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Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by BBogdan, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. BBogdan

    BBogdan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Maybe you're right , but for now i like it this way . :)
     
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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    BBogdan

    I was referring to the three very small areas of substrate that can be see up against the front glass. As far as every where else its fantastic.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Those ember tetras truly shine.
     
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    Congrats with your ranking. You deserved that rank!
     
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  5. BBogdan

    BBogdan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yep I fully understood you , but especially I didn't let the grass to grow in those 3 places , for me it looks more natural. :)
     
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  6. BBogdan

    BBogdan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks Nigel , you're too kind ! :)
     
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    BBogdan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    And the letter from Japan arrived ! ...me soo happy ! :)

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  8. BBogdan

    BBogdan Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi guys,
    long time no see :p , this are some pictures from 05.11.2017 (day 573 of this setup).
    I decide to "punish" a little my tank and so for about 2 months now I'm not doseing liquid carbon anymotre and for approx. 1 month it's runing also without pressurized CO2 and countdown continues ... from what I've seen until now is that Bucephalandra grows even healthier without CO2 :D , the most affected plants by the lack of CO2 are Hygrophila Pinnatifida and Eleocharis pusilla and luckly no real problems with algaes , at least not for now. I have some GSA on the wood and some leafs wich is normal regarding the power of the lamp and a little BBA here and there caused by the heat in the summer. So pretty much all is going very well.
    Hope you like it :):

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  9. Culprit3

    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Wow! Stunning. Its astounding that with that much plant mass with no CO2 added you aren't getting much algea. I'm sure if I tried that it would be a mass of algea.
     
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    I think oftentimes it's the high plant biomass that prevents algae, it usually makes for a very stable system, but that said it's all the more remarkable for the lack of carbon ;)
     
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    Great job!
     
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    There is nothing wrong using Co2 the only concern is it must be set up and always be working in perfect order.

    At a rough guess I would think there are more high quality Aquascapes running with out Co2 then with Co2.

    I never used Co2 or LED lighting, the tanks were always maintained correctly, liquid fertilised as directed and, good water changes twice a week.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Culprit3 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I can see that the high biomass of the plants would outcompete the algea for the first few hours when CO2 was plentiful. But I would think that after the CO2 was used up the algea would then gain the upper hand because plants can't grow. But if the plants use all the nutrients.... then even though CO2 runs out algea can't get started because no nutrients
     
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    I should add I only every used 1-3mm natural river stones. Filtration was mainly UGF and external filters.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  15. Tim Harrison

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    That sounds sensible enough. I also think natural systems or even semi-natural or artificial systems can become more than the sum of their parts and maybe something else happens.
    Perhaps a synergy of factors that create a system which is incredibly stable and robust. For instance, shading, lack of organics, allelopathy.
     
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    That sounds very much like nature working at its best.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Allelopathy is not really looked into enough, always assuming lack of a carbon source pressurised or “liquid” is the first thing mentioned when dealing with plant problems ,just my opinion .
     

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