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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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20L (growing HC)

Hi tank lovers. I've been a long time lurker. I've enjoyed reading journals and the pics that are in this forum. This is my first post and journal. I would love to grow baby dwarf tears. So here goes.

Day1 - Used 2 bags of Black Flourite in a 20L. I've planted 3 pots of HC. I've decided to try the DSM and see how it does.




Week1 - Don't really see any difference. Got a new camera




Week2 - Not seeing much.




Week3 - Seeing some growth




Week4 - More growth but still slow. I had a little bit of HC in my other tank and transferred it to the front of the tank. I'd like to fill the tank... but not going to.


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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 03:36 AM
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Woot!! Looking good, redeye! Those hc clumps will take off soon! Can't wait huh. Excited for ya man.. Glad you finally decided to be out and about here on TPT. Welcome.

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Woot!! Looking good, redeye! Those hc clumps will take off soon! Can't wait huh. Excited for ya man.. Glad you finally decided to be out and about here on TPT. Welcome.

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Forgot to mention that I have a 30" Coralife T5HO that puts out 48 watts and I leave the light on for 11 hours a day. Hopefully that isn't too much light. I've got a Manzanita branch that I will be putting in the aquarium when the HC is ready. So do you think it looks better without anything on the branches or does it look better with Java moss on it?


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I think it would look really nice with some moss on the branches. Also, add something in the back right end of the tank.
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Sweet driftwood. I think it would look great either way, moss or no moss.

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-06-2013, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input guys. At the moment its not even going in the tank until I fill it with water. I think I'll try with no moss and go from there as I can always add moss later
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Looks great! I don't think I'd have the patience that you do! Very impressed!
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Week5 - looks like there's a couple of HC clumps about to merge with each other. So slow. I've been using my other aquarium water to mist my plants with.

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Week6.. I've decided to flood it as some of the HC was turning yellow. Decided to use my 90 gallon used water so that it would cycle faster as I was using the fish waste as well. I'm thinking this was a mistake. I also opened up my 405 fluval canister and squeezed my sponge for the good bacteria.


I had no intentions of adding any live stock to the tank but the next day I saw this and couldn't believe this. There was brown and green algae already. I'm guessing there was too much nutrients in the water ?
So I put 8 Amanos' , 9 cherries and 5 Assasin snails to counter the algae. Decided to remove the Assasins' as they were digging too deep into the substrate. You can tell by the pics where I stirred/ removed the brown algae beside the HC. Anything else I can do? Should I be reducing my light from
11 hours to maybe 8? Also my Co2 is running for 8 hours. Also added 6 Ember tetras.


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Had the same problem when I was growing my hc. Diatom attack. Ottos and amanos cleaned the tank almost overnight.

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Week8. After week6 I started removing the brown algae by tweezers. Spent a week battling the algae. Looks like its back to normal. Lots of growth with the CO2. I added some Hornwort, 3 Chola Cactus and Phoenix Moss. Some of the HC uprooted so I took it apart and added the small pieces around the tank.


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The hornwort will likely not stay rooted as it is more of a floating plant. It looks like your tank is progressing well.
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The hornwort will likely not stay rooted as it is more of a floating plant. It looks like your tank is progressing well.
That maybe true... but if you put enough of the plant in the substrate it will stay there.
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It's a tossup with hornwort, but it does tend to break apart and clog filters and create a mess... That being said, there are many instances where it stays rooted. So again, it's a tossup.

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