Originally Posted by FlyingHellFish
Yo Frank, look what happen when you went away....
A meteor hit my tank....
Did the HC float up? The result is probably from not trimming soon enough - when you do not trim plants like HC or Riccia, eventually the bottom portion rots (due to no access to light), causing the top portion to float up. No worries though, you can get it to come back quick and it's all just a part of the learning process. You've shown significant improvement over the last 6 months! Keep it up my friend!
I really love the evolution of this tank! I have the same pygmy rasboras and absolutely adore them. Can you tell me what bps you pump your co2 in with these guys? With all the pearling that you have, is that from high co2 dosing? Just wondering as I would like to bump up my co2 but am not sure how high is safe for the maculatas.
Thank you for the compliment Blue! There is another complete series feature in Tropical Fish Hobbyist on this aquarium spanning 4 issues - January 2013 to April 2013. Worth a read if you get a chance, I wrote out an entirely different spin on the whole learning process there.
For BPS, by the time the tank was at this stage in the game, I was running around 4-5 BPS. Absolutely no issues what so ever with any of the living organisms.
With Co2, as with ferts, just slowly raise your input over time as the aquarium evolves. Though, most of the pearling from this aquarium is from Riccia, which is a notorious pearler. Well, the moss pearls a lot too.
Hey Frank, nice cube garden superior! first I've seen used I think. Awaiting updates!
Here's a sneak look:
Wazeter Cube Garden Superior
by Francis Wazeter
, on Flickr
As far as I know, it's the only one of it's kind in North America - the tank is a bit ridiculous...one of those that you wish you had never seen, since it makes all other aquariums (including the ADA high clarity line) look cheap. That being said, you'd have to be a serious enthusiast to put the $3,400 (for that you could have a 180-P) into the aquarium. I found myself in possession of it after a long string of events that involved the original purchaser canceling at the last minute, so it ended up with me kind of by default.