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post #21 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-15-2019, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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This is me being super excited about the SMALLEST things...

AHHHHHHHH the tiger lotus isn't dead! BABY LEAVES!!!!!! WHOOOHOOO!!!!!!
I was actually really afraid I would lose this plant, I LOVE lotus plants and lilys and have missed having them SO FREAKIN MUCH and I waited to place my order with BucePlant for my 10 gal specifically because they didn't have the lotus in stock and when it shipped poorly and then dropped all of its leaves pretty much by Sunday night I was super sad. Looked at it today and lo and behold BABY LEAVES
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post #22 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-23-2019, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Update (ish)

Quick update on some things :)

Neo is fat and likes to eat crayfish pellets (and sometimes nibble on algae wafers) otherwise the 5g is doing well, some of the shrimps have disappeared, no surprise there but they continue to reproduce so I still have a pretty static population of about 10-15 most are wild color now, a few blue and oranges tho. The tank is doing well, no noticeable potassium deficiency since I began dosing about 2 weeks ago. The crypts are doing fantastic, as is the java fern, everything else is just normal lol.



The LFS had CPOs yay! I love the little critters, 90% sure this one is female, her name is Scuttles



The tank is finally complete in the way of decor, plants are doing well, one of the swords is doing a little better than the others, likely because it's in a more high light area. The tiger lotus is looking good, getting larger every day, tons of little leaves that are showing a lot of red surprisingly enough I hope they stay that way. Been dosing 1/4 doses of Excel daily (.25 mL) so I'm thinking that has something to do with it. All the pieces of dwarf sag have produced at least 2 new leaves since planting so it's slowly starting to fill in. Very little melt overall, even the crypts are doing well with only a few yellowing/melt leaves.

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New glass unicorn, the spirit of Mielikki is finally here! For non-D&D people, Mielikki is the goddess of nature and the forest and her common manifestation/icon is the unicorn. Mielikki is also a Finnish pagen goddess of the forest and the hunt.



Tiger lotus



That's it for now I think

I was wrong, forgot to show off this!



I know she's not a fish, but I'm super excited to have her hanging/flying in my living room now :) My favorite grandmother who was an incredible, AMAZING person, passed about 3 years ago and one of the things I wanted from her was basically a teal version of this flying lady. My uncle (who is in charge of the estate) forgot and when he realized it, he went out and found me this one, she's not the one my grandma had, but she's still a nice reminder of her <3

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New boy!

Meet Jafar! <3

My Rajah actually named the fish, he was very curious about the little dude and the name just seemed to fit (Rajah is indeed named for Jasmine's tiger)



And one week update on the Grove, not much has changed really, more growth, trimmed the sag a bit to promote more low growth and spreading, left the sag in the back tall for now

The lights are already off in the 5 gal, but everyone there is doing well ^^

Also, I picked up some frozen brine shrimp and have been feeding Neo a couple a day, he REALLY loves them, this is my first time feeding frozen to my betta so I hope they help, he's still going to get a pellet or two so he doesn't go on food strikes later.

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Weekly update:

Pretty much the same as last week tbh, not much going on in my life, fish being fish, cats being cats, orchids growing new leaves. Buckled under and got an assassin snail today for the 5g, pond snails are getting overwhelming so here's hoping John Wick can John Wick the little ***** (lol)

Jafar has a pretty dang spunky personality, he's such a character and completely different from Neo. Jafar flares at me, at my finger, at the mirror, at his filter... he LOVES to play in the current caused by the filter and just explore absolutely everything. He built a bubble nest for me yesterday, then when I saw it, he destroyed it.

Jafar, checking out the camera


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Forest FTS (with the little silver bullet)
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Loving those tanks.
Great pics.

Can i ask about the tiger lotus?
Did you buy a bulb, or rooted leaves?

I just got one myself, a bulb.
The instuctions said to leave the bulb at least half out of the substrate, so i just dropped it into the tank to lie on top of the gravel for 3 days til my schedules WC and plant tidy - and goodness me! The thing threw out a leaf a day and had rooted 2 inches by the time i got to move it.

So did you bury your bulb? Or did you just get a slower growing one than me? Think a slower growing one would be easier maintenance in the long run!

