Sergio hosted the 16th meeting of the NJAGC on Saturday,March 14th, 2009.
In attendance were 20 members:
Mike giving his opening remarks
As members arrived, Sergio and his wife put out some nice sandwiches, snacks and drinks. After waiting a little bit for the straglers, Mike started off with the business, Walter the treasury.
Mike spoke about the purchase of the AGA Convention DVD’s for the club’s enjoyment. Sergio took over from there and jumped right into an explaination of the drop checker solutions he made.
He even went so far as to make different “target” value solutions – 15, 30, and 45ppm’s. A conversation about how drop checkers work ensued.
SuMo Drop Checker Solutions
Sergio then went into a discussion of his latest re-scape.
Sergio explaining his vision
Sergio’s inspiration for the design came to him while on a trip to Vermont. He saw the fall scene along the side of the road in New England area and wanted to re-create it.
Overview of the latest aquascape
I think the re-creation was well done. The twiggy manzinita wood he got works well, but there was some concern about how quickly it will decay.
He also mentioned that he added a bag of Aquasoil while the tank was running which caused some parameter changes. As a result, he had a bit of an algae problem. In trying to treat the algae on the rocks, the rock color changed when he spot treated with excel.
“Fresh” rocks on the left, treated rocks on the right
The plants in the tank were discussed – he has Rotala macrandra narrow, Rotala macrandra green and red, Blyxa japonica (where it is supposed to be Echinodorus ‘Aquartica’ that he has been waiting for), and Eleocharis parvula (Dwarf hair grass).
He is also using the newer ADA Orinoco sand. He mentioned a change GH (calcium in the sand?), and it may effect his KH as well.
Sergio uses RO water, so he can control/test these parameters a lot easier.
ADA Orinoco Sand
Along with the sand adding some elements back into the RO water, historically, he had a problem with getting equilibrium to dissolve, but he explained how he is now dosing equilibrium via a calc reactor to
bring 0 degrees GH up to 4 degrees. He noted that the macrandra didn’t do well without the calcium addition.
I’ll let Sergio explain the way he is adding the equilibrium: