My second go at a planted tank a lot bigger this time

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  1. Marty.h

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    Having swapped it all over today it's now clearing hopefully this goes as well as the smaller one I had [​IMG]

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  2. Marty.h

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    CO2 still showing green so all good so far [​IMG]

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    What litre is this?
     
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    410 litre

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    Quite big then. Looks nice now but Should be looking very nice and grown in, in a few months.
     
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  6. Marty.h

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    Yeah there is space for more plants and fish stock yet but once all grown out should look well

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  7. Marty.h

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    Popped to LFS today and treated the tank to a few more plants and some Cardinals hopefully the plants will carpet nicely.

    CO2 still spot on and Green and checked PH seeing around 6.6 and out the tap its 7.6. The CO2 as it exits the diffuser is sucked strait up by the intake on the pump and no bubbles come from the outlet so see that as virtually 100% saturation and no CO2 really wasted.

    I'm still currently using the other fert and will start the Ei on monday as easier to start at a complete week for dosing purposes.

    Also added 200ml of purigen in the filter this will now be working to polish the water as I like nice clean water and so will the stock.

    Here is a couple of pictures

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    Looking down the tank

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    I will be adding more wood to the tank at some point with moss ect on to give the scape more height but all in good time l

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  8. Marty.h

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    Upped the lighting over the tank now have 4 x 54W T5's booming down made a big difference no shaded areas now and one the plants is looking stunning has changed a lot since it went in here a few picture

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    The purigen working well looking down all 6ft

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    This plant is stunning
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    Meet the 3 stuges
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  9. Matt @ ScapeEasy

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    That plant with the red tips is ludwigia palustris
     
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    Thanks I didn't know its name I'm still learning

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    Been advised this plant is not aquatic can you confirm this if so will be taking it back to LFS

    You can see it in centre of tank at back [​IMG]

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  13. Marty.h

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    Why do they do it no need for it is there you ask advice and get sold that

    Will that happily just live in a plant pot the other will be happy another plant she can have in a pot

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    Hi all,
    Yes, they are a good houseplant.

    It is usually a lot cheaper to buy the same plant as an aquatic, rather than as a house plant. The price difference is often several quid, but all you get extra is the pot and compost, which will have cost pennies.

    cheers Darrel
     
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    Well the other half is happy me not so [​IMG]

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    Hi all,
    Dracaena sanderiana.

    That is the variegated cultivar, the plain green one is what is sold as "Lucky Bamboo". I assume it is the easiest species to grow and root as a cutting.

    I quickly found out, when I worked in commercial horticulture, that you aimed to create a market for what ever gave you greatest profit, rather than growing what people actually wanted. I really liked the shrub <"Kalmia latifolia">, great flowers, as easy to grow as most Rhododendrons or Camellias, hardy in most of the UK, not too big etc, but we were stopping growing it and really promoting <"Pieris "Forest Flame"> instead, but why?.

    Somebody explained to me that Kalmia is tricky and slow to root as a cutting and a slow growing shrub ("grows out of profit"), Pieris had the advantage of being much easier to root and being saleable as a small shrub, it was a no-brainer.

    cheers Darrel
     
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  17. Marty.h

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    What a difference a week makes

    A week ago
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    And today
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    Happy with it so far the growth has been incredible

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  18. Marty.h

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    Cant beat looking down the tank just a shame the camera does not show how crisp and clean it is [​IMG]

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    That's a lovely looking tank. Have you got a list of the hardware you are using?
     
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  20. Marty.h

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    Fluval FX5 filter
    4 x 54w HO T5's
    Ista CO2 system

    That's about it

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