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JJ's 29G Crawling Grounds (Update 6/5 **Pics**)

This will be the journal for my newly built 29G. I had originally created a thread for it, but it turned into a Q&A thing, so I want to start again.

Hardware & Setup:
Fluval 205
100W Heater
Aqueon T5 Dual Lamp x2 - Colormax x1 (18W) & 6,700K x3 (18W)
Wood from Lake Powell
Substrate: Organic Miracle-Gro topped off with CaribSea FloraMax

Flora:
Water Wisteria
Bacopa amplexicaulis
Tiger Lotus
Cardimine Lyrata (dying)
Limnophila aromatica
Amazon Sword
Anubais nana
Hygrophila Corymbosa 'Kompakt'
Jungle Val
Sunset Hygro
Giant Baby Tears
Green Wendtii Crypt?
Other crypt
Frogbit
Giant Duckweed
Moss Ball


Inhabitants
5 Bandit Cory's (Metae)
2 Pseudomugil furcatus
10 Green Tetras
20+ Cherry Shrimp
3 Amano Shrimp
1 Assassin Snail
2 Nerite's
2 Green Shrimp

Temperature sits at about 75F. The wood is still releasing tannins so I am doing weekly water changes to get it clearer. The wood soaked for 2 months and I thought it was ready, but it appears not.
I won't do miracle-gro again simply because I had too much of it get to the top of the FloraMax when planting and it resulted in too many floaters. It was really annoying. Plus now I have wood pieces all over the substrate, just too many to individually pull out. Thus, this will be quite a natural look.

Here is the timeline:




The Blyxa came shipped extremely healthy, but has really died trying to acclimate to the tank. I have lost more than half of what you can see above. I'm hoping that I've already hit rock bottom with it and it is on the rise. I really love how it looks. I had dwarf sag in here originally, but I thought it looked too similar to the Blyxa, so I moved it to my shrimp tank.

Here is the look of the tank 2 weeks ago (no amazon sword yet, and the wisteria, bacopa, and other plant unknown were still bunched together)



Here it is today (Early January). I haven't touched it for about 2 weeks cuz I want to let things grow in. It's still not looking exactly how I want it, but I'm close, and the plants need time to grow.




I welcome any opinions or suggestions.

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Currently there are no inhabitants. I won't be putting any in until January mostly because I still have some scaping to do. I got about 10 stems of Wisteria and I very quickly turned that into 36. So I am letting those grow out first, then I'll move them around. Some are going into my shrimp tank, others I'll do a trade for fish and other things down the road.

I also cannot find the intake tube for the Fluval. So I just have an open hose in the tank which would be incredible dangerous for anything living in it. So I need to order that part, or find an alternative before putting fish/shrimp in.

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The Blyxa came shipped extremely healthy, but has really died trying to acclimate to the tank. I have lost more than half
I had that happen to. Seller said it doesn't ship well. Seems sensitive to moving more so than crypts. I got some revived using Brigtwell aquatics FlorinAxis. Moved it and it died.

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I also cannot find the intake tube for the Fluval. So I just have an open hose in the tank.
You could just put a prefilter sponge on it. I put 1 on the intake since I have sand on substrate.

What ferts are you dosing? Thinking the addition of CSM+B would be beneficial.
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You could just put a prefilter sponge on it. I put 1 on the intake since I have sand on substrate.

What ferts are you dosing? Thinking the addition of CSM+B would be beneficial.
Tell me more about this CSM+B. I have never heard of it before. I have seachem liquid ferts Excel, Iron, Potassium, & Flourish. Do you not think those will be enough if I can figure out how to dose them properly?

I probably should be a prefilter sponge. I have sponges I use in my other tanks, but after putting it on the tube, it drastically cut down the water flow. So something with more pores would be necessary.

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Tell me more about this CSM+B.

Ihave seachem liquid ferts Excel, Iron, Potassium, & Flourish. Do you not think those will be enough if I can figure out how to dose them properly?

