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    HC Cuba - dark and tiny leaves

    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback, I was trying to create scale with my narrow front to back measurements (12") by having the Cuba in the background, I've been kinda thinking the same way as you though, the tank is so trouble free I'd rather pull the Cuba than put myself through the world of...
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    HC Cuba - dark and tiny leaves

    Thanks again, maybe you can help me with lighting suggestions, (on advice) I have kept the lighting moderate (2 x 27w compact pll fluorescents) 6.5hrs, co2 is good, well distributed, flow is decent, 850lph external and a koralia, my co2 is delivered through a mini internal filter so thats...
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    HC Cuba - dark and tiny leaves

    Thanks Mick, I didn't spot your reply, here it is a couple of days ago with a better photo, the dark bits seem to be spreading, not the other way around, I'm on medium light with a fairly short cycle 6.5 hrs, this has maintained good growth and no algae, do you think the cuba might want a bit...
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    HC Cuba - dark and tiny leaves

    hi all see photo below, ( i know it's not great) i have cuba growth thats a bit odd, its very thin darker shoots with tiny leaves now the chances are that this is some of the pieces i planted very deep i had severe issue keeping it in place (in-vitro plants) so planted it very deep and then...
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    Hc cuba in vitro nightmare

    Thanks guys, Yeah, I'm running the co2 hard ( no fish) And getting the ei dosing going, low light for the moment, funnily it's the exact advice I got off Ceg years ago when starting out, Im planting deep and hoping for the best, Would plants floating on the top survive and maybe get some...
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    Hc cuba in vitro nightmare

    bumping an oldie here but........ any further wisdom on this? its my first try with in vitro and my cuba, monte carlo and eleo. mini and acicularis are proving tricky to plant, any tips welcome? 100l tank, akadama capped with kitty litter, (ran out of akadama so used the litter to cap off...
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    japanese hairgrass in europe?

    mini-hijack ZIg is that wackers you are talking about are the prices reasonable? long waiting? i was planning on going down the mail-order route for my new tank rgds
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    quick riccia question

    cheers LD i will have a think about it, the "mat" i plucked last night had healthy growth underneath albeit a bit darker than the top coat it literally took me about 10 seconds to do this plucking thing on a 4" square which is a fraction of the time i used to take to trim my cuba, then the...
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    quick riccia question

    hi sam i have done it on flat stiff mesh pieces 4" square and covered over it a light pliable mesh, so its not "roundy shaped" as it would be on stones I have carpet tiles so to speak! they were growing like crazy so last night I looked at trimming one but i was able to just pluck loads of...
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    quick riccia question

    hi all just thinking........ has anyone ever tried 100% riccia as a carpet i've buckets of it on mats and it looks great one thing in my mind is build-up of crap under it but having said that i could just lift the "tiles" and vac under them during w/cs rgds 4
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    glosso or hc

    cheers shadow i would have thought 4 x 39 is a lot (they say you can grow anything with two t5ho the length of your tank) have you individual reflectors? i am thinking of upgrading my lights but its on a long list of things i cant afford to do! i may well stay with what i have for the moment...
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    glosso or hc

    hi all i did try search for this, but getting conflicting stuff all over the web i have done a hc carpet and loved it, hated the way it uprooted itself on me though i only found out that it needs severe mowing when it was too late my new tank will be a little deeper than my last, so im half...
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    quick riccia question

    go on, i'll bet you use it too! :lol: thats what i used and its worked a treat i just want lots more! rgds 4
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    quick riccia question

    hi i've put a few "mats" of riccia together and they look great but i was just wondering.... will the riccia grow out of these netted mats and come loose to the surface i want more to plant in more mats so if i dont trim will i be able to propagate it by letting it grow out rgds 4
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    using oasis flower foam in tank?

    hi matt the situation is not chronic and i'm looking into a support for it (my counter has sunk about 3-4mm over a year, but is still moving) thanks for the advice all, i might get some of that jbl manado the colour aint great IMO but if its in stockings! (it seriously pricey to do the ada...
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    using oasis flower foam in tank?

    cheers all you've got me thinking again... would i need any substrate at all in those area? would plants root into bunched up fishnet tights? it would help with the weight issue im having the tank is ei dosed so there might be enough goodies in the water column, im sure a bit of mulm would...
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    using oasis flower foam in tank?

    hi ed and matt thanks again i may use small bits of perspex (theres lots of scrap in my work) in fishnet tights as a bulker, its inert and free! bioballs could be another option to bulk up the area my thinking being that the flow would get through it well and keep it clean and avoid possible...
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    using oasis flower foam in tank?

    thanks for the feedback Ed my thinking is related to this scape which i love http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2009.cgi?&op=showcase&category=0&vol=1&id=104 the foam block would be great to use behind the roots as you could plant the "nooks and crannies" then im not sure how he has...
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    using oasis flower foam in tank?

    hi all i was thinking how good Oasis foam blocks would be in the aquarium (the green blocks that flower arrangers use that hold lots of water) you can shape them any way you want and plant straight in them anyone ever tried it, i am trying to find out if its tank safe but no luck yet regards 4
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    couple of cuba questions (established that is!)

    thanks guys i was hoping i wouldnt have to replant it in sections but i probably will any thoughts on my second question about setting rocks on top of a cuba carpet rgds 4
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    couple of cuba questions (established that is!)

    hi all a large portion of my cuba has become up-rooted through a vigourous cleaning any tips on how to bed it down, will it re-root if i weight it down the sustrate is pea gravel with sand and flourite sand but the sand has all sunk as you can imagine other question is a bit silly perhaps...
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    Storing/De-algaeing plants?

    hi guys sorry to bump this but has anyone any thoughts my entire plant stock is in a bucket with a heater in it and they were all mail ordered and i want to keep them in good nick (hc, hairgrass, swords and various vallis) thanks 4
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    Storing/De-algaeing plants?

    hi all this is relevant to me at the mo also but i have to store swords and various vallis for only about two or three days while i repair a tank i dont have a spare tank to keep them in, they would swamp my 24" these have been getting an orgy of co2 and recommended ei dosing will i stick...
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