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post #1141 of 1323 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 11:26 PM
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you can clean the pipes buy droping them in a bucket with bleach solution for half an hour or so. should eat off any scum, same way it cleans the diffuser.
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Update! Sorry I didn't update this earlier, I had people over yesterday.





The tank is continuing to look great and is looking better and better every day. I got a chance to do a major trim on the HC yesterday afternoon (sorry, I was in a rush so no before and after shots -- I was just getting it to look good before people come over ).







The HC has grown in really thick and relatively low. The blyxa will likely need to be thinned out in the next 2-3 weeks. The R. colorata has been growing in nice and thick and yesterday I leveled it out even with the left side of the tank. You can see where I'm trying to take this visually -- just like this, but with the stems a little taller.




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looks good! i wouldnt have trimmed the colorata that straight though.
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post #1144 of 1323 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 08:23 PM
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I'm loving the tank. I think its fine to trim it straight for now while its still growing in so you get a nice even bushy effect, but next time, definitely trim it in a rounded manner.

How many shrimp you think are in there now? That HC looks so healthy!

On another note - Is that white car autographed?


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clean those pipes!!

haha... looks great. i love the mountain plain look.
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looks good! i wouldnt have trimmed the colorata that straight though.
Thanks! I'm at least keeping it cut this way until I achieve the height and density which I'm going for.

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I'm loving the tank. I think its fine to trim it straight for now while its still growing in so you get a nice even bushy effect, but next time, definitely trim it in a rounded manner.

How many shrimp you think are in there now? That HC looks so healthy!

On another note - Is that white car autographed?
Thanks Caton! Yeah, like I said above, I'm going to continue chopping it even until I can get the density and height I'm trying to go for here. I let it grow for a week, and then whack it down some, and then repeat. I've done this some 3-4 times now with good results. Now I still need to dose extra iron. There's just not enough time in the day to get everything done, is there?!

By my estimations, there are probably somewhere between 30-50 shrimp in the tank at the moment, most small.

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clean those pipes!!

haha... looks great. i love the mountain plain look.
Yeah, yeah, I know. Like I said, there's just not enough time in the day! I'll get around to it soon.

Thanks for the compliments, though! Haha!

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Glad to see the HC is doing well. Good deal.
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Glad to see the HC is doing well. Good deal.
Thanks man! It really is -- this reminds me, I ought to take an overhead shot with still water to detail the growth of the HC.

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That blyxa looks really nice. It's a great plant that seems so much easier to manage then the more traditional grass-like varieties.
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Thanks man! It really is -- this reminds me, I ought to take an overhead shot with still water to detail the growth of the HC.
Do a water change and do it while the tank is drained down. Reminds me, time for another daily water change for the mini soon.
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That blyxa looks really nice. It's a great plant that seems so much easier to manage then the more traditional grass-like varieties.
Thanks. It really is, though I would say that it is easier to manage in a slightly larger tank. Regardless, it's still one of the brightest green and most unique plants with which I have had any experience. Grows incredibly quickly, too.

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Do a water change and do it while the tank is drained down. Reminds me, time for another daily water change for the mini soon.
Right, good idea! I gotta go check out your Mini M's journal, I haven't been keeping up with it as much as I would like!

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Right, good idea! I gotta go check out your Mini M's journal, I haven't been keeping up with it as much as I would like!
I assure you, I haven't been updating it as much as I should be. I've been busy lately and it keeps slipping my mind.
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I assure you, I haven't been updating it as much as I should be. I've been busy lately and it keeps slipping my mind.
Just noticed that. I have the opposite problem, usually

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Love seeing updates on this tank. It always looks so fresh and lush, good stuff!
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Love seeing updates on this tank. It always looks so fresh and lush, good stuff!
Thanks! This tank is such a great escape. Speaking of which, I'm on a study break:



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