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post #91 of 112 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yesterday evening, after coming home from our local garden center with a custom made wreath, the girlfriend and I decided to visit out local petco. I wanted to buy some more schoaling fish and came home with 10 zebra danios. They were selling their amano shrimps for 2 dollars a pop so I just took the whole lot, which was 3. Will be back for me shrimps, my other LFS sells these bad boys for 5 dollars a shrimp!

I did some trimming and planted them as well as added about 2 packets of root tabs to the substrate. I've been a bit concerned with the dwarf saggitaria. It's not sprouted any runners and saw some melting of some leaves. While I was planting the root tabs, I noticed one dwarf sag plant sent out a runner. There is hope! Will post a picture update later on this evening.
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Great job! Wish I had friends I could encourage! Subscribed for updates! =]

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Week 7 Update:
I did my bi-weekly trimming to get trimmings to replant. I was able to get quite a few bacopa and rotala trimmings and replanted into the less dense area.

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Last week, I hope many of you guys took advantage of the pFertz sale...I know I did. Bought my refills and just waiting for it to ship. I bought a few more root tabs because why not? Nothing exciting happening in the tank I am still wondering what else I can stock. I've asked for suggestions and it seems the general consensus calls for either angels or german blue rams. I am worried about adding angels because I'm worried they may be a bit aggressive for my tank. I will; however, think of some blue rams as I've always wanted some.

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Week 8 Update:
I recently got some root tabs in the mail from pFertz and planted them into the substrate. I did some more trimming around the bacopa and planted them around the already dense right corner. I thought it couldn't hurt to plant it around other locations. I want to be able to train the bacopa to possibly mound up. I know it'll be more work to keep the plant low, but hey, why not try.

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Over the weekend, I bought some red eye tetras and I am totally digging this fish. It's super fun to watch as they seem to love to do the huddle from time to time. They are such fast swimmers and are a bit shy. I did notice that they love to swim against the current provided by the circulating fan. Aside from the red eye, these tetras are a bit larger and gives a bit of contrast in terms of size differences between the zebra danio and the rummynose. As for plant growth, I've noticed some considerable growth in the rotala within a week, I'm excited to see more!
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My fissidens came yesterday and I couldn't have been happier. I couldn't want to put them into the tank. I didn't have any mesh avaliable until I opened the fridge. The garlic mesh carrier that holds 6-7 bulbs of garlic was a very lucky find since I was in such an impulsive state. I wrapped a few pebbles and placed them around the drift wood. Whatever I had left, I placed the moss right under the rocks as a place holder to hold the moss in place. Very happy with the delivery, moss was in great condition.
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Pictures! Isnt it so exciting when you get a plant order? Its like Christmas and your birthday in one!

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Pictures! Isnt it so exciting when you get a plant order? Its like Christmas and your birthday in one!
You're telling me! I'm in the process of getting the pictures uploaded.
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Mini Tank Update:

I wanted to point out that I recently learned that most stem plants close up leaves when the lights are off. The lights had turned off 2 hours ago, I just turned on the lights just to see if I could confirm and here is my confirmation.


Here is the rotala open.













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Week 9 Update:
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Upon doing some maintenance today, I have noticed a few strands of hairgrass algae growth as well as some BGA mats. This is the first time I've ever seen algae grow soo slow in my personal experience. I was able to catch the growth and remove it completely. With the addition of Excel I am able to control that to a minimum. I like this set up very much. I noticed that the growth probably means that I have a excess amount of nutrients that was not absorbed enough. I've skipped this weeks dosage.

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Week 10 Update:
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I've been inundated with house work and haven't really had time to check out the tank. I trimmed a few here and there and replanted again as usual. I am seeing a really nice defined shrub like feature on the right side and it's exactly what I had hoped for. I am also noting that alot of the rotala in the back are coming in very nicely. I have gone 1 week without dosing ferts hoping it all gets soaked up. No algae outbreak and from what I can see the BBA is again diminishing. Not a sign of any mats of BGA and that is awesome. My tank just turned off for the night, looks like I'll go cruise around Netflix until I fall asleep.

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Week 11 Update:
House work is finally dying down. The new sofas come tomorrow and IKEA this weekend...anyway, I'm really excited this this week because I finally decided to hook back up the co2 system that I purchased almost a year ago. I cranked it up to 1 bubble every 1.5 second, big whoop right? My old diffuser for some reason has clogged up, but what can I say, it's been a year. I found a regular airstone and found success! The bubbles coming out of the airstone are just as fine. I'm a bit peeved about my dwarf saggitaria and dwarf hairgrass not spreading as quickly, I hope adding some co2 can help. I took some pictures to show some closer details of the tank.

The original airstone that came with the simple co2 system is soaking in a bowl of vinegar. I hope it will help break down whatever has calcified within the stone. If it doesn't work, I'm satisfied with what I replaced the original with.

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Close up of bacopa bush.






Red eye


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Week 12 Update:
Well my try at trying to save my air stone failed. I stuck with the one I used and its working fine. There is not much to report other than the co2 is doing its job and I've noticed an observable difference. I don't see much algae but I notice some small specs of BBA here and there. The rotala is getting considerably redder and its quite exciting to watch the plant change colors. I also noticed that the trimmed bacopa is slowly creeping which is what I want. Noticed I don't need high light for this to be achieved but I think it has something to so with the added co2. With my excess trimmings, I've sent some of them my friends way and I hope it'll do good over in his chi. I leave with my weekly Monday pic.

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Week 13 Update:
I reflected a bit this week about how some plants aren't flourishing, especially my dwarf sagittaria. I asked around about how the plant propagates and it seems everywhere I ask, I get the answer it takes some time and it usually ends up with you not wanting the plant anymore. It's been about 10 weeks and I noticed only a very small spread of the dwarf sagittaria. I have noticed a pretty drastic difference in growth once the CO2 was added; so maybe the dwarf sagittaria will finally take off. Aside from all that, I have added 10 more red-eye tetras and the tank looks pretty amazing. The size of the red eye tetra definitely helps fill in any voids and I am loving it.

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keep that bacopa trimmed and it should carpet and bush right up. I have bacopa in my tank and i just kept cutting and cutting and cutting.. the only issue is when it gets REALLY thick and bushy the lower levels don't get any light and yellow up so i try to keep it lower and not so super thick.

I use to dose pfertz, didn't read see if u were still dosing it, and saw some issues you had. But the normal dosing levels aren't what a heavily planted tank would require. I switched over to EI dosing and it is cheaper and i see lots of growth daily
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