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post #136 of 215 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not going to keep the moss or the Mini S. The Mini M will only be E. belem. The goal is to create a thick green carpet with no co2.

Actually I haven't seen the scarlet badis in a few days. I've been searching today, seems to be MIA. I don't see him in the tank or anywhere around it either. I'll probably pick up another one down the road if he doesn't show up. It's weird how they disappear sometimes.

I got the light bar done and the light hung. I think it looks pretty good. I will post some pics in a few days.

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post #137 of 215 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 08:11 AM
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Oh, what moss is that in the Mini S?
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It's weeping moss.
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post #139 of 215 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 11:58 PM
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Thank you. I really like the way it looks.
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Beautiful tank!!! I'm hoping to find some dwarf hairgrass soon to put in my pico. Do badis get along well with other small fish or are they kind of territorial?
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I've never kept them with any other fish besides ottos. They seem pretty territorial though.
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post #142 of 215 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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The transition is going. Some plants are yellowing and some are throwing runners. Things will be nice soon!

I got the hanger up, for $6 dollars at home depot. Hung the light and tilted the tank back. It still should be tilted just a little more, but I think I am going to leave it.

Broke down the Mini S and sold the tank. I will be putting some shrimp in this Mini M when it gets cycled. Im either going to do PFR's or OEBT's.







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post #144 of 215 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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I have the best wife, look what I came home to on valentines day:





So today I threw some aquasoil powder in there and two yamaya stones. I think I will use this for a fry tank. (wishful thinking) When I get my Mini M filled I want to order a pair of scarlet badis and try to do some breeding.

So the DBP tank will be just moss and maybe some floaters. I ordered a Zoo med 501 for filtration. I plan on putting it right next to the tank, the inflow on one side and the outflow in the other. I will be extending the outflow tube so it runs behind the tank and then up the opposite end of the filter and input. This will reduce a little flow most likely. If it is too strong, I will put a valve inline to control the flow.

After seeing somewhatshocked's tank and a few others, I ordered the beamworks 18 inch LED light.

I probably won't stick with this layout, but who knows.


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I think that layout would be crazy awesome if you were going the high-tech route with a field of flowing UG.

Since you're going low light with mosses and such? You still have all kinds of options if you decide to use the stones you've got. Their scale is perfect for the tank's dimensions. A few small twigs of manzanita covered in moss and bam, you have an instantly perfect scape.

Whoops, forgot to add: Hope you're considering putting a black background on the tank. That will make it easier to hide sponge intake covers and your ZooMed outflow. Also disguises the black silicone and draws your eyes to the center of the tank or more directly to your desired focal point.
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I think I am going to tint the back of the tank. I do have some manzanita, so I may do that with the moss. Hopefully I can get good moss growth and get some fry into there.
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QUESTION FOR ANYONE:

If I was to set up my scape on the new tank and put enough water into it, to fill to the top of the soil, would it leach the ammonia prior to actually running a filter on the tank? If I could get the ammonia going early, then I could throw the filter from the other tank on and plants it. Hopefully this could shorten any time for unstable perimeters.
Yes you can just leave in a container somewhere dark and switch out the water every couple of days to remove the majority of leeching chemicals.
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you can try farming some nice stem plants in that new tank its so shallow you won't need much light, just good flow and ferts
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post #149 of 215 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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I think I will do that with moss. Hopefully I can get a good amount of micro fauna so if I can get fry, they will have something to eat. I should be able to farm some moss as well.

The dry start is doing good still. The transition seems to have ended. There is no more yellowing. I am getting some good runners from the majority of the plugs. It seems that Dwarf hair grass of any kind grows pretty slow. I will probably stay with the dry start for at least another month to 6 weeks. I'm just gunna be patient and enjoy having a period of no maintenance.
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My DHG grew about an inch in 24 hours submerged, but I think the DSM helps with runners.

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