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Day 2 Update

Had some free time today, so under high light and strained eyes, I removed limpet eggs from my all my anubias nana and nana petite and inserted them on the driftwood. Also added a drop checker.

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Really liking how your tank is turning out! For your inline co2 diffuser, did you attach it to the outflow or inflow hose? I think I'm gonna get one of those since there's no circulation in my tank that would move my co2 bubbles around

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Tank is looking good Arthur! Can't wait to get the reineckki soon!
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Nice Arthur.

Now I can see where the filter guard will be going
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Thanks Han! Looking forward to that custom filter guard so I can keep an RCS colony in here.
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Really liking how your tank is turning out! For your inline co2 diffuser, did you attach it to the outflow or inflow hose? I think I'm gonna get one of those since there's no circulation in my tank that would move my co2 bubbles around
Thanks! The inline diffuser is hooked up to the outflow. Pretty good idea to use one, although it products a very fine mist of bubbles which some may not like. You don't have as much gas off as you would if you use a diffuser if you don't break the surface of the water.
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Tank is looking good Arthur! Can't wait to get the reineckki soon!
Thanks John! I basically gave you all my left over reineckii. Should be about 8 or 9 stems.
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Very nice setup! Your light hangers are interesting. I'd like to know more about them.


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Very nice setup! Your light hangers are interesting. I'd like to know more about them.
Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been home this weekend to take pictures and share about the light hangers. Here is a close up of the lights.





The light are hung from an ikea bookshelf using these
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. The original intent was for the height of the light to be adjustable, but then I realized that would require the shelf to be a lot higher than I needed it. Using the yoyo hangers actually turned out okay. Since I couldn't place the J hooks on each bracket directly in line with the middle of the tank, I use the extra string to tie the lights to the brackets so that it pulls the light towards the center of the tank.

Here's another shot.

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Week 1 Update

The first week update is here!




The baby tears are showing good growth and are nice and healthy. My melted downoi also seems to be recovering, although they are rather crummy looking at the moment.




The hydrocotyle is looking good too and showing lots of this new growth.





Anubias nana still needing to take root. Wondering how long that'll take.



Limnophila aromatica had some dying tips. I'm guessing it's probably from the shock of switching between different tank conditions, plant dipping, and moving them back and forth in the initial stages of setup. However, the plant has seemed to rebound by shooting out many of these new tips. I'm expecting a huge aromatica bush to the left in a few months.



Similar to the limnophila aromatica, the rotala bangladesh I picked up from AFA had two stems racing ahead of the others, and the other two stunted. It was particularly noticeable at night when the healthy stems were "closing up" where as the stunted ones were still open. I decided to pull the stunted stems out and grow them in another tank. In its place, I planted some pogostemon erectus. Initially, I couldn't decide between the two, but I guess the best way to tell is to grow them both!

Thanks for following up! Please ask if you want more pictures or more info about the tank.
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Great tank build. Plants are looking good! That Hydrocotyle sp. Japan can get a little unruly, just have to show it who's boss when it starts growing all over the place. I might have to try that DIY skimmer idea someday on one of my lily pipes. Can't wait to see this tank fill in

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Great tank build. Plants are looking good! That Hydrocotyle sp. Japan can get a little unruly, just have to show it who's boss when it starts growing all over the place. I might have to try that DIY skimmer idea someday on one of my lily pipes. Can't wait to see this tank fill in

BTW, do you like that Finnex canister?
Thanks Brian! I can see what everyone means by the hydrocotyle being unruly. It's the fastest growing plant in my tank. It's put out 2-3 times it's original leaf mass in 1 week or so.

The finnex canister is not bad. It's quiet and has a good amount of space for filter media, but I don't think it puts out that much flow on my lily pipes. It also can't sit too far below from the tank. I kind of don't like how it doesn't prime on its own, compared to an XP3 I had. I would prefer the Ehiem 2213 but this has a cost advantage. :/
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Week 2 Update

Tank Shot: 2/17/2014



This week reminded me how much I still have to learn keeping a successful planted tank. I started playing around with some parameters of the tank and messed up the equilibrium. Originally, I had intended to speed up the cycling of the tank by adding Dr. Tim's ammonium chloride and tetra safestart. I was excessive on the safestart, which quickly coated all my plants with this slime that was difficult to remove. It smothered my dwarf baby tears, which all of sudden seemed to start dying quickly, turning blue and transparent with weak stems bending in the wind. You can see some pictures of the dead HC here. I've tried my best to remove the debris and dead stems. I'm really hoping the HC will rebound soon enough.





