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5-8-10:
It has been a while since I've updated this journal due to a Staghorn infestation. After a couple months of that, it suddenly disappeared and there's basically no algae in existence in this tank.

I also added some RCS filter babies and they have grown to adults. The Betta doesn't seem to chase them too much.

The HC is growing, though taking longer than I expected.

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RCS with plenty of snails:


And the Betta (he was hounding me to take a picture of him):
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Lol @ your last pic of your betta, it looks particularly mean there.
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Wow, his colors have really changed over time. More blue and a lot less red in the last pic. His face has darked up as well.

The tank is looking awesome. What a great home for a betta.
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I was looking at that as well.

As you stated, when I got him he was half white with mostly red fins, but now that has turned to blue and various other colors. He has also developed a blue dot right in the middle of his forehead that can be seen in the latest picture.
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Any updates? Has the carpet filled in all the way yet?
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Any updates? Has the carpet filled in all the way yet?
I stopped dosing ferts besides once a week, though I still dose Excel daily, so growth is very slow. Basically, it looks the same.

I'm thinking of doing a minor rescape with Blyxa lining the back of the tank.
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wow snail town!

those are snails right?
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wow snail town!

those are snails right?
I like snails.

For snails, I have Ramshorns (mostly red), a Nerite, and MTS in this tank. The white dots are either bubbles or Nerite eggs. Thankfully the Nerite eggs have finally disappeared.
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I decided to tear this tank down and make it an emersed setup, at least for the time being. The scape is essentially the same. I just want to see how well HC grows emersed for me.
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It has been about nine days since the emersed project has begun. Using AS instead of Eco-Complete since I have extra AS. I popped in about three RootCaps before planting. Light runs for about 12-14 hours.

A small amount of the HC has become brown and mushy due to me adding too much water to the substrate. Aired the setup out some so hopefully that is the end of that.

After looking at the pictures, I see that the right rock could use more of an angle.



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Filled 'er up today.

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Blyxa japonica
Emersed grown strand of Willow Moss - On largest rock
Three tiny pieces of emersed grown Mini Pellia - On largest rock
Subwassertang that has made it through the emersed period - On largest rock

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I plan to add yellow shrimp when I find an affordable price for them. Once they establish a colony, the Betta will be added back in.
One Olive Nerite once my Blyxa roots.





With the light raised a bit:


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Scape is looking good! The greenish hue from that blyxa and HC will contrast with the rocks you have and its gonna look great. Like an iwugami on mars. That is if plant could exist in such an atmosphere.
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Woa thats a lot of snails @-@ BEAUTIFUL though^^
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Scape is looking good! The greenish hue from that blyxa and HC will contrast with the rocks you have and its gonna look great. Like an iwugami on mars. That is if plant could exist in such an atmosphere.
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Woa thats a lot of snails @-@ BEAUTIFUL though^^
Thanks. I am now keeping this tank Ramshorn-free for the moment. There were a bit too many Ramshorns in the previous scape for my liking.

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I've been leaving this tank alone as I want the Blyxa to root before doing any maintenance.

I added about five RCS ~1 week ago. I added three baby Nerites today. One is already eating up the GSA/GDA on the glass.

Picture of lots of algae (seemingly only on the tank walls, thankfully):
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Awesome little tank

Are you still just using the 10watt CFL? That is what I have planned to use on a 2.5G of my own and was wondering if you have found it to be enough light.

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