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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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30 gallon Christmas tree (56K warning)

Hey everyone! I started a 30 gallon rimless planted tank, and has been setup for 2 weeks. Currently the wood in the tank has this white fungus on it. I read that it's normal for new wood, and will disappear over time.

Equipment:
Tank: 23.6" x 19.7" x 16.5"
Filter: AIO tank
Heater: Jager 120 watts
Substrate: CaribSea Eco-Complete (60 lbs)
Lights: Kessil 150 WE
CO2: GLA GRO CO2 SYSTEM
Diffuser: ATOMIC CO2 DIFFUSER - 70MM
Drop Checker: CAL AQUA 'PEARL' DROP CHECKER
Ferts: PPS-PRO FERTILIZER PACKAGE (from GLA)

Plants currently in tank

Christmas Moss
Dwarf Baby tears
Java Fern
blyxa japonica (right corner)

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Goal for tank

I am hoping to have the Christmas moss cover up the branches to create a tree effect. Hopefully in time, the baby tears will carpet the floor and color up a bit.

I ended up putting the baby tears on the ground, and placed a small rock on top of it to allow it time to grow in.

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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 02:12 AM
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It's going to look great, in fact already does. I recently set up one similar in a 26B. I used Malaysian Driftwood which had been boiled and soaked for 48 hours. Never had any fungus appear on it, but still released a lot of tannins. After about a month I pulled it out because the Amano were making sawdust out of it. I've order a piece of Manzanita which I heard is stronger and last last longer. What kind of wood did you use and was it preboiled and soaked? That may make the difference.
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It's going to look great, in fact already does. I recently set up one similar in a 26B. I used Malaysian Driftwood which had been boiled and soaked for 48 hours. Never had any fungus appear on it, but still released a lot of tannins. After about a month I pulled it out because the Amano were making sawdust out of it. I've order a piece of Manzanita which I heard is stronger and last last longer. What kind of wood did you use and was it preboiled and soaked? That may make the difference.
Not really sure what wood it was to the honest. Before I put it in, I scrubbed it down, but did not boil it.

I am not too worried about the fungus, from what I read, it's just bacteria eating away at the nutrients on the wood. After a few weeks, it should clear up on its own
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One more day till my Co2 system comes in the mail! I will post pictures when it arrives!
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post #5 of 56 (permalink) Old 07-17-2014, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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My Green leaf Aquarium Co2 system and drop checker came in the mail today! Here are some pictures of the unit and the set up








All in all, the packaging of the entire system from GLA was amazing, and fast. I was able to go to Carbonic Services and fill the 5 lbs tank up for $20. Currently everything is set up and working as intended! More tank pictures will come in a couple days, to show the effects of co2 and baby tears

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Atomic diffuser installed in tank and shooting off a nice clean mist. Cal Labs "Pearl" drop checker showing "Green" Co2 levels perfect so far


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I am debating if I should add some other plants in the tank to fill it up a bit (something with color), or if I should just allow the Baby tears to carpet out and go from there.

Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions?
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A little column A, a little column B
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A little column A, a little column B
Sorry, I am new to FW plants. What does little column A and little column B mean?
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Sorry, I am new to FW plants. What does little column A and little column B mean?
You're going to kick yourself on that one. It just means do a little of both. Nothing to do with plants Add a few, not a ton, more plants and let your carpet form, too.
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You're going to kick yourself on that one. It just means do a little of both. Nothing to do with plants Add a few, not a ton, more plants and let your carpet form, too.
Thanks I will look into what else to add

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My ferts from GLA came in today! (PPS-PRO FERTILIZER PACKAGE)



I just mixed them in the bottles, and waiting overnight for everything to dissolve before using it. The baby tears and Christmas moss will love them!
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Can I ask for a site link for where you bought the micros and macros? I'd love to get some! Wow love the tree


my other expensive hobby....my golden retriever "Samson",
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nice job so far cant wait to see how it turns out. That tree is awesome. Hard to find pieces that fit so nicely like that good job
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nice job so far cant wait to see how it turns out. That tree is awesome. Hard to find pieces that fit so nicely like that good job
Thanks! I am hoping it fills out soon!

Click here for the link to Green Leaf Aquarium, where I got the ferts from. I ended up getting the Pro package, but I heard great things about their EI package as well
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I went to the LFS today and bought a few new plants:

1 Large Anubius
1 Baby Anubius bunch
5 stemmed blyxa japonica


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