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post #16 of 92 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 04:42 PM
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+1. Those rocks are great rocks. Go with the first rock layout, but adjust the right rock. Leave the left two, they look awesome.

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post #17 of 92 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 04:54 PM
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I like the second scape but I agree about maybe changing the slope a little in it. Can't wait to see this tank progress. Good luck!

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I like the one with the larger vertical stones. It has a better impression.
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Man I'm jealous of those two tanks. I didn't see it mentioned, what substrate are you using?
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post #20 of 92 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the input. My ladyfriend prefers the vertical layout, so that may win...or not. I just wish I had a few more smaller stones to play around with. May need to order another 5lbs?

Substrate is AS Amazonia powder. Maybe a few root tabs thrown in.
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All the hardware is finally in, and most everything is set up. A couple of disappointments, however. First, one of the ph controllers is defective (see the pH readout in pic!). Second, I simply had too much stuff to squeeze into these little cabinets, so the co2 cylinders have to sit besides the cabinet, which puts a damper on achieving a 'clean' look.

Once I sort out the pH controller issue, on to plants!


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is that a sump?
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post #23 of 92 (permalink) Old 03-03-2013, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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It's an in-line probe holder, has a temp probe, ph probe, a union valve, and a ball valve. The little doaqua cube (which i had lying around) is to catch possible leaks and spills during maintenance.
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Which iwagumi layout is better? Any input is appreciated.


This one! I love the dynamic layout of the stones especially


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post #25 of 92 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 04:17 PM
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Wow, this is looking beautiful so far. Definitely a fan of the rock layout!
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post #26 of 92 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 04:23 PM
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Sweet! I like both layouts but I'm a fan of the rock layout the most.

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post #27 of 92 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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ph controller issue resolved. Milwaukee Instruments has great customer service!

Anyhow, on to plants. On the iwagumi, I think I want to go all hairgrass. Belem or parvula up front, and vivipara in the back. Unfortunately, I can't find any of these anywhere, including the 'for sale/trade' forum. Anyone have any ideas?
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sick rig! Love the dual tanks
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epic start, can't wait to see things progress for you

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post #30 of 92 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Planted and flooded! Pulled an all nighter to get these suckers planted, flooded, and running. It's been three days, one water change under my belt, and so far so good. Most plants look in good shape and are pearling some, expect for the glosso and the stargrass...sure they'll come around soon.

Going with EI dosing on both tanks, liquid dosing with graduated pipettes, using my own KH2PO4 and KNO3 solutions, and Flourish. Using Equilibrium and Alkaline Buffer to set GH and KH. 'Wood' tank will be shrimp tank- GH 4, KH 2, pH 6.4, temp 74. 'Stone' tank will be cardinal tetra tank- GH 2, KH 2, pH 6.6 (higher due to Ryuoh stone?), temp 75.

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Flora in 'wood' tank is supposed to be:
Glosso
Hemianthus Micrathemoides(looks like Micranthemum Umbrosum)
Crypt Wendtii Green
Heteranthera Zosterfolia
Cyperus Helferi
Ludwigia Arcuata (looks like some other kind of Ludwigia?)
Anchor Moss

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HC
Eleocharis acicularis

Unless it's an emersed form issue, I don't think I was sent the right baby tears. Not as sure about the Ludwigia, but suspicious...thanks aquariumplants.com.

M. Umbrosum?
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Anybody know what Ludwigia this would be?
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