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post #46 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-02-2010, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I really wanted them to stand out.

They've grown a lot since I put them in, but they're still not as bushy or as full as I expected them to be.
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post #47 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, very unexpected growth from the ferns.

Looking at this tank on a day to day basis, I didn't notice any growth. My thoughts were "do I have enough CO2? lighting?" And then I realized they're plants.

I did a trim today, pulled most of the dead leaves off, gently brushed the moss with my fingers, and waved the mini java moss around a little bit. My plants seem a little happier today. I try to be minimally invasive when maintaining my aquariums, so 10-15 minutes (at most) with my gross hands every few days.

I wanted to tear this tank down many times...

Here's a full-tank shot. It's not an ADA beauty, but it did the trick. I kept my eyes on the plants and they responded.

Here's a frontal day shot. I actually like it.

When I first started this tank, I was a complete newbie with about 3 years of experience barely maintaining my nano-cube. I didn't care much for it and lost interest.

My interest sparked again a few months ago, and I got into this hobby full-steam. I'm not going anywhere with it now.

I think regular maintenance is the key to a nice aquarium. I don't really think the equipment needs to be that good... Just the setup and maintenance.
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post #48 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 10:15 PM
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post #49 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-08-2010, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, VincentK!

I wish I could fast forward this tank a few months, so I could see what it will look like then.

I want that bolbitis covering the whole entire upper half!
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post #50 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-17-2010, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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Time flies... I think... About 9 days later, I've snapped another photo.

I really just like to compare photos from different time frames.

I'm sure if I were using a pressurized system, the growth would be a lot more intense. I'm still happy with the results from using DIY CO2.

The second powerhead has been inactive for quite some time now. I've left the tank with just one powerhead and one mix of DIY CO2. It's been working fine.

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post #51 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-17-2010, 09:39 AM
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Very nice looking tank. I like the attached java fern. Don't know that you need to go with pressurized, it is already very lush.
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post #52 of 52 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 01:45 AM
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l just love the monochromatic tone of this tank, def one of my favorites on this site

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