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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-26-2009, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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oheresy's 26 gallon tall bow front (56k)

I've been on the forum for quite a while now, being a lurker until recently. I figured it was time to start a journal here. I'm on my iPhone right now, so I'll have to add photos later. So here's what I've got:

26 gallon tall bow front aquarium

Current USA power compact 2x64 watt dual daylight 10,000k/6,700k and dual actinic 420nm/460nm

5 lb CO2 tank with electronic electronic CO2 regulator and ceramic diffusor

Fluval 205 with Fluval Pre-Filter and Biomax media.

Substrate:

Flourite Red - soon to be changing to top soil and
Tropic Isle Tahitian Moon Sand

Flora:

Egeri najas, Dwarf Hairgrass, Rotala nanjenshan, Potamogeton gayi, Mermaid weed, Cabomba furcata, anubias nana, weeping moss, peacock moss, cryptocoryne parva, cryptocoryne wendtii, HM, duck weed

Fauna:

8 Cardinal Tetras, 3 Chinese Algae Eaters (1 will go to another tank once itís set up), 5 blue mystery snails and a crapload of ramshorn/pond scum snails

Fertilizer:

Trace & Fe 3xWeek KH2PO4, K2SO4, KNO3 3xWeek

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-26-2009, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Since I got new plants yesterday, I'll be doing a rescape tonight after thanksgiving doings.
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Fabulous!
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-27-2009, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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In the following photos, you can see that I have a bit of an algae problem. Hopefully I can get the algae problem taken care of with the rescape and new plants.















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I finally re-scaped my 26 gallon aquarium. I took out all my plants, and put in my driftwood that I boiled and soaked the other night, and replanted all my old and new plants. I started fearing that I was running out of space. Indeed, I started to run out of space for my smaller foreground plants. But that's ok, I got them in. I'll have to re-scape in the near future anyway, once I'm ready to take out all the substrate and replace it with soil and sand. By that time, I'll have my 20 gallon aquarium set up and can use that to house my fish and snails while I redo the substrate.

Here's a couple photos I took right after. There's still a lot of crap in the water column. I'll take more photos once it all settles and/or gets filtered out.

















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Still having an algae issue, but now that the tank is full of plants and my maintenance/dosing schedule back on, hopefully I can get rid of the algae.
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hey nice start. i also have a 26 bowfront, i feel like it is a hard shape of a tank to scape. you can let your stems grow really tall.

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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-04-2009, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm hoping they do grow tall. I'm also hoping my moss wall starts to grow out. It's only been a week almost, but hoping to see it grow in nicely soon. =)
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the moss wall take some time to fill but it will look great. another thing is you have many options for cool driftwood, with a taller tank i mean.

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I'd like to find a good stump like piece of driftwood, but don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it. I've been keeping my eyes open for one though...
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a lot of good stumps are malaysian DW aquariumplants.com usually has some nice pieces sometimes with some anubias or mosses attached.

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I was thinking of upgrading my light to a MH light. The light I have now gives me 5 watts per gallon. I was thinking about upgrading to http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...2&pcatid=13922 which would put me at about 5.7 watts per gallon. Would I need a glass top with this? I'd rather not put a glass top on. What are your thoughts/experiences with MH?
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I have a strange deficiency (or something) going on with one of my plants. the leaves are curling and turning black. The black parts are fairly rough. See image below.



I'm also still having trouble with stringy hair algae. I think my feet regiment is on my first post. Any ideas as to what the problem might be?
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Here's a photo of the equipment in my cabinet. Contains my CO2 setup, two cannister filters, 3 power bars (which I need to clean up), and food.

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Here's an update on my water readings:

pH: 7.0
GH: 7
KH: 6
Nitrite: < 0.3
Amonia: 0
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