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01-18-2012 03:43 PM
CAM6467 I've researched mineralized topsoil and decided that it may be the best route for me to take this time around. I cannot express how much I hate dosing water column ferts on a weekly basis. I want to have a tank that is as low maintenance as I can get, and it seems that making mineralized topsoil is a solution to my problem.

I went to Home Depot and purchased 40lbs of topsoil for under $2. I filled a 5 gallon bucket half full with the topsoil and filled it with water to about 2" above the soil. It is currently soaking under a heat lamp due to the cold weather here. I plan to scoop the top layer of floating debris out this afternoon. After reading a bit, it seems that the longer that I allow it to soak and the more dry-soak cycles I repeat the better the mineralization process will work.

The only problem that I have at this point is locating a source of dolomite, pottery clay, and potash that is required once the mineralization is complete. Perhaps somebody reading this will know of a supplier or have some themselves that they would be willing to part with. I know that I won't need too much seeing as how I will be using this in a 29 gallon with a 30"x12" footprint. If you have any or know where to find it in smaller quantities, please PM me.

I don't know what I want to use as a capping substrate at this point. I have read that many people do the MTS so that they can cap with inert substrates and get away with it. I am doing this purely so that I don't have to fertilize the water column as I have in the past (Although I'm sure that a little supplementation will be good once my tank fills in). I have used eco-complete in the past as well as a product by aquariumplants.com as stand-alone substrates with good success. I am not opposed to using them again, but I was really hoping that I could use something else that wasn't as expensive (otherwise I would just use them without the MTS). Again, suggestions are welcome.
01-11-2012 03:34 PM
CAM6467 Ok, I've done a little looking around and have decided that I'll be interested in some java fern, crypts, and anubias to start with.

Anybody have any suggestions on the specific species of these plants. I would like a mix of reds and greens.
01-10-2012 07:22 PM
CAM6467 Update...........9 months late!

I can't believe that it's been 9 months since I last logged onto this site! My wife, daughter, and I have since moved from one town to another due to my new job. I'm a high school football coach, so I'm sure that moving is going to be routine before long...

My little girl is a doll. She'll be 9 months on the 14th, and she's everything to her mother and I. We just bought our first house, and we're in the process of getting everything settled in. My tank has been dry for the past 9 months, and I'm getting ready to get it going again.

Our new home has a nice office that is going to be the perfect location for a 29H. My latest tank was a 20L with a high-tech setup. I loved having the growth and beauty that comes along with high light and injected CO2, but I HATED the constant, never ending trimming of stems.

My wife wants to have a nice community tank with "pretty, little" fish. I want to have living flora to compliment the fauna, but I honestly don't have the time to deal with a high maintenance tank. I was thinking about having some hearty, slow growers like anubias and other such plants.

It's funny how I forget all the plants after almost a year off, but it happens! I need some help here. I would LOVE to read some suggestions for a low maintenance tank. I'll get the tank/water specs out before too long.

Thanks!

Charlie
04-15-2011 05:42 PM
sewingalot Congratulations, Charlie! Fantastic news for you both.
04-15-2011 02:59 PM
MoeBetta Congratulations!
04-15-2011 02:54 PM
CAM6467 She's here!!!!!!

Little girl was born at 12:15pm yesterday via c-section. I can't explain how blown away my wife and I are at how good God is! She's a perfect little angel! She was 7lbs 15oz and 20.5" long. The tank is about to go down hill because I can't imagine anything more enjoyable than being with my new daughter!

Charlie
04-07-2011 10:34 PM
sewingalot How is the tank coming along, Charlie? Not too long before your a new daddy, huh?
04-03-2011 04:38 AM
CAM6467 The tank is from Petsmart. Not sure of the price. A 20 long isn't too much, though.
04-03-2011 04:29 AM
jkan0228 Where'd you get the tank? How much was it??


有植物的魚缸真是清爽啊
04-03-2011 04:00 AM
CAM6467 I figured that I'd throw a progression piece together spanning from the beginning until now.













Lobelia is officially gone... I bragged about it being an easy and hardy plant and it must have decided to humble me! I hope to get more one of these days and have better luck with it. The small bit if HC I got died, but the e. triandra is turning out pretty good looking. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the tank so far.

Charlie
03-31-2011 06:42 PM
sewingalot I second the comments made. That algae in my experience is very normal in new setups. It's usually the one I see toward the end of maturation. Just turn back down the lights to a shorter time period. The melting should stop soon enough. Patience is indeed the hardest part of the entire plant tank experience. Hang in there. Many of the plants look to be in great shape. Are you still fauna free besides the snails? You could nudge up your co2 a bit more to give the plants a surplus.

