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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2010.04.10(Sat)11:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updates for April 10 2010
I've been spot treating with Excel for awhile now, and it seems to be killing off the BBA. However, at the same time, it seems that there was a mass RCS die-off as well, so I'm going to stop for now (> 10 shrimp dead). The problem with Excel in a nano aquarium is that it is very hard to measure out the proper dosage (I am already using a syringe to measure out 200 microlitres).

Also, I haven't really done any maintenance on the tank in a long time, so excuse the overgrown look of the tank.



On another note, the emersed HC is doing quite nicely



Finally, the RCS that are remaining (there's still at least 20 or so):


Note that they aren't as red, etc. I guess that is all due to the Excel.
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unissuh
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PostPosted: 2010.04.10(Sat)18:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been trimming that Anubias? I thought it used to have 3 leaves. Razz

At least your Fissidens seems to be okay with the spot dosing. Mosses seem more sensitive than other plants for some reason.
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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2010.04.10(Sat)18:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

unissuh wrote:
Been trimming that Anubias? I thought it used to have 3 leaves. Razz

It used to have 3, but I had to trim off a few of the more badly BBA covered leaves.

unissuh wrote:
At least your Fissidens seems to be okay with the spot dosing. Mosses seem more sensitive than other plants for some reason.

I haven't really spot dosed the Fissidens yet, most of my spot dosing was on the HC.

I'm probably going to hold off with the spot dosing (or if I do, every other day, rather than every day). Don't need more dead shrimp Sad

And you can't tell from that picture, but I just noticed that the Anubias rhizome doesn't look too happy with the dosing (maybe I spot dosed a little too close to the rhizome). There's a part of that looks like it's turning into a brown mush.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.10(Sat)19:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats surprising, first time I've heard of Anubias reacting badly to Excel spot dosing. I know I've double-spot dosed the Anubias in my cube before to kill a bit of Cladophora. How are you doing the spot dosing?
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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2010.04.10(Sat)23:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Standard method of spot dosing; turn off filter for a few minutes, spot dose ~200 uL of the Excel, let it work its magic for about 5 minutes, and then turn filter back on.
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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2010.04.18(Sun)14:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updates for April 18 2010


Compare with February 28


My emersed HC experiment is doing quite well:

Comparison with February 28


And a little surprise:

Oh no, the horror! You can also see how many shrimp I have in my 2.5g nano (I counted ~25)

So, I decided to rescape the entire 2.5g nano, as I was getting bored with the current scape. It went from the current scape to something a little more sparse.

I'm not really aiming for Iwagumi, but it definitely has that feel to it now.



Here it is just before filling:


And more pictures to come tomorrow after the dust has settled.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.18(Sun)14:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa! That is quite a few shrimp! I can't wait to see picture once the dust clears. The HC is doing great!
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PostPosted: 2010.04.18(Sun)14:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

The shrimp were quite panicked as I kept on uprooting the entire scape. They eventually realized that I wouldn't disturb the HC carpet, and ended up hanging out there while I rescaped the rest of the tank Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2010.04.18(Sun)15:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dust has settled a bit, so I snapped a quick picture. I was too lazy to take out the equipment; also excuse the bubbles.


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PostPosted: 2010.04.18(Sun)17:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does have that Iwagumi look, though technically Iwagumi scapes have odd numbers of rocks. Razz

I quite like this look, better than the Fissidens covered branches in my opinion.
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