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post #1 of 173 (permalink) Old 03-05-2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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daverock1337's 29g journal *UPDATE 7-05-11* moved. havoc caused. being remedied.

29 gallon tank
eheim 2215 with hydor 200w inline heater
mineralized topsoil capped with pool filter sand
pressurized co2 system - reactor 500 with a 5 lb bottle
120 watts cfl 1 55 watt ah supply 3-6-10 and 1 65 watt current dual daylight 10,000k/6,700k
8 hours - 65 watt bulb
4 hours - 55 watt bulb

flora
h. corymbrosa 'angustifolia'
h. polysperma 'Rosanervig'
c. wendtii 'green gecko'
c. wendtii 'florida sunset'
c. wendtii 'red'
c. wendtii 'green'
c. wendtii 'bronze'
c. walkerii 'lutea'
c. nurii
c. cordata 'blassii'
proserpinaca palustris
polygonum sp. 'kawagoeanum'
anubias nana
fissidens fontanus
vesicularia montagnei
blyxa japonica
marsilea quadrifolia
staurogyne sp 'porto velho'

fauna:
1 apisto. agassizi male
1 discus
1 pepper cory
1 sterbai cory
1 tiger pleco
1 calico bristlenose pleco
1 purple mystery snail

i will always post the updated pics in the newest post, but will add one fts here also.

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6-10-11

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post #2 of 173 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 07:02 AM
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Hello fellow West Virginian! About time this place starts getting some more mountaineers. I love the tank (but have you thought about hiding the blue bubble bar?) It takes away from your beautiful fish. Just a thought. And welcome!

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this looks great. i love the wood formation. whats the plans for it? if you need moss.. ill send you some. i have a plethora of it. ...yes im trying to push moss on you... hahaha.

welcome. i'll be keeping my eye on this thread.

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the blue bubble bar is there only running at night, and only until i get a solenoid for my co2. ill take a pic tomorrow to update you guys, and will take it out for the pic lol.

the wood i pieced together from a kit from www.manzanita.com, and is almost completely water logged. i think by this friday ill be able to remove the rocks from it (crosses fingers). i have some pics of a diy stand i built that i will put up also.

and sky girl, i am actually looking for some moss for my dw and possibly to make a moss wall.

the cabomba is starting to grow up from behind the wood, but for the life of me i can't get cabomba to have lush growth, it always has 1.5" to 2" or more of space between the nodes. i am considering replacing it with a different green stem plant. not sure what though. i'd love something more slow growing, but a few quick growing stems wouldn't bother me.
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pm me your mailing address and ill send you some christmas moss if your interested. i just trimmed and i have ALOT!

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Makes sense to have the bubble wand there for air. Don't want to hurt the fish. I look forward to the pictures. I'll have to subscribe so I don't loose track of your journal. Us WV folk have to stick together.

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here are some pics of the stand that i built...
ill take a pic of the finished stand tomorrow...





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I'll be watching as well. I have a 29g that will be my last to be planted. Some of you guys and your DIY stands blow me away. You act as though it's just something you threw together, yet they are beautiful!!
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Just curious. . .I've been swaying in the topic of whether a discus is too big for a 29 gallon. How has yours been doing?
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i would not recommend it, because they can get very large. ive always heard 1 discus per 10 gallons.

i only have one because a friend of mine had some discus. well this particular one was being bullied and not growing at the same rate as the others. it was about to go into a garbage disposal (which is crazy, he was 40 bucks at our lfs). i refused to let him succumb to this fate, so i took him home with me. he is about 2 years old and barely making 3.5 inches. i thought maybe he was stunted and not going to get any larger, but he is growing slowly. i don;t think i feed as often as most people do, but he is very happy. when he starts to outgrow this tank i should have a nice large discus tank to put him in.

when i set up a planted discus tank i think im going to set up a 55 gallon bare bottom grow out tank and transfer the discus to the planted 95 4 wide when they reach 5-6 inches.
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here are some pics of the stand finished...




and here are some before and after of my water change/alternanthera trim...





and finally here is my "plan" for the future of this tank...

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I like it so far! I think you have good Ideas with the other plants you want too
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other than something to replace the cabomba, all the others are on their way. the erio will be here tomorrow or saturday. sweet aquatics is the source for the rest, but they recently had damage from a storm and are backed up. its been two weeks, hopefully they will be shipping them soon. they said i'll get an email when my order ships.

next week i'll be able to get something to replace the cabomba. i'm looking for a green midground slow grower (not a wendtii, i will have enough of those). any ideas?

i am also receiving some raok'd moss from skygirl! (THANK YOU!) christmas moss. i may make a moss wall, and will definitely attach some to my df (just not sure where, again, suggestions?). and since it was raok'd to me, when i trim it will be placed up for the same for someone else! (i like karma a lot)

also, i can't believe the difference in the alternanthera from the first pic to the last. it was green when i got it, and its red now! it took two years, but i finally got a red plant to turn red in my planted tank lol.
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Nice job with the wood set up. Finding the right wood pieces and arranging them is one of the hardest things for me. Looking good so far!

Thank you for saving the Discus! I dont understand how someone could put a fish in a garbage disposal. That is terrible. Flush it or freeze if you HAVE to end its life. Or just bring it to the dang LFS.

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Hey, Dave, it's looking really great in there! That stand looks fantastic. Wanna come up to Huntington and help (which means do all the work) build mine this fall? Depending on how much HC and parva you want, I have some small amounts of both still left I'd be happy to share with you. Nice rescue on the discus!

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