Green Pekoe Pond - 40 litres

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  1. Mr. Teapot

    Mr. Teapot Member

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    A little update. All is well with the pitcher so far - I've moved it up a little as per Darrel's suggestion. It has survived a week, fingers crossed! If you look, you can see the water level in the biggest pitcher:).
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    Rotala bonsai also doing OK. You can also see my new disco lights effect on the back wall:
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    Daytime tank pic:
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  2. BBogdan

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    Just wonderfull !
     
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  3. Lauris

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    ohh mate. your tank is so expiring! I've got already a few ideas for my next setup. I have a plan to re-do my 90l one. and now I have few ideas to start it with. it may be only a start of this summer when I will hav a time.

    But this is one ow my favorit journals so far. love it
     
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  4. Mr. Teapot

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    Thanks for the kind words and it's great to hear you like my tank. You're going to have a loads of fun with your 90 litres. I'm on tenterhooks at the moment, looking for signs the pitcher isn't liking the conditions. I'm going to be so chuffed if it grows in there!
     
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  5. tim

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    Lovely tank, it's progressed really well, journal is a great Saturday morning read too.
     
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  6. Alexander Belchenko

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    Beatiful tank. But where are the fish? Have your plants eaten them?
     
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  7. Mr. Teapot

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    My fish see me pointing a camera at the tank and hide...they hide most of the time. Little bit annoying really. When they were introduced, they behaved in the same way as when they were in the shop but they have slowly and steadily become more shy over the months. I'm sat here now, very still and they are all out hunting and swiming in the open.
     
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  8. Andy Thurston

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    Tripod, remote shutter release and a longer lens might help. I have the same problem with my clown loach, I also take fish pics at feeding time
     
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  9. Alexander Belchenko

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    Maybe you need to add some new brave fish so other will feel there is no danger and won't hide so often? I saw such tip on youtube.
     
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    Hi all,
    They are just happy fish, if they have a complex environment they will behave naturally, like they are doing.

    cheers Darrel
     
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  11. Tim Harrison

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    Amazing, a little slice of paradise...
     
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  12. Mr. Teapot

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    There hasn’t really been any major changes over the past two weeks. The Heliamphora has made it so far but I’ve lost a couple of the pitchers - perhaps due to the plant being grown in the much dryer air of my house. I haven’t misted them at all - I need to remember to give them a squirt twice a day.
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    The new light is definitely bringing out a red blush. I’m guessing my lighting duration isn’t enough to really change the plant to a deep red the enthusiasts develop in their plants.

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    The Hygrophila ‘Araguaia’ is colouring up nicely

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  13. Edvet

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    Some small jewels in there.love it:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    One of my favorites, very nice. Please keep updating this journal despite the lack of change... :)
     
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  15. Tim Harrison

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    Bijou...and very inspirational.
     
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    Amazing...still have the tmc 1500 tile at 100%?
     
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    Hi Mr Teapot , Great journal :) Exquisite tank and planting :clap:
     
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  18. Mr. Teapot

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    Thanks, really chuffed you like the little tank!
    Hi Jaap, I've gone supernova and running an Ecotech Radion XR15 Freshwater - unbelievably bright. I'm experimenting at running at 100% for the past few weeks. Everything is good and wonder how high high the light could go before I see a decline in plant health. Here's a screen shot of the lighting schedule:
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  19. Laurie Dear

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    Hi Mr. Teapot.

    I'm new to aquascaping and planted tanks so I've been browsing UKAPS for a couple of months now formulating ideas and gathering huge amounts of inspiration ;). I usually am in awe of the bigger style tanks, but this is just absolutely amazing! i love the combination of submerged and emerged plants that you have successfully grown :clap:. It's a first for me to see such a mix of the two and i've enjoyed reading all 15 pages of this. I am also a keen photographer and i love your photos! really amazing. What camera do you use?

    Keep up the good work and i shall be watching this thread and am looking forward to the updates!

    Laurie
     
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  20. Mr. Teapot

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    Hi Laurie, really brilliant you've enjoyed my little tank's journal - quite a journey and still amazes me every time it decides to subtly change. I'll post some more pictures in the next few days - my sundew has started to flower and the heliamphorais starting to grow new pitchers after suffering from the dry central heating. Hopefully the new growth will be fully acclimatised as we go into some warmer weather, the remaining pitchers have gained even more red colouring. The original hitch-hiking Utricularia graminifolia and Glosso have established a couple of colonies and are growing strongly with my upgraded lighting.

    Only one drama. Broken glass outlet… replaced super quick by Aquarium Plant Food.
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    I'm only a point the camera and click type of picture taker. Only just starting to use the RAW setting and playing with a few of the other bits and bobs. I use a Nikon D40, my fist ever digital camera. Before this I used a Pentax K1000 for over 15 years!
     
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