Transitioning Phase... (10 Weeks) Transitioning into a Journal

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Be happy to if that's what you'd like me to do ;)
Yeah that would be great. Is there any way that I can combine the two?

@Jayefc1 I'll decrease the intensity today to 80% and add a ramp up and down period. Do the plants photosynthesis at a light intensity of 10%? I'd like to see your tank at that intensity if you have a picture to share.

I've also started getting diatoms on the glass which will probably pass as the tank matures.
 

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No all there work is done by the time it goes down just means you can view it for a little longer and its quiet a nice ambience to il take a pic tonight for you
Alright, thank you. I'll have to wait a few days to set up the dimmer as I'll need an 5.5 to 2.1 adapter.
 

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The evening viewing period looks great. I've currently got the co2 on from 12:30 to 7:30 and lights are on from 4pm until 9pm.

I will change it to the following:
Ramp up to 80%: 3pm until 3:30pm
At 80%: 3:30pm until 8:30pm
Ramp down to 10%: 8:30 to 8:45pm
At 10%: 8:45 to 9 and then lights off. I'll extend the period at 10% as the tank matures and balances out.

What do people do when the time goes forward? If I set everything back by an hour then will it have an impact on the plants?
 

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7 weeks in now. I've removed one of the older pieces of wood as it had weird growth on it. I've implemented the dimmer today. I'll probably increase the amount of ferts and co2 being injected as the plant mass has increased The Rotala H'ra seems to grown horizontally across the floor rather than vertically which isn't ideal.
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I plan to conduct a major trim this Friday when I hit the 8 weeks marks. I've found that the growth on the Rotala bonsai and the H'ra to be very slow in comparison to the yao yai which has been trimmed twice. Even the cryptocoryne balansae has grown more in height than the bonsai and H'ra. The worst grower has been vallisneria nana which is no more than 2 inches long. Picture heavy update inbound which also shows the meager growth from the rotala.
Does anyone know what the moss on the left of the Taiwan moss is? It came from my old tank, I thought it was flame moss but it turned out to be something else. Could it be java or christmas? Those were the other two moss types that I had. Do I trim pinnatifida like any other stem plant. The growth has been quite good. One of the few Tropica plants that I've had which has had no melt when transitioning within the tank.
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growth on the Rotala bonsai and the H'ra to be very sl
I find these quiet slow to.get going and need a longer time to settle especially if there 1_2 grow pots
Do I trim pinnatifida like any other stem plant
I just pinch the tips out on the pinnatifida and nip off older leaves depends how you want it to grow
Does anyone know what the moss
I think its java moss looks quiet stringy to me
 

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I find these quiet slow to.get going and need a longer time to settle especially if there 1_2 grow pots

I just pinch the tips out on the pinnatifida and nip off older leaves depends how you want it to grow

I think its java moss looks quiet stringy to me
That's good to know, hopefully once they're settled in they'll grow faster. I'd like the pinnatifida to grow outwards to try and cover more of the manzanita if possible. If it is java moss, then it's the slowest growing out of the taiwan and flame moss that I currently have.
 

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My week 8 update has come a few days late now that I can upload images again.

I've removed 90% of the S. Repens in the tank as I was finding very difficult to access the lower leaves. The growth was horizontal across the substrate rather than vertical. The lower leaves were affected by gsa and a I found a small amount of Staughorne which I first identified in week 2/3 with it then dissappearing. I've ordered Blyxa Japonica to replace the vallisneria nana which doesn't grow due the excel and lilaeopsis mauritiana to replace the S.Repens. Ideally I would have liked lilaeopsis brasiliensis which has flatter and thicker leaves. I conducted a big trim of the Yao Yai and left the H'ra and bonsai to grow for another a week or two.

Hydrocotyle Tripartita Japan has finally started draping downwards after just growing busier at the surface of the water for a weeks.

I've included some of the inhabitants within the weekly images:
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Week 10 update. I have been a little neglectful with the maintenance of the tank. The plants are in need of a major trim. I swapped my sodastream canister to a fire extinguisher but I haven't managed to achieve the same drop in the drop checker as previously. I've also reduced the lighting level to 60% as I prefer the lower lighting levels. The images below were taken at unknown percentage as the light ramps up in intensity.
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