i've got runners 1 inch long on some bits. it pearls like an absalut mother at night. the biggest oxygen bubbles i've seen. a bit better than my MA disaster when i nearly lost it all.SteveUK said:How the hell?? Mine's been in a week and looks pretty much like it did when I started!
I like the look of that soil!!! My shrimp tank is giving me problem and I think its the ADA Amazonia II, I might get a bag of that to replace the ADA Soil. Is that the finner version of the Oliver Knott substrate?saintly said:
Thanks for sharing that info, I am now really considering to buy some of this stuff since my Crystal reds prefer a lower PH and KH. Goodbye Amazonia II, would not recommend this stuff at all, given me lots of problems, stick to ADA Aquasoil Amaziona standard and not the II version!saintly said:it's not often i check water parameters but i did check my kh and it's gone from 8 or so from the tap to 3. PH has dropped considerably too. 8 from tap (co2 injection assisted) down to 6.5 (if i remember right)
I've never had problems with the swing with AS jay or don't appear too.jay said:I was always a bit unsure with soil lowering ph, especially as the Co2 we pump in lowers it also, and worried how doing WC with hard tap would swing the ph and be hard on the livestock.
i'm leaving the HC as it is, it's the tenellus and liliaeopsis i'm trimming...just old leaves that die off.Garuf said:Mark, I'm a little confused, are you trimming the hc back already? Or just odd dead leaves from the HC?
very true. i also planted light in the front to allow everything else to catch up. but it appears HC will cover in no time. even if the liliaeopsis comes to the front i wont be too bothered. it's the tenellus which is my concern 8) it's becoming a pain in the MA tank, especially with me leaving it a week before I can do anything. I've trained matt the manager to trim now, as i just cant keep up with the maintenance.George Farmer said:Planting stem by stem is the way forward and you can get so much coverage out of a few pots.
hi glen, your along the right lines for sure,glenn said:hi, its been great watching the progression of your tank...and if your still stuck for a name, when i saw the hard scape lay out on its own with the 3 rocks 'rising sun' came to my mind right away. dont know if this is a goofy name but its what i think of when i see it anyhow.
sorry vito,here it is or alternatively click on my sig.Vito said:, I couldn't find it when flicking through the 22+ pages of your journal
i know mate, just cant help myself sometimes. i'll save most for the site thoughSteveUK said:Damit Mark, stop being embarassed with your quality pics The more the merrier
interesting tom. i'm not 100%familiar with the dry start method. i presume everything is emerged?.....i have a hug difference in height from the foreground to the rear. 2.5 inch- 10 inch at the back. how would you dry start that? wouldn't the back dry out completely?plantbrain said:This would have been a good tank for the Dry start method, all these species do very well.
typical meplantbrain said:I always get impatient and recall some old advice, "wait to trim or set it up another week after you cannot stand it".
i don't know mate. from following great advice from guys like the tom bar and CEG, my life has become easier. plants need co2 and ferts....so i give it to em...in a big way! substrates are vital IMO. not sure the bacter 100 does anything, i only put it in because I've got it, and at 20 odd quid i'm not wasting itTonser said:Can you single out one thing that you do, thats gets the growth going so strong, so quickly ? I know its a combination of everything and different for every tank, but I just wonder if there is something in particular that makes a big difference - substrate, bacter 100, oodles of CO2 ?
will doTonser said:Keep up the "artsy-fartsy" stuff