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post #61 of 77 (permalink) Old 11-25-2011, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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6+/- pH
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11-12GH
Nitrates at least 40-60PPM
EI dosing - with more Iron than recommended - about double
2L bottle of champagne yeast CO2 - about 20-25PPM
26w 6500K CFL about 8 inches above the substrate
Osmocote Plus gelcaps in the substrate

I don't do anything special other than trimming every other week. Guess I need to add new photos this weekend.

Also have it growing in another tank with pH about 7.4 - everything else is similar, just with much lower lighting.
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Any observation on how it's faring in the lower lighting, and is there any reason for the double iron?

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Seems to be growing just as well in the lower lighting situation but it definitely took a month or so to adjust. I'll have to figure out a way to photograph it soon. While not as thick in the lower lighting tank, the UG is just as flow-y and green.

For the extra iron, honestly, it's just because that's the way I mix my dry ferts. Seems like when I don't add extra, I'm always running with a deficiency. So it's out of habit that I mixed extra into my wet solution.
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I like to keep my micros and iron separate so I can alway adjust if I want to, I think my new light is going to be low lighting and it's been hard to find any solid info on the light. I found one site that said it was 2 watts, but I can't imagine an LED with 21 diodes only adding up to 2 watts, I'll know on the 29th when it arrives.

Now I'm starting to wonder if a little RedSea nano filter would pull water through a small UGF manifold so I could eliminate a inlet tube with foam or panty hose over the intake, why do I get these stupid ideas?
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150: What's the brand/source of the LED fixture? Maybe some of us nerds will have more info to share.

I'm a big fan of black pantyhose over the intake. Works great on these little Red Seas. Pantyhose + rubber band. Maybe not the most attractive thing ever but you can always remove the intake for photos.

Also... I nearly went insane without access to this site all day.
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Hey jake, I'm going to be starting a few 2.5g also. Where did you get the red sea nano filters? And heaters? Best pricing?
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Red Seas typically range from $5 to $9 on all the big sites. Pet Mountain, That Pet/Fish Place, Foster & Smith, Big Al's, Amazon. Ended up buying mine at the LFS for about $12 in hopes that they don't go out of business.

Bought my Hydor heaters (just sold them on the Power Sellers forum, actually, after just a month - no longer need that much heat) from Amazon.

Have become a huge fan of these little filters. Highly adjustable, easy to clean, seem to be durable, run cool. Tightly stretched pantyhose over the intake doesn't seem to slow things down much, either, and I still get plenty of flow to keep plants healthy.
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The light will be useless for growing anything but moss if that, it really didn't say the power or the power consumption either but I figured with a small LED fixture it would be on a transformer with low consumption, but it's 2 watts overall. I'll pop it out and take another look but I'm pretty sure it's not going to work and will have to be returned and over the holiday weekend I didn't have time to play much.
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So… a Nerite uprooted all of my UG and here's what the tank looks like as of this evening, complete with water spots and dirtiness:



Those poor Endler males are completely freaked out.

Gonna have to plant something more hardy and less thick. Maybe Marsilea minuta? Or just flame moss on slate or something simple? All the cherries are hiding in the floaters.

Rather than complain and get aggravated (I mean, it happened in about SIX HOURS - the #**!&#$), I figured it was best to just start planting crap. Gonna add a bit more to the back and find some ground cover of some sort tomorrow.
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So… a Nerite uprooted all of my UG and here's what the tank looks like as of this evening, complete with water spots and dirtiness:

Those poor Endler males are completely freaked out.

Gonna have to plant something more hardy and less thick. Maybe Marsilea minuta? Or just flame moss on slate or something simple? All the cherries are hiding in the floaters.

Rather than complain and get aggravated (I mean, it happened in about SIX HOURS - the #**!&#$), I figured it was best to just start planting crap. Gonna add a bit more to the back and find some ground cover of some sort tomorrow.
Woah!!! Seriously??? The Nerite pulled all of that awesome UG out?? Wow..

I REALLY love the UG.. I want to do something similar in my tank, and grow a whole bunch of UG.

Do you know where I can get some from?

PS. Your tanks are amazing.

Thanks!
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Not just a Nerite - but a tiiiiiny little horned bugger. In a single night. Went to bed and it was terrific. Woke up? Not so much. So no snails larger than a medium Ramshorn in any of my UG tanks ever again.

Side note: Ramshorns breed like crazy in UG for some reason.

tetranewbie (I believe that's the screen name) here on the SnS started selling it after Dollface got rid of her UG farm. I can probably send you some once I trim my new Ebi in a few weeks.

I'm betting you can find it in terrarium shops in HI, too.

UG, despite all the hoopla over it, is truly easy to care for if you keep it trimmed and don't let a snail tear it to bits. Grows quickly, too.
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Looks like these tanks are finally being decommissioned. All of the cherries have been moved to a 20L and my Endlers were moved to a 500gal.

I loved them so much!

I'll have to update with what they're going to look like in their next lives.

Here's a taste:



Probably going to use one of them as a temporary cull tank for CBS.
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Nooo! I know this is late, but I loved your tanks! Tell me you've started them back up?? I am SOOO going to try to get my hands on some UG now. Thanks for a great thread!
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I have UG in tons of other tanks. These three small ones were only temporary. One is now a pico reef, one's a shrimp cull tank, one's housing Endler fry.
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Not just a Nerite - but a tiiiiiny little horned bugger. In a single night. Went to bed and it was terrific. Woke up? Not so much. So no snails larger than a medium Ramshorn in any of my UG tanks ever again.

Side note: Ramshorns breed like crazy in UG for some reason.

tetranewbie (I believe that's the screen name) here on the SnS started selling it after Dollface got rid of her UG farm. I can probably send you some once I trim my new Ebi in a few weeks.

I'm betting you can find it in terrarium shops in HI, too.

UG, despite all the hoopla over it, is truly easy to care for if you keep it trimmed and don't let a snail tear it to bits. Grows quickly, too.
Hi, I'm new to this and love UG. I was wondering if I didn't add CO2 or anything and I just had it in the Fluval EBI Kit with what it comes with (gravel and light) would it grow? Or is it just going to die, it seems tough. Also now in 2015 any idea where to buy some? I'm just gonna have some shrimp in the tank btw
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