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post #31 of 472 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Here is the tank status as of today, 1/10/12. Have started a heavier and more frequent fertilization schedule, and it is starting to pay off. Some algae (GDA) issues, but should disappear as the plant mass grows and out-competes the algae for nutrients. Should be long now, and I should be able to get some excellent growth on my plants where I can top, re-plant, and finally scape the tank I want to. Any thoughts or questions?























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Cool, a fellow Tennessean!! And right up the road no less!

I just started my first planted tank, a 10 gallon lol, and let me say what and inspiration this is!! If I didn't already have my 120g set up as a reef I would definitely be making it a Fw planted tank!! Job well done!

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WOW, that's an amazing growth you got there. Very cool design as well. SO how long has this been?

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i'm a big fan crazy... thank you for sharing!


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Thanks for the nice words Fisherman, Green Valley, CatchandRelease, and BrayN!

Green Valley--this tank has been up and running since the first or second week in November, or so. Not too long. I should have planted it more heavily than I did; it would have made a big difference in my algae battles. I just recently have been able to start dosing ferts the way it needs to be...before, it would have only fed the hundred or so varieties of algae growing in there!

BrayN! Thanks for introducing yourself! I am new to the area; just moved here from St. Louis a few months ago. I'm flattered that you like the tank, and oddly, I was inspired by corals prop tanks to have my tank fashioned after them. You can do a some nice stuff in a 10gallon, though! Bigger is not better, necessarily! If you ever decide to get out of reef tanks, there is an entire realm that you can explore with planted freshwater!! Also: you should look at joining the local forum www.MCAA.com or musiccitycichlids.proboards.com/index.cgi It is mostly about cichlids, for now, but there is a growing activity on the site for both saltwater tanks and freshwater tanks outside of pure cichlids.
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Let it grow in and let it be. Should look pretty intense fully grown.

I am a huge fan of Von Rio Tetras. I have about 25 of them myself and they have funny personalities.

Your stand looks pretty beat up in that one corner there. Is that from water damage?

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Yeah, it is a little beaten up all over the place. My buddy made it out of press board, which in hindsight was a terrible idea. My neighbor is going to help me redo the base and the canopy in a few months when he get tired of his new retirement and needs something to do. Until then, PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN, and so forth!

Von Rio's are fun to watch. They were always bickering before I added the Rainbow cichlids, but are much more agreeable with one another now! I will be adding another dozen of either them or the blue Kerri's.

Will gladly follow your advice!
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Sweet tank and dimensions!

Can I ask what you think of the craftsmanship of Great Lakes Aquariums? (considering ordering through them)
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BrayN-responded!

Prototyp3: Frankly, if I could, I would never purchase from anyone else. I have bought three tanks from them, including the customize 200 gallon square, and I've had no problems ever. They are EXTREMELY well made....mine has been though two moves without an issue. The corner bracing has been fantastic. The other two tanks I gave to friends who are still using them to this day....they have to be at least several years old by now. I bought a 40 gallon cube from them, and love it. Had one of my best tanks in that one:





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Awesome tank! Those are some lucky fish.
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Yeah....they are pretty spoiled.
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Wow, again! The tank is really looking great.

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Been thinking of ordering a 195 from Great lakes Aquarium, have been googling for comments about the quality - glad to come across this post.
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