I probably should be a prefilter sponge. I have sponges I use in my other tanks, but it drastically cut down the water flow. So something with more pores would be necessary.
Perhaps this dosing will help:
Iron 5ml weekly
Potassium nitrate 5ml daily wk1 then weekly
Flourish 5ml weekly
Excel 5ml daily.

CSM+B contains - Copper, Iron, Magnesium sulfate, Molybdenum, Zinc, & Boron. Think 1Tbs weekly would be enough. It may be cheaper in the long run to purchase it.

I buy some ferts at LNT.com for they have free shipping and cheap. For excel I am using Cidex 2% Glut dilluted 3:1 solution
Dr fosters site has Iron, Flourish, Excell set for $11.69.

If not a sponge perhaps a bag would would work. I mean the little bags sold at pet stores to put filter medium in.
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Perhaps this dosing will help:
Iron 5ml weekly
Potassium nitrate 5ml daily wk1 then weekly
Flourish 5ml weekly
Excel 5ml daily.

CSM+B contains - Copper, Iron, Magnesium sulfate, Molybdenum, Zinc, & Boron. Think 1Tbs weekly would be enough. It may be cheaper in the long run to purchase it.

I buy some ferts at LNT.com for they have free shipping and cheap. For excel I am using Cidex 2% Glut dilluted 3:1 solution
Dr fosters site has Iron, Flourish, Excell set for $11.69.

If not a sponge perhaps a bag would would work. I mean the little bags sold at pet stores to put filter medium in.
Thanks for the information, it's very helpful.
I completely forgot about those small media bags. I think I'll go pick me up some of those. And I'll look into those other chemicals. I imagine you would also suggest to dose the CSM+B along with my other ferts?

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I imagine you would also suggest to dose the CSM+B along with my other ferts?
No! What you have is good. It is just a matter of price.
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No! What you have is good. It is just a matter of price.
Thanks for the help!

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Picture Update

Everything has stopped melting, thank goodness. I purchased a second t5 setup and a another 6700K bulb so now I have 3 - 6700K bulbs and 1 - Colormax over the tank. That should help out with a lot. The Hygro Kompact is growing incredibly fast so I'll be doing some trimming quite often. I am floating the cardimine in a fish breeder because it isn't growing at all where I had it.

I'm putting up for sale about 10 stems of Wisteria just because I want to put some other plants in place of it and my other 2 tanks are too full of it anyways.

5 Pseudomugil furcatus & 2 Amano's were added yesterday.
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Yesterday I added a few more to the tank. I plan to add just a couple of fish every Saturday as long as everything is checking out. Here is what I purchased:

1x Pseudomugil furcatus (Male)
4x Metae Cory's
2x Amano Shrimp
1x Assassin Snail

The cory's are a blast to watch. I know everybody always talks about how active and playful they are, but you just never know it until you experience it.

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New fish & plants pictures 2/21

My brother-in-law brought down his nice camera over the weekend so I decided to take the opportunity and get some closeups of my fish and plants. You may notice that the Cherry Shrimp are camera hogs as they wouldn't go away. Hopefully I haven't put too many up, I tried to only post the better ones. Enjoy!































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Update:
I finally had enough good growth in the tank to finally convince me of scaping it so it didn't look like a huge mess. Here are the results. Unfortunately I'm also down to just 2 Furcata's. Turns out they are a bit more touchy than I was expecting.










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Very nice job, love the timeline, sorry to hear on the furcatas.
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Very nice job, love the timeline, sorry to hear on the furcatas.
Thanks, I caught up with the local breeder of the furcata's and he said they have never done well with flake food. So I'll be doing more frozen foods and a much higher quality flake food made locally. Really really good stuff. Hopefully that will keep them alive

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A few updated pictures.
Trying to sell a few plants as they don't really fit. Particularly the aponogeton's and crypts.
You can see a few of my fish in some of these







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