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post #16 of 56 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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Updates! With real photos!

As I mentioned in the last post, I'm really liking how the tank is coming along...I'm only having minimal algae issues (some GSA and a wee bit of BBA that I've been nuking with Excel) and finally today got around to hooking up my DIY Co2 (don't judge...I work 2.5* jobs!) so hopefully that'll change.

*I draw for $$ along with my two other jobs

Anyway, on to the moment you've all been waiting for, Pics!

Obligatory FTS:

Hopefully this manages to convey the awesome cave I've got going on with the driftwood better than my bb pic in the last post. As soon as I bought this tank I thought MUST HAVE MANZANITA! but I rather like the hardscape it has going now so I'm pretty sure it's gonna stay that way...unless I get bored with it in 6 months.

The "cave" up close:


Look at how much space I still have to work with:

SWEET. I'm planning on doing a real-deal foreground with this. Maybe not as awesome as HC or glosso, but that little tuft of microsword in there? I hope that guy covers the whole floor. Ideally I want a blyxa "barrier" between the taller plants and the forground for some variety, but we'll see what happens.

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Uh oh...what's that over there? Lil baby tank. Fluval Chi. Will have a thread for it in the nano tanks section following this update

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Tank from below:

Duckweed is a horrible horrible monster. I net out and throw away so much every day I want to bang my head against the wall...but I still thought this pic looked cool.

Anyway, now that it's starting to come together...comments, critiques please?
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post #17 of 56 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Like 60 more views than yesterday and no comments? I'm starting to think you all think it's awful or "just average." If that's the case, give me some pointers!
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I think it looks great! I love the cave. Seems like there's too much substrate showing, but once the foreground grows in some I think it'll be just right.
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Since I have a 8 gallon cube in its second week now, this tank looks extremely good to me. I like the general layout which gives the fish so much room to swim and be seen. It does look very bright, so I wonder about how much light you have. Over all it looks like I hope my little one will look soon!

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duckweed can be removed with a WHOLE LOT of persistence. took me over a week of a big net and a daily check and remove routine to get all of it out my 55... god what a horrible idea that was, putting it in there on purpose.
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@spooble, thank you! And I completely agree about too much substrate. Once it cools off I'm going to order some more foreground cover...I'm afraid to do it when it's hot because I work so much and it would sit in the mailbox all day.

@Hoppy, thank you that's exactly why I like the cube..lots of room for plants AND still a good swimming area for fish. I have 9watts "double bright" LED (marineland, came with the tank) and 56 watts spiral CFL. Not sure what that rates this tank as, but I've had very minimal algae issues and lots of plant growth thus far so I'm happy with it!

@kwheeler91, I'm slowly eradicating it but it's a big PITA. Never again will I mess with the stuff!
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Nice looking tank!
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Nice looking tank!
Thank you! It's still a work in progress but as my own worst critic every comment I get helps me move ahead!
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Mini disaster!

My yoyo loach committed suicide yesterday and today I came home in between jobs to find 2 Von Rios floating and every other fish (sans cory cats with their oxygen-digesting abilities and all) gasping at the surface.

Gassed. My Co2 isn't even bubbling (made an error and didn't mix it right) but I normally run an airstone at night because I keep my tank at 82 (hot I know, but the fish have colored up immensely with the temps, they love it) and at those temps with oxygen being lower I suppose the plants consumed too much o2 given I haven't run the airstone the past two nights.

Anyway, I plugged in the air stone and slowly cycled the lights on so it didn't stress the fish more. They're not due to come on til 6pm (I keep odd hours working two jobs and all) but I wanted the plants to stop using the o2 so it could be available to the fish.

Everyone's happy now, but I always feel bad when I'm responsible for loss of life.
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Big changes this coming weekend

An awesome forum member on here who lives in my town gave me some leftover manzanita he had and now that it's finally sinking I've got a big rescape coming on my night off this Saturday

I've decided to go back to a black substrate and have rinsed the heck out of my leftover Eco Complete from my 10 gallon to get it ready for this weekend. I'm just going to lay it over top of the FloraMax and hope it stays relatively separated. If not I'll worry about it later, haha. Anyway, just an update on what's going on. Picture update Saturday or Sunday!
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Same thing happened to me today. It sucks loosing fish to co2 or lack of oxygen. I feel your pain. Great member to give you manzanita! I look forward to the updated pictures. How do you find time to have a tank with 2.5 jobs? I am in admiration.

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Same thing happened to me today. It sucks loosing fish to co2 or lack of oxygen. I feel your pain. Great member to give you manzanita! I look forward to the updated pictures. How do you find time to have a tank with 2.5 jobs? I am in admiration.
Yes it was pretty sad And lucky enough for me, my lights come on at 6pm and go off at 4am and between about 11pm and 3-4am I'm home and awake so maintenance gets done, haha. Yeah I keep weird hours but it works for me!

And I'm already loving the manzanita...it's super cloudy right now, but clearing up by the minute. I'll have plants back in tonight and hopefully pics tomorrow!
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Well, I worked this morning and thought I'd be off tonight to get pics up, but my other job called me in (yay for 7am to 12pm workdays! Meh) so I won't be able to get to my mom's to upload pics. It's kind of OK though because the tank is still cloudy (that floramax is nasty stuff...even after countless rinsings). I'm actually off the whole day tomorrow though (!!!) So I"l get them up then!
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I just picked up the same tank and light today. Its filled with water and stuffed full of plants working on the cycle. I seen the tank and I just had to have it. Its such a cool little tank with so much that can be done with it. I plan on starting a thead with mine here tonight or tomorrow.

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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I just picked up the same tank and light today. Its filled with water and stuffed full of plants working on the cycle. I seen the tank and I just had to have it. Its such a cool little tank with so much that can be done with it. I plan on starting a thead with mine here tonight or tomorrow.
That's what I thought. We got it in at work...I pondered it for a night, went in the next day and bought it. It was just perfect for where I wanted my tank and wasn't too big for my depressingly small apartment. Well, it's not that small, just awkwardly shaped with no long/not bent walls/halls good for larger tank placement.

Hope you have as much fun with yours as I have so far with mine!
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