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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Dudebro's Tank - Realismo Mágico - Eheim Aquastyle 9

Equipment
Eheim Aquastyle 9 with Stock Light
Fluval 106 Filter
Glass Inflow & Outflow Lily Pipe 13mm (Poppy Style)

Livestock
2 Ottos
1 Blue Dwarf Gouramis
3 Amano shrimp

Plants
Marsilea minuta
Fissidens fontanus
Steam*

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Neat set up. You're cycling with fish? Aww poor guys.

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Thanks and yea, eager noob move... the local fish store said these guys are troopers, they wanted to sell them to me to get the cycle going... how could I say no.
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You should get some plants!

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I plan to create a dense carpet of hair grass and dwarf baby tears in different areas. I also want to add a fern of some sort and maybe some moss.

I would like to plant these as soon as possible but I am waiting for the tank to get established. I know I will need more light and co2 for it to grow in like I want.

I am very new to aquariums and cycling. Just taking it slow until I understand more.
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I plan to create a dense carpet of hair grass and dwarf baby tears in different areas. I also want to add a fern of some sort and maybe some moss.

I would like to plant these as soon as possible but I am waiting for the tank to get established. I know I will need more light and co2 for it to grow in like I want.

I am very new to aquariums and cycling. Just taking it slow until I understand more.

Plants can go in right away, no need to wait for cycling the tank. They'll even help buffer your tank chemistry from the inevitable spikes in nitrites/trates. Much easier to get your plants in and started, and do all your fiddling around getting the layout right, before adding your fish.
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After doing some research I realized I would need more light to keep my plants healthy. I do want fish too.. and the tank is ready for fish but not for all the plants I want.

A DIY light upgrade, CO2 and plant food is in the mail. Once I get the light tested and settled I will get my plants. (providing that its ok for the fish)

Err, I may be in a tough situation now. Will the fish be ok if I add all the plants at once? Any insights.

A lot of Dwarf Baby Tears
An Anubis Nana
A small amount of Dwarf Hairgrass
Maybe one other small plant.
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Super bummed.

Went on vacation and everything fell apart. I set up a Automatic fish feeder and left my light on. The fish died; poor fellas were overfed and I was left with a ton of green algae.

Apparently too much light and too much fish food is a recipe for disaster. Now I know what too much is.

Its been cleaned and I did a partial water change. Right now I have a blanket over the tank to kill off the remaining algae.

Redo coming soon... with plants this time.
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Love it! Good luck!
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Thanks wtkerr!

Week 3 - Redo

Full size image of just planted tank

Well its cleaned up now.

I removed the water and added 3 pots of Dwarf Baby Tears and one Anubias Nana. The Anubias Nana fit right into the whole on my stump. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not have to glue it in or tie it down.

I am using Eco Complete substrate. I have heard mixed reviews on this holding new plants in. Only one Dwarf Baby Tear floated up which was also one that I planted sloppy and tried to adjust after filling the tank with water.

I strongly suggesting taking all the water out. Planting. Laying paper towels and slowly filling back up. These little buggers do float easy. I could see how it would be frustrating trying to add them to a full tank.

I have a DIY co2, DIY LED upgrade coming soon. Its nice to have the plants in, the color does pop against the black substrate - I hope they last longer than my fish...
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Updates:
  • Started a DIY Co2 last night: running at 2Bps this morning. A little faster that I would like but its my first go at it.
  • Heater stabilizing the temp around 74-75. This will help with plants and future fish.
  • Dosing with Flourish and Flourish Excel. Now that I have Co2 running I may half lower the doses.

The plants look the same as they did after planting.
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A few days after planting:






Its still alive!
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The Baby Dwarf Tears are growing. Here is a similar pick to the one above.

Its getting dirty in there. I have decided to hold off on water changes to see if it will affect cycling. My water tests have never registered a spike but I do have a small trace of ammonia that registers at .25 ppm and has been there for a while.

My water tests are here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...Gc&output=html
Thanks to google docs.
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Looks great cant wait to see it fill in
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Week 6

Week 6 Update
The Baby Dwarf Tears are growing in nice.
DIY CO2 is doing its thing.
New Otto Cats
New plants! Thanks to DFWAPC which I am now a member of. I dont even recall what they all are but one for sure is Riccia.

I had a pretty big die off on the grass plant but it looks like most of the stems made it and are rooting.

Algae took over on my vacation. I just finished a tank clean out with some plant reorganizing and added the otto's. Based on what these guys just did in 5 mins I have a feeling this tank will be clean as a whistle in a week tops.

My Anubias have little spots on them. Not sure what this is exactly.

Its starting to look bright green. I like it.


Dwarf Tears forming a carpet.


Mystery Spots on the Anubias and also my new plant stem behind it.


New plant


Notice the clean spots on the rock - no more toothbrush:
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