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post #46 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hardscape and substrate in position. Just waiting on plants lol

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Hardscape and substrate in position. Just waiting on plants lol
Why run the co2 if there are no plants?
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I've had bba issues so just cranking the co2 just to make sure it's all killed off. Bit of a waste I know but I'd rather make sure before my new plants arrive.

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I've had bba issues so just cranking the co2 just to make sure it's all killed off. Bit of a waste I know but I'd rather make sure before my new plants arrive.

Just don't turn on the light until your plants come (:
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Yeah I'm doing that also. Sounds stupid I know but like I say I'd rather be sure. Plants should be hear soon so it's also good to get the co2 dialed to how I want it. That way I can return my puffers to their home.

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post #51 of 59 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Quick update. Spec is all up and running now with plants in place. I tried using elatine hydropiper for the carpet but it didn't survive the trip from Poland so had to replace it with HC. Got that put in place last night. The blyxa japonica is doing really well and is a bright green colour which looks awesome. Mixed up a new batch of ferts and increase the dose a little so hopefully we'll see great growth and zero algae lol!


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post #52 of 59 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Quick update. Not much has changed really. Things are growing ok without any issues. Increased the lights from five to six hours today so we'll see how that goes. Added some riccia flutans that I got from a friend. Stuffed it where I could and also sandwiched a bunch of it together to try make a bush under the wood.

Here's some quick iPhone pics. The puffers are in the shot too. Bonus!!

The start of my bush lol


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If you still have those puffers and the shrimp, either get rid of the shrimp or the puffers, the puffers will eat all of the shrimp D:


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I have no shrimp so no issues. They didn't seem bothered by them when they were in though so may try some amanos

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post #55 of 59 (permalink) Old 05-14-2013, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Update time. Blyxa is growing like crazy and is keeping my big tank stocked up with cuttings. The HC is growing slowly although I do wish it would hurry up so any tips are appreciated.

New additions. A friend of mine gave me ten red cherry shrimp. That was a week ago and I still have ten. The puffers don't seem too bothered while they have snails and bloodworm to munch on. Also moved some ottos over from the big tank just to keep on top of the algae. They seem to be having fun so all good.




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post #56 of 59 (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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The plants in this tank are finally getting established and growing well. This was taken about a week ago. The HC is starting to spread really well and the blyxa is just going crazy!


Love the riccia

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Thanks for sharing the updates and pictures really useful. Have just bought my fluval spec and got some great ideas.
Do you think it is essential to upgrade the lighting?
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Can you recommend a good online shop in the UK to buy lighting from?
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post #59 of 59 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hey yeah I think light upgrades are a must if you plan on growing any med/high light plants. I just got a cheapo light unit from eBay for mine but if you have a nice budget then check out aquaessentials or thegreenmachineonline for light units

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