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post #16 of 297 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 09:58 PM
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Wow that looks really nice. You have a good eye for making a naturalistic arrangement.

Don't worry yourself too much about the algae. I usually get algae in new tanks and usually get it under control as the tank ecosystem matures and as I figure out how to adjust things to favor the plants.
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post #17 of 297 (permalink) Old 12-30-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the compliments

And your right, level heads will prevail. I think I will just keep the photoperiod short for now and wait before doing anything drastic. I haven't started a new tank in several years so I guess I am worrying a bit too much about it.
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I love this tank. Like others have metioned, it is very natural looking. Great pieces of driftwood as well. You did an awesome job with it.

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Well I finally got my CO2 tank in the mail yesterday, so I filled it up at a welding gas supply shop today. I hooked up the milwaukee regulator and connected the co2 to a Cerges style reactor. Looks like everything is going smoothly, and I will slowly ramp up the CO2 over the next day or so.

I will do a water change tomorrow, trim back as much of the algae as I can and hope for the best. The Algae is getting pretty bad at this point, I am scared that it will choke out the java moss.

I am going to start working on fixing my background now, will post pics in a while.
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Look forward to watching the tank grow in. I understand the moving with plants issue. I lots quite a few stems but all my hardy low light stuff did fine. It was a 15+ hour drive for me but it turned into 3 days with set backs along the way.

I really like the driftwood also. Nice placement of it!
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Looks great! Another one here who likes that driftwood.
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How are all your dwarf cichlids doing together? I was thinking about some apistos for my 75G. I don't know if I want to sacrifice my cherry shrimp though.
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Looks great! Another one here who likes that driftwood.
Yeah I loves me some good driftwood

I have tried rockscapes in the past but I always drift back to the wood...


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How are all your dwarf cichlids doing together? I was thinking about some apistos for my 75G. I don't know if I want to sacrifice my cherry shrimp though.
The dwarf cichlids are all doing really well together, they don't have any territorial issues probably because they have loads of nooks and crannies to hide in. They are a joy to watch and I really enjoy having them in the tank.
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Looks brilliant!
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sweeet! I got crazy pearling going on right now..lol.

The plants are digging the CO2 big time. I have had some streaming before and mild pearling in some plants with DIY CO2....but this is great! I was just staring in awe for about 20 minutes
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Look amazing! Love the drift wood "stump and roots".
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My latest update: some bad, some good. I have a few questions in this post that i could use some help with as well.

I fixed the background for my tank but i am not too pleased with it. I spray painted a piece of particle board and tried to cut it to size, but it isn't laying flush with the glass so there is a bit of a reflection...grrr. I like the texture that the wood offers but at the same time the black isn't as dark as I would like. I REALLLLY wish I had painted the tank before it was filled.

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Does anyone have any ideas on good black backgrounds?


You can see that my algae problem is very bad ATM...the plants are still recovering from the move, and the week of lights with no CO2 really did me in.









Should I stay the course? Just keep pulling it out and work on getting everything stable..or get more aggressive?

On a positive note, my plants are pearling consistently near the end of their photoperiod, so I believe the plants are certainly on the mend.









You can see the algae with tons of bubbles as well... I am assuming my algae is pearling as well..is this true?
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baahhhh this algae is maddening!!!
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Are you dead set on a black background? With a light substrate I tried a light blue and was really happy with the natural look. Maybe a tan color, even some gray? Vinyl can be applied to the back also and is relatively cheap for a 4' section on eBay. Sorry about the algae issues.
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I had a marine blue on a tank before and I really didn't like it. Maybe a light blue would be good though. A grey or tan may be a good idea, I will have to look at some pics for inspiration.

The vinyl is a good idea as well, but my problem is that the tank has about 5-6 inches of space before I hit the wall, so there is not much room to apply the paint/vinyl etc.
I will probably just leave it as is, and just try to get it more flush with the glass to minimize the reflection.
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