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Old 11-04-2011, 08:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Update 11/4/2011 - Last week I trimmed the hairgrass using Amano's method - mow all old growth down and keep only the new growth. The rotalas have filled in amazingly well and I'm going to do my first trimming tomorrow.

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Old 11-04-2011, 01:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Very nice and healthy growth of plants... Keep up the good work!


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Update 11/17/2011 - Added Lily Pipes and 5 veil tail cherry barbs.

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This is what the Lily Pipes box looked like when it arrived - I was pretty worried that I would have a box full of glass, but luckily they were intact.



Sorry I don't have a full tank shot; it is very difficult to get one right now because the house being under construction right in front of the tank means I can't get a good perspective.

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Old 12-01-2011, 10:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Time for an update! There is not much to report except that I've done my second large trimming, but I think I didn't trim quite enough. It's grown back very fast, but I should have trimmed lower. It's too bad I didn't read Frank's great ADA/ADG thread until after the trim. Plants have been having great growth, and I've trimmed the grass at least 3 times now (this is less than a week of growth).

I really wanted to thank Frank for the great journal thread because I've already seen a difference in water clarity just from raising my lily pipe to aerate the water the last 2 nights.

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Awesome! Looks like the carpet is filling in nicely

Might want to up the iron levels a bit to get better coloration in the Limno aromatica. It's looking a bit pale...
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Awesome! Looks like the carpet is filling in nicely

Might want to up the iron levels a bit to get better coloration in the Limno aromatica. It's looking a bit pale...
Thanks. Yeah, the aromatica is pale, and the r. colorata is not growing new growth with red stems, so I've started to dose traces (Seachem Flourish - I need to finish this bottle first but I also have a bag of Plantex CSM+B), as well as dosing 3 times weekly phosphate 0.33ppm and K 3.33 ppm.

The carpet is nice, but frustrating - I've mowed it 3 times already. It was sold to me as e. Belem, but it's obviously just regular e. acicularis based on the height. I'm going to have to continue to mow it for the life of the tank... /sigh
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Looking good!
Thanks! And, you were right - I didn't trim the rotalas low enough. I just learned the ADA way of trimming... Trim almost to the bottom, then trim 3 more times higher up each time (usually the stem splits into 2). After the 4th trim, on the 5th trim replant the tops to get rid of the mushy lower leaves.

You guys probably already know this, but it was a learning experience for me... lol
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Flourish trace is good stuff. It also has a couple obscure minerals that you won't get in CSM+B - i.e. Vanadium and Rubidium. Mind you, I have no idea what a plant actually uses either of those for (Rubidium allegedly supplements potassium... Vanadium just sounds cool IMO), but they're in there.

If the CSM doesn't improve the coloration in your red plants, you may want to add a bit of iron chelate as well.
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After looking at your thick dhg lawn the other day, I decided to mow my belem hairgrass in my 57gal late at night (just finished an hour ago)... Now comes the fun part, waiting for the new growths pop-out and spread out!


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