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Myriophyllum spec. “From Roraima”

Posted by on Nov 27, 2011 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Myriophyllum spec. “From Roraima”

This Myriophyllum ist sensational. Despite its deep red colour it is an excellent grower (albeit under ample light and CO2) and seems to be running circles around the very suitable Myriophyllum “Santa Catarina”. I am going to send off some shoots to friends and experts this week to see if someone can identify it. In any case it seems to be a very suitable...Read More

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Hygrophila odora

Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Hygrophila odora

I have had a specimen of Hygrophila odora for about six months in one of my tanks now. I got the plants from Heiko Muth in the summer of 2011. All plants were emersed cuttings with entire leaves. I planted three shoots in my discus tank at 27°C, under bright lights and full trace element fertiliser. (Macro-nutrients are fed into the water sufficiently through the discus...Read More

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Visit to The Netherlands

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in All Categories, Travel | 0 comments

Visit to The Netherlands

Here are some good examples of Dutch Style planted tanks which I collected for a presentation. Jaap Liefting, a member of the NBAT kindly took me along on a trip visiting three experienced aquarists in Holland. All aquaria are set up according to the NBAT rules for “Gezelschapsaquaria” (community tanks). If readers have sufficient command of Dutch, here is a...Read More

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LED Lighting for Planted Freshwater Aquaria

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in All Categories, My Aquaria | 0 comments

LED Lighting for Planted Freshwater Aquaria

New High-Power LEDs are quite suitable for planted tanks. First results after 4 months. During a presentation in July 2011 I learned about using LEDs as a light source for planted tanks. Interestingly, LEDs are already being used in some greenhouse environments and experiments with terrestrial plants have apparently led to promising results. The spectrum of light emitted...Read More

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Multi-Component Fertilizing For Better Results

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in All Categories, Aquarium Maintenance | 0 comments

Multi-Component Fertilizing For Better Results

With 30 years of aquarium experience I am a dinosaur. This is true for both my occupation with the hobby and most of my beliefs and general practice. If, like me, you have believed for a long time, that  nitrate and phosphate are banned substances in an aquarium, it is quite a change of paradigm if you start pouring them into your tanks. But first things first. Like most...Read More

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Hygrophila spec. “Pantanal Wavy”

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Hygrophila spec. “Pantanal Wavy”

This plant is as yet unidentified and its name must hence be considered preliminary. I have kept it for about 6 months now and it is doing quite well in my discus tank, where it grows very fast and has formed a dense stand. Its overall habit and shape does resemble H. polysperma but it is much more unruly and with long internodes and an overall more wavy appearance, at...Read More

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