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post #46 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting technique. Though the sponges would look a bit ugly in the tank.

Anyways, I drained some of the water. Now there's only about a centimeter of standing water in the front while the rear of the tank has the water just saturating the substrate.

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post #47 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-17-2012, 06:15 AM Thread Starter
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It's been about two weeks so it's time for an update.




Front of the tank wiped dry.




The hairgrass has exploded in growth. I think adding my DIY CO2 helped.




Added some more fissidens (thanks Jellie!)




Added another stem of L. arcuata and L. sp Red. They were growing slanted towards the light so I moved the fixture a little bit over the driftwood.




Here's some of the leftover grass. The substrate is MGOCPM with osmocote pellets. Started with about 10-12 plants about 3 weeks ago.



Some other updates:
One of the erios melted away. The other one isn't doing much. I might just remove it and try reviving it outside my tank in a smaller container. If I do remove it, I'll probably use that spot for some crypt parva. I've decided to keep the water level up since it helps with the humidity. After I turn off the lights, I remove a corner of the plastic wrap over the tank to let some fresh air in over night. I haven't had any problems yet with this method. There's a little bit of BGA growing on the CO2 diffuser but it isn't anything to be worried about. If anything, I'll douse the diffuser in H2O2 or bleach before using it in the submerged setup. Other than the little bit of BGA and the melting erio, everything is going fine. I think I'll still wait for the grass to fill in a bit more in the front before I fill it up.

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post #48 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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10/31/12 update

Here's the tank as of today. In two weeks, the hairgrass has nearly doubled in volume




Ludwigia sp Red branching out with minimal effort.




The DHG 'belem' has really taken off.




The Ludwigia arcuata is growing fast as well.




Other updates:
I added a black background to the tank to hide the pothos and the lamp behind the tank. I removed the erio and placed it into a small emersed container with some Hydrocotyle sp. Japan. I replaced the erios with some Crypt parva. Most of them are going through a melt but hopefully they'll recover in about a week or so. I'm so close to filling the tank with water. However, I might wait a week or two to see if the C. parva starts shooting out new growth before filling it up. Maybe wait for them to get more established since they've only been in the tank for about a week. Anyways, right now I'm thinking of what kind of fauna to stock the tank with after it's been filled up and cycled. I'm trying to stay away from CPDs since I had them before. Any ideas would be great. Until next time.

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post #49 of 56 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 06:27 PM
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I've got CPDs too and love them, but I think my next nanofish is going to be Chili Rasboras. I think they would set off nicely with all the green and black in your tank.
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Updates???

Hows the Hygroryza aristata??
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post #51 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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12/05/12 - Finally filled up!

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Updates???

Hows the Hygroryza aristata??
Here's your update

Btw, your Hygroryza has taken off.


Anyways, I think it's about time for an update. I filled up the tank on the 11/10/12. I used ammonia to start the cycle and it took a total of about a week to complete. Now here's the tank now.




The fauna are:
Boraras urophthalmoides aka sparrow rasbora X 15
Otocinclus X 2
Caridina multidentata aka Amano Shrimp X 1
Bladder snail X 1
Ramshorms X 2

Flora:
DHG 'belem'
Cryptocoryne parva
Fissidens fontanus
Ludwigia sp. Red
Ludwigia sp. Rubin
Ludwigia arcuata
Ludwigia ovalis
Ludwigia palustris
Ludwigia senegalensis
Limnobium laevigatum
Hygroryza aristata

EI dosing with a 50% water change on Sunday.
DIY CO2 with daily Metricide-14 dosings.


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Great update! Wonderful tank! I love my hygroryza aristata too. What plant is I. Front of the driftwood? It looks a bit bare. Love the driftwood though! Perfect for a nano!

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Great update! Wonderful tank! I love my hygroryza aristata too. What plant is I. Front of the driftwood? It looks a bit bare. Love the driftwood though! Perfect for a nano!
Thanks!

The plant in front of the driftwood is Cryptocoryne parva. It grows incredibly slow though. I might replace it with another crypt or plant if it doesn't do much.

Yeah, I got lucky with the driftwood. I got this piece for $20 at the LFS. Most of the similar sized pieces were upwards of $30.

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Beautiful work on the tank! More updates please!
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Agreed, update please!
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