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25 Liters - Low Tech

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by stefano-bonalume, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    I have to say, even though some of your plants are having difficulties, the setup has a great appearance and flow to it. Congratulations on the good work!
     
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    I agree, it looks clean and sharp.
     
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  3. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    I especially love the upper left to center to low left and low right flow that the plants and colors create
     
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    Its classified as an easy plant to grow, how are you feeding it?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  5. stefano-bonalume

    stefano-bonalume Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thank you all.

    I'm using Tetra FloraPride. I know, It's a common fertiliser and not a quality one, but for the kind of plant I have I think is enough. Plus fish and shrimps wastes.
    Now summer is coming here, so hot temperatures won't help my Java Fern. I don't think there's lack of nutrients in my tank. I just have to be patient for Microsorum to get stronger. Should I move the light over them so they would be under strong light? Or maybe they are receiving too much light and I should move the light away from them? Now the light is not over them, so they are in a very bright spot, but not as if they were under the light.

    Oh I forgot to say that in the last pic I added another black cable tie that covers the heater, and I tied to it some Microsorum rhizomes in the upper part, and in the lower part some Bolbitis rhizomes.
     
  6. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    stefano-bonalume

    Looks like its a matter of elimination to see what works best, also remember it could easily be several points must be correct but, if its an easy plant to grow it should grow in many situations.

    Can you contact the plant grower and ask them?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. stefano-bonalume

    stefano-bonalume Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I bought it from a guy but I don't know how contact him, but it doesn't matter. His Narrow Leaf Java Fern is the same that everyone else grows.

    Today I spotted a new algae on a dying Bolbitis frond. It is growing where light is stronger. It's really tiny so it isn't very visible in pic.

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    Can you reduce the light strength and or hrs it is on?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    stefano-bonalume Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yes, I'll eventually do that if I see other algae like that appear. I removed the leaflet on which it was growing.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Removing damaged leaves always helps and often encourages new growth.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    stefano-bonalume Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Narrow Leaf Java Fern has some little new fronds.
    Lomariopsis lineata is growing really slow. Amano Shrimps pull it off from the little woods and Theodoxus fluviatilis eat it.
    But in general plants are handling well the summer heat.

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    Moved everithing a bit .. as I have always been doing since I started this tank. Cryptocoryne melted a bit because I cut most of the roots to move them without messing all the sand and rocks.
    No more Bolbitis on the bottom, but all tied now. I'll wait some months to judge if keep it or replace with something else. Since autumn is coming, cooler temperatures could help it grow better.
    I got rid of almost all the Creeping Moss pieces. Maybe I'll add some Christmass Moss as transition from Crypts to rocks.

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  13. keithgh

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    Its not unusual for crypts to melt with a little help with root tabs they normally recover.

    Keep us updated please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Nothing much changed except for Lomariopsis lineata that is breaking into small pieces that get stuck between rocks and rot/die/get eaten from Theodoxus fluviatilis.

    A big news: changed my ugly lamp light to a Chihiros A401 Led Lamp. It has 6 light levels and I setted it on level 3.

    Now all the thank gets light in an uniform way and not only the left side.

    I still didn't got rid from all the Creeping Moss I put in the tank about a year ago, but now that I have more light I want to try Weeping Moss or Christmas Moss, in the central part to create a transition from Cryptocoryne/Anubias and the rocks area.

    Hope that Bolbitis and Microsorum will boost their growth thanks to the better lighting.


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    Keep us updated on the light and your plants please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    loving the tank!
     
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    I saw one Aplocheilichthys normani egg on the sand and tried to put it in a floating cup with very little holes for water flow. After a week a fry hatched from the egg but after a couple of days I found the cup on the bottom of the tank, sinked. No trace of the fry obviously.

    Bought a cup of Spiky Moss (Taxiphyllum sp.). It has been in my tank for some weeks only, but I like it's growing habit for the moment.

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    Moss mesh are one with Spiky Moss and one with Creeping Moss (maybe this time with more light its growing habit will be better).
    I had to tie Spiky Moss again saving only the green tips because the old parts of the stems were dead, probably because they grew in the cup with gel and not submersed.
    There are some algae, especially on Anubias and Cryptocoryne leaves . I just don't add fertilise and they seem to stay under control.
    I cut Bolbitis and Microsorum rhizome dead parts. I'm tired to see them doing nothing, but just slowly browning. Maybe if I tie them on rocks instead of cable ties they will start to grow from real, but I don't know how to put rocks on a high position to cover the filter and attach plants on them.
    I'll wait 2 months and then replace Bolbitis and Microsorum with Anubias 'Bonsai' or 'Petite', but they're hard to find. Anubias barteri 'Nana' is the only Anubias I can find here but it's too big for my tank.
    Or if Spiky Moss will grow well, I can use it to hide the filter.

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  20. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    My experience with Anubias and Crypts it was better to keep them growing and plenty of water movement through them. I used Seachem ferts every day plus the fert tabs under the Crypts, my lighting was only T8 aquarium lighting.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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