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Love the stand. Did your wife make you move it to the garage?!


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I really like that plant! Maybe we can work out a deal to get some in my hands!

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Love the stand. Did your wife make you move it to the garage?!
Well, she never actually asked me to move it. I just realized her feelings of the new tank by the way that she commented on how ugly it is, how much of a waste of money it is, etc....

Thank goodness I hadn't filled it with substrate and water yet!

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The r. rostrata? Sure, send me a pm whenever you want some and I'll help you out. I'm trying to get this popular again.

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I can't wait to get ahold of some plants! This substrate has such a nice size to it. I'm sure that any plant that propagates via runners will do well. The only concern that I have now is my ability to maintain favorable water/nutrient parameters to get good, sustained plant growth.

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AW man thats the fixture I wanted. how do you like it?
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It's pretty bright with the 10,000k and 6,700k bulbs I'm running in it. I'll have to wait for plants to get here to decide whether or not it's all it's cracked up to be. I'm just hoping that it's not too much. I don't want to have to hang it...

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I pulled out the water parameter kits and tested my tank just now. I'm confused about a few things with these tests. First thing, how do I know if I should test pH with the standard range reagent or the high range reagent. I get a reading of 6.0 with the basic reagent and of 7.2ish with the high range. The easy answer is to use the high range because there's no way my one day old tank has such an acidic pH. I'm getting a reading of 4ppm KH and a reading of >214ppm GH. I'm cool with the KH, but I'm not sure about that super high general hardness. What do you think?!?

I just jacked around with my old drop checker. I put some 4dKH in it, added 5 drops of my API pH indicator. I've used this in the past with success, so I don't know why I'd have issues now. I'm just happy that I own a drop checker. Relying on a color coded chart of pH and KH to determine my co2 levels would get real old real quick. It's all about time efficiency.

I'm running the co2 at about 1.5-2 bpm right now. I'll crank it up for fast growth and algae control when I get plants in and start the EI dosing. I'm not going to have any fauna at first, so I plan on getting crazy with the co2!!!

VERY blue at the moment, but I'm sure I'll see some change in the next hour or so. Here's a look:


I should be getting a plant package in the mail tomorrow, so I'm hoping to give you what you're looking for....a planted tank!

Oh, I almost forgot to add this. I poured in a bottle of Tetra SafeStart to add the vital nitrifying bacteria to the system. I'm using this because it contains the "bio-spira" bacteria recommended by Rex Grigg.

Thanks for reading and, as always, I like reading your questions/comments/suggestions!

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I may be wrong, but I think freshwater = lower range PH. Though, like I said I could be wrong because I can't think why they would show different readings.

Sounds like you are well on your way.

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I may be wrong, but I think freshwater = lower range PH. Though, like I said I could be wrong because I can't think why they would show different readings.

Sounds like you are well on your way.

You may be correct, but I hope that you're not. I mean no disrespect! I just can't imagine a pH of 6.0 here!

Anyhow, I just snapped a shot of the drop checker. It's quite evident that my co2 levels are doing just fine... unless something I've done is extremely incorrect. THAT, as we all know, is a distinct possibility. The proof is in the pudding. Translated....if my plants grow well, then all is well!

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That's it for tonight. I have my PPR exam tomorrow at ten. This is the final exam that I have to pass before my probationary teacher's certification matures into a full cert.

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Perfect co2 levels! I wish you luck on the PPR exam. My husband is a teacher, too. We need good ones out there. I have a feeling you'll ace it. I'll be sure to send you plants on Monday. Let us know how the exam goes.

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I got plants today!!! I got some blyxa, e. triandra, rotala, lobelia cardinalis, and various others. I spent about an hour with one arm in the water, and it looks pretty nice IMO. The e. triandra was a PITA to plant, but it'll be worth it once it fills in.

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Left side before plants:


After planting:


Right side before planting:


After planting:


Lobelia cardinalis. This was one of my favorite plants in my ten gallon, so I'm looking forward to seeing these guys mature. I got five of them, so I put two big ones on one side and three smaller ones on the other side. Here it is:

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Oh, wow. This looks great already. I cannot simply wait until it grows in. It will look fantastic.

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I'm not the best at keeping track of what I'm planting nor am I a plant expert by any means. That being said, here's a list of what I do know is in the tank:

Hydrophila
Elatine Triandra
Blyxa Japonica
Fissidens Fontanus
Dwarf Sagittaria
Rotala Nanjenshan
Duckweed
Lobelia Cardinalis
Hemianthus Micranthemoides

I need some red really bad in this tank!! I think that I've got another package coming in the mail today, and I know that I've got one coming next week. I'm going to have to do some moving around depending on what gets here next!

I can't wait to see some growth. In fact, I think that I'm already seeing some new development on my hygro. The last big project that I'm going to have to do this weekend is to figure out what to do with the fissidens. I've considered a moss wall, but I'm not sure. Maybe I'll just tie it do another small chunk of petrified wood and drop it in. We'll see...

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I love fissidens as a rock. It really looks nice like that. That's a nice collection you've got already. I can wait to see more of the tank develop.

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