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|04-06-2012 06:37 AM|
awesome looking tank
I never really knew you could get away with taking the rim off the top of the tank it looks good
is this safe? I wouldn't mind taking mine off, but I am kind of paranoid
|02-21-2012 03:11 AM|
Originally Posted by 600rr View Post
|02-21-2012 12:40 AM|
|600rr||Looks awesome! I've got a couple bunch of hairgrass as starters and they're only starting to send runners after about 3 weeks lol.|
|02-20-2012 06:51 AM|
DAY 51 UPDATE
There you have it folks -- a thick, healthy japanese hairgrass mat in only 7 weeks using ADA powder soil and paintball CO2. Still hoping for the grass density to double over the next couple weeks to match it up to Toro's mat.
|01-28-2012 10:32 PM|
DAY 28 UPDATE!
It's officially been 4 weeks! Check out the grass growth, very startling! It's amazing what some ADA powder soil, 6700K CFL bulb, and CO2 can do in 4 weeks that my 6500K + Flourish Excel + plain substrate couldn't do in 6 months. I am really amazed by the people who are able to get things going with low tech. But for me...it's gonna be high tech from now on. It's ideal for people who lack patience ;-)
This is my inspiration for this tank: Toro's Iwagumi at Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica, CA. So gorgeous. I bet the grass would partially crash if it didn't have CO2 running.
Thanks for looking!
|01-21-2012 06:47 AM|
Someone pm'd me about my CO2 setup so here's the breakdown of how I made it:
16oz Paintball Tank - $16 on Amazon
ASA Paintball CO2 Adapter Remote On/Off - $8 on ebay
Needle valve adapter - $3 at Home Depot
Teflon Tape - $0.60 at Home Depot
Mr Aqua glass bubble counter - $16 at Lotus Aquarium
Up-Aqua glass diffuser - $4 at Lotus Aquarium
Total: $47.60 including taxes.
The glass bubble counter was the ultimate I DON'T REALLY NEED THIS...but I dislike the way tubing turns white in tank after a small period of time and looks ugly. And I liked the way the Mr Aqua bubble counter sends a glass arm down into the tank to the diffuser.
It costs me $4 to fill the paintball tank and it's not even close to empty yet after 3 weeks. People on this forum say it lasts approx 3-6 months depending how you use it. I started out at 2bpm, but now I do 4bpm because I love seeing the results.
This was my old setup but it gave me too many leaking issues so I disassembled it. The new setup is cheaper, much more practical, and has had no leak issues. It just isn't as sexy.
|01-21-2012 06:07 AM|
WEEK 3 UPDATE!
I got my fish back from my friend's house (she was babysitting them while I rescaped my tank and my parameters settled out).
Hairgrass is exploding!!! I think I finally found the ideal combo for grass success. Can't wait til it all carpets in.
Still need to find rocks! Went to the LFS today and they wanted $25 so I said heck no I'd rather go scavenge by the river.
Here's a look at my nano reef that I've been working on as well:
|01-12-2012 02:48 AM|
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|01-11-2012 12:28 PM|
Only one week for runners? Awesome! That's good news for sure.
The setup is great, I love just the grass.
|01-11-2012 12:13 PM|
|DogFish||I like the lights. Are you using CFLs or PAR LED bulbs?|
|01-11-2012 09:40 AM|
|sayurasem||Wonder how are u in scape club but live in Illinois hehe|
|01-11-2012 06:25 AM|
|chubbyone||Nice progress, pm me about the bike reg. I'm guessing it's the fluval 88 or 20 rig? I need something to use for about a month while I piece together a dual stage, and I work at a bike shop so this would be perfect!|
|01-09-2012 06:46 AM|
ONE WEEK AFTER UPDATE!
Water is crystal clear and sexy. Notice the green API assay on the left...my ammonia is still high at 6.5 today, that is after daily water changes. CO2 dosing with paintball setup has kept things at a nice lime green on the drop checker.
Roots are establishing!!
We got mucho RUNNERS, BABY!
Finished derimming the top fin tank, as well as goo-goning all of the rim with the exception of the corners.
|01-09-2012 06:40 AM|
Originally Posted by chubbyone View Post
Originally Posted by WallaceGrover View Post
Originally Posted by akpoly View Post
Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
Question for other hairgrass carpeters...how far do you guys trim your hairgrass down for fastest horizontal growth? Should I be taking this down further? Thanks ahead.
|01-07-2012 05:24 PM|
|chubbyone||Hey, what regulator are you using for the bike CO2 containers?|
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