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post #31 of 57 (permalink) Old 06-14-2012, 01:36 AM
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Wow I'm jelly! My HC hasn't carpeted like yours! I guess soil is the key! No more fluval stratum for me lol.
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You made this look too easy. Great tank!

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Wow I'm jelly! My HC hasn't carpeted like yours! I guess soil is the key! No more fluval stratum for me lol.
Lol, thanks. Time could also be a factor because I'm pretty sure I did a longer dry start and had my tank flooded a few weeks longer than you have. Just wait another month and see!

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Lovin' the HC carpet. It's hard to pull off a flat scape, but you've done it wonderfully.
Yes I'd completely agree. Very nice and I see that you've thinned it out a bit? That really is the only way to keep it growing healthy because it loves to spread out all the time. Excellent job at maintenance - I never had the patience for it after it grew everywhere, lol.
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Yes I'd completely agree. Very nice and I see that you've thinned it out a bit? That really is the only way to keep it growing healthy because it loves to spread out all the time. Excellent job at maintenance - I never had the patience for it after it grew everywhere, lol.
Thanks! Yeah, I did two trimmings so far since filling the tank.
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nice job with the HC
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nice job with the HC
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UPDATE 7/6/12

Almost a month since the last update. The tank has now been flooded for about 2 1/2 months. The HC is growing nicely and I finally see some pearling..

I also added more livestock since the last update. There are currently..
15 Cardinal Tetras
8 Fire Red Shrimp
3 Otos
1 Amano Shrimp

Enjoy the pictures!


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Here's a pic of my HC carpet. It has gotten pretty thick.



The back side of my tank isn't as thick and lush as the front because for some reason 80% of the backside of the HC melted behind the rocks a couple weeks after flooding. They did however recover very nicely.


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i love that vein in that rock..
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post #41 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-07-2012, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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i love that vein in that rock..
Haha thanks. I hated it at first and was planning on letting algae cover it. Then after a while, I started to like the look of it more and more.
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post #42 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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You guys can also check out a video of my tank from week 4.. I'll be posting an update video by next week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0VCp5hAcIk&feature=plcp

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Awesome iwagumi! I probably will make the background black as well.
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Awesome iwagumi! I probably will make the background black as well.
Thanks! Yeah, the black really brings out the colors of the tetras and shrimp.
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