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  1. WetRootsNH

    Least favorite plant - and why

    I have found that for long term success (at least for me) to keep it rooted it needs ferts at the roots (why stay rooted when all the ferts are in the water column?) And a little bit higher lighting than it does when floating. Also, frequent trimming. But I've been told I'm a trimming maniac. I...
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    Help What’s the ideal lighting for a freshwater planted tank?

    I have heard great things and seen nice pictures of the Finnex 24/7 CC in action. I used to have 2x Fluval 2.0's over my 75 gallon. My understanding is that the 3.0 is pretty similar in overall output. I used two because I was concerned with overall spread across the front to back of a 75 gallon. They grew...
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    Least favorite plant - and why

    My favorite are Crypts. I know that's not a specific species but I just love them all. There's one for every occasion. Out of all of them? I guess my two favorite are my Cryptocoryne nurii 'rosen madien' and my Cryptocoryne spiralis 'red'. I also just got a Cryptocoryne axelrodi, so I am...
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    Question What is this stringy stuff (it is so soft it comes right off when i do a vacuum during water change

    I would not lower your ferts. I would lower your light schedule or intensity. Don't know if you are into automobiles or not but maybe try and look at it like this. The light is your gas pedal, CO2 is the fuel and ferts are your traction. If you floor it and have plenty of fuel but your tires are...
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    Help What’s the ideal lighting for a freshwater planted tank?

    It really comes down to your price range. There are cheapo lights that can get you there for $80 to $200 There are also mid level (pricewise) that can get you there for $200 to $400 Then there are the wallet busters that can cost $1000+ to set up. Cheaper lights may not look as nice as far as...
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    Least favorite plant - and why

    It likes a whole bunch of ferts (a ton) and don't bury the bulb. Also, never let it flower. Mine always died after flowering.
  7. WetRootsNH

    Is this how vals flower?

    Thank you, I feel like seeing pictures of flowers in our tropical getaways certainly can help us through the winter months (at least those of us above the snow belt.) I do think that some plants may not necessarily be "happy" when they flower. My crypts for example. The fact that they flower...
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    Is this how vals flower?

    Very interesting, perhaps it's the trimming. I have found that most of the plants I've had flower do so after some kind of trigger. Lobelia cardinalis seems to do it as soon as it breaks the waters surface. Crinum calamistratum after huge water changes. Cryptocoryne nurii and anubias if I get...
  9. WetRootsNH

    My fishkeeping perspectives through time

    That's all for updates today. Thank you so much for the commentary and likes everyone. Tomorrow I will be getting into the better stuff; adventures into dirt, the first time I had flowering, my first rare plant. Maybe more, possibly less.
  10. WetRootsNH

    My fishkeeping perspectives through time

    You should do it, I'll be sure to check it out!
  11. WetRootsNH

    Is this how vals flower?

    Wow, that's really neat. I dont ever recall having Val flower for me. How long have you had it? Fertilizers? Have you relocated it recently?
  12. WetRootsNH

    My fishkeeping perspectives through time

    This is where I finally started trying my hand at plants in genuine. Also when I finally swapped to sand. Best decision, I will not ever be going back to gravel! The last picture is actually a picture I took at the New England Aquarium. After I saw it i knew that I wanted to become better at...
  13. WetRootsNH

    Should I Start Selling Anubias and Buce?

    Sterile conditions would definitely be the tough part. Tried growing oyster mushrooms in my apartment before. 1st batch actually came out great but the 2nd got overtaken by mold inspite of me being extremely careful. Can't do too much to stabilize the shipping I suppose, not like wooden boxes...
  14. WetRootsNH

    Midground/foreground plant suggestions

    I'm afraid I do not have any experience with scarlett badis other than watching videos of them and wishing I could have another tank so that I could give them a try. Another one you could check out that I think would be similar in shape and care would be Elassoma Gilberti The taiwan lotus is...
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    My fishkeeping perspectives through time

    From there, I began to realize that I might like things a bit more natural looking. As you can see, it took a while to fully realize what more natural might look like: At this point, I had not yet caught the plant bug. It seemed difficult, something that I didn't think I could do. I had...
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    My fishkeeping perspectives through time

    Thought it might be fun to do a gallery of the evolution of my tank(s) through time. I started here almost at the same time as I started into the hobby. I have gone from plastic ornaments to a high tech dirted tank since then and in large part it is due to my membership in this forum. Well that...
  17. WetRootsNH

    Should I Start Selling Anubias and Buce?

    Stem plants I can definitely see an issue with as far as shipping, especially fine leaved or fine stemmed varieties. I'm surprised to learn that sword don't ship all that great though. They are so rugged once established! I haven't kept one in years due to how big they get but I used to cut them...
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    Midground/foreground plant suggestions

    Wow, the fish prices seem pretty amazing. I want to build up a school of 20-30 danio choprea and it looks like it is going to cost me $5 a fish. Not a cheap stocking by any means. Based on that website's options, I'd say the A.R. mini is your best bet but it's probably not as unique as you were...
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    Should I Start Selling Anubias and Buce?

    I think it will be tough to have it work out financially. Your cost of goods is higher since you aren't growing the product so your margin isn't as good. And if you are partially conditioning them for submersed growth than you are taking up room for plants that you could have a better margin on...
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    What you do for work

    I'd bet Charlie feels differently.




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