Not too much longer before you become a dad! Don't worry, you'll be a good one. All you need is to love the baby. The rest will fall into place instinctively.
03-31-2011 01:18 PM
Chaos_Being Yeah, I see a little melting there, but nothing extreme. I had quite a bit of melt when I set up my 55g, but pretty much everything bounced back within a few weeks. I can definitely understand the impatience though- I'm not a terribly patient person either, and the "months within minutes" effect you get from reading threads here doesn't help as you said!

That algae looks like thread algae to me- I had it in my tank for a while, and eventually got rid of it by pulling out what I could by hand, and dosing excel on a daily basis (which I do anyways.)
03-31-2011 01:07 PM
cableguy69846
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Originally Posted by CAM6467 View Post
Well, it looks like I'm going through a pretty significant melt down....

I've lost a BUNCH of plants, but I do have quite a few making some nice gains amongst the havoc and destruction! It looks like my blyxa is starting to make a comeback, and most of my stems are doing well. Being the optimist that I am, atleast I'm making an excellent stab at growing some first rate algae!

I knowingly set my photoperiod to 12 hours....dumb! I re-scheduled my timer to allow for a ten hour photoperiod. I'm sure that I'll need to lower it to 8 hours or so, but I was just going to observe my tank's reaction to a two hour loss of light to see how things go.

I'm getting good flow and descent surface agitation, but I still seem to have a few dead spots and the typical oil film stuff in the surface if the water. I'm hoping that the dead spots that I have aren't going to become an issue in the future. Also, I'm hoping that the duckweed and/or frogsbit will soon cover the surface and reduce the aesthetic impact of the surface film issue.

Sometimes I get too impatient with my own tank. One tends to browse the threads on TPT and see the tank progression in minutes. It's very difficult for me to keep the perspective of time in mind while browsing other members' tanks. I just want the "All American" theme..... Instant satisfaction.

Perhaps my hobby is going to help me develop the patience that I'll need to raise this little girl! Ha ha! My wife may have a very antagonistic viewpoint to this issue!

Baby update:
She's coming 4/14/2011 at 12 o'clock noon via c-section. My wife and I are getting prepared, but how can anybody really prepare for a first child?!? We have strong faith, and we're confident that strength and wisdom will be found and we'll be great parents! I cannot explain my emotions right now, but I can say that this is the single most important time in my life!!!

Good night everybody!

Charlie


PICS!!!

Help! What kind of algae is this, what is the typical cause, and how do I treat it?


Melting lobelia...



Over-Exposed FTS:
The tank does not look all that melty. It still looks good, just give it some time and I am sure it will bounce back. Congrats on the baby girl. And don't worry about having patience. When my daughter was born, I didn't have any patience either. I still don't, but when it comes to children, I have more then I used to. Children are a wild ride, for sure, but it is so worth it to see something like a child grow. Just do your best and everything will be fine. And don't be afraid to ask for help. I was on the phone with my mom at least once a week with my mom for the first year of my daughters life. I am sure you will be a great father. Good luck and God bless.
03-31-2011 03:46 AM
CAM6467 Well, it looks like I'm going through a pretty significant melt down....

I've lost a BUNCH of plants, but I do have quite a few making some nice gains amongst the havoc and destruction! It looks like my blyxa is starting to make a comeback, and most of my stems are doing well. Being the optimist that I am, atleast I'm making an excellent stab at growing some first rate algae!

I knowingly set my photoperiod to 12 hours....dumb! I re-scheduled my timer to allow for a ten hour photoperiod. I'm sure that I'll need to lower it to 8 hours or so, but I was just going to observe my tank's reaction to a two hour loss of light to see how things go.

I'm getting good flow and descent surface agitation, but I still seem to have a few dead spots and the typical oil film stuff in the surface if the water. I'm hoping that the dead spots that I have aren't going to become an issue in the future. Also, I'm hoping that the duckweed and/or frogsbit will soon cover the surface and reduce the aesthetic impact of the surface film issue.

Sometimes I get too impatient with my own tank. One tends to browse the threads on TPT and see the tank progression in minutes. It's very difficult for me to keep the perspective of time in mind while browsing other members' tanks. I just want the "All American" theme..... Instant satisfaction.

Perhaps my hobby is going to help me develop the patience that I'll need to raise this little girl! Ha ha! My wife may have a very antagonistic viewpoint to this issue!

Baby update:
She's coming 4/14/2011 at 12 o'clock noon via c-section. My wife and I are getting prepared, but how can anybody really prepare for a first child?!? We have strong faith, and we're confident that strength and wisdom will be found and we'll be great parents! I cannot explain my emotions right now, but I can say that this is the single most important time in my life!!!

Good night everybody!

Charlie


PICS!!!

Help! What kind of algae is this, what is the typical cause, and how do I treat it?


Melting lobelia...



Over-Exposed FTS:
03-31-2011 12:41 AM
sewingalot It should. The excel would probably do you more good as it'll help the plants too. If you go with H202, start out slowly. Your plants will bounce back soon.
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