Binataboy

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  1. On a tank that size you could "get away with" 2 T8 tubes, HOT5 would be nicer, but 4 would be great for high light plants :) T5 tubes are more efficient per watt than T8 and are also a higher wattage, but usualy cost more. Don't bother with low output T5... If it was mine I would get a double 3 foot HOT5 aquarium fitting with good tubes. Back in Perth I was using arcadia T8 remote balast units with aluminium reflectors with good results, I got some very cheap through work :) Have a look on ebay or your local aquarium supplier, remember try to get tubes designed for growing plants for better results. Cheers George
  2. You have some very nice plants there! George
  3. Sea water should be about 33,000ppm from memory (aprox 1kg salt to 30l of water) so if you are getting 947ppm something is going wrong with the test. Sounds like they mixed up the waste and RO hoses... I think they are going to have some very unhappy customers with algae blooms! George
  4. It is probably contaminated with salt water, seems to happen a bit as it is not an issue with a salt tank. Often it gets put into drums that have been used to store salt water. This is why you should always test it before use!
  5. Very nice plant Phil, if only we could post plants to Australia I am no expert on naming but it would seem if you write S. flava var. atropurpurea x S. rubra ssp jonesii 'Blood Sweat and Tears' it would indicate the parents are S. flava var. atropurpurea crossed with S. rubra ssp jonesii 'Blood Sweat and Tears'. You would need to write S. (flava var. atropurpurea x rubra ssp jonesii) 'Blood Sweat and Tears' George
  6. That is a very cool plant but for $300, not that I could get them into the country anyway George
  7. Binataboy

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    Congratulations! Baby cephs look great, I must get some cephs... Cheers George
  8. D. burmanii can end up being bit of a weed, although the seed can take a while to germinate and maybe a week or two before you notice them. I have a mass of seedlings through my pots about 3 months after the last flower stalk was cut, I first noticed them a few weeks ago so dont give up yet :) They do grow quickly. Cheers George
  9. I have probably put the wrong name on it, I am not very interested in the weired cultivars but I do like this one. I will have to ask my friend I got it from what it actualy is, but I have a feeling it is actualy a "shark teeth" George
  10. If the plant is of any value I would rip the pot apart and repot the good bits, if there are roots there should be some rhizome left.
  11. I tok a few pics today of some of my plants. The tuberous are just starting to grow and my fibrous rooted are recovering from the trip to Kalgoorlie and some have started to flower :) VFT Saw Tooth The uprights are putting out thier rossettes D. auriculata Howden Tas D. hookeri Cardinia And the first arial lamna for the season :) D. intricata The rossetted are just starting to emerge, notice the two drops of mucus just bellow the top crown D. tubaestylus Brookton Hwy D. binata var dichotoma Waterfall with lunch And a couple of flowers D. spatulata Taiwan D. capensis Stellenbosch D. binata Stradbroke Island And a resident in my kitchen Jumping spider Cheers George
  12. Thanks for the link Amar, I hadn't seen this before. :) I think you will find the sand is still quite shallow, I would love to see what the soil is like an inch or two down. Cheers George
  13. I'll second that "WOW"!! Those are some fantastic plants! George
  14. Very interesting experiment. I have never seen a CP in the wild growing in pure silica sand (some D. paleacea came very close) as it is usualy only the top few mm where the loam has been washed out, bellow this there is a clay/organic component. I see this mentioned quite often about WA drosera growing in pure silica sand where infact it is "mostly" silica sand say 80-90% tops. I have not seen these plants in the wild so cannot comment on them specificly. I am very keen to see the results, it might be an idea to see what the pH of the water in the sand is, as without and organic buffer it might be unpredictable. Cheers George
  15. Thanks for the replies :) I have grown a few neps in the old peat sand perlite mix with fairly good results but always wory about the low pH and to much water holding. The only perlite I can het here is quite fine, about 2-3mm. I grabbed a bag of pine bark which I might test. Has anyone had success with coconut coir based mixes? I am sticking with hardier species/hybrids at the moment as I dont have a proper grow area and the weather here ranges from 0-50c. I will need a mix I can controll the water content so as not to rot the plants when it gets cold. Cheers George