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Return of the Shallow

Discussion in 'Aquarium & Aquascaping Journals' started by TimHarrison, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. TimHarrison

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    The Buces are flowering again. They appear to be taking to their new life underwater quite well.
    You can see the difference between the old emersed leaves and the new submersed ones.

    The old ones also have some GSA but the new ones are looking pretty good.

    Hopefully, I've got the balance right between light intensity, flow and distribution of ferts and CO2, and the leaves will stay healthy and algae free.

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    Other than a few leaves all the other plants look very healthy.

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    Thanks Keith, the old emersed growth is looking a bit ropy but the new submersed growth is fine.
     
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    Will those leaves improve or would it be advisable to remove them to encourage new growth?

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    No they will eventually die and fall off. But they are okay for now. Those Buces are very small and I'll probably do more harm than good trying to remove them now.
     
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    I was thinking along the lines of it might encourage new growth.

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    I'm not too sure TBH Keith, I might give one of them a trim, in the spirit of experimentation, and see what happens :)
     
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    One plant would be worth the old "Try & See" method.
    In nature it often works very well particularly with garden plants.

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    A few quick iPhone shots...
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    With a little trimming I would be considering enlarging and framing that top photograph.

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    Thanks Keith :)
     
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    The scape has been in desperate need of a trim for some time, but somehow I've never managed to get round to it...but today I decided to just get on with it.
    The stems had gone over the top and I'm going to have to stay on top of them from now on the get the low and compact growth I want. They still look a bit messy as a result.

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    That is a massive trimming and improvement yet it still has that semi natural appeal.

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    Thanks Keith, it took me 2 hours of work to get it back under control :rolleyes:
     
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    It looks like it was worth all the time you put in.

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    Dodgy handheld iPhone movie of MC pearling a couple of days after trimming...taken a few weeks back.

     
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    Its always fascinating to watch a good Pearling tank and watch the reaction of some fish.

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    Haha, yes that is fascinating and fun to watch. In some it triggers their predatory instincts and they can't seem to help themselves darting for the nearest bubble to check it out.
    I got round to trying to get the stems under control yesterday and gave them their first serious trim...

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    Are you going to add any more Tetras? Have you thought about adding a very strong red coloured Shrimp.

    It could lift all the green colours in your tank even more.

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    Hi Keith, yes I'm planning on adding some more tetras, not sure which species, but some of the smaller ones.
    I usually buy cherry shrimp for my tanks, I'll get some of those as well at some point.
     

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