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Mexi's Bonsai

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by mexicat, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. Nigel95

    Nigel95 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Split dwarf hair grass as much as possible so it can reach full light and will spread runners out faster.

    To get "maximum" carpet results one should plant them in a pattern like the five on a dice.

    Nice tree ;)
     
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    That sounds like very good advice to follow.

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  3. mexicat

    mexicat Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I removed some of the plants so that I can sell them and get more DHG. I have tons of anubias nana and I placed some around the base of the tree. I was wondering If I should keep it like this or remove the rest. This is about half of the anubias nana I have so I can add more.

    I can add a full tank shot if needed. I'm trying to fix settings on my camera so I can get good quality photos again.
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  4. keithgh

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    A full tank photo is always appreciated plus close ups to explain any details.

    You can certainly plant more around the base of the trunk but remember it will cover that area very fast in good growing conditions.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Have you fixed the camera settings yet? Any updates please.

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    Have you fixed the camera settings yet? Any updates please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Have you fixed the camera settings yet? Any updates please.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. mexicat

    mexicat Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Haven't updated in awhile, was waiting for the hairgrass to switch to submerged form. Photo quality won't get that much better since I'm using a phone.


    Some things I've done / will be doing:

    The par level near the top of the tree was too high and a lot of the moss had green hair algae, so I added some more black window screen just over the tree to lower the par rating in that spot. It's mostly gone now, just barely noticeable in between the fronds of the fissidens.

    Since both of my tanks are low tech, I've had some issues with black beard algae on some of my hardscape in both tanks. You can see some tiny tufts on the rocks. It's most likely being caused by the water changes causing fluctuating co2 levels so I've cut water changes down to every 2 weeks and let the bucket of water degas for 24 hours before water changes. I'm seeing if this along with spot treating with excel will fix the issue.

    I trimmed some of the DHG mini when I noticed it starting to grow. So far it has responded well to the trim. I'll be ordering 3 more tissue cultures within a week.

    I sold 5 anubias, the bucephalandra, and bolbitis difformis. Here are some newer photos of how I used the remaining anubias.

    After I plant some more hairgrass I'll probably trim the moss on the tree.

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    It would be cool to see a large school of light shy fish huddled under the tree. It's looking amazing though!


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  10. mexicat

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    Thanks. I'm waiting for my lfs to stock some chili rasbora for my 5 gallon and im going to buy 5-7 more celestial pearl danios for the 20. I only have 7 in there so it looks pretty empty.
     
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    Chili rasboras need to be in a species only tank. They're shy and easily out competed for food


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  12. mexicat

    mexicat Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ya I have a separate 5 gallon that I have set up that some people said I can put about 5 in. It will be them and some low grade cherry shrimp
     
  13. keithgh

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    I had the Chillies in my heavily planted tank with the shrimps and a few other shy fish and never a problem, what possibly helped it was a heavily planted tank plus the surface water movement distributed the food over a larger area.

    Another help with shy fish is having your tank in a quiet area.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    You posted this reply while I was writing my reply to you. Just make sure you have plenty of plants cover for the Chillies.

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    How are your Chillies and Shrimp going very healthy I hope.

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    The chilis were actually for my 5.5 gallon and I haven't purchased them yet.

    I added some more DHG to the tank and added some hydrocotyle japan. I added the hydrocotyle so that the base / behind the tree will look more full. I also needed something that was a stem plant that could grow a little faster to absorb some nutrients. As it grows more, ill push it down into the substrate so that it's around the same height as the DHG mini. It probably would have been better to go with a darker plant substrate instead of sand in both my tanks for the carpeting.

    The stray anubias in the tree should be at the base, it floated out.

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    The tree is looking very good its a pity the substrate plants are not thicker this would hide all the light coloured sand etc.

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