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05-29-2013 09:06 PM
Basil Update -
Have redone the scape some and am going the DSM this time around. Have Needle Leaf Ludwigia in the back and some DHG in the front. I do have one question. How do I fight off some green dust algae on my driftwood? Any help would be appreciated.

05-23-2012 12:37 AM
Basil Well this little guy is in poor shape. No photos but algea is currently covering my
Microswords and the glass. It's been a busy end of the semester and I got to start a new job so now I'm fully employed which is nice for the budget. Would a more consistent water change regime clear up the algae on my plants or should I simply replant?
04-01-2012 02:50 AM
tenzero1 You can break up your DHG more if you want it to spread more but you are off to a great start!
03-25-2012 10:36 AM
Basil Update 3-25-12: Its wet! iPhone pic so quality isn't the best.

How's my planting? DHG in the front with Micro Sword in the back. I've got to soak my driftwood since it is wanting to float in this tank...
03-22-2012 04:07 PM
Basil Look for root tabs at your Local Fish Store (LFS) or check out the powerseller section of this site and get some gel caps from somewhatshocked.
03-22-2012 04:21 AM
Originally Posted by gogi View Post
lol to be honest I dont even know what root tabs are yet. I am what one would call a noob to this hobby/art form.
They are nutrient rich plugs that go into the substrate that keep root feeders happy. They are mostly used for inert substrates but can be used with nutrient rich substrates for an extra kick.
03-22-2012 01:24 AM
gogi lol to be honest I dont even know what root tabs are yet. I am what one would call a noob to this hobby/art form.
03-21-2012 03:59 PM
Basil Gogi,

Are you using any sort of root tabs for your tank? I bet Marko would suggest some for your tank as well.
03-21-2012 02:02 PM
gogi Basil, I am sorry i couldn' t help with the light fixture.

Marko, Under the sand I have fluval plant startum. I used the sand to give the HC roots some fine grain to hang onto.
03-21-2012 01:16 PM
Basil For root tabs I've got Seachem's. I bet I could take a look at some other kinds, since I have yet to use other tabs. Oh and Gogi, this is my fixture. The clear mount it has is just slightly too narrow to fit over the black rim of the tank.
03-21-2012 02:50 AM
@marko@ that substrate sure doesnt look like flourite... lol

what are you doing for macros? flourite is ok in micros, but has 0 N P or K. it doesnt have S either. you may want to stick some (quality) root tabs in.
03-21-2012 12:12 AM
sorry for the wait basil

here is a pic of how the rim looks like after I cut it and with the light fixture installed. I just finished the tank like 10 mins ago.
03-20-2012 03:34 PM
Basil Sounds like you'd have to be careful to not crack the glass. I've read threads where they crack the glass just cleaning the silly tank. I'd like to see the picture.

As it stands the tank is still dry. I'll be rinsing the Flourite today and maybe getting the tank set up with the driftwood.
Since the DW will still leach some I'll probably run a very small amount of purigen to help keep the water clear, but I think that will not allow my cycle to even begin. We'll see. What can I place loose purigen in so it doesn't get all over? Thanks.
03-20-2012 03:07 PM
gogi I have a similar tank with the same type of rim. What i did was i used a small hacksaw to cut two notches on the horizantal lip where the light was going and then i used a very sharp utility knife and ran it flush against the vertical part of the rim over and over again until it cut all the way. It is hard to explain but i ll post a pic of it tonigt. BE VERY CARFUL AND DONT RUSH!!!
03-20-2012 02:21 PM
Basil Gogi,

That's great! I hope this thread will help you, I know it is helping me alot. I"m currently boiling the wood to get as many of the tannins out as possible. The first piece is almost good to go while all those smaller ones are still leaching like crazy.

Here's another question for anyone reading this. Is there a way to mount the Fluval fixture to this tank without making it rimless? As it is, the black plastic is too thick for the Fluval to attach. Thanks.
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