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post #31 of 132 (permalink) Old 12-04-2010, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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No I did not. Amazonia specifically says to NOT rinse it.



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Did you rinse your subtrate? Looking overly dirty.

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post #32 of 132 (permalink) Old 12-04-2010, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Greg and Matt! I'm BEYOND thrilled with both plant packages!!!! My little pico is going to be fabulous!

I need to figure out how to mount those mosses. They keep wanting to do their own thing. I'm going to ask in another forum after a search but if anyone wants to offer suggestions I would be very grateful!

I do have one problem. As I was putting in plants I noticed the plastic casing on my heater is split at the seam. I'm going to have to send it back to the company. I'm glad I kept the box and everything! I think the plants will be ok until I get another one. Its not getting THAT cold in the house at night. I usually keep it around 64F.

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Here's a pic of my DIY CO2 generator. I am doing a test run to see if its air tight.

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What comes after the air stone?
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The green thing? That's actually a check valve to keep the water from the tank getting into the bubble counter. Past the check valve it attaches to a wood airstone that's in the tank right under the intake for the filter. I'd show pics but the green water makes it impossible to see anything right now. (sigh) I sure hope it doesn't take long for this to clear up!


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Thanks!

Are you near Tampa Florida? I am thinking of moving there next year.
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I'm about 2 hours north of Tampa. What brings you this way? (If you choose to move here.)



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Are you near Tampa Florida? I am thinking of moving there next year.

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I'm about 2 hours north of Tampa. What brings you this way? (If you choose to move here.)
My mom lives in St Petersburg and she is getting old. Whether I move depends on ability to get a job. Just became a CNA. None of the nursing homes are hiring here. Probably more nursing homes in Florida.
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Oh yes. They are a dime a dozen here with so many people choosing to retire here. Whether or not they are hiring is a different matter. This area has a VERY high unemployment rate. However, I do wish you luck on finding a job here. I'm sure your mother would love to have you near.



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My mom lives in St Petersburg and she is getting old. Whether I move depends on ability to get a job. Just became a CNA. None of the nursing homes are hiring here. Probably more nursing homes in Florida.

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I have a new heater and the green water is starting to FINALLY clear up! Most of what I read said to reduce the photo period, cut out ferts and increase co2. I wasn't using any ferts but I did put in the co2 and cut the photo period. It wasn't clearing. Then I seen the recommendation to INCREASE the photo period to cause it to grow faster and use up the nutrients faster. I did that and the next day it was seriously worse. But, I stuck with it and the following day it was starting to clear. This morning I can actually see the driftwood and the plants near the back. So increasing the photo period seems to be clearing it up by using up the nutrients more quickly. In the future, I will recommend an increase in the photo period to help clear out the green water more quickly. This is my first experience with it and its been a nightmare!

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Did you rinse your subtrate? Looking overly dirty.
Amazonia looks like that at first. It settles down quickly though.
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The tank is really starting to clear! In another few days I might be able to get photos. Despite the green water outbreak, my plants are actually growing! I found a little plantlet growing from the tip of one java fern and new leaves are unfurling from it too. My Marsilea Minuta seems to have a new leaf or two and the Anubias Nana petite are putting on new leaves. I am a bit concerned about the Staurogyne though. Hopefully it will pull out of it's decline.

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Despite the green water outbreak, my plants are actually growing!
Well if the plants are growing then the tank is just going through a cycling process. I saw this occur with a tank that used mineralised substrate. He just waited it out and it went away in time.
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Clearly I don't have a grip on the techniques for getting a really good aquarium photo yet but here's a descent FT shot of my new baby.



I want to put another plant between the Staurogyne and the Java Fern on the right. Preferably something that will offer protection for any baby fish or shrimp.

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I have DHG in my guppy tank and they love hiding/foraging in it. I know they like a nice java fern as well. Maybe you could put another one there if you're looking for a more plant like object than DHG.
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I have DHG in my guppy tank and they love hiding/foraging in it. I know they like a nice java fern as well. Maybe you could put another one there if you're looking for a more plant like object than DHG.

Forgive my ignorance but what is DHG?

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