|03-01-2013 02:46 PM|
|02-26-2013 10:10 PM|
I tried to get my DIY co2 going with a bubble counter but it would not make enough pressure and kept leaking no matter what I did.
I hooked it up anyway and just put the bottle on the floor and made sure it was clear so that none of the yeast/saltwater can get up the hose. The diffuser filled part way with water so it's kind of like a self contained bubble counter.
Also a pic of the whole tank as it is.
I really wish I had spent more time finding the right rocks. I know of a few places to get something good but got lazy and just grabbed something from my backyard. I may try a re-scape but will probably just see how this goes for now since I would do a DSM again if i started over. All of the scapes on this channel are really cool, I like the vertical aspect going on.
The filter really churns up the substrate which sucks since my plexiglass wall to separate the hairgrass from the hc is now visible. The zoomed 501 is only 33 bux shipped on Amazon and is pretty tempting. I'm also concerned with the poor rooting of my HC. It seems like just bumping it will get it to float up. I usually just poke it back down into the substrate but only a little bit will be visible. Most of the DHG died but i see a few blades growing up. Once the weather warms up I will probably get some more to speed up the growth.
|02-25-2013 02:27 PM|
I love you I know the feeling. You