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10-16-2012 10:54 PM
mrchach Updates.

So we are quite a ways in to this whole project.

I have been running without co2 for a couple months now.

The light is 1 39w 6500k.

I only run the eheim filter.

My java fern was replaced. With narrow leaf Variety because the reg version grew out of control.

Also the barclaya got very big and tried to flower many times but never managed too. Then died back and is now maybe 5 blades and only 5-6"s tall and not seen much if ever.

The Anubias nana petite was moved back to intermingle with the red lotus.

The porto velho after a year was a viney eye sore and had very few leaves so I pulled it out from the tank. The Tropica 049 I had more luck with and managed to get it to take over most of that side of the tank that it was on. But when co2 crashed so did it and it is now slowly recovering though maintains excellent root structure.


Albino Bristlenose
several guppies
3 Bluefin Killi
1 Lesser Killi
1 Banjo Catfish

04-14-2012 09:08 PM
sketch804 any updates?? This looks like a real nice tank coming together!
10-16-2011 02:12 AM
mrchach I have been monitoring my water parameters as follows:
All fert. and water changes were done after testing that day.

----------Kh Gh Ph TDS
Oct. 1 :---60 60 7.0 99 ------------- Added 4 gallons RO changed 5 gallons RO
Oct. 3 :-------------83
Oct. 6 :---------------------------------- 1/4 tsp MKP and Trace
Oct. 8 :---60 60 6.8 91 ------------- 15 gallon RO water change
Oct. 9 : ------------79
Oct. 13 :--50 60 7.0 83---------------- 1/4 tsp MKP and Trace
Oct. 15 :--40 60 7.2 82 ---------------10 gallon RO water change

Is this unstable? I noticed as my Kh dropped my Ph rose. I have read that a low Kh can result in Ph drops but this is a Ph rise? Should I be concerned about this much fluctuation in Ph and/or Kh? Is this normal?
10-02-2011 05:53 PM
Bensr20det Very nice. Great job on your stand.
10-02-2011 05:43 PM
2in10 Coming together well
10-02-2011 04:00 PM
Boktober Fest PICS!

Gh 60
Kh 60
PH 7.0
TDS 99ppm

Full Frontal

Left side

Right side

Orchid Lilly -Barclaya Red Flower Bulb

Porto Velho

Crypto Corner

I have began dosing ferts slightly. A micro mix and some potassium. My Barclaya red has a flower bulb! Righteous. I thought it wasn't doing well but i guess it was just in one of its rests. It is a beautiful and fun plant with interesting perks.

Current Stocking:
6 Fancy Guppies (M)
5 Bluefin Killifish (F)
4 German Blue Rams (2M/2F)
2 Panda Corries
1 Assassin Snail
1 CRS (F)
Some Ghost shrimp
Various Snails

Current equipment:
Eheim 2217
SunSun Filter
Hydor Inline
2x39w T5HO
5lb CO2

Thanks for Looking. And Comments
08-22-2011 12:11 AM
2in10 Very nice tank
08-22-2011 12:01 AM
mrchach Updates!

Moved some things

Trimmed and replanted some things

I had a couple months with no co2 after a period of intense co2 misting which caused a potassium deficiency (you can see where in pics)

Tank is recovering, almost all algae is dead (and has been for a while), only some green spot algae on anubias petite, and some kinda brown dirtyness algae? I dunno. It doesnt scrub off and its only one filter stuff(intakes , spraybars) and leaves that aren't doing well or anubias. Its not on any wood, or most plants.

TDS is 200-250 PPM
PH is in low 6s


One of my 3 Crypt. Nurii

Staurogyne cutting, you can see where it hit deficiencies



Java Fern when lights turn on...

Java Fern at 5pm Can you say Pearls

Substrate Cutaway
05-16-2011 11:25 PM
mrchach Updates!

05-04-2011 11:17 PM
mrchach All crypts showed up and are planted in!

4 green geckos
1 mi oya
3 crypt nurii
04-30-2011 10:32 PM
mrchach got some crypts ordered

'Green Gecko'
Mi Oya
04-25-2011 03:40 AM
TwoStrokeKing Excellent Wood Working. Tank looks good so far, keep us updated.
04-25-2011 01:09 AM

Staurogyne 'Porto Vehlo'

Staurogyne 'Tropica 049'

Anubias Nana 'Petite' Got 2 new leaves already! woohooo (one is still opening)

Panda Cory Closeup!!!

Pelvicachromis Taetniatus 'Keinke' Female in full breeding colors.

Some nice video... i think its nice anyways my first real one.
04-17-2011 03:38 AM
Originally Posted by mrchach View Post
I put the light together as I did in the interest of doing it DIY and saving a buck... all together it was like a 60 dollar venture. Or was their some more specific aspect you had in mind?
That answers my question perfectly. I hadn't seen those kits until your post, and didn't know much about them.
04-17-2011 01:13 AM
mrchach Yes i did as a matter of fact!

A beautiful stick on backround! Straight black.
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