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Old 06/13/2019, 01:45 PM   #951
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I got a couple of new plants in today. Caulerpa mexicana and two mangrove pods, though I only ordered one. Thanks GCE!

I've been wanting to try C. mexicana on the back wall, and when I saw they had it in stock, I jumped on it. I had tried eBay, but what I got was compost at best.

Getting the mangrove was a bit of an impulse buy. Since I got two, I'm planting them in two different locations, to see which they like better. One is up high, half out of the water. The other I planted into the sand bed, completely submerged. From what I recall, planting them emergent will yield more aerial roots. I thought it would be cool to compare growth to the one in the soil. I haven't done any research on them lately, so I'll have to get into it. I don't have really high hopes, but I thought it would fun to give them a go. My pods have no leaves or roots, so I'd say I'm starting from scratch.

I haven't been able to find Turtle Weed (Maiden's Hair) online for a reasonable price, just a few ridiculously priced ones. Ha! I'll keep waiting and watching for that one. It is one I've been wanting to try.


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Old 06/13/2019, 07:47 PM   #952
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ATTENTION!

Florida pets dot com has Turtle, Mantee, Shoal and Widgen grass in stock right now! As a lot of you know, seagrasses are rarely available, so now is a good time to get some!


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Old 06/13/2019, 08:09 PM   #953
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From what I recall and past experience, I believe the mangrove propagules need to be partially submerged and the top 1/3rd or 2/3rds above the water. Fully submerged I believe the top of the shoot will shrivel and die.
You’ll need to mist the leaves with fresh water too to keep salt off the leaves.


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Old 06/13/2019, 08:18 PM   #954
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Well hello there Sam! Nice to hear from you again. Thanks for the mangrove info. I just read through the sticky thread here in the macro forum. I'm sure I'll do some more studying up on them.

So, what's up with you? Got FTS? New LED projects? Do tell.


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Old 06/13/2019, 08:50 PM   #955
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Well hello there Sam! Nice to hear from you again. Thanks for the mangrove info. I just read through the sticky thread here in the macro forum. I'm sure I'll do some more studying up on them.

So, what's up with you? Got FTS? New LED projects? Do tell.


Eh, sadly lost interest. Tanks are still up and running though. The cube has a bunch of algea on the glass, but it’s starting to thin. Lol
Gonna see if it goes away on its own. I think the frag racks blocking the view of stuff doesn’t help.
The 2.5 similar deal except algae mostly gone since the light was failing. Just got all the parts to rebuild the light and will probably do that tomorrow night.



Work and the 4Runner generally take up most of my time.

Rebuilding the A/C system tomorrow. Perks of having over 300k miles. Lol



Im gone 18 days of the month, but off 11 and loving it!



Oh and the dog is more fun than the fish. Lol




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Old 06/18/2019, 02:50 PM   #956
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Well, that was quick. I just got back from camping over the weekend. Looking in the tank, I see no Caulerpa Mexicana. None. Five days after planting it all, it's all gone!

Sometimes, when I get macros in that are in rough shape, my army of snails devours them, before they can recover. That appears to be what happened. I accidentally let it sit in my mailbox for an extra day, so it was a little iffy. Still, it's surprising to find absolutely none.

In an odd coincidence, the caulerpa that I removed months ago suddenly popped back up. It's not the one I wanted, but I guess I'll give a try. Maybe I'll get lucky with the Mexicana and it will pop up somewhere again.


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Old 06/18/2019, 06:47 PM   #957
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Isn't that just how things happen...something you removed is back and something you wanted is gone!


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Old 06/18/2019, 11:15 PM   #958
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That's how it goes! De do do do, de da da da. A lot goes right, but not everything. I don't have total control. I provide the basics. Nature fills in the blanks and makes it work.

Plants are mysterious. In v1 I killed some plants, and most of them popped back up later. In this tank, I've got a lot of plants growing from the live rock. If I'm fortunate, they'll grow into a nice splash of colors.


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Cuc cleaned up a little too much, eh? Sorry it was something you paid for and not the unwanted stuff. You are so right about control...we really can't control everything.


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Yep. That's the one downside of the army of snails. Any plant that's not in great health looks like snail food to them!


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