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post #16 of 36 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
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UPDATES!!!!! December 4, 2011 (Day 54)

So big jump update:
  1. Re-plant HC (did not buy more HC!, just replant whats grown).
  2. Rescape my aquarium, bottom layer 20lb Eco-Complete, top layer 4.4lb Fluval Stratum.
  3. Added 3 Seiryu Stones (~17lb).
So... Back to dry start! Heres pictures,, cheers!
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I love those stones.

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I love those stones.
Me too! I wish the right stone was pointy
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UPDATES!!!!! December 11, 2011 (Day 61)

patience is key my friend!
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Glad it's working out better for you this time. What's the temperature inside the tank now? It seemed like it was way too hot last time. Maybe keep the light off the tank so the heat escapes outside, not inside the tank.

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oh man I forgot about temperature. Well I hope its not too hot.
Last time (2 months ago) was still summer at socal, boy I'm sweatin in my own room. Now its December I freeze at night lol.
Still thinking how to raise the light fixture?
This Oddysea fixture came with a funky bracket that do not fit my tank... but the fixture fit perfectly on the inner black rim of the tank without the bracket.

Kinda worried now though, read couple of threads about these stones and they leech stuff that make TDS so high. And I only pre-wash the stone with water only.. (no bleach/ vinegar treatment).

I only have 2 tanks. Tank on the top should be the iwagumi setup, tank on the bottom is somewhat breeding tank with endlers, rcs, crs, ghost shrimp, amano shrimp, ottos, and bumble bee gobies.
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Hm.. the issue with light height will come up again especially when the tank is filled. I'm pretty sure you don't want that costly of a light to be so close to your water line, unless you're planning to not fill the tank up all the way. Could you make a metal tube to support the light from? I've seen that in a lot of threads here, I can look up an image if you're not sure what I'm talking about. Since it's winter I guess it won't matter if the tank is more warm and humid. Probabily good for the plants.

As for the rocks leeching TDS. That's probabily going to happen if you didn't boil or do the bleach treatment. I know it won't matter for the plants but might be an issue when you're planning on introducing livestock. You can lower the TDS with frequent water changes though. That might be your only solution without having to take those rocks out and reclean them.

How large is the tank on bottom? Sounds like lots of stuff in there :]

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UPDATES!!!!! December 16, 2011 (Day 66)

Flood!!! Sorry for the crappy image only have itouch on me.

man dangit I totally forgot to boil/ bleach/ vinegar the stone.... I was just too exited and only rinse them in bathtub using cold water LoL.
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Hm... I'd definitely raise the light now. Seems awfully close to the water :X. Will humidity damage that light at all?

Also, nice double decker with the 10 gallons :]. What's in that bottom tank?

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Let me know how you're HC lawn goes, as you see I'm interested in having one. I know it'll be difficult with my low tech tank but lets see how it goes! Woot for 10 gallons! http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ed-pretty.html
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Hm... I'd definitely raise the light now. Seems awfully close to the water :X. Will humidity damage that light at all?

Also, nice double decker with the 10 gallons :]. What's in that bottom tank?
well the light has the acrylic sheet betweem the bulbs and water... So hopefully... nothing goes wrong. Heard this fixture is what you pay is what you get kinda thing... lol

Bottom tank now house about 19 crs, 15 rcs, 3 ottos, 5 male endlers, 1 ghost shrimp, 100+ pest snails, 4 assassins snail on the hunt.
plants are java ferns, subwassertang, java moss, xmas moss?, and fissidens.

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Let me know how you're HC lawn goes, as you see I'm interested in having one. I know it'll be difficult with my low tech tank but lets see how it goes! Woot for 10 gallons! http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ed-pretty.html

hehe as you can see my journal started while back. This hobby really test your patience to the max.

Well right now I'm going to take out the rocks and boil the rocks to make sure nothing leeching out. So that means going to rescape and back to dry start I guess
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UPDATES!!!!! January 13, 2011 (Day 94)


Changes.............
-Rescape stones
-Reslope substrate
-Replant HC
-Flood!!!!
-I moved house!!!!

**Will this work? I think I'm screwed looking at my tank after its been flooded. Will the HC spread? my substrate angle is about 35 degrees.

dang it. sorry for the crappy iphone picture D:
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WOWWWWWWWWW.....you know that's a very HUGE slope. I am curious how the slope will hold. Why and what's the purpose on doing so?

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Wait, so did you flood the tank? Or is it still dry? Either way I would tilt the tank again or you're gonna lose the slope very fast.

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WOWWWWWWWWW.....you know that's a very HUGE slope. I am curious how the slope will hold. Why and what's the purpose on doing so?
Well if you look at my first slope, I was like ehhhh Lets make it huge lol.
its 20lb eco complete + 8.8lb fluval stratum

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Wait, so did you flood the tank? Or is it still dry? Either way I would tilt the tank again or you're gonna lose the slope very fast.
Its flooded. I know I'm scared of erosion... I know the HC roots can hold some substrate but idk lol.

Right now Eheim 2213 is on full flow, if I see any erosion, I will cut back flow about 1/4.
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