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View Poll Results: What do you think of my rock scapes?
The first one. 10 34.48%
The second one. 2 6.90%
Buy more stones, but keep with the "Twin Peaks" theme. 7 24.14%
Approach it from a whole different perspective. 10 34.48%
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post #31 of 51 (permalink) Old 10-18-2013, 09:57 PM
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I only did it because I was deciding on what filtration to use. I'm flooding it on Sunday, anyways. I've started increasing the moisture to help the transition.
crank that co2 when you flood! looking for more to come
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post #32 of 51 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 05:58 AM
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same here, I've been thinking of trying hc. I'm curious to see how this goes.
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Picture: day 1 after flooding, massive pearling.

Day 2 I encountered some filter problems that prevented me from doing CO2 (because I didn't want to inject without flow). I got everything working again, but hopefully the HC won't suffer too much.

Day 3 back to running CO2 at about 1.5-2bps. Music glass works really well. Regulator does too except for the needle valve which is a little finicky. Starting to see health issues with the HC. No melting, but I see some yellowing and browning. It seems to only be on older growth so I'm not too worried. If I keep up with the water changes, CO2 and dosing I should be fine.


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good luck.
what are you gonna be stocking?
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good luck.
what are you gonna be stocking?
Nothing so far because my dorm doesn't allow pets (fish included).

Everything's going well so far. Not as much pearling anymore but the deadness I saw a few days ago doesn't appear to be spreading. I'd say about 95% of the HC is healthy, which is good for flooding. If I lose a lot I'll just buy more anyways. Shot is from today, just a few minutes ago. Ammonia from yesterday and today is 2ppm, which is good. I used Tetra SafeStart, so hopefully that should make for a faster cycle.
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1 week of flooding!

Measured 0.5 ppm of ammonia yesterday and today. I also measured nitrites for the first time today, and got 1.0 ppm. At this point should I start doing water changes every other day instead of every day? Also thinking about getting a background for the tank.


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Growth spurt over the weekend and zero nitrites and ammonia! Yay!
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They won't even allow you to keep shrimp?
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They won't even allow you to keep shrimp?
Well the blanket rule is no "pets" which includes fish. The problem is that during the breaks (Thanksgiving, winter, and spring) they kick us out of the dorms and inspect our rooms. The RAs who inspect each floor is random, so I could have to deal with a real stickler. I would rather not risk having to remove it because of something stupid (like shrimp). Plus I'm not sure I want to have to take care of them. :P


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post #42 of 51 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Got around to testing water conditions:

pH: w/ CO2 6.6, w/o CO2 7.6
KH: 4
GH: ? (not sure if test kit is working)
nitrates: 40-80
TDS: 220

Of course this is all without RO water. I could buy 5 gallons for a few bucks and that will last me 2 weeks.


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Looks great! Keep the updates coming.
Interested to see how it develops.
I'm getting closer to setting up a 60P ADA tank as well.
It's been a few years since I've had a planted tank, so the anticipation is overwhelming!

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Things are going well. I had a bit of a problem where some leaves in an area would yellow and melt, probably caused by too little CO2/ferts. IDK what to think about it, maybe I should start dosing nitrates.

My diffuser got so dirty and covered and algae that I cleaned it for the first time. The superge worked very well, though not completely, though that is probably because I waited too long to clean it. My filter pipes are sparkling, most likely because I have no fish in it as of yet.

Here's the latest pic. Sometimes I feel bored of the scape and want something more, though it might contradict my theme of a meadow. Maybe rotala behind the rock? Downoi in the corner?
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Last update before Thanksgiving break. HC carpet is almost entirely filled in, just waiting another month or so to trim and have it even out. I'm having quite a bit of algae, so I think I'll get an oto or two and an amano shrimp to help out a bit. Will leave it for almost a week unattended so I hope everything will work out!
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