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post #16 of 45 (permalink) Old 10-01-2016, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Week 3 - 09/30/2016

So, because of school schedule changes I was not able to get a picture for Week 2, but nothing significant happened. I temporarliy removed the fiberglass screen to encourage horizontal growth for the glosso. Stem rot is minimal and everything is going smoothly and there will definitely be more contour to the stem groupings once I start trimming.

There is a presence of hitchhiker pond snails, but they shouldn't be too out of control. I am still doing 2 water changes a week, and will be going to once a week next week.

I bought seven otocinclus in the aquarium, but one died a couple days ago so I am sadly down to six . While thinking on the other fish later, I decided to start a tiny fundraiser for any one who wants to sponsor a fish for 1-3 dollars. With this I can both encourage some involvement in other students as well as save a ton of money .

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Late Weekly Update

A bit late due to busy school schedules, but I managed to get some shots in. I also attached a picture of my CO2 injection method for all those who are interested.

10/05/2016 FTS:


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Rotala rotundifolia:


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On Monday I also got 9 Flame tetras for the aquascape and will post it in the week's upcoming update.

Bump: Also for those that are interested in my CO2 injection method:



The inline diffuser in the bottom left goes into a MaxMix reactor with the propellers taken out due to noise. I turned the original CO2 injection port for the reactor into a valve to release any air stuck in there to keep things quieter quickly. The reactor was used in a project a long time ago, so to clarify I did not buy it for this purpose .
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Week 6 and 6

Due to Hurricane Matthew and other schedule changes, here is the late and the latest update. I completely hacked and replanted the stem plants in the background; some compact growth should be coming up soon. The hairgrass is making a ridiculous amount of wild runners so that I might need some manual control to keep it contained without taking over the glosso, which is growing quite satisfactorily. I will try to post some fish pictures as well.....

Week 5 - 10/17/2016



Week 6 - 10/25/2016



Some staghorn algae appearing, though it is only on the older Anubias leaves. There are also some GSA probably caused by inconsistent dosing, though now that school is back to normal it should be fine. The Thanksgiving break coming up might mess it all up again though...
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Week 7 & 9

Late update but here is Weeks 7 and 9 along with some fish shots:

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Some moss tied to emergent driftwood, along with some backyard weeds:





Otocinclus and Flame Tetras:







Just cleaned the filter to improve aeration and water movement. There has been a significant amount of staghorn, so I cut the light a bit and increased the CO2.

I'll try to keep things a bit more updated...
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Beautiful. What has been the reaction from students and teachers at school?

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Thank you very much . Reactions stemmed from "are those real plants?" to "...(silence)..."

All the science teachers love it and often I see students from all ages keenly counting fish or staring intently at it

I have not yet met anyone (except for the natural history teacher) who had ever seen, heard of, or imagined that such a thing as aquascaping exists . To that I was quite surprised, and I also discovered that there is a really profound and prevalent ignorance on any aquaculture in general, at least in my community. Not many have moved on from the goldfish in the bowl, and for those who did live plants didn't even cross their minds. I am pretty thankful to have done this project, not only to display something worth stopping to look at, but to also teach and show people what's possible.
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Wow very nice job, you are talented! I'm a college sophomore and just yesterday had a biology professor tell me that "freshwater aquatic plants" don't have roots. Lol

Not many people know that a thing such as an aquascape exists, I love when people see my tanks for the first time and are so surprised and don't quite understand how it works!


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Wow very nice job, you are talented! I'm a college sophomore and just yesterday had a biology professor tell me that "freshwater aquatic plants" don't have roots. Lol

Not many people know that a thing such as an aquascape exists, I love when people see my tanks for the first time and are so surprised and don't quite understand how it works!
Haha that's hilarious! I guess aquascaping doesn't have much of a spectrum; it's either you know absolutely nothing about it, or are excessively obsessive over it .

Oh and I will trim the glosso and some background plants the coming week. I am a bit nervous about Thanksgiving break though; hopefully I can come to the school during one of the days off to feed fish and fertilize.
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Fantastic job. Did the fish sponsoring scheme work out?
Any plans to add inverts? Might increase edutainment.
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Fantastic job. Did the fish sponsoring scheme work out?
Any plans to add inverts? Might increase edutainment.
For the fish I asked my classmates to donate a couple dollars if they want to sponsor a fish, and that worked out pretty well .

No plans to add shrimps, mostly because I will be shutting the tank down by the end of the school year, so I don't want to have too much animals that I don't know what to do with. There are plenty of pond snails in there however lol.

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Week 11

Forgot to take pictures for Week 10 (sorry), but here's week 11!

I am currently having issues with GSA, though the staghorn seems to be under control now. My CO2 timer broke so I have to replace that too...


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Week 12

First off, I got accepted to Vanderbilt University!!! Wohoo!!!

Okay, now for the Week 12 update. The Rotala macrandra is taking a while to mass propagate, but the algae is now under contro. The old GSA is still unsightly on the old Anubias leaves which I can't really trim off yet. If anyone wants a specific angle, section, or shot of the tank, please request!


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First off, I got accepted to Vanderbilt University!!! Wohoo!!!

Okay, now for the Week 12 update. The Rotala macrandra is taking a while to mass propagate, but the algae is now under contro. The old GSA is still unsightly on the old Anubias leaves which I can't really trim off yet. If anyone wants a specific angle, section, or shot of the tank, please request!

Side shots of the tank would be nice. The tank looks great, and congrats on getting accepted btw!
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Give me every angle you got lol! I just started my journey iter, thanks to you my friend! Thanks for the inspiration!! Congrats on vanderbilt bro, thats an awesome college... here is the link to my scape (the plans of it at least) lol...

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