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post #31 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-24-2013, 06:24 AM
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Nicely done! Can't wait to see it all filled in.

Plants flow nicely with the hardscape.

Any plans for the background or painting the tank?
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post #32 of 116 (permalink) Old 12-24-2013, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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We are in wait and see mode for the background. We have looked at a couple different options. Right now we like how the light reflects off the light yellow wall. We will see once the plants grow in.



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Where did you find that driftwood? It lends itself very well to this layout. I like it


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I ordered most of it from http://www.adana-usa.com. I chose the Horn Wood. I ordered an assortment of different sizes. When it came in and I started playing around with layouts I realized I didn't order enough. So - I stopped by my LFS and went through what they had. I was able to find what became the centerpiece that was a similar color to the wood I already had - though a different texture. I played with it enough to feel like I could blend them without it being obvious they were different.


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The Amano shrimp arrived a bit chilly but alive. We got them acclimated and in the QT.


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While doing my water change I noticed I have some white slime starting on the wood and a few places on the substrate. It looks like someone very large sneezed. I had this with my last tank that I had driftwood in. It took forever to get rid of. I was hoping not to relive it this time.




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Week 1 updates

I thought I would update a few things. This post will update the plants.



Anubias Barteri 'Nana' - a little wilting, no new leaves




Bolbitus Heudelotii - melting




Cryptocoryne Retrospirals - looks pretty good




Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green & Willisi - looks pretty good




Cryptocoryne Wendtii Tropica - complete melt




Hemianthus Callitrichoides - mixed. Some are turning brown, some have new growth




Lysimachia Nummularia var. Aurea - new leaves on top, melt on the bottom




Java Fern - some look good, some turning brown




Rotala Macrandra - some new leaves, some melt




Staurogyne Repens - looks good




Willow Moss - looks pretty good, some areas are brown, most growing



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Water Parameters

The water parameters are different than when I have done a fishless cycle before. I am guessing it is due to the Aqua Soil. The Nitrates were very high early. It is starting to follow the pattern now.

PH NH3/4 NO2 NO3 GH KH WC Add Ammonia
12/23 6.8 4.0 1.0 80+ 40 80 30% Y
12/24 6.8 8.0 2.0 80+ - - 66% N
12/25 6.8 4.0 2.0 40+ - - 50% N
12/26 6.8 2.0 1.0 20+ - - 50% N
12/27 6.8 2.0 5.0 10 - - 50% N
12/28 6.8 1.0 5.0+ 5 - - - Y
12/29 6.8 0.5 5.0+ 20 - - 50% Y


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Don't worry about the plants melting. It is normal for that to happen in a new tank especially the ones from AAG. Couple weeks they will bounce back and look good.

Are you adding Ammonia? I am not sure that is needed as the Aqua Soil leeches ammonia.
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My Amano shrimp are finally starting to act normal after their trauma 10 days ago. My display tank numbers this morning show it may be cycled Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 20. I think I may hold off another week before adding them to give them a chance to further recover.


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Here is some pictures of the tank week 2.

This week I trimmed the Lysimachia Nummularia. The bottoms were melting so I took of the tops and replanted them.

The Cryptocoryne Retrospirals old leaves are all melting however I am seeing really nice new growth.

The Cryptocoryne Wendtii Tropica is completely melted. I am waiting to see if anything starts.

The rest of the plants all have new growth.



Week 2 - full tank shot



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Added the shrimp. Moving from the 10 gallon QT to the 75 gallon tank - they weren't quite sure what to do with themselves. They are all over. Somehow 27 shrimp seem like a lot more in the big tank.

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Nice scape. I really like the natural look.
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