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post #106 of 172 (permalink) Old 04-05-2013, 04:48 PM
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You act like the bit of driftwood above water is a bad thing. Why not sick some cool terrestrial or emersed plant on it and make it a feature?
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post #107 of 172 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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1ppm Nitrite AND Ammonia is dropping!

Exciting.
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post #108 of 172 (permalink) Old 04-06-2013, 09:40 PM
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Nice little setup! That moss looks happy.

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Thanks! As soon as those crypts in front flatten out and the others grow a bit, I'll be happy.

This Christmas Moss is exploding in nearly every freshwater tank I've got. It's absurd. Hard water, soft water, it grows like no other. Have to keep it trimmed regularly or it gets a little crazy.

I think I've even grown to like these ugly LED fixtures I snagged off eBay.
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Went to the LFS with the intention of picking up a crypt to add to the tank and came back with a ton of them:




They're a wendtii of some sort. The large ones behind the driftwood and the tiny ones in the rear right.

It's official - the tank is fully planted! At least as far as my plans went.
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Ammonia is now down to about 0.5 PPM and the Nitrites are continuing to fall. The end is nigh!

Funny how exciting this stage always seems to be. No matter how many tanks I set up.
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wow really nice tank! I really want this one but in your opion, should i get this or just wait for my 90P
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post #113 of 172 (permalink) Old 04-09-2013, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Woah, hold your horsies.

Asking me if you should get another tank is a dangerous thing to do.

Because I'm going to tell you to get BOTH.
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Ammonia is down to 0.25 PPM but Nitrites haven't fallen. Hopefully I won't end up having to add ammonia to finish this process.
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Nitrite is a frustrating thing indeed...
I guess I shouldn't ask you whether I should get a truaqua 3.4g or derim a 2.5g then. I now know what will happen.
Sorry to derail a bit, but can I remove the bottom rim of a tank if it is really small? I mean like will it collapse?

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It depends upon the brand of tank, how it's manufactured, etc.

Short answer: no, don't do it.

My philosophy when it comes to tanks under 30-40 gallons: if you want a rimless tank, buy a rimless tank. Even when it comes to tiny ones.
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Finally! 0 Nitrite, 0 Ammonia.

Now I guess I need to add some ammonia every day until I can get some shrimp.

It's either that or add a bunch of PRLs, something I don't want to do. Planning on Tangerine Tigers, I think, since I have three I could mix with whatever I order. Along with some sort of brown or blue Neo at some point.
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Cough blue diamonds :P.

Really some of Bryce's dark blue velvets would be awesome in this one.

But I think your color scheme is neat. Transparent orange, transparent blue.

It shouldn't take long for your ammonia dosing from here on in..

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If I eventually choose blues, I'd go with Nick's - just because they're darker. The Velvets are really nice, however.

Think I'll start with 10 TTs, let them do their thing for a while. Eventually add 5-6 Neos.
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Loving this tank - even with the ugly Crypts in front:



Will just have to replace them with smaller portions of Crypt parva so I will be satisfied.

The other random Crypts in the tank are growing well:

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