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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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ok my LFS got in my HC. Came in 2" cup and unfolded into about a 2.5 diameter mat. The owner ordered 6 cups in case others wanted some. SHe was selling them for $3.00! well needless to say i grabbed 4 instead of 1.

I l planted them all up and here is what i have now. I basically am waiting for the roots to dig into the soil and anchor the mat. Id like the Dwarf sag to get a little thicker as well before I flood. I know the nana anubias is a slow grower so im just letting that go along for the ride.

While this fills in Im still planning my mechanics of the whole thing. Im def going to do a paintball CO2 DIY and prob going to use a tiny HOB filter. Since the background is black I will be painting all equipment black (or get black parts) that enter the water so it blends and keeps the display "clean" looking.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 06:29 PM
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Looks real nice
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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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another update: 1/28/13

HC is growing nicely. Not really spreading but starting to anchor and thicken.
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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The anubais are pushing out new leaves and the dwarf sag is doing the same. Im thinking I can flood this baby in 4 more weeks. Still need to put together my Co2.

My GU10 bulb is doing a very nice job of lighting the tank. Not bad for $4.50 and using less than 9 watts.
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Well, here is an update. The tank is flooded and was doing very well. Now I have Cyano. I tested my KNO3 and they were zero. Ah crap. I am keeping them at 20ppm right now and testing every few days. I dont want to resort to medication but if I have to I will.

I have diy co2 running continuously.

My plan of attack is going to be keeping my nitrates up (maybe even bring them up to 30. At least I can bring them back down and when I add shrimp they can eat the real algae), adding an airstone at night, manual removal, and spot treating with excel. I hope all goes well as everything was growing well and filling in. Once I get this under control I will post new pics. Nobody wants to see blue/blackish green nightmare bacteria.
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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Well I broke down and used some macyren (sp). So far things are looking good.

Yes, a top off is in order
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