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post #32 of (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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So it's been a crazy few months... Unfortunately it's been a bad crazy versus a good crazy....

The continued temperature swings killed all but one GBR. I was not a happy camper. This was followed by more algae, a problem which was left to explode due to a busy school/finals/work schedule.

Right as things started to slow down a few days ago, my fiancÚ left me... So it was a [censored][censored][censored][censored]ty end to 2012. Oh well, life goes on & it's easier now then later requiring a divorce. Haha...

The good side is now I can go back to focusing on what I wanna do! Fish!

The tank was a wreck. So many over grown plants, decaying plants, get the point. I worked about 4-5 hours on it today. It's not perfect by any means. I siphoned out a ton of debris, removed all the algae by hand, did a massive water change. Pulled out a ton of plants and replanted them. Trimmed the hell out of some if the plants split some of them apart. I'm gonna have to wait a few days and do another water change and siphon out more junk.

I have to get back on a regular dosing and light schedule. Like whoa! Hahaha...
A lot of the plants have done well but they all need regular nutrients to do much better like they should! Click image for larger version

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As you can see there is still some debris.

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This sword has come a long way & now has all submerged growth.

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I thought this was a pretty cool find! I'd never seen a leaf with so many young plants growing from it, I'm used to maybe a couple but not that many!
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