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Awesome tank, sub'd!
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It's really getting there! The rock sits in with the plants so nicely. When the moss grows just a little more it'll look brilliant.
Thanks man... I'm really glad the hardscape worked out. Sometimes thats the hardest part, getting it dialed. I am battling a bit of brown and green algae at the moment. I'm sure it will pass. your tank looks gorgeous!

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WEEK 4 !!

ALGAE! booo... it was inevitable. I should have learned my lesson from my last scape. My light is very powerful. Anyway, I raised the light a few inches. We'll see what happens. but I got all types of stuff going on. Plants are still growing though...

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Things keep getting worse. Algae got really bad. I tried the 1-2 punch algae treatment but it didn't seem to do much. I guess I used too low of a dose. I spot dose but the algae is starting to get away from me. I also raised my lights and cut my photoperiod. Also, I got 8 chili rasboras on Tuesday. The next day all but 2 jumped out. Bummer!! I have since learned that I did not properly acclimate them to my c02... I thought I had but was a little impatient on getting them in the tank. On the hunt now for more. It seems as though they've been hard to come by as of late.

Having a tough time with this layout. I thought I learned a lot from my last one but I find that I'm making the same mistakes. It's too bad, it's such a good hardscape I'd hate to start over. Anyway, I missed my water change this past weekend because I was out of town. This tank is due for a trimming, cleaning and big water change.
Here it is at day 47. Almost week 7. Thx for following.
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Week 7. Trim 2 and major clean up. There's still algae but I think I can start treating it. The main culprit is BBA starting to form on wood and rocks. I think I'm going to start a spot dosing regime this week to kill it. Luckily I have some leftover Monte Carlo growing emmersed. I may fill in some spots that I needed to pull. I also trimmed some of the moss as it was getting very thick and there was some hair algae in it. I also cut up some glass and made a makeshift cover for now. Looks hideous but it works. Stil on the lookout for more chilis as well. The one I have left is def a little pale. According to my research they get redder as they grow older. Let me know what you think!!
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Heaps better after the trim. your scape is busy, but tidy. great work.
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Your scape and plant work is phenomenal. You may want to be a bit more careful about your livestock though. Do you need C02?

I bet your tank would thrive the same without it with a lower light

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Heaps better after the trim. your scape is busy, but tidy. great work.

Hey thanks! Wanted to challenge myself a bit this time.
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Your scape and plant work is phenomenal. You may want to be a bit more careful about your livestock though. Do you need C02?

I bet your tank would thrive the same without it with a lower light

Thank you. I appreciate the comments. I definitely think running co2 is better than not. I do think my lights are intense so I raised it and cut the photoperiod to help with algae.
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Thank you. I appreciate the comments. I definitely think running co2 is better than not. I do think my lights are intense so I raised it and cut the photoperiod to help with algae.
Hehe I'll likely never tinker around with C02, but I salute anybody who does. When I said lower I meant lower power, not physically lower btw.

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Hehe I'll likely never tinker around with C02, but I salute anybody who does. When I said lower I meant lower power, not physically lower btw.

Lol. I understood what you meant. I don't have the cash to invest in another light at the moment. But I did consider going with a finnex... I may convert this tank to a low -tech in the future when I get a bigger tank. Thanks for the advice!!
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Hehe I'll likely never tinker around with C02, but I salute anybody who does. When I said lower I meant lower power, not physically lower btw.
To each their own :p. Co2 is definitely a nice addition and after adding the solenoid to my paintball tank, it's been so much more manageable, with minor tweaks here and then.

Nice tank by the way . I'm definitely liking the way it's been coming out recently.

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Day 63. Algae continues... mostly hair/thread and BBA. if I have time this weekend. I may pull a lot of the infested plants and clean as much as possible. some plants are growing well , others not so much. very disappointing. anyway, here is the latest shot from the other day. may post another shot tomorrow when the tank is cleaner... equipment update: Updated my outflow to an ADA P-1 10mm. creates a perfect flow around the tank IMO and no more film on surface. Its a bit big but I really like it. perfect for an ehiem 2211.

one lone boraras merah in the there after all the chills(8) jumped.
waiting to get more...c02 acclimation will be different this time around.

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Week 9. I began the process of cleaning up some of the algae in the tank. I removed all of the HM in the right corner and replaced it with fresh stems. I also trimmed as many infected leaves of other plants as I could. As well as trim some of the moss that has grown really thick. Can probably trim it down even more. I also got rid of a lot of the Monte Carlo that was infested. I plan on planting some that I have growing emmersed. Still have a way to go but to a little improvement.
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Wow, great scape here. I have followed many of your others, surprised I didn't see this until now. Don't have any advice on the algae but this is stunning tank.
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