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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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I figured I would start a journal for my new tank. Here are a couple shots of the tank on day 5.




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Looks nice. What kind of substrate is that?
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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aqua soil amazonia
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Looks great! I also just started a new scape. Determined to grow an HC carpet!
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More info on these please:
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the compliments.

the light is a Coralife 2x31 watt T5

plant list:
hemianthus callitrichoides
echinodorus vesuvius
crinum calamistratum
unknown stem plant

I have a few more weeks to decide what inhabitants I am going to buy. I would love to buy 6 tangerine colored shrimp, I think they are very attractive and would be an interesting color contrast to the tank. I need to look into where clown killifish are available.

I was thinking of going with the ADA line of ferts because it is locally available and I would rather dose with liquids. I was going to buy green brighty step 1 and step 2.

step 1 details:
A balanced existence of trace elements is vital in the initial period, to stimulate the sprouting of new roots and buds. Nitrogen, Phosphorus or Potassium are not included, as these may only induce algae development at this stage when the plants nutrient requirements are low.

step 2 details:
3 months after planting, roots and leaves of aquatic plans have matured and begun normal growth. Among other trace elements, aquatic plants require Iron in this period, and iron deficiency often causes whitening of plants buds or leaves. Green Brighty STEP 2 is rich in Iron.


When do you recommend I start dosing these products? I was thinking of starting small doses of step 1 after 2 weeks, to help promote new growth. And then after an estimated 4 week cycle time, perhaps dosing a mixture of step 1 and step 2 2-3 times a week and doing 1/3 water changes once per week. Does this sound like too aggressive a scheme because of the already enriched aqua soil? ADA enthusiasts please help me out.
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Day 10
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if i were you id stick some more plant biomass in there temporarily to help keep algae from growing while the tank establishes itself. just some floated stem or something.

HC seems to be doing well.
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I tested ph, ammonia, and nitrite last night. It seems the cycle is just getting started.

ph - 6.2
ammonia - 4.0 ppm
nitrite - 0.0 ppm

@marko@ - Thank you for the advice. I will consider it. I am seeing small amounts of a clear hair algae, predominantly attached to weaker parts of the plants. Nothing too much though, hopefully it stays that way.

My plan is to not start dosing for a couple more weeks. I think with 3/4 of the tank HC and the left 1/4 of tank heavily planted I will essentially have a light-to-moderate plant biomass.
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Here are a few photos from day 11. I cleaned up the left side a bit. I can't wait for the water to clear up and the plants to perk up tmrw.





Vesuvius plant sending out a clone:
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I like that rock... its cool looking
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@marko@ - I wish I went with the advice you gave me sooner. At approximately day 16 or 17 I started to see green hair algae breakouts.

On day 18 I picked up a large water sprite plant and an unknown stem plant for fairly cheap. I cut off a bit of the root mass and I am currently floating the plants in the tank. I believe I did this correctly.

I was able to disturb some of the algae into the water column which was sucked into the filter. I also did a 50% water change. So far the algae seems to be retreating.

April 20 FTS:
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you definately have some floating plants now! lol
where did you get those tools in front from?
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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The tool on the far left is a pair of Do!Aqua curved scissors.
The center one is an old pair of cheap scissors.
On the right is a pair of Do!Aqua tweezers.
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