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post #16 of 52 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all, I really appreciate the positive feedback. I couldn't have even come close to getting where I am without the 12G Rimless Club forum. I spent months reading every post and every journal until I took the plunge. The stones are all petrified wood that I picked up over a few months of scoping out the market action online. It priced out under $ 2 per lb. Patience and observation paid off. Wait until you see the stone underwater - the detail and texture really comes to life when submerged.

Heading to the LFS then coming back to mist, trim, photograph and post.
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post #17 of 52 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Update - 50 Days of DSM (8.24.13)

Freshly misted... To Do: (1) Assemble regulator, (2) Assemble Cerges reactor, (3) Test 5lb tank, (5) Troubleshoot CO2 system, (6) Flood
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Update - 57 Days of DSM (8.31.13)

Getting antsy to flood the tank, however the CO2 tank needs to be tested, filled and the regulator needs to be assembled. Then I need to complete the Cerges Reactor, which is still in need of a few parts.

I think I am looking at 2-3 weeks still.
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9.21.13 Update

I am waiting on a few more bits and pieces to arrive so I can complete my CO2 system and test it along with the Cerges reactor. If all checks out I will flood the tank next week.

I had a slight die off as I think I let the substrate's water level drop too low. Also I had some noticeable valleys between the clumps of HC so I filled it in with some Aqua Soil that I picked up. It seems to be coming around nicely.

Can't wait to have an aquarium again.

(Finally cropped my pictures)
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9.21.13 Left Side Close Up

A close up of the left. You can see the mixed carpet in effect.
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9.21.13 Right Side Close Up

UG taking off in the back corner
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9.28.13 aka Week 12 of DSM

Here is my parting shot of algae free, easy maintenance days and my optimal shopping list for the wet ahead:

Rotala Sp. (Green)
Hygrophila Angustifolia
Didiplis diandra or Heteranthera zosterifolia or Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata
Pogostemon stellatus
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This looks fantastic. The petrified wood is really beautiful. Thanks for the tips on the glosso. I am currently struggling to get some to spread.

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Thank you! I have started chopping the Glosso as soon as it gets a second node and two leaves. Then I replant the top half and hope both grow. It seems to be working so far...
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post #25 of 52 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 04:38 AM
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You can DSM the moss also, takes about 2 weeks and then it'll make nice Rogain like tufts on the rocks.

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The second best day in having this tank...

The dimensions on this tank are magnanimous...
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Very Nice! Congrats on the flood. I noticed you have 2 filters running, are they 2213's?
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post #28 of 52 (permalink) Old 10-05-2013, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! A long time coming at 3 months.

I am running a 2213 (80/20 carbon/bio-rings) to a Cerges reactor that returns through the spray bar in the back center. Then I have a 2211 (80/20) that runs with a standard return (no spray bar, etc.). I like the flow and it doesn't seem to overpower the tank.

Eventually I will fab up an acrylic spray bar or two and swap out all of the Eheim green. I'll probably pick up some generic glass intakes or do a modification using stainless mesh.
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Looks sweet, cant wait to see more of this tank!
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post #30 of 52 (permalink) Old 10-08-2013, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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You can DSM the moss also, takes about 2 weeks and then it'll make nice Rogain like tufts on the rocks.
I may have to DSM some moss on a few stones in a temporary tank and then swap them out after a few weeks.... Thanks for the inspiration Tom!
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