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post #16 of 1396 (permalink) Old 07-16-2008, 06:45 AM
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They grew that much with just DIY CO2 and a diffuser???? Did the bubbles get pushed around by the filter? I can't believe it 2

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ZooTycoonMaster, yesterday, I put the diffuser (now a chopstick) under the filter outflow so the bubbles did get pushed down and into the tank. That helps a lot, I think. I'm also dosing two bottles of CO2 now, so that helps as well. (As a matter of fact, I've got so much CO2 going in, I could probably add sugar and caramel color to the water and have Coke!)

More than anything, I think the growth can be attributed to Aqua Soil. I have experience with Flora Base, Eco-Complete, and Shultz Aquatic Plant Soil, and I've never seen growth this quick with any of those substrates. This stuff's incredible!
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awsome tank, wish i could afford ada lol but hey someday im sure.
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Thanks, fish_fasinated. Yeah, save up and you'll get some ADA stuff in no time. It's worth the wait, I'd say.

Here's Zoo watching the tank. Pardon the dishes in the sink, the napkin used to clean the glass (of the tank not the dishes, unfortunately), the motorcycle gloves, the chopsticks (used to plant Glosso), this morning's (unwashed) coffee mug, the tupperware (used to top off the tank), the extra tubing, and anything else.
I'm a bachelor -- I tend to revel in it.


And here's a plain old tank picture.
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careful with the glosso. it is already growing over a rock, and it will easily take over the whole tank if not trimmed often.
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Thanks, @marko@. Right after the photo was taken, I cut those leaves and a few others. Trimming the Glosso'll probably be a daily task. (Not probably...definitely.)

Here's a neat shot from above.


And an important update. I've cleaned the dishes!

Yay me!
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hahaha congrats on th empty sink!!!! :p

I think the carpet of HC mixed with Glosso will look awesome!! Such a good idea

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I get confused when you call the dog Zoo

Careful, don't drop the camera in the tank!

I like the overhead shot.

Have you tried finding Nerite Snails or something to clean the GSA off of the rocks?

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Thanks, Ishar. Eventually, once the HC takes hold, I'll trim the Glosso back and let the HC have more of the show. The Glosso'll be the "stem plant" and the HC'll be the carpet. That's the plan, at least.

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Yeah, totally. Although if I were to drop the camera in the tank, I'd have an excuse to get a new one. I'd imagine that many peoples camera phones are more sophisticated than the circa 2001 camera that I'm using.
The other day I dropped a light in the tank. Luckily water never touched any electric parts.

I'll look for some algae eating snails of some sort. I'm reluctant to put any O2 breathers in the tank yet, though. The thing's got a lot of CO2 going into it. I have two Ottos in my shrimp tank on standby for Riven to finish its cycle. Worst case scenario is that they'll have a ton to eat when the cycle's finally finished.
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I'm a bachelor -- I tend to revel in it.
that right there explains why you can afford ADA! lol id be shot and single if i spent money like that on such a small tank! im hoping my 2.5g desk tank goes well and she wants one of her own! lol
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fish_fasinated, yep, that's it exactly. I was in a relationship for a long time, so now is my time to do my thing the way I want! For now at least. The inevitable will come...
So I guess the question for a lot of us guys is happiness at home or an ADA tank?
You chose wisely.

Anyway, on tank front...
Had some pearling and growth and algae, but all in all the tank's doing well.





Also, in my shrimp tank, I've got several berried CRS and RCS. It'd be cool if they had babies.
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Very nice progress cant wait to see the inhabitants move in. And did you say you got a lamp for .01 ?? BTW, are you glosso trimming able to propogate or rare they waste?

keep up the good work!
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Thanks, Nismo.
I'm anxious to get some fish and shrimp in too. But at the same time, I like being able to be aggressive with my ferts, CO2 and maintenance without fear of hurting/bothering anything.
I did get one of the lamps for .01. Luckily, I was doing the self-checkout at Home Depot so I paid my .01 (via credit card!) and left.
I don't think I've ever paid one cent for anything.
I propagate some of the trimmings, but I'm starting to run out of room. Some has gone to waste, unfortunately. Not much, but some.
I've noticed that the HC, which is now taking off, is forming a wall that is blocking the Glosso from coming into it. Almost as if it were choking the Glosso out of its space.
At this point I'm rooting for the HC as I've never done an HC carpet and I think it'll look great once it's done.

I think this weekend I'll put a stem plant of some sort in-between the Lion King-looking rock and the Rock of Gibraltar-looking rock. Undecided as to what, however.
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I feel like getting a chopstick as a diffuser and modifying my CO2 powerhead and grow some Glosso after looking at your pics

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your running out of room ehh? well im not if you catch my drift ....
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