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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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29G for the wife *updated 7-23-2013* new lighting system in the works

A while back I got a 29g with the Petco $1 sale because wife though it would look nice in the living room. So 8 months later the tank is getting set up .

New full spectrum LED build will be finished at the end of this week.
Typhon controlled full spectrum multi cannon build (PAR data up!)

Equipment
29g Aqueon
Finnex Ray II 30"
Fluval 305
Fluval 206
Cerges CO2 reactor
150w Eheim Jager in DIY inline housing
Aquatek CO2 reg with 5# CO2

Substrate
ADA Amazonia
Lava rock in bottom layer

Ferts
PPS Pro (nilocg)
Osmocote+

Getting a massive trim tomorrow before water change and new lighting system is installed.
7-23-2013


7-2-2013


6-13-2013



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Looking good, all ducks lined up.
That was going to be my very first comment but you already answered it: those Fluval hoses can be a pain. I would use metal hose clamps on hose/reactor/heater barbs. About $0.70/ea at HD.

- Priming the filters will be a bear.
- Go easy on osmacote: you will have enough ammonia as it is with AS.
- The tank will be a bloody mess for the first 12-24 hrs even with 2 filters: either plant first, fill after or the reverse. If you fill first you won't see where to plant. If you plant first, a lot of plants will float up when you fill. I usually fill first then plant.
- If you fill early in the day, you might just see what you are doing.
- If you have not done so already, look into dry fertilizers. I start fertilizing the day I plant.
- Do test the heater with a thermometer over several days: cooked plants won't grow.

The plants will arrive later today. I forgot to mention that each plant is labeled with a number. The names are extra .

Any driftwood and/or rocks?

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Updated pics of completed tank.
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not shabby at all.

Macrandra and Blyxa look a bit crowded, I would give each stem a little bit more space.
As long as the wife likes it -- mission accomplished. For now.
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not shabby at all.

Macrandra and Blyxa look a bit crowded, I would give each stem a little bit more space.
As long as the wife likes it -- mission accomplished. For now.
Thanks I will give the Macandra and Blyxa some breathing room. One thing I can't decide on is if the front is too bare or if I should let the plants grow first and propagate some more or go with a carpet in the front.
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For the time being I would move Blyxa up front: front right corner seems like a good spot. Pretty much all plants could use extra room, you could certainly spread them out a bit more. A good starting rule is to have plants planted so that their leaves are just barely touching. The whole left side can easily cover the left 1/3 all the way to the glass, IMHO.

The first time you trim the tops you will get a ton of side shots.

No fish in the tank, might as well get co2 up, to lime yellow drop checker.
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Tank is almost 3 weeks old and did a huge trim today as it was getting out of control. Added HC in the front and moved some stuff around. Tank has about a week left in fishless cycle as nitrites are now through the roof. Also did a 50% water change.
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Started to build a new DIY full spectrum LED for the tank

Typhon controlled full spectrum multi cannon build (PAR data up!)
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Updated with most recent shot before a trim as it's getting crazy.
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One thing I can't decide on is if the front is too bare or if I should let the plants grow first and propagate some more or go with a carpet in the front.
Pretty interesting to re-read that comment from a month ago


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Pretty interesting to re-read that comment from a month ago


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She says it's a jungle lol. I am finishing up a new lighting system though and going full spectrum instead of Ray 2. It has even more power. The blyxa is wanting to take over so it's being stopped tomorrow. The amount of growth in 1 month has been kind of insane though.

The plant in far back right I have no idea how to trim as it has a million off shoots going in all directions.

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Thin bottle-brush looking plant? That's Rotala 'Bangladesh': Just cut it anywhere you like. Once you change your light, check that plant's top ~3": should get golden pink with red stem.

As long as you and your wife are happy with the plants I send you then I can finally sleep at night

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Thin bottle-brush looking plant? That's Rotala 'Bangladesh': Just cut it anywhere you like. Once you change your light, check that plant's top ~3": should get golden pink with red stem.

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No need to worry about that as the plants you sent were awesome. I had some die-off at first but as you can see now the growth is exploding.
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