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  • #31
    In 3 weeks, the thing grew really a lot, only one 11W Arcpod for now, the 2nd is off since 3 weeks. P. Helferi is growing rather fast in a more beautiful submerged form (emersed form is so ugly and unstructered). The Anubia that suffered from submersion is doing fine. R. Wallichii needs a trim. No algae exept on the moss















    Will wait for more growth before I modify some parts maybe
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    • #32
      Hi,

      Here's how it looks, after 6 weeks of immersion. Clean, no algae, except self limited green hairs on mosses.
      Only 0.9W/gal total volume (1.5W/gal real volume)

      I put some glosso in front right side. Just will wait a while till it grows than remove the remaining P. Helferi in the middle and right to extend glosso there and let P. Helferi only on left

      R. Wallichii was trimmed hardely today so it doesn't show well



















      Last edited by jonny_ftm; 12-22-2009, 09:42 AM.
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        • #34
          great tank,
          i would love to see a close up of the rock section of the tank and a closer image of the FTS

          merry xmas

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          • #35
            Hi,

            I'll post a close shot of the right rock section when back to home. Hopefully you asked now as I'm gonna redo it all :-(
            Stones are calcareous and despite using RO and doing 50% WC 3x/week, I end up with GH 8 and KH 5

            But, what do you mean by FTS?
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            • #36
              Hi,

              I had to remove the rocks because they were very calcareous and the KH and GH were very unstable
              Used petrified wood instead

              Eleocharis was never trimmed, only delimited to not invade the front. Glosso is growing so slowly, but it roots and grows, very low light doesn't help, but CO2 does help. Hopefully I prove that we can carpet glosso with so low light.



















              Last edited by jonny_ftm; 01-17-2010, 10:56 PM.
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              Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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              • #37


                Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
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                Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                • #38
                  Here's how it grows, 0.9wpg light. Glosso adapted to extreme low light and now grows quickly and responds to trimming by launching many shoots. P. Helferi needs a little more time as I trimmed and replanted it in a more spaced pattern. It should cover the left side in few weeks.

                  Eleocharis was never trimmed or maintained at all yet.

                  The mosses were trimmed and need a new trimming soon.

                  Overall, this is a very low maintenance tank, except weekly WC for now, without syphonnig: 20mn only









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                  Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                  • #39
                    need names of the plants.

                    liked your setup.

                    can you please name the plants as numbered by me in the attached image?
                    Goldfish Planted Tank and Killifish Planted tank

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                    • #40
                      1- Ceratophyllum Demersum, floating to reduce light on "2" and "4"
                      2- Windlow Fern
                      3- I'm not sure what you mean here: On the back, it's Eleocharis acicularis and Rotala Wallichii (the red parts). On the woods, weeping moss. On the stone in the left, some Christmas moss. I find the christmas moss much slower in growth but also worst in attaching to stone. Its old growth also decays faster, so I prefer the weeping in such a small setup
                      4- Anubia bareter var nana va petite
                      5- Pogostemon helferi
                      6- Glosso

                      There are also on the right front corner and behind the glosso under the root, some Parvula crypts. Also in there a fissidens moss attached on the lower wood part behind the glosso
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                      • #41
                        Got it . Thanks
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                        • #42
                          Was bored from P. Helferi in the front and liked a shorter plant, easy to maintain. As my floating riccia that started with 0.5in diameter became a 6in diameter circle shading too much light, I decided to use a riccia carpet

                          Glosso grew much well, just trimmed it short before the photo. It will be denser in few weeks and I'll post new photos when riccia and glosso grow denser

                          With low light, things are very slow, but at least, I see no algae even on the anubia after +4months without removing any decaying leave :-)















                          I realize it lacks some slope in the bottom left part. Maybe one time I remove some of the eleocharis and use rocks to make the slope


                          PS: my pictures pass through paint shop pro with 2 functions: a crop then a resize to reduce their size. Not any other picture enhancement filter. I use a tripod to take photos with my cheap digital camera. Hopefully I get soon a better camera for better photos.
                          Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
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                          Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                          • #43
                            Fantastic. i am absolute love with the setup and style of scaping in this tank.
                            Goldfish Planted Tank and Killifish Planted tank

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                            • #44
                              Thank you for the nice comments.

                              Despite the plants health and their density, this tank is a rather low maintenance. Eleocharis, anubia, parvula and java fern were never trimmed in 5 months. Glosso trimmed once since 3 months. The mosses trimmed every 2-3 months. I just started the riccia, but should be trimmed every 1-2 months I think, let's see. P. Helferi needed a retop after 4 months + the 4-5 months of dry start. Wallichii needs monthly trimming, I don't retop it as it responds nicely with side shoots

                              No decaying leaves, even the P. helferi. Shrimps and a hundred of snails take care of every organic matter. Soil is never syphonned (trumpet snails help). Glass never cleaned in 5 months (light is put along the bottom side of tank to avoid algae on glass)

                              Canister never cleaned after near 5 months of immersion

                              Only feeding fish and shrimps daily, 20mn for the 50% weekly WC (just 3.9 gallons of water to use, no syphonning, so not too much work)
                              Aquatic Natur Cocoon 7: 11gal, dry start success / low light / CO2
                              >>Follow it here<<

                              Aquatlantis Evasion 120: Stopped ---> Malawi setup = No Plants

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                              • #45
                                Why do you covering your outer glass substrate jonny_ftm?

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