Hi Jay, it's so frustrating sometimes I know, what problems are you still getting , I can see a lot of green spot algae on the glass but what other algae ?So the 45 is becoming increasingly harder to get right going to reduce the light and clean today it's been 12 days since last maintained so not to long really but it has become a mess do let's see what we can do to sort it out not about to give up on it just yet any advice welcome from this to thisView attachment 133889 View attachment 133890
They are growing like mad.Looks like getting good growth on the rotala
Totaly agree they do need the maintenance if you choose to put faster growing plants in a small high tech tank they need to be looked after continuously not just as and when you feel like it
Great explanation darrel hopefully that helps you a little jay, hopefully you manage to get ontop of it, is it algae etc your not happy with at the moment and poor growth ?Hi all,They are growing like mad.
For me that is actually part of the problem with stems (in fact all <"turned up to eleven plants">), they need a lot of maintenance. Over time I went to using floating plants, (including Indian Fern (Ceratopteris spp.) and Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum)) as my "stems", because thinning them out was non-problematic.
I replaced the stems I had (mainly with Cryptocoryne spp.) and used a lot more moss, ferns and Anubias, and I started putting really chunky pre-filter sponges on the filter intakes.
The advantage of this was that it didn't really matter if I couldn't maintain the tanks for extended time periods. The plants could survive on very restricted rations, they didn't grow very fast and the filter wouldn't get clogged. It wasn't very exciting, but it served its purpose.
I think of it a bit like planting a hedge in the garden. If you plant <"Leylandii" Cypress"> (Cupressus x leylandii), you have a very quick hedge, but then you spend all your time trimming it because, you can't prune it into the hard wood and it grows at the speed of light. It is a "stem".
If you plant Box (Buxus sempervirens), Yew (Taxus baccata) or Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) then it takes longer to get a hedge, but once they are grown they are nuch more suitable, they are my Ferns, Anubias etc.
Thats good to hear hope your happy as the scape looks great, rotala grows so fast doesnt it.
Wow that looks great, amazing growth, can i ask what the fork is for ? Feeding otto or something?
Yeah really happy mate no signs of any alge at all and the Hygrophila Araguaia is starting to colour up nice should start to get some shoots of pinnatifida out above the surface soon tooLooking good mate! Really growing in nicely!
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