Realizing the PH was kind of low for cycling, I decreased the CO2 levels and upped the KH levels and temperature. Plus my phosphates had gotten kind of low due to poor dosing. I also started playing around with the height of the light to encourage my ludwigia to grow straighter. I now have a pretty big diatom outbreak that is now replacing the slime coat of the tetra safestart all over my plants. Green spot algae has made its way on to the lower leaves of the AR mini, the downoi, and the limnophila aromatica. I've upped the CO2 levels, done repeated 50% water changes to clean out diatoms, and resumed regular EI dosing. I'm hoping the diatom problem will be phased out soon as the tank matures and the green spot algae will disappear as the plants recover.

The downoi and l. aromatica are showing lots of new growth though, so that's a positive. Check out the spread of the hydrocotyle japan! It is a weed!







Contrarily, some plants seem to show some sort of deficiencies. My anubias are showing recession from the outer edges and yellowing patches. Not exactly sure why.



Rotala bangladesh is yellow/whitish at the tips.



The staurogyne repens in the bottom front left is also showing some oddly shaped leaves. Not necessarily crinkled, but smaller and broader than what I am used to.

I would love to have some help and feedback from people here on what are some good next steps. CO2 is pretty much maxed out right now. I added in two amanos from another tank to help with the algae problems. The CO2 is a notch right before they are swimming around trying to escape. I've upped trace dosing, so hopefully that'll show some effects.

I'm hoping next week's update will be better.

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Week 3 Update

Tank shot: 2/24/2014



Over the past week, the tank was overrun by diatoms after I added the ammonium to provide food for the biological bacteria. While I was cleaning the tank, I bumped into the driftwood with the siphon and messed up the arrangement. I remembered AnotherHobby's advice that substrate moves and that it would be wise to secure driftwood to prevent erosion.

Here are some pictures of the driftwood secured to eggcrate using cable ties. It was quite an exercise to save the water, take out the plants, remove the substrate and put everything back in, but I think it was more than worth it! Borderline OCD, I know, but shooting for the stars on this one.







Sorry if it's hard to see the cable ties securing the driftwood. The driftwood was wet when I did this. The extra cable ties at the edges are similar to "legs" so the egg crate sits evenly on the bottom.

I added some osmocote+ beads to the floor of the tank to provide some substrate fertilization. I also ordered nilocg's all-in-one macro and micro fertilizers, which I'm hoping will simplify the EI dosing process with a pump here and there. I do dose some extra iron to induce some more coloration from my l. aromatica and ludwigia.

Interestingly, upon removing the substrate and putting it back into the tank, my tank has shown signs of nitrite over the weekend. Took about 4 weeks for nitrite to show up, but nonetheless a great sign that the tank is cycling and will soon be fish/shrimp ready.

The pogostemon erectus is looking crummy with some twisted small leaves at the top.





CO2 has been BLASTING and the light is 15 inches about substrate, which according to Hoppy's PAR analysis, puts out around 100 PAR. Can't be calcium because I have crushed coral in the filter, and also because Tom Barr has repeatedly explained that it's rarely seen. Nitrogen was kind of low before, so I'm guessing it's some sort of nitrogen deficiency. It has also been taken from AFA store, so maybe the transition between the two environments is causing the stunting. Nonetheless, I see many side shoots. This plant roots like crazy also! Within two weeks or so, it's more rooted than any other plant.

Last, I changed the placement of the lily pipes because I figured that placement of the inflow and outflow in the rear right would blast nutrients and CO2 to the stem plants, circulate it around the front and slowly back to the rear right. What I noticed with the other setup was that I would have strong flow near the front of the glass and as it lost momentum, I would lose even more flow with the stem plants and driftwood in the way. Let's see if I get better growth patterns this way.

Really excited for this! Thanks for following.

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I cant believe you tore out the scape to fix the wood!!! Im OCD for sure but I'm also lazy, pretty bad combo. Tank looks good I really like it.
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