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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.

Thank you. Really appreciate the compliments. It does have a way to go until things get balanced and plants start growing more healthy. Algae pretty much ruins your plant growth I have noticed. It takes a toll for sure. My high tech tanks have been a struggle since I really haven't figured out my lighting vs co2 vs ferts balance. Nano tanks are super hard to get dialed.

I think I'm going to start saving so my next scape can be in a bigger tank. But that's a long project. Since it would also be high tech and has to look good in my space.
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Thank you. Really appreciate the compliments. It does have a way to go until things get balanced and plants start growing more healthy. Algae pretty much ruins your plant growth I have noticed. It takes a toll for sure. My high tech tanks have been a struggle since I really haven't figured out my lighting vs co2 vs ferts balance. Nano tanks are super hard to get dialed.

I think I'm going to start saving so my next scape can be in a bigger tank. But that's a long project. Since it would also be high tech and has to look good in my space.
Trust me, I am in the same struggle. My first high tech was so easy and I thought high tech would be easy. I have had some huge failures and some decent ones but I have yet to have my initial beginners luck. I am high tech challenged myself, though I always tend to go back to them haha.
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Trust me, I am in the same struggle. My first high tech was so easy and I thought high tech would be easy. I have had some huge failures and some decent ones but I have yet to have my initial beginners luck. I am high tech challenged myself, though I always tend to go back to them haha.

My last scape was hard in the beginning a sell. Took me several months for it to balance out. And it still was 100 percent. And in the future, I may try medium tech. Somewhat low-med light but with co2.
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Really enjoy seeing the progress on this tank, especially like how well the moss has been doing.
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Really enjoy seeing the progress on this tank, especially like how well the moss has been doing.

Moss is pretty incredible. It's my favorite plant in the tank as well.
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I've also followed and seen some of your older iterations of this tank.. I really like how this version came out. Great work!
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BTW, are you still using the AquaRay LED?
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BTW, are you still using the AquaRay LED?

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New Aquascape for 2014 - ADA Mini-M #3

Week 10 !
So I decided to buy a new GH test kit when I realized that the one that I had was expired. I was curious as to what my GH was considering the fact that I have a pretty large piece of seiryu stone in this layout. It's actually two stones with a few smaller ones in different places to keep the formation stable. I never bothered to test my KH/GH since I have soft water and I knew that it would rise a little anyway, which is good for the plants and it saves me from having to dose equilibrium. Anyway, I did the test early in the week last week(two days after my weekly water change) and my GH was at 10! I was shocked. I think that's too high. I would like to try and keep stable at between 3-5. I did a water change and got it down to 7. Next day I tested again and it was up by one degree to 8. So my GH is rising at 1 degree per day. Anyway, this could be one of the reasons why I'm having some plant trouble. Anyone else with nanos and seiryu can chime in? What was your experience? This past weekend I did a larger water change than normal, about 80%. Now my KH back to 2 and GH is 4. I'm considering doing twice weekly water changes to keep it down. Hopefully that's enough to keeping down.

Other than that. Thing a are ok. Still have some hair algae and BBA. But more manageable. Moss is looking a little dirty. Time for a trim soon. Also added some more Monte Carlo in the bottom right. A lot of it melted from h2o2.

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What light are you using? I love your tank!


my other expensive hobby....my golden retriever "Samson",
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What light are you using? I love your tank!

Aquaray mini led 400 tile. And I have archea power compact that goes on for 2 hours aimed towards the back.
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Nice scape! What type of crypt is that in the bottom-left corner?

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Nice scape! What type of crypt is that in the bottom-left corner?

I honestly am not sure. It's one of those tissue culture crypts you get at petco. It say green wendtii, but it doesn't look like it from the pics online. If anyone knows what it is. Let me know! Lol
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