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09-04-2013 12:01 AM
dasob85 Finally grew sick of looking at the HC carpet. Will be setting up a new tank soon and also wanted a change of scape so tore out the HC and added some plants to try and grow some for the 40b. Ended up with too many types of plants and not enough space to propagate haha. Also got rid of the chilis. They are pretty but act just like regular fish. Not fun to watch at all. They weren't shy but always hugged the plants very closely. They probably did not enjoy the flow in my tank.

08-23-2013 12:59 PM
dasob85 Some big changes:
Took out the koralia, added a second eheim on the opposite for whirlpool pattern flow. Otos enjoyed it for a day and went back to their skittish hiding.

Finally broke down a week later while touring fish stores and bought a bunch of new additions. What could they be? Acclimating

after 5 minutes in the tank, blurs everywhere! taking pics of fish is much harder than taking pics of plants and shrimp lol

and because pics were impossible, I gave up and took a video. excuse the noisy ac
07-19-2013 11:26 PM
dasob85 hmm, still dealing with nuisance bba here and there on the front right and back left. any tips on stabilizing co2 or dealing with smoother water flow? Have a koralia on the right. for now i'll start slowly upping the co2 but drop checker on the far right. already shows pretty light green.

06-28-2013 06:04 PM
dasob85 Trimmed and moved some stuff around. Hid the unnatural looking tube. I'd like to raok out that fiss wall on the left. Do you guys think I should let it grow more or just put it up as is?

spot treating with excel really works great

06-04-2013 11:28 PM
dasob85 Changed lights to Current Satellite+ last week, Cut lights back down to 7hours. Plants were closing up right at the 8th hour of light and otos seem to like the newer lower par conditions that i see them more often and rasping on the zuchinni. Didn't really grow any diatoms with the longer photoperiod anyway. still spot treating black algae. CO2 upped to 1.5 bubbles per second.


and for the future, dry start is definitely the way to go for HC. this is 2 months of growth :/
05-22-2013 12:55 AM
dasob85 Did another trim

Will get rid of the fast growers when I resolve bba issue because I dont want to keep trimming so often. removed 20+ crypt leaves with noticable bba. Kind of strange as I have good flow, good co2, medium/low lighting and enough nutrients. *sigh* I'm considering spot treating with excel or h2o2 as I have no more leaves to remove as all the crypts only have 1 or 2 leaves left lol. anyway, have co2 upped to 28 bubbles per 30 seconds for a green drop checker. Will keep slowly raising it until drop checker is light green or fish start freaking, whichever is first. I dont think I need a yellow drop checker as I am not anywhere near high light territory... Also have co2 running 2 hours before lights on instead of 1h.
05-15-2013 06:37 PM
dasob85 She's the only one that is fat and happy! all my others are juvies or reclusive or both
05-14-2013 11:42 PM
assasin6547 That oto just looks fat and happy.
05-14-2013 11:38 PM
dasob85 growth update: upped photoperiod from 7 to 8 hours and raised lights another 2 inches. upped co2 to 18/30secs

pregnant oto?
05-06-2013 11:40 PM
dasob85 Growth update: Upped photoperiod from 6 to 7 hours, upped co2 to 16 bubbles per 30 seconds. Hopefully I can grow more diatoms for the otos that seem to be more reclusive now that they've settled in...
also redid the shrimp tube so it is not as shiny

04-30-2013 01:12 AM
dasob85 Couldn't stand looking at my tank anymore so finally did a rescape. Some of the slower growing stuff didn't recover enough/didn't grow fast enough so I didn't have much to work with. Some stuff grew too fast lol.

anyway, FTS:

Left half:

Right half:

from top:

and finally, scared otos:

Comments/Suggestions on the scape? Eventually I'm getting rid of the moss wall and will change out the SS moss tube for something less shiny. I'm also not keeping the round leafed stems in front to the right of the repens.
04-22-2013 02:04 AM
I'm surprised at all the growth. I guess I've been obsessing over the new otos and if they were eating lol. Another week and I think I will move the plants around for the final scape. all the crypts are staying where they are, going to move all the stems around. Right now, I think I'll move the slower growing stems closer to the koralia and the faster growing ones to the left.

edit: ah, I moved all my photos into an album so now they dont show up anymore. Here was April 1rst FTS. And forgot to mention finally found some fiberglass mesh and removed that ugly SS mesh. It almost disappears into the picture now but I still dont like it. I'll give it another month to grow and I'll RAOK it off. I feel bad RAOKing it now cos its freshly bound and looks hideous

Older FTS (since all my old pictures no longer show up automatically):
2012-05-09 I really miss the HC carpet... This tank really makes scaping difficult with only 8 inches of depth. Personal notes for the future, dont get such a giant piece of driftwood lol
04-13-2013 02:23 AM
dasob85 Thanks, after 2 weeks, they are finally starting to poke out of the SS mesh. I'm still kind of scared that the mesh is way too fine for good growth, and I picked up a huge roll of fiberglass mesh from lowes yesterday when I went shopping for my other tank build. I'll be breaking out the sewing kit next week
04-12-2013 09:04 PM
assasin6547 Nice! That fissidens wall is going to look amazing.
04-12-2013 08:10 PM
dasob85 Another update, some new growth!

shot from the left

shot from the right

and finally the main attraction, new otos!

they are so silly, hiding out in plain open instead of the few (unnatural ceramic) caves. Guess I wont be purchasing any more of those. (edit: those = ceramic caves not otos. I love otos)
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