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Old 06-17-2007, 04:48 PM   #121 (permalink)
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For your dust problem with anubias , invest in some long handled paint brushes. That way you dont have to stick your hand in there and if you do small strokes you shouldnt have such a stir up of substrate.
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when you need to know about what to do with all the babies let me know.
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Why in the first one there is sooo much substrate and so very little water??
Excellent question. I knew that would be the first question.

I did not really have a lot of time at the office to do what I needed to and did not want to make a huge mess. I wanted to use as much of the old sustrate because it had a layer of soil at the bottom. I also figure the Seachem Flourite may have absorbed some good nutrients. I decided to 'cap' the substrate with some new Flourite to keep the soil from messing up the water.

I have not added much water because I did not want the HM to float on top. I figure somehow I need to get this stuff rooted somehow. Something about tweezers.

I really have no clue how to grow HM or rather have not had much success with it in the past. I would like to change that.

(I am planning on doing a major clean out with most of my tanks and give TONS of trimmings away. Maybe my regular 10 Gallon can then properly grow Mermaid Weed and HM. Don't know.)

I am wide open to suggestions. Can you grow HM El Naturale? Yes / No ?
If I use Seachem what will make it grow like crazy? I truly hope this light is good (Galaxy Palm Light.)
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Ok the spider plants. Make lots of friends or find out if you can put an add in the classified for free if what you are doing is giving away something for free. Save your margrin containers and invest in some super cheap potting soil. Once the baby spider plants have good 2 inch leaves on it pick it off , put it in dirt (be sure to water) or a glass of water and you got a new plant to give away. Heck send a free spider plant when you give away those cuttings. ( Jumps up and down and volenteers) What cuttings are you going to have anyway?
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What cuttings are you going to have anyway?
Everything and anything I can cut in all of my tanks. They all need a 'haircut' really badly.

I have only had the time to feed the brine shrimp to my Endlers (Poecilia Wingei) at night.

Whenever I get this done, I have stocked up on styrofoam boxes from the vets close to my job. They gave me 2 LARGE BOXES. It took forever to get a 12"x12"x12" styrofoam box (the little one).

If you would like, pm me your address and I can easily ship you a bunch.

I have no clue when, but when I do it - it will feel so good to finally do it.

On the spider plant - I like it so much because all I have done for 2-3 years is water the thing. If I cut off the baby spider plant, won't the flowers BETWEEN the mother plant and the baby plant die off? I really like those. They are cool.

Would you like some trimmings? I can easily give you a whole bunch of plants when I get around to it.
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Ill take some trimmings. Dude you dont cut the babies off , you just simply pull them off , grab the baby by the base and pull gently if it doesnt give right away then leave it for another time.
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That is wonderful that he is willing to do things like that for you. It must be so much more fun enjoying it together. Cheapest idea I would have is to use a LIGHTS OF AMERICA bulb and use it in any desk lamp. That is a wonderful compact flourescent bulb. I have difficulty finding them now that the stores near me have switched over to GE CF's. I understand they are easy to find on the West Coast and on Long Island.

Joycould, are you and he having success with El Naturale or the Seachem Daily Dosage Schedule?

Thank you for the compliment.

I actually enjoy it when my boss or co-workers ask about them from time to time.
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The Endlers will be the frosting on the cake when the Bowls and I are ready.
The light he has planning will be a pvc pipe cut in half (part of a potato cannon) and a florescent light that he has managed to take apart for parts to put in the pipe. Right now I have a desk lamp over it until he gets everything mounted on the light and makes sure it is safe. I hope this is the end of the potato cannon years. For one of his projects I think I am going to talk him into building me a CO2 setup, I will want it compact that is the only thing he will have a problem with.

I tried the El Nautrale a couple of times but ended up with mud and algae. I try again when I have more time to keep an eye on things.

The Endlers will be wonderful in the nanos.
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Ill take some trimmings. Dude you dont cut the babies off , you just simply pull them off , grab the baby by the base and pull gently if it doesnt give right away then leave it for another time.
Send me a pm with your address and I will send some your way. After the part about the trimmings, I did not understand what you were saying.

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My boys are 10 yrs and 11 yrs old. Please tell me about the potato cannon years. This sounds funny!
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Baby spider plants are ready to be planted if you can gently pull them off. You dont ever cut them off.
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I just rediscovered my supply of insulin syringes loaded with Seachem Excel and Seachem Iron. I found my chart for Seachem Daily Dosing at home for 2 cups and 9 cups. I am going to have to clean the large bowl today and measure out how much water is actually in it. With the Seachem Flourite it is less than when I originally measured it at home (and of course I never wrote that down anyways ).

I tried to add 1 cup of water to the Tiny Bowl with the HM. Want to get the water up to at least 2 cups. I don't want to kill the HM while trying to grow it with the Seachem Excel. The Seachem Flourite got stirred up like crazy.

I am having quite some time with a bunch of my tanks with the substrates stirring up and clouding up the water. So much for high CEC (Cation Exchange Capacity). I think I will join the club and wash my substrates BEFOREHAND next time.

Well so far, 6 units of Excel in 2 cups of water and 28 units in 9 cups of water (actually much larger). I will go slow and work my way up with the dosages.

The anubias has in the past been great. After vacation the glass and the leaves got this hard water brown algae substrate crap on it. I will be doing a major clean up this afternoon. No one at work the day before July 4th. Great time to work under the radar on tanks.
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Kristal, the spider plant I think has seeds where the flowers were before. If I pull the baby plants off will the mother plant still flower? (Not flowering now after vacation. Maybe no one watered them.) I also picked up 4 great styrofoam boxes just the right size from the Vets' office on my way to work. They put them all in the same spot outside their office on their back porch.
I have your address. I will try to box up that plant that I hope Urkevitz will tell us the name of and ship that to you. Good luck. I will ship on the 5th.

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