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post #751 of 766 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 02:22 AM
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Nice clean pipes!

Does this tank evaporate much water without a cover?

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post #752 of 766 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 06:10 AM
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Just a forewarning: that lotus will get HUGE with a viral root structure that will, no exaggeration, bring up almost the entirety of the substrate with it should you ever pull it out!

As a side note, glad the pipes are clean and the tank is progressing.
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Thanks, Jenna!

Thanks, Zoo. I've never measured, but I'd say it loses about a quarter of a gallon every four or five days.

Thanks, X. I tend to cut off the leaves that grow too big. I don't reckon I'll ever remove it prior to a rescape, but thanks for the head's up. I'd hate to start pulling it up and wreck this carpet that's taken so long to grow.

I forgot to mention, I also cleaned my diffuser.


Until recently, I had forgotten that I put Mini Pellia on top of the rock during the dry-start. It's now starting to spread. I think it's going to look great on top on the rock when it grows out.


The Nerite you see in the ten o'clock position is my little soldier.
He's been through hella tanks with me.
Love that little guy.
The Mini Pellia's the green spot in the middle.
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post #754 of 766 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Give me two more months with this tank.
I really believe that all the pieces are starting to come together.
I just need two more months.
The Babytears have to grow in thick behind the rock, the Narrowleaf Java Fern and Bolbitis need to bulk up, and the Mini Microsword needs to stay where it's at. Two more months.






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post #755 of 766 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 02:58 AM
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Wow, you cleaned your pipes!

I may have missed this, but how did you attach the mini pellia? Hopefully, one day, the price for that plant goes down a bit so I can finally afford it.
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post #756 of 766 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 04:24 AM
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Hopefully, one day, the price for that plant goes down a bit so I can finally afford it.
Or someone has a breakthrough in Mini Pellia growing technology and strategy, so they have to give away extras for free!

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post #757 of 766 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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The Mini Pellia was planted, dj, during this tank's dry-start. I simply laid a piece on the rock when the tank was empty, kept it semi moist for three months, and it took off after I filled the tank. In person, it looks really, really cool the way it's growing flat on the rock's top. I'd say that the MP in this build is the prettiest I've ever been able to grow MP. (Unfortunately, due to the limited color-correction options available to me with my ghetto camera, I cannot get a good shot of it.)

Source is doing well. I'm pretty happy with it.


The right-hand side of the tank is growing in exactly as I intended. It's delicately lush, full, and lightly-green. The left is, in true fern fashion, growing slow as hell. I'm reluctant to add more ferns to jump-start the look I'm going for as I want to maintain a balance of right and left plant masses and if I add more ferns, it would throw off the balance once everything grows in. So, I'm forced to wait for the ferns.


The Slow Pokes & Co.

I've got about four RCSs in here. I think they're all females, though, 'cause none are having babies.


I want only a single thread of red on the right-hand side. It all hinges on this guy growing in strong and bright. Come on little guy!


Other than that, things are going well here. Weather's turned nice and that means the CBR will be ridden frequently and fast. Lost is back in full swing and that's awesome. Mass Effect 2 is off the charts good. And Final Fantasy XIII is right around the corner.
It's a very, very good time to be Ugly Genius.
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post #758 of 766 (permalink) Old 02-17-2010, 12:59 AM
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I love that moss in the second picture. What is it?
The plants behind the rock are looking great. I'm kinda getting a feel for what you're going for here

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Thanks, CL! Tank's still got about three months to go before it gets to where I want it, but the parts are all there; they just need to grow in.
That's Fissidens Nobilis. It's a super-fresh plant. Very versatile in nanos. There's also some Mini Pellia growing on the rock on the right under the shrimp.
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Thanks, CL! Tank's still got about three months to go before it gets to where I want it, but the parts are all there; they just need to grow in.
That's Fissidens Nobilis. It's a super-fresh plant. Very versatile in nanos. There's also some Mini Pellia growing on the rock on the right under the shrimp.
Looking good UG my new tank is set to arrive at the shop tomorrow morning but I'll have to wait till he opens to go pick it up.... New I couldn't stay away forever.

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post #761 of 766 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 01:20 AM
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dude, wicked scape. totally different then your usual. love it!
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post #762 of 766 (permalink) Old 02-28-2010, 09:38 AM
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hey UG i finally filled my mini-m the other day but im unsure on a few things. how long do I need to keep the CO2 levels high? how long does the MM take to convert to the submersed form? should I trim the emersed growth right away? and should I start dosing ferts since the roots have already been established?



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post #763 of 766 (permalink) Old 04-12-2010, 01:53 AM
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UG that looks amazing! I love it!
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post #764 of 766 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 04:39 AM
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Any updates on this tank?

I think this is my new favorite of yours. The right side of this scape is truly great. Is that normal HM you have in here? The leaves look longer than most the HM i see. Also, what plant is that single red stem? It is really neat in that sea of green!
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post #765 of 766 (permalink) Old 05-19-2010, 01:55 AM
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hows that zoomed canister filter holding up?
Im debating on getting the Aquaclear 20 or a canister filter... not sure yet for my Mini-M.. My nano filter isnt really cutting it.

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