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post #46 of 61 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Just an update.
All the little creatures are doing quite well.
Algae problem solved by just lifting the lamp a little bit higher above the tank.
Hair algae attacks DHG, a common experience to all those who have DHG.

Hmm...still haven't got the desired lush HC carpet...wondering why...

It looks to me like the tank is actually self-sustainable: did a little experiment by not feeding any of them for five days. Found that the fish fed on the bugs that were there naturally, shrimps and otos feeding on algae (the otos always have round bellies).

They weren't even that interested in the fish/shrimp food and algae wafers afterwards.

I am pretty happy about the result!



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post #47 of 61 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 03:49 PM
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coral red pencilfish? Those are awesome.
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post #48 of 61 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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hmm...are you talking about the Taiwan Reds?

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That looks nice!
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post #50 of 61 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Just a little update:
Did a partial rescape; Added a little piece of stone on the right and replaced the huge piece on left corner of the tank with a much smaller stone.
What do you guys think about the changes?

And...umm...does my HC carpet looks fine? I feel like it can be more "lush"...I have CO2 running (of coz) and I dose Excel regularly. There are also some root tabs. Should I add any other supplement for better outcomes?


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I would try dosing Potassium and Micros - Worked great for me in my 60-p when I was growing a dense HC carpet. The aquasoil seemed to take care of Nitrogen and Phosphorus, but I think long term you need to supplement with NPK + Micros anyway.

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post #52 of 61 (permalink) Old 05-13-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm...thanks for your advice! I will get some potassium soon. That's always insufficient, right?

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I would try dosing Potassium and Micros - Worked great for me in my 60-p when I was growing a dense HC carpet. The aquasoil seemed to take care of Nitrogen and Phosphorus, but I think long term you need to supplement with NPK + Micros anyway.
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Love the hardscape, the rocks look great!
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post #54 of 61 (permalink) Old 05-19-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! God knows how much time I spent on choosing them at my LFS...It took me over an hour...! If I could spend more money on those stones I would have bough a bunch of them home. But I just couldn't...those are Seiryu stones--we all know how awfully expensive they are==

They look lovely though!

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post #55 of 61 (permalink) Old 05-19-2012, 04:00 AM
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How is that a 4.8 gallon tank? lol

Looks way larger

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post #56 of 61 (permalink) Old 05-19-2012, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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I take that as a compliment! XDD

It really is...look at how big my green neon tetras are in this tank!

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Looks way larger
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These are photos taken before I leave for my long trip. I will transport the whole tank to my friend's house and have in look after everything for a little bit more than two months. He is really experienced in keeping fish (any kind of fish) but not quite in aquascaping...anywayz, just keep fingers crossed.

I always lack the skills of taking nice pictures of my tank. It might look like I am bragging but the tank actually looks really nice. In photos, though, it looks like a mess...

I don't know if anyone of you notice that or not but after sticking with just two plants, HC and DHG, for around four months (am I right?), I added glosso and some staurogyne r....I plan on adding micro sword at the back too.








Photos taken right after the last trimming session before I leave...the DHG will not be trimmed in quite a while.





I really hope that everything survives.
I have never had any major algae problem (touch wood), neither have I ever had any major die offs of livestock.

Wish all my fish, shrimps, and plants good luck. I will see them soon!

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They have already left my house...I really miss them. I thought I hear that noise made by the filters...I will see them again in August...
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Very stunning stunning tank! Really love the rock placement. Are you sure this is a 4.8 gallon tank? lol

I dont know maybe its just me, but I would fill the hc all through the front and bit on the right side.. then towards the back i'd place the DHG.. would look a bit more natural then combining and mixing towards the front

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post #60 of 61 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your compliments and comments!

I doubt if having one plant at the back and the other in front is really a NATURAL placement. It is, however, a conventional Iwagumi placement.
My idea, though, is to have the DHG growing out from around the rocks because they are plants that are less demanding (less light, easier to grow etc.). HC, on the other hand, needs more space, light etc.. That is what I would call natural! :P

It's just my second scape...So any kind of comments are very much welcome!

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I dont know maybe its just me, but I would fill the hc all through the front and bit on the right side.. then towards the back i'd place the DHG.. would look a bit more natural then combining and mixing towards the front
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