Loving the way the immersed growth is looking now especially the Rotala, on the right, which is growing horizontally through the Blyxa
Following on from the big trim and adding gravel to the left hand side last week the makeover continues today and i am planning on removing all of the...
OK apologies for the crap photos i only had my phone to hand :banghead:
As you can see it was all getting a bit overgrown and the emersed growth was choking itself out...
I have removed a lot of blyxa..
After a good trim i have replanted the Blyxa around the back added an extra rock to...
Yes of course there is:
Hygrophila pinnatifida at the back.
Fittonia Red on the left and Fittonia White on the right.
Kyoto dotted around and some Hydrocotyle tripartita just stating to run around and climb over the small rock at the front.
I just wanted to take the opportunity now as i will be away working for Christmas and new year to wish the entire UKAPS family a very merry Christmas and a fantastic 2020, i hope all your dreams come true :thumbup:
The Bolbitis Difformis mini is doing great, it is a slow grower but looks beautiful.
Most of the Marsilea Crenata melted and only about a quarter remains, i filled the foreground space with Eleocharis acicularis Mini, Eriocaulon cinereum and Cryptocoryne Pygmaea, these have done really well...
Finally planted :thumbup: just need to add water and set the filter up, once the dust has settled i will get some more photos.
Full Plant List
Marsilea Crenata Tissue Culture
Alternanthera Reineckii ''Mini' Tissue Culture
Staurogyne Repens Tissue Culture
Rotala Orange Juice
Ludwigia sp. mini...
Finally time to plant! :thumbup:
I have a nice selection from @Aquarium Gardens and a load of cuttings from the 90cm, that should keep me busy today while keeping one eye on the Rugby.
Will post some progress shots and a full plant list later, anything left over will probably end up in my...
A big trim today before going to @Aquarium Gardens to collect the plants for Caridina Dreaming so i now have everything i ordered form there as well as a big bucket of cuttings for a panting session tomorrow. ;)
I normally get out there a couple of times a year, it is an unbelievably big market and hotter than hell, last time i was there wandering around it took me an hour to find my way out! Next time i might have to take you as a tour guide ;)
Great photos, thanks for posting.
The Hardscape is now glued in place using cigarette filters and superglue, i have added some detail rocks and the rest of the substrate. I will start to prepare the hardware this week in readiness for the plants :)
Thanks you to you guys for your input :thumbup:
OK this where we are now, i have changed the angle of the large rock slightly and brought some of the small ones forward a touch. I am happy with the wood now and the next job is to start gluing it in place.
1 & 3 are pretty much the same and that is how I have left it since taking the photos and I have not felt the urge to change it. If I still feel the same by Sunday I think I will start gluing it in place :-)
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I will be bringing the rock forward a touch, but the wood is almost touching the front glass already so I am restricted somewhat. I have some Rotala Orange Juice on order for the background already :-)
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I am happy with the right side but cannot decide on the left side, create tension or flow? please let me know your preference or comment if you have a better idea :thumbup:
Obviously i reserve the right to completely change my mind tomorrow and start from scratch :lol:
Couldn't Resist :-)
All the leaves are green
And the Rotala is red
I've done a large trim
On a water change day
I'd be safe and warm
If I was in a LFS
On a water change day
Stopped into Aquarium Gardens
As I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees
And I begin to...
Here is the full kit list...
Optiwhite 45 @Aquarium Gardens 45x27x30cm
Oase BioMaster Thermo 250 Aquarium External Filter with added Neo Media Pure and Soft
Blau Glass Inflow & Outflow 13mm
ProdiBio AquaShrimp Powder and Neo Soil mix...
And so it begins again...
After another visit to @Aquarium Gardens today i have purchased a new AG 45cm that will become first and foremost a scape but also a dedicated Caridina tank.
I think i have everything i need to start, minus the plants, so i will start to work on the hard scape this...
If you are going to run out soon and have no plans to replace it i would start to wean them off of CO2 now and slowly start to reduce your injection rate over a few weeks, reducing the light at the same time. I only run my Twinstar at 60% with high CO2 injection and have had it as low as 50%...
Back in about 2008 i had the pleasure of hosting the first (or possibly second) UKAPS get together, it was a great couple of days with shop visits, scape talks, beer and what turned into a late night poker session! the following morning i had to make about 20 rounds of bacon sandwiches :joyful...
You will get to know your plants the longer you live with them and be able to spot anything lacking but as a guide this the type of things you need to keep an eye out for.
For me Phosphate and CO2 deficiencies are the most common, especially in areas...
You will need to keep your Macros and Trace mixes in separate containers, i make 500ml at a time, at 20ml a dose, 3 times a week that's enough for just over 2 months, i have had no issues keeping it this long.
Thanks, The Twinstar 900S comes on at 3pm and ramps up from 0-60% for 1 hour then stays at 60% until 9pm then ramps down to 0% and finally off at 10pm, so 7 hours in total but only 5 hours at 60% (Hope that makes sense)
The first month the timings were the same but only went to 50% then...
Luckily the Gouramis have stayed away from the shrimp, already had 2 batches of baby cherries and they have left them alone, currently planning a shrimp only tank so they can always go in there if the Gouramis develop a taste for them.
Added 20 Tangerine Tigers this week but they seem to have gone into permanent hiding, full maintenance session today and added some Ludwigia Mini Super Red and another type of Anubias. everything is growing so fast and the Buces are starting to colour up nicely now.
Thanks Chris, Just tied it on using this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07HY6Y3JN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 it is a lot cheaper that the ADA Moss Cotton ;)
Thanks mate, i am hoping i have better luck with this in-vitro version :thumbup:
I used one of these on mine, works really well just mounted on the back of the cabinet and you can just twist it in its clips to adjust the angle. You can adjust the colour and intensity using the remote control. :thumbup...
The Limited Edition was Blyxa but i have added Riccardia and Cryptocoryne parva to the foreground, the Blyxa is in over on one side to see how it settles in, i have always struggled with it in the past.
Going to finish the revamp of the foreground today, managed to grab one of these to try (Below), have always struggled with it in the past so will be interesting to see how i get on with a 1-2 grow version. will need to trim the Bolbitis back as it is growing so fast. I will post some photos later.
Unfortunately i found one of the new Micronemacheilus curciatus on the floor this morning that had obviously jumped out over night, i wasn't aware they were jumpers so did not expect it :(., then between there and the front door (15 feet away!) i found to large dead amanos, first time that has...