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Tom Barr Buce tank!

plantbrain

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The scape has a few more months off before it develops, Buce foregrounds take some time, but they are really special and develop into beautiful gardens. Most are just tossed in and the aquarist do not try to really develop and grow the genus. They tend to be concerned with selling them or happen to have bought a large mat from a collector who took the plants from a wild stream. I think good horticulture and growth is the responsible method.

I think many will not risk such a tank due to BBA and algae issues, but they are quite easy to care for. I've been picking at this tank more than the last version, but it's fairly close to what I wanted, but now it's just time and patience.
My 180 Gallon requires a little work, this one hardly any now.

So that leaves a reef(not much work there) and the 120 Gallon which is the trim and hack tank.
Wet/dry filters and sumps, not a whole lot of cleaning and work really.

I hate taking pics or videos of this tank, I need to put a shade or adjust the lights way down to prevent all the reflection, you can see the tank from 4 sides, so it's a PITA.
 

Alje

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Nice Tom
Any husbandry tips for Bucephalandra ?
How can I become a registered member on 'Barr report' as I only have a hotmail email address ?
Thanks
 

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I have two types of Buce from one of our forum sponsors, I've kept them since Christmas and I have noticed that there are at least 3-4 very tiny Buce just sitting on the substrate. Their sizes are no more than 1cm long with tiny green leaves. I know you have a lot of Buce in your tank Tom, but do you notice anything similar regarding spotting these tiny Buce? I did inspect the plants upon receiving them from a friend and only saw one noticeable Buce which came with the two I received. The only reason I could think of why this may have happened was perhaps due to a tiny part of the rhizome from one of the two plants having separated when I was moving the plants around and forming a new plant, but I don't know.
 

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The small ones are just that, small plants, over time, they end up getting much larger. All the so called dwarf and other mini types seem to be much larger after you grow them out in rich aquarium conditions, they might be just stunted and smaller from natural systems, where many of them come from when wild collected.

Such jungle streams are not known for having high nutrient content.
So they get larger and grow well in our tanks if you add fertilizers and do not play that less is best monkey business.

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Nice Tom
Any husbandry tips for Bucephalandra ?
How can I become a registered member on 'Barr report' as I only have a hotmail email address ?
Thanks

Same as all the spammers that register there with a dozen proxy ISP's :cool:
I ban a dozen a day or more.

I think the plants handle higher light than many assume, they also do well in sediment, but make sure there's ample flow to the root zones. Mini/Catherine seemed to do the best in ADA AS, Black skeleton king is a lousy Buce for aquarium, Green SK is good though.
 

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This is awesome, one of the most unique tanks i have seen, and has really made me want to give buces a try in a similar fashion. Everything, in terms of hardscape, plants, livestock and locations mingle and suit each other perfectly. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Not possible, if I try and register with a Hotmail address (only email I use) this message is displayed

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Get an aol account. It's free and everyone stopped using them years ago...

....except me :lol:

Lovely tank and plants. Shame they're so darned expensive over here. Thanks for sharing Tom

Btw what are the little swimmers you have in there!
 

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Yahoo works[DOUBLEPOST=1406825764][/DOUBLEPOST]Albino neons
About 150, they do better than I thought they might.
 

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Hi Tom, Are you doing EI etc for this? How about light levels, I've found that BUCE may not be so good with high light? (perhaps it's my CO2 though!).
 
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