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post #31 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments!
I went to get my co2 tank filled last Sat and the place was out of co2
I'll be making a road trip this weekend for co2 so that I can finally fill my tank! The suspense is killing me
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post #32 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Finally filled my tank on Monday!
Lights on for 3hrs a day for the first week with co2 cranked up to 4-5 bps and dosing ferts. Did 50% water change today.
I swear since i filled the tank the plants appear to be growing faster. I trimmed the HM today.

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Looks awesome!
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out of curiosity why are you only running lights for 3 hours a day?
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post #35 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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out of curiosity why are you only running lights for 3 hours a day?
I know a lot of people have had success using different methods of starting their tanks. I've tried some methods with success and some with no sucess. I decided to give this one a shot. I found this article on the ShrimpNow forum.The co2 at 5bps for two weeks seems a bit much. I ran my co2 close to 5 bps for the first two days. I'm running it at about 3 bps right now. Sounds crazy, but, after filling the tank I swear the plants started growing noticeably faster. Especially the HM.
If anyone had success with this method it would be great if they chimed in about it.

"Once the plants have filled in like shown above, it's time to fill the tank with water. Once the water is filled, CO2 injection is required and needs to be kept very high for 2 weeks close to 5 bubbles per second (bps). Afterward, bring it down to 3bps. Setup lights as per the plants requirements. (Cuba is not a very light demanding plant). Setup filter that you have decided on using. If you are using nutrient rich substrate like ADA Amazonia II, follow the below light and water change routine.

Week 1: 3 Hrs of Light , 50 % Water change once in 3 Days
Week 2: 5 Hrs of Light , 30 % Water change once in 3 Days
Week 3: 7 Hrs of Light , 30% Water change once a week
Week 4: 9 Hrs of Light , 30% Water change once a week

Your tank is completely cycled after this stage and if you follow the above routine you will have minimal algae issues except for some diatom algae during the first 2 weeks on the glass which is easily wiped off during your water changes.

NOTE: A correct combination of amount of Light , CO2 and nutrients is required to keep a planted tank free of algae bloom. In most cases it is excessive light that causes the problem. Keep your lighting moderate and you will have minimal algae issues."
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post #37 of 67 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 04:04 PM
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Hmmmmm well I filled my first ever dry start last night and have the nutrient rich soils as well. I have my co2 running at about 4 bps at the moment. I may just have to run this same light procedure. You are only running hte co2 when the lights are on right?

Thanks for the very in depth answer im really excited to finally get my tank rolling
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Looks awesome!
Thanks! Glad you like it.

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very nice set up
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Hmmmmm well I filled my first ever dry start last night and have the nutrient rich soils as well. I have my co2 running at about 4 bps at the moment. I may just have to run this same light procedure. You are only running hte co2 when the lights are on right?

Thanks for the very in depth answer im really excited to finally get my tank rolling
I start my co2 1 hr before the lights come on and turn it off with the lights. I wish you success on your tank. It'd be great if you started a journal to share with the community. I'd like to check out your set up.

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I start my co2 1 hr before the lights come on and turn it off with the lights. I wish you success on your tank. It'd be great if you started a journal to share with the community. I'd like to check out your set up.
ha ha way ahead of you bud check it out
20l Iwagumi internal sump *11/23/2012*
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ha ha way ahead of you bud check it out
20l Iwagumi internal sump *11/23/2012*
Your tank looks great! Looks like you put some work in to it and it has paid off nicely!
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Here are a couple of updated pics of my tank. The manzanita is almost completely hidden now. The UG,rotala macaranda and Syngonanthus belem are growing super slow. Everything else grows like wildfire. I started out with six downoi and now have about 17 new plants growing. I have some diatom algae and minor thread algae going on. The nerite snails and ottos do a very good job of keeping the diatom algae at bay. The thread algae only grows near the powerhead where the curent is swift. It grows mostly on the mini fissidens and the downoi. It's easily picked off by hand. I currently have 3 nerite snails (one crawled out and dried up), 2 ottos, 13 CPD's, and 8 CRS's.
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Haha nice video and cool tank.
when can we find it on Bluray?
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I thought about getting a nerite snail, but I am afraid it will crush my new planted UG -- But I see you have UG. How does a snail that big do with these smaller plants ?
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I thought about getting a nerite snail, but I am afraid it will crush my new planted UG -- But I see you have UG. How does a snail that big do with these smaller plants ?
He's no problem at all. Most my plants are very well rooted for the most part. I have smaller nerites as well that are much more scale for the size of the tank. They do a great job removing all the diatom algae in the tank.
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