Now, a mere 3 to 4 weeks later, mine is sending a new leaf to the surface every 2nd day, and keeping my nitrates lower than I have ever achieved before.

Tagawa’s tank: 70litre mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, 2 nerites, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
Valentine’s tank: 22litre cube; betta, 2 amano. Heavily planted.
Kham’s tank: 57litre cube; betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, pond snails and 1 assassin doing his thing. Heavily planted.
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The tiger lotus came with two bulbs, no roots, and 4 large-ish leaves which all fell off within 24 hours, 2 weeks later the bulbs are now well rooted (tried to move them... cant...) the tops are kind of exposed, and each bulb has 3-4 leaves they're growing, just slower than I anticipated lol. I have no idea if it's my lighting or ferts or what have you. Maybe it's just a little extra special lol. This is only the 3rd week I think, maybe it took a while to adjust? I might try to pull it up a little bit and see if that helps.

EDIT: after moving one, the bulbs are REALLY tiny they're solid bulbs but about half the size of my pinky nail if that, they're not rotted or anything, just small bulbs so we'll see if that helps spur some more growth along. I'm not impatient or anything, but I would like to see these beauties really take off

where did you get your bulb from? one of those packages at petco/petsmart? I was thinking about trying one

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Last minute addition: I'm also going to be upping my Excel dosage to .5 mL instead of the .25 I've been doing, wanted to start out small and increase slowly so we'll see next week if the half dosage does the tank better than the quarter...
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The tiger lotus came with two bulbs, no roots, and 4 large-ish leaves which all fell off within 24 hours, 2 weeks later the bulbs are now well rooted (tried to move them... cant...) the tops are kind of exposed, and each bulb has 3-4 leaves they're growing, just slower than I anticipated lol. I have no idea if it's my lighting or ferts or what have you. Maybe it's just a little extra special lol. This is only the 3rd week I think, maybe it took a while to adjust? I might try to pull it up a little bit and see if that helps.

EDIT: after moving one, the bulbs are REALLY tiny they're solid bulbs but about half the size of my pinky nail if that, they're not rotted or anything, just small bulbs so we'll see if that helps spur some more growth along. I'm not impatient or anything, but I would like to see these beauties really take off

where did you get your bulb from? one of those packages at petco/petsmart? I was thinking about trying one
Ah. That sounds like the size of the bulb makes the difference.
Mine was/is about 2/3rds of an inch across.

It came from an aquarium plant seller on eBay UK. One of the good ones, selling a whole range of quality aquarium plants. I have bought from this seller before and been v pleased.

Don’t know if it is OK to post eBay links on here, but I can PM. Though it sounds like your plant is doing nicely, so I doubt you need it.
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Tagawa’s tank: 70litre mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, 2 nerites, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
Valentine’s tank: 22litre cube; betta, 2 amano. Heavily planted.
Kham’s tank: 57litre cube; betta, ember tetras, 2 amano, 1 nerite, heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, kuhli loaches, otocinclus, pond snails and 1 assassin doing his thing. Heavily planted.
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Ah yeah, bulb size probably does change some things, decided to experiment a bit and got a pack of topfin "live plant bulbs" to try to see if anything will grow. I'll be keeping a close eye on them so they don't rot and ruin the tank, it'll be an experiment so we'll see how that goes if anyone is interested in the things. I've heard both good and bad about them so it's worth a shot, only 5 bucks for 4 bulbs so I'll take it. Supposedly the plants are: Nymphaea lotus "green" (water lily) Crinum thaianum (water onion) and 2 Aponogeton ulvaceus

Also bought some Staurogyne Repens to see how it does, here's hoping :D (it's generally a higher light more demanding plant than what I currently have stocked, but figured I'd give it a go anyway.

Did my first round of .5mL Excel today to start off the week so multiple things going on lol.


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Welp, Jafar ate/killed scuttles :( sad day, I really liked that little crayfish RIP at least now I know I can't house inverts with him... it's funny because Neo gets along just fine with his cray in smaller quarters, but I guess that's just down to personality. So only invert that MIGHT be going into this tank is a nerite... not risking longer antennae of prettier snails to Jafar :( There go my dreams of a Filopaludina Martensi snail... at least until the tank grows in more.

I guess this is what happens when you name fish after villains.... lol
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