). Your tank looks marvelous, you have lots of time to fine tune : )

Sometimes the best thing to do is to stay out of the way and let mother nature take it's course.
I wish stem plants had better roots lol. They can be annoying in that they aren't anchored down and are easily messed up T.T lol but yaaa I think they should be growing a bit better but I guess like you said hopefully I'll learn what works...
 

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looking great actually i think.:-D
 

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Thanks! :) ^_^ I was reading up about crypts earlier (which quite a few of my plants are) and it said it takes over a month for them to fully root and start taking off. Though I also read crypts like more soft, acidic water which my water is the opposite of.
I have lots of crypts and they are doing great, they are probably my most favorite of the plants that I keep. We have the same water so I know yours will settled in and soon take off!
Once again, your tank looks really great! :)
 

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Kymmie: I am starting to fall in love with my crypts as well. :D They are actually starting to grow pretty well, and are beautiful. I cannot think of the names, but 2 of them are doing really well. (back left corner and middle back (this one, you can see in the new pics. It's leafs are not as long as originally, but it has lots of new leafs, shorter, but I hope they will grow taller eventually), though you can't see this one yet... it has lots of leaves, but it needs to get larger leaves, which I think it will eventually) The other ones are the smaller ones in the left side in front of the rock. Tons of them in one bunch. I was thinking of breaking them but and planting them, but I was afraid this would kill them. I broke up like 3 off of it and planted them and they are doing fine so I wish I had broken them up. Anyways, they look nice and are doing well. :D

Anyways, sword plant is growing it's second leaf this week. This is better than the 3 overall in the month+ I've had these plants. Hopefully it is rooting and taking off. I think the other stem plants have grown a bit as well. And the dwarf saggitaria subuluta (sp?) is starting to get used to my tank. Not so many dead leaves around that area anymoire and it's starting to look nice. :)

And I think I can see some small roots coming from the anubias nana... almost to the rock. XD Hopefully it attaches soon. :D It also has grown a new leaf recently! :D I'm happy to know it's not dead. ;) Lots of algae on the leafs, though, or the leafs are just dying. Now sure it grows quick enough to replace the algae covered leaves, though :S So hope it does alright.

Oh, and sorry for the lack of pictures! These 2 were taken today.
 

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You did a really great job Austin with the aquarium, all your pictures turned out really great. Now you make me want to get more plants for my aquarium....
 

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Thank you! ^_^ I honestly think the tank looks way better than the pics. The pics make the plants look too bright. Maybe I'll fix that somehow for the next pictures...
 

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4/17/2010

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Just took these pictures. I just decided to upload all 5.

I trimmed down my water wisteria and planted them each as seperate stalks. Hopefully this maybe helps. It doesn't seem to be doing as well as some of my other plants.

As you can see, the ludwigia and rotala indica are growing, but slowly. I think if they ever reach the top I'm going to let them grow along the surface a bit. :) My crypt in the middle back is getting large! I moved a corkscrew valsneria from my 10g that was doing decent. Now I think it's dead. Just can't get any to live......

If anyone happens to see this, and know the answer, I got a question : Is it ok if some of the older leaves of my plants grow algae on them, or is this occurrence mean something is wrong with the water/lighting/nutrients? Thanks!
 
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