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post #61 of 79 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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I seriously considered picking up this tank last year.

The tank and stand actually look better than I expected.

Great set-up man.
Thanks man! Yeah, once I stained it, the cabinet started to look much cleaner than expected.

Plants are off to a slow/steady start, hoping to start upping the light intensity a bit once I get my CO2/ferts right.


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post #62 of 79 (permalink) Old 03-20-2013, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Pushed the light intensity up to 50% now. Some light algae, but lots of new growth. Still trying to get the ferts balanced.


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So I snapped a few more photos. I'm about 98% done with this build, just need to finish plexiglassing the light and running the cables in a white conduit. Onefang has made me a clear intake, it should arrive any minute. Battling a bit of algae at the moment, still trying to figure out the best light timing/intensity. But I'm loving the footprint, it's VERY easy to maintain. Currently there are 4 neon tetras, 1 Oto, and 1 crazy lil dwarf puffer.

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I like it, looks like a lagoon you would dive in.
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I like it, looks like a lagoon you would dive in.
Thanks. This project has taken me much longer than anticipated, so I only get a few minutes here and there. I'm hoping to finish planting the HC in the front and the light still needs some work.
Seeing how this was my first LED attempt, I don't know what will grow. So I put about 10+ different plants into the tank and hope that something will grow. Once things begin to show me signs of growth, I will worry about shuffling things around to make a more visually pleasing plant scaping. For now, just getting the ecosystem going. Function first, then worry about the looks, right?

But for what it's worth, this footprint is kickass, very easy to work with!


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Due to a period in which I won't be able to maintain this tank, I've decided to do the dry start method with HC. Having someone watch your planted tank is much easier handing off a DSM tank, vs. trying to school someone on a high tech setup's care list.
So hopefully when I return from my short trip, I'll have a nice carpet going. Then I can just scape over/around it with rocks or something. Here it is for now:



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It's been a solid 6 weeks of growth in DSM, the HC is looking great! I'm thinking of keeping this 3/4 Iwagumi, then build some rock structure in the back and put some stems, grass, or small crypts in the back and creeping onto the sides. Still tossing around the ideas. Also, the LED light still needs the acrylic sides completed, hoping to finish this up soon too.


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Thanks guys.
This footprint isn't very easy to scape, at least with the limited decor that I own.
The HC keeps growing while I keep thinking......


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Still have that piece of driftwood? I think it looked pretty good in there. Maybe turn it upside down this time so it looks like roots instead of branches?

Nice LED controller you got there by the way.
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So I FINALLY ran the wiring along the wall through a proper conduit, so things are looking much cleaner over here.
The only thing I'm missing from my build is a proper covering (or lamp) for my LEDs.



HC is growing nicely, I'll be removing it very soon to start something new in this tank. Something great will be happening here, high hopes on this next scape.


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So I broke the carpet up a little bit, adjusted the substrate levels, added some rocks, and replanted the HC. Going for a minimalistic approach here, will hopefully add Blyxa Japonica to the back corner once flooded.







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