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10-17-2011 07:47 PM
ReluctantHippy
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Not even dosing Excell?

That is a total of 156 watts divided by 20 is 7.8 wpg. You could take out a few bulbs to slow the growth down. Amazed that you don't have algae issues.
I have some algae but it seems to hover at a very low level. Looks fairly natural to me so I just let it do it's thing. Luckily I don't have anything that grows on the glass, that would be annoying.

Every now and then I hook up my DIY CO2 but recently I've been low on sugar and the tank seems to be doing fine without it.
10-17-2011 07:32 PM
Hilde
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I'm not dosing anything. All nutrients are coming from the soil I put in. Slightly amended Happy Frog organic potting soil with local river silt, clay, and sand.

The hood/lights are DIY - cost me $10 total including the bulbs to make (wood was on hand). The bulbs are 4x23w and 4x16w,
Not even dosing Excell?

That is a total of 156 watts divided by 20 is 7.8 wpg. You could take out a few bulbs to slow the growth down. Amazed that you don't have algae issues.
10-17-2011 07:19 PM
ReluctantHippy
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Looked like a desert in the beginning. If you hadn't trimmed it so much you could have renamed it the grassy plains.

What was that light again please. What ferts are you dosing?
I went pretty extreme on the trim. Not sure what that plant is that took over but it was doubling in size almost daily. Everything has been growing off the charts - wouldn't be surprised if it all grew back in three weeks.

I'm not dosing anything. All nutrients are coming from the soil I put in. Slightly amended Happy Frog organic potting soil with local river silt, clay, and sand.

The hood/lights are DIY - cost me $10 total including the bulbs to make (wood was on hand). The bulbs are 4x23w and 4x16w, 50% 6500K and 50% 5500K. If I wanted I could add another 4 bulbs - I find it not necessary.



Front and back have angled aluminum reflectors. The back set are adjustable in case I want to change the cast pattern and spotlight a particular area.



Looks a bit sloppy but works like a charm - and the outside isn't terrible to look at. I have a section somewhere for the back gap but generally don't bother with it.
10-17-2011 06:59 PM
Hilde Looked like a desert in the beginning. If you hadn't trimmed it so much you could have renamed it the grassy plains.

What was that light again please. What ferts are you dosing?
10-17-2011 06:51 PM
ReluctantHippy Trim.

Before:



After - completely removed one of the 'trees' moss and replaced with fresh moss from a different tank.



Redid my smaller tank with all of the riccia

10-03-2011 09:11 PM
ReluctantHippy Found an unexpected guest hatching out of my tank today.



Real champ of a damselfly for surviving in a tank full of mosquito fish.
09-21-2011 02:53 AM
ReluctantHippy
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So what happened to the clover ground cover plant in this tank?
Did it's seasonal thing. Grew out, the weed flowered and then died, and the ground cover did pretty much the same. Still need to rescape it and I used the wood reserved for it's top to make a chicken coop - oops.



Did I post pictures of my tiny tiny baby mantis earlier? She's growing up fast and so is the bamboo orchid in her tank:



I have another mantis now so I'll need to start a second similar one - perhaps different plants.
09-20-2011 11:18 PM
Hilde
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So what happened to the clover ground cover plant in this tank?
09-20-2011 06:19 PM
10gallonplanted That tank is baaalllinn. Thats like the perfect shrimp tank.
09-20-2011 06:14 PM
ReluctantHippy Update:

Added 20 red crystal shrimp which initially I thought were all eaten but are now popping up all over and seem to be doing very well.

I have a beautiful male killi that was the only survivor of my hatching attempt. He's a blast to watch and is constantly nibbling on things and darting into the plants - by far the most active and curious fish in the tank.

I believe I have baby ghost shrimp in the tank now as well.

Really hard to get a good picture of the killi but here are some attempts (they really don't do him justice):


Shrimp:


Tank - I need to touch it up a bit, my riccia rocks have grown so large that they are lifting off the ground.

08-21-2011 06:30 AM
ReluctantHippy Video Update: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIysWfTOT_A
08-20-2011 06:48 PM
ReluctantHippy
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I had plants that needed to be kept like that and I killed them. My reason for starting a planted aquarium. I will try to find a humidity gauge.

Here is something I read that may help them grow:
Infusoria
Created by soaking substances in boiled water for several weeks. Substances are: banana peels, potato peels, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, and dried tree leaves in spring water.

Put scalded lettuce leaves in jar, enough to cover the bottom of the jar . Add water that is almost boiling to fill the jar about 3/4 of the way full. Leave this standing, uncovered for 24 hours. Then add about 1oz of old aquarium water and cover the jar. After 1 week days, the water should have growth of infusoria. Every 10 days add a piece of scalded lettuce

Also here is one whom is breeding killifish and had similar problem

You're always coming to my rescue. Thanks a ton! Dumped a buncha scuzzi water plants in with the killies and will start making some infusoria.



Decided I didn't like wasting all my DIY CO2 wash so I've been 'refining' it and enjoying it. Tastes horrible though so I took a trip to the local feed store and picked up a 50lb bucket of molasses. Molasses provides a much more consistent source of CO2, much more pleasant bi-product, and at $20 for 50lbs its almost cheaper than sugar. Curious as to why more people don't opt for this...I guess feed/Ag stores aren't everywhere.
08-20-2011 06:04 AM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by ReluctantHippy View Post
Well you could use a humidity gauge - they are really cheap. If you pick one up let me know and I'll tell you what to aim for. Not wet or they mold and can't breath, not dry or they wither up.

The rest are alive but don't seem to be changing much. Could brine shrimp be to big?
I had plants that needed to be kept like that and I killed them. My reason for starting a planted aquarium. I will try to find a humidity gauge.

Here is something I read that may help them grow:
Infusoria
Created by soaking substances in boiled water for several weeks. Substances are: banana peels, potato peels, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, and dried tree leaves in spring water.

Put scalded lettuce leaves in jar, enough to cover the bottom of the jar . Add water that is almost boiling to fill the jar about 3/4 of the way full. Leave this standing, uncovered for 24 hours. Then add about 1oz of old aquarium water and cover the jar. After 1 week days, the water should have growth of infusoria. Every 10 days add a piece of scalded lettuce

Also here is one whom is breeding killifish and had similar problem
08-20-2011 05:16 AM
ReluctantHippy
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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
How do you do that? How do you test the humidity?
Well you could use a humidity gauge - they are really cheap. If you pick one up let me know and I'll tell you what to aim for.

Personally I have a bit of experience using peat with germinating seeds and incubating lizard eggs; ideal dampness for these seems to be the same as for fish eggs - not wet or they mold and can't breath, not dry or they wither up. Slightly damp and you get great airflow...

I had at least 6 killies hatch from my second attempt and the peat is drying again as we speak. I seem to do well hatching them but only one of my babies seems to be growing. The rest are alive but don't seem to be changing much. Could brine shrimp be to big?
08-20-2011 04:45 AM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by ReluctantHippy View Post
Peat is pretty sterile so as long as I keep the humidity correct I think I should be fine.
How do you do that? How do you test the humidity?
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