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post #16 of 45 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 10:25 PM
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Has the DHG started coming in faster now that its flooded? I'm about a month in to my DSM with DHG and I'm only seeing a few runners at this point. I've been thinking about just flooding it and going from there.
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Has the DHG started coming in faster now that its flooded? I'm about a month in to my DSM with DHG and I'm only seeing a few runners at this point. I've been thinking about just flooding it and going from there.
Yes, with the tank flooded and with co2, the dhg is settling in and putting out runners. I don't know if doing the DSM with dhg was necessary in my case. I did notice that the dhg did produce a nice root structure during the dry start. So if your not going to add bottom digging fish like cories I think you can skip DSM.
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I decided to add a Finnex Fugeray-r since the 12" Fugeray alone wasn't getting me the coverage I wanted. I found that as the stem plants in the back were getting taller they all starting to leaning forward toward the front of the tank because the back was darker. When I pushed the light further back, I didn't like the shadows it created with the buddha head. Now the tank if extremely bright. I cranked up the co2 a bit and hoping for the best. I put the main light, the 12" Fugeray on a different timer and a shorter time schedule.

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Note on the left of buddha is a crypt parva, that I thought completely melted away is now coming back and started to peek through.

Fugeray-R reds only:


DGH "belem" carpet is coming along great! Looking back I should have skipped the DSM:



I thought I knew a lot about keeping freshwater fish until this nano challenged me and showed me that I have a long way to go. Things change fast with a tank this size, diseases spread faster. Livestock that most would consider peaceful in a 20g+ can turn downright nasty in a smaller tank.


Problems:

My downoi is no longer looking so hot. Getting small holes in the leaves and it's melted back a bit. Is this a K deficiency or is it getting shaded too much? I also started excel dosing for some hair algae I was getting. Does downoi hate excel?



Stocking issues:

I added 6 chili rasboras, one was immediately killed by the croaking gouramis I had in there. I re-homed them to my main 29g tank, lost one of them, it jumped but the other seems pretty happy in the more spacious tank.

Then 2 of of the chili's simply disappeared over the course of the next few weeks, leaving me with only 3 left. I can only assume they died and were eaten by snails.

Next I added 5 juvenile male ginga rubra guppies, noticed they started to die off one by one from what seemed to be fin rot. I medicated the tank again with Kanaplex, but still lost 2 of them. I then noticed that the largest was bullying and nipping at the smaller ones probably stressing them to death. I moved one to my ramshorn breeding bucket and left the two largest ones in the tank. My guess is i'll at some point i'll probably have to move the other to the main tank leaving only one guppy in this tank. Further research confirmed that I should have done a mix of 1male/2females. I went all male because I didn't want to be overrun with guppies, what I didn't know was they get extremely territorial as they get older.

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Sweet setup! @devilduck

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Excellent little tank. Probably a good move to add the additional light, looks like you are going to a have a densely planted tank in no time at all!
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Some updates, did a slight rescape.

Added a sparkling gourami.

Battling some green dust algae that has started appearing on the glass.



Ginga Rubra Guppies coloring up:


Sparkling Gourami:





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Awesome update! Do you still have most of your pygmy cories? I've been considering some but I was under the impression I needed at least a 10g for 5+ cories. How are yours doing?
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I started with 10 but lost 2 to a fin rot outbreak. The remaining ones are doing great! They've grown from the initial size of less than a 1/2in to 3/4in. Very active and fun fish. They like to either hang around on top of the buddha head, dig amongst the dwarf hair grass or surf the outflow.

For any fish the more room the better, but 1-1.5 pygmy cory per gallon seems to be a good general rule.
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Cool idea! The picture of the pigmy corys on top of the head was funny.
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post #25 of 45 (permalink) Old 03-02-2014, 02:58 PM
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Looks really good! I love those little pygmy cories.
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Making great headway with my war against endless Green Dust Algae!

I've been fighting it with co2, light, excel, h2o2, and more/less ferts for months. None of tinkering made a dent, the GDA would just come back in a matter of hours and cover the glass after a couple of days.

Finally I remembered reading this thread a few months back:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=#post5603841

At first I was skeptical and I really didn't think a bushy nose pleco would be a smart thing to do in my already overstocked tank. After a visit to my LFS to look at an expensive UV unit I caved and bought a single 1.5" juvenile BN pleco and a couple more amano shrimps.

Less than 24 hours later I was nearly algae free! That little bn scraped every side of the tank! I was dumbstruck.

He had some problem getting to the parts where my carpet of dhg belem grew against the glass, so today I removed a portion of the carpet to give him easier access.



The other parts of my algae crew; ramshorn snails and 4 amano shrimps:



I also added a Finnex light risers made by Fuze that props my Fugeray up 3 inches and gives me better coverage over the tank.






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post #27 of 45 (permalink) Old 03-26-2014, 03:12 AM
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Great looking tank! DHG looks amazing!

I will always keep a BN pleco. They do help with the glass, but they are also one of my favorite fish. There is Animal Island in Midlothian, about 143rd and Cicero that has dwarf BN plecos. They only get like 2.5 inches max.

Where did you get your amano from?
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curious how you were able to remove the DHG without uprooting the whole thing? My lawn need to be trimmed sometime lol
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nice buddha head , i got a similar one too
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It was my first time attempting it. I slowly pulled up a section from the substrate then clipped it with a pair of long scissors. It was a messy operation.

The roots are pretty tightly woven.

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curious how you were able to remove the DHG without uprooting the whole thing? My lawn need to be trimmed sometime lol
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