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post #91 of 116 (permalink) Old 10-13-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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8 more weeks of school and I've been busy traveling for work. (edit: 8 more weeks till I'm done with Grad School!)

Here's the update... Who notices a difference?

There are 8 Tiger barbs, and a whooooole lot more Staurogyne repens, lol the stuff is growing like a weed. I'm starting to let it take over where the dwarf hair grass isn't doing so hot. I reduced the lighting and all the hair algae issues are gone.

3-22-2012 - Staurogyne repens


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post #92 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Update 8 months

Update - working on getting the dwarf hair grass to come back thick without bringing on the onslaught of algae - I'm also gonna purchase 4 more cardinals.

As the Staurogyne repens continues to grow, I'm going to replant the cuttings across the left side of the tank and midground. I'm also ordering another Crypt Balansae to place in the back middle where there's open space.

As I've increased the iron the red plants: Nymphaea 'Zenkeri', Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Florida sunset' and have started to show color.

I'm hoping to get the light balanced to a point where the rotala start getting more pink.
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post #93 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 05:32 AM
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Nice man! How are your apistos doing?
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Thanks! They are doing well - The Hongsloi are not as colorful as I have seen online - I may have 2 females. I will post pictures of the two for positive ID. If that's the case, I'll try to purchase a male.

I have a bunch of Christmas Moss that I trimmed and I need to figure out what to do with...

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post #95 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 11:40 PM
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post #96 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 04:18 AM
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Love the looks of this tank. Nice work!
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post #97 of 116 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 05:42 AM
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VERY BEAUTIFUL TANK!!!

SOOOO SORRY to hear about the loss of that BEAUTIFUL Koi Angel, as well as your problems with the shrimp! I too have ALWAYS had problems with shrimp in my 55g! ????

LOVE the Pencil Fish!!! I have 11 Golden Pencils, and will be adding them to my 55g soon!

Is the Co2 atomizer you have inline still working well, and without Co2 bubbles all in the tank? Are there any problems with it you have found in the long run?

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Thanks for the feedback! The CO2 atomizer is working well - It needs a cleaning - GLA sells a product that you can dip it in for a few hours and it opens up the pores.

I am dropping the light from 33" from the substrate to about 24" from the substrate so I can nudge the hair grass into growth. It's a gradual process. I've upped the CO2 and now you can finally see the bubble mist - not a lot but a fine mist. I think a cleaning will reduce the size - I haven't cleaned the diffuser in 8 months.

I just ordered a male Hongsloi - I figured out that the two I have are females and they could use a male to keep them company (and color them up a bit).

The Staurogyne repens has gone into overdrive - I've started to prune it weekly and replant the tips - the midground is going to be that for the most part.

This is the tank with the light 28" from the substrate.
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Well, the Serpea tetra are gone - their introduction caused an ich outbreak - None of them showed any symptoms. Luckily, I caught it in the very beginning and wiped it out with Quick Cure. One more treatment and it will be a week of no symptoms.

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I saw this tank a long time ago when I first joined this site. I have always really liked it!! Great job!!!
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I saw this tank a long time ago when I first joined this site. I have always really liked it!! Great job!!!
Thanks!

Just a little update:

The Coral red pencil males are coloring up and sparring. Here's a clip

I started to dose EI and the plants are pearling for the first time since I set up the tank but only on trace day for some reason.
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post #103 of 116 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 11:41 PM
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If you are still interested in discus you may want to check out discus Hans in Baltimore and set up a visit.
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If you are still interested in discus you may want to check out discus Hans in Baltimore and set up a visit.
Thanks, I would consider them but the plants in this tank may not survive the warmer water I've read they require.
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Hi sundragon,

I've been reading the majority of this. In your most recent photos I noticed you have what looks to be a fan/wave mover for water. It seems to do a gentle job, what kind/type?
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