From scratch.. pretty much

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  1. ulster exile

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    That already looks great Matt. May it continue as well as it has started!
     
  2. Mark Evans

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    beatifull mat. :D
     
  3. Matt Holbrook-Bull

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    its certainly getting there :) long way to go tho
     
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    Looking great Matt, keep up the good work ;)
     
  5. Matt Holbrook-Bull

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    So.. what are we? 6 weeks in?

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    Made a few changes as you can see, with more coming.

    The LA in the corner furthest from the camera is struggling, no clue why. Also, the Cabomba is also struggling, mostly due to my Denison barb using it as a salad bar!! Its coming out in a few days to be replaced.. pics to follow once established.

    Dosing 3xEI at the moment.. which is making a lovely difference, particularly to the glosso which is now taking off again after suffering a little bit of GSA, but cured that by increasing phosphate.

    Im still playing with a few species to see what does best, hence it looks quite bitty still.
     
  6. JamesM

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    Nice :)

    Got a front shot?
     
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    6 weeks already! I thought it had only been about 3

    Looking good
     
  8. Matt Holbrook-Bull

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    Front shot :)

    just added the bar to take some flow to the back left corner.. I recon thats why things are struggling over that side.
     
  9. JamesM

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    Yeah, that's looking sweet, Matt :)
     
  10. Matt Holbrook-Bull

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    cheers :) its getting there.. you wouldnt think with 2300lph Id have flow troubles! but with such a wide tank its not as easy as I thought.. the H. Polysperma in the middle blocks current madly.

    Hopefully using a spraybar with no end on it will help move nutrients into that end better.. Id like a T piece ideally so I could have 2 outlets, one at each end, but I cant find anything for the silly sized FX5 hosing.

    Hmms.. as Im writing this Im wondering if I might move the Hygro to the left hand end, leaving the middle section free'd.. might experiment.
     
  11. JamesM

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    I think that would work... spread it out a bit more too... HP grows like mad in my tank and I'm forever cutting it back.. from just a couple of stems I've enough to cover the whole back wall in just a couple of months :D
     
  12. Matt Holbrook-Bull

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    I cut that one back by half every week pretty much.. Im only using it as a weed for the time being to provide biomass.. as things settle in Ill replace it with other species.
     
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    couldnt you move the outlet behind the Hygro so it is in the centre?
     
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    Looking good Matt, was wondering how the tank was doing and was going to post something asking about it, you beat me to it lol shame the LA is struggling, strange as it thrives in my tank, make sure you get enough CO2 flowing into it. Keep us posted :)
     
  15. Matt Holbrook-Bull

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    I would do, but its so damn big it would blow everything out of the ground.. so i place it in a corner, and use the length of the tank to reduce the flow.

    I think its just more a flow issue.. Ive just moved the flippin great Hygro to the other end, and put the LA in the middle.. Itll be interesting to see if that solves it. As for CO2, I have a yellow drop checker so Im up as far as I can go :) so I know thats fine.
     
  16. JamesM

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    How long will you keep up the 3x dosing Matt?
     
  17. Matt Holbrook-Bull

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    perminantly. :)

    I have pretty high light, so that seems to be its level... I tend to just watch the plants and respond to them if theyre showing signs.. the H. Polysperma is my main barometer, it goes very red if starving.
     
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    Brilliant! I never knew that, thanks mate :D

    I assumed it was doing well if turning red :lol: I guess I'll up my dosing again too...
     
  19. Matt Holbrook-Bull

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    I find it goes red if its low in Potasium.. and gets very veiny if its lacking in Nitrates or Phospates.
     
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    Great tips mate, thanks :)
     

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