Hey guys sorry about ditching you all like that, I have a pattern with this hobby, it's not the first time I've fallen off the planted tank map abruptly. I'm either in it 100% or not at all, and junior year of college took over right as the scape finished so everything ran its course in a neat manner. I'll dig up some of the final shots once finals week is over.
I'm currently procrastinating like a pro, and ran out of websites to check... there are no blue links left on reddit either so I'm really screwed. SO I figured I'd come check out one of my old favorite places, then remembered I left this thread without so much as a peep.
After the scape was finished I lifted the light up to 20" and ran it 7 hours a day for 8 weeks. Never dosed it once, let the CO2 run out, etc. I've been at school since the scape was done. To my surprise after coming home for a break, 2 months of 0 water changes, 0 ferts, literally NOTHING, and the tank wasn't algae ridden. A little BBA started to crop up because of no CO2, but thats it. The Cyperus reached the other side of the tank then started to loop its way down to the substrate. Had to measure a leaf, 42" from the base!! Roots from the mother plants had made there way out into the far right portions of the HC carpet. The rocks were completely engulfed in moss, and the thickest parts of the carpet were beginning to float upwards. A few weeks ago I pulled the plug to preserve the ADA bulb, the things are way too expensive.
I'll update with some pictures in a few weeks when I get a hold of my DSLR. In the mean time I need to study! Chemistry pre-med is controlling my life!
Edit: Panda, the tank is still going strong as ever after 5 years. The only age its showing is things I've done to scratch it, and some calcium marks at the top. The calcium marks are not visible unless it's dry.
Edit2: Looking back I lsot most of my steam with this tank after my elbow surgery, then trying to deal with my course load without really being able to write sealed the deal. Still experiencing a good amount of post surgery pain 3 months later. I've got one hell of a scar as well. The trimming this scape would have needed would not have been possible before or after the surgery. Was in too much pain before it, and after I was in a cast for 4 weeks.
Last edited by CmLaracy; 12-06-2012 at 01:32 AM.