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post #361 of 441 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 04:26 AM
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Pugman, ALWAYS clean top to bottom direction, NEVER side to side.

Those Kent Plastic orange scrapers, not the yellow metal ones, are what should be used. Softer acrylic pads, again, top to bottom and then the last 2-3", use the scraper with a plastic tip.

Credit cards are pretty good also, and better use for them.

A stack of 100 clean razors also is a good thing to have around, slow smooth top to bottom cleaning should never scratch glass, make sure the blade is always NEW, they are cheap, 180 ADA tanks are not. I use pure ADA AS for this reason also, does not scratch, power sand burps up and you can end up scratching things.

Snail shells also can come between the pad and the glass causing scratches.
Always apply the least amount of pressure, this will result in shallower scratches if they do occur. The pads= only for soft large area algae on glass and only the upper parts away from the soil. Plastic scrapers below that level and make sure not to get any sediment as you go down towards the line.

I scrape down all the way to the bottom. Then bend the scraper back to pull the sediment back away from the front of the glass. Then slowly lift it out. I do NOT scrape up and down in that area.

If you do these methods, you should have a nice tank for decades.

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Fissidens will take over, but it'll be awhile.
The "mini Pellia" will do well on the rocks.

It'll take time, but will look nice as that grows in.

Moss: you can also use Anubias, Buce's, Crypts.

Other nice plants that are less trimming: Downoi, Starougyne, even Blyxa is less trouble, Hygro arag, etc.

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What moss is that in the fourth pic down, right before the fissidens?
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post #364 of 441 (permalink) Old 01-17-2013, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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What moss is that in the fourth pic down, right before the fissidens?
That's the mini pellia I believe. It's my favorite. I'd like to replace the baby tears with it..
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That's the mini pellia I believe. It's my favorite. I'd like to replace the baby tears with it..
It's certainly easy and worth more $ wise.

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Not the MP, the stuff growing upwards.
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Fissidens spingapore maybe?
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Fissiden geppi or fissiden noblis?

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Fissiden geppi or fissiden noblis?

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post #370 of 441 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 06:06 PM
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Amazing! really wonderful scape. One that will stand out in my mind for a long time to come.
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Amazing! really wonderful scape. One that will stand out in my mind for a long time to come.
Thanks and now I'm seconds away from tearing out the baby tears. It'll take awhile to look good again but in the end I think it'll look better.
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post #372 of 441 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 03:59 AM
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Once you finish planting, pics must follow instantly! lol.
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Once you finish planting, pics must follow instantly! lol.
Ugh....okay. I hate posting pictures that look worse then it once did. This will be a good beginning reference picture before it grows in. I still have some baby tears left in there to rip out. I spent four hours removing sheets of baby tears then sucking out the soil and replacing it with black lava rocks. I figure I can get more flow over it with the lava rock. I ended up having more of the mini pella then I originally thought. Instead of buying more I think I'll just let this grow in.
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Don't stress about the tank, it looks great. You are in a whole different niche here with this style of tank. I can't wait till I get a 180p.

Keep us updated, the whole set-up is right on.
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I agree, dont worry bout it. Its not like beautiful tanks come in a box, it takes patience and dedication. Not to mention once that mp fills in its going to be a very impressive carpet given the size of your tank.
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