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post #511 of 828 (permalink) Old 03-30-2013, 05:45 PM
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What a great story daz! I'm looking forward to seeing to see the learning path I take starting up with aquariums Great motivation here.
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Well it was a stunning tank before the move and is stunner once again.

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With no co2 and stellar results. I might have to make an hour drive and kidnap you for information/skills to make my tank to where Id like it.

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Hi Wolf! Sorry about the delayed response back! Thank you....I'm not sure if it's a "great" story, really. It's the story of how most of us start in this hobby: from humble beginnings, we pick up the skills and knowledge necessary to keep improving on our previous experiences and set ups. Patience and persistence both play huge roles in anything, especially when you are starting out. I go back in this thread and read some of the comments regarding how the "top" of this set current set up looks so much better than the aquatic portion. My response was that they need to be patient, and that the aquatic portion needed more time to catch up to the top as I have predominantly slow-growing buces and crypts. A "long-term" scape is not a "Shake N' Bake" type of thing. It takes a bit of vision to see the potential of what the tank will look like over the course of a few months, to a year, to a few years. My last set up with this tank was a high growth stem plan, and it was easy to see new or dramatic results quickly. It was colorful, grew like mad, and required a ton of maintenance that I just don't have time for. Iwagumi tanks are created in a similar vein: the rock placement takes time, the substrate sloping takes time, but after planting with a fast carpeting species, an Iwagumi typically looks fairly polished and complete within a month or two. The same can be said about a Dutch scape or really any tank that employs the use of fast-growing carpets or stems. This current tank I have going really isn't meant to look "finished" for about another year or so, after the anubia and buces have had time to grow over more of the Seriyu stone and the top plants have had a little more time to fill in some of the gaps and spacing. And, with such low maintenance, it's much easier on my lower back!

I would suggest to anyone that before they start a new tank, consider not only what you want it to look like in the near-future, but what it's going to look like in a year after set up. How hard or easy will it be to accomplish that vision, and how often do you want to change things around? For me, I love working on my tank, but I don't like having to give it constant attention....that's what kids and spouses are for (I'm glad my wife doesn't read these posts, btw! ).

zzrguy: Thank you very much! The last two starts have been pretty successful for me, and I'm very grateful for all of the nice compliments and attention they have gotten. And duly so. Nature makes some pretty fantastic stuff, man! We're just curators.

Slammed: You are always more than welcome to swing by! However, this is a pressurized set up!! I run CO2 through a needle wheel impeller-based pump. Sorry buddy....I should be more clear.
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Slammed: You are always more than welcome to swing by! However, this is a pressurized set up!! I run CO2 through a needle wheel impeller-based pump. Sorry buddy....I should be more clear.
Ah I didn't read all the way through. I would love to run co2 in my big tank but cant find a way to do it with the sump without off gassing to much. If I could find a happy medium I would in a heart beat. But I may just take you up on the offer and come up next time I'm in Nashville. Therese says good things about her trip up with you and it's always nice to meet someone in the hobby as well as make a new friend.

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post #516 of 828 (permalink) Old 04-20-2013, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Just got the pics uploaded. Just one for tonight though for now. More to follow tomorrow.

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Just got the pics uploaded. Just one for tonight though for now. More to follow tomorrow.

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....It takes a bit of vision to see the potential of what the tank will look like over the course of a few months, to a year, to a few years....


Well said Don!

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Re: Crazydaz's Square 200G RIPARIUM Strikes Back! 4/19/13 PIC

Oh my Don... you even started to get the floating plants red... LOL!!!

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Heh heh. Thanks Gary!! It was a nice photo out of many, many, many others that I took. I take about a hundred, and end up cutting those down to about 20-ish or so. Probably like many others here!!

Frank--Thank you! I like to think so, and I don't see it practiced in this hobby very often. With just a bit of planning, people could save themselves a lot of work and money.

Han--Some are gaining a red tint. I'm a little surprised about that myself. I think that it could also be the way the lighting is striking the Hygroryza bladders, mostly, though.
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More pics!

Not too much to report on.....I FINALLY got that background up behind the tank to help hide the power cords for the lights which had become such a distraction for me. I've been battling some hair algae for the past month or so, and it had me a little stumped until just recently. I believe that I'm getting an "overload" of nutrients, particularly iron, in my water column due to the "run-off" that I get when I am watering the plants on the manzy branches. I was adding old leaves/detritus from the tank onto or into the sphagnum almost as soon as the set up was complete. As that material continues to breakdown, the nutrients are available not only to the terrestrial plants, but also get wicked up into the sphagnum, and the excess is getting partially washed out into the tank. It's an educated guess, but it would make sense. I'll have to pick up the water changes a bit, and just mist the set up for a while. It's a unique problem.

Anyhow, here are a few more shots for today. I'll get the rest posted tomorrow. Thanks for looking!




















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Unreal is really what comes to mind it's a visually orgasmic overload... Fantastic job!!

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Very, very nice!

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Is the Hygrolon still working out for you? Is this it here, with the moss growth?

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post #525 of 828 (permalink) Old 04-21-2013, 03:36 AM
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looking fantastic crazydaz.
i had a hair algae issue in an old tank. tried upping the CO2 and decreasing my Fe dosing. didnt do squat. but then i bought 2 young SAE (granted, my tank was 20 gallons, not 200 gallons, you would need more than 2, lol) and they ate it up within 2 weeks and kept the tank clean. by the time they were old and lazy and only ate flake food, the algae was gone and didnt come back.

how are the neoregelia doing? the parent plants i got them from have both flowered by now and are sending out mad runners - the n. fireball has 4 runners growing off it, and may grow more still.
id be surprised if you arent getting any runners yet with your lighting.
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