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post #16 of 34 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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20 long "micro world"

The moss stones look ok not seeing any explosive growth. Patience patience patience....

Some of the moss seems to be collecting a whiteish clear film or "fuzzy" looking stuff on the ends. Is this normal? I blasted it with a turkey baster yesterday but it doesn't want to come off.
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This is what I'm thinking

Love it!! Having plants on the right near the front creates an allusion depth.

Is your substrate just sand?

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Some of the moss seems to be collecting a whiteish clear film or "fuzzy" looking stuff on the ends. Is this normal?
I have read some have that in new tanks. It usually disappears without doing any damage.
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Yep the allusion of depth is key for sure
Mostly just pool filter sand. There is some gravel type substrate behind the left side stones and dw. I plan to build that corner up a bit more. Sloping it downward from back to front then Covering the area with lots of anubias.
I'm really counting on the moss to do well before I move foreword with the rest of my plans. I've tried to grow the stuff once before and it didn't do very well. Hopefully this time with a bit more effort on my part I can succeed.




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The emersed setup to help grow out the anubias for this system is close. So close I can taste it
*The leaky 10 gallon is resealed
* 20" t5ho dual bulb light(6500k) ready to shine
* 3" hydroponic pots just arrived from Amazon ready to be filled.
* potting mix from raised bet in the back yard ready to fill them pots.



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love your setup. |From my experience with micro fish, I have a school of 14 CPDs in my bedroom tank that has taken a long time for them to get used to movement around their tank. They still do hide a lot though. In June, I decided to add some ember tetras to hopefully help the CPDs be a bit more brave and it totally worked. The CPDs used to hide ALL the time, a dropped 5 embers in there and since the embers are pretty boring (IMO) and dont spook easy, the CPDs are almost always out and swimming with the embers now. They swim for cover when I come in the room, but are back out in no time chasing each other and doing their "displays" to each other. CPD's are a truly awesome fish with tonnes of character, but the key is getting them accimated socially to your setup. They are extremely hardy, fast and the most interesting micro fish i have come across.
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love your setup. |From my experience with micro fish, I have a school of 14 CPDs in my bedroom tank that has taken a long time for them to get used to movement around their tank. They still do hide a lot though. In June, I decided to add some ember tetras to hopefully help the CPDs be a bit more brave and it totally worked. The CPDs used to hide ALL the time, a dropped 5 embers in there and since the embers are pretty boring (IMO) and dont spook easy, the CPDs are almost always out and swimming with the embers now. They swim for cover when I come in the room, but are back out in no time chasing each other and doing their "displays" to each other. CPD's are a truly awesome fish with tonnes of character, but the key is getting them accimated socially to your setup. They are extremely hardy, fast and the most interesting micro fish i have come across.

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Nicely said! I'm sold
I also learned through trial and error, the bigger the school, the better socialized CPDs are. Try for at least 10. Males and females will work out a pecking order so dont worry too much about ratios of M to F. As I said the, the more the merrier. They will love your moss hill and spawn in there for sure. Mine get really frisky in the mornings and display like crazy. The dominant male and female are the biggest and most colorful of the group.
Enjoy many hours of tiny fish watching
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Lol thanks for the info


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Got some more anubias in the mail today! Barteri and petite
Lots of healthy leaves


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Happy thanksgiving!
This project is going as planned. I am very pleased to see new growth in the Java moss. The moss covered stones are looking good! Still have anubias to plant that's been floating a while. The petite is easy, kind of just fills in and stays put. However the barteri seems to want to float. Thinking about smashing a rock I have into small pieces that I can tie the plant to, to weigh it down.

Ideas: everyone does moss walls why not an anubias wall?!?!


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The moss is beginning to fill in and it's looking good! Having to keep an eye on some algae growing on the dw. That's the only place it seems to be growing. While maintaining the system I used a tooth brush with peroxide to remove as much as I could. Looks promising but will have to do a follow up treatment

Maintenance for this tank is fairly simple:
Scrape glass
50% Water change
Change filter floss
Dose fertz

Thinking about using a different substrate. One that will allow a carpet plant to grow and won't keep poop on the surface.

Decided to place the anubias I had floating on the left corner. Looks much fuller now on that side


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dig the scape you should add some jungle val for the background
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dig the scape you should add some jungle val for the background

Thank you. Yeah I've done Val's in the past. They look great but for this one I am trying something new, going with a moss back wall.


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The anubias flower finally popped up!


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Very cool idea for the tank! I look forward to seeing it progress!
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