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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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New evolve 8

I just finished the initial planting in my Evolve 8. I still have some more Staurogyne Repens that will likely be added. I was also considering some microsword and maybe an Anubias Nana Petite.

Substrate: Flourite Black

Petrified wood
Zebra Stone

Staurogyne Repens
Amazon Sword
Anubias Nana
Dwarf Sag
Frogbit (just a few pieces)

Any thoughts or suggestions on the initial setup? Should I try to make the sloping more noticeable?

I would've liked to have used a larger piece of petrified wood in place of the zebra stone, but I could not find a piece that I liked. I can always change it, but it seems to look ok thus far. I have some other small pieces of driftwood that could be placed there too.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2014, 08:46 AM
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this looks good so far, just needs to fill in a bit more.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-17-2014, 02:53 PM
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Ive had this tank. The staurogynes wont make it with the leds. Might want to consider something less demanding or get a perch light from fluval and swap the led out for it.

Just from my experience. Looking good though!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-20-2014, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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I added some red ludwigia and put my DIY c02 in this past weekend.

I am hoping the staurogyne does ok with the stock light, ferts and c02, but will consider either the Finnex or Fluval perch light in place if they start to suffer. I do like the Finnex as it also has the moonlight built in on top of the CFL.

@ Jamesyu, Based off of when you had your Evolve running, did you find the filtration to be sufficient with the stock you had? I already added a bag of biomax for an AC70 along with some filter foam (and purigen/existing biomax and media from my current tank.) I had seen the Zoomed 501 on sale at Petco, and was considering getting one as I have rewards to use by the end of the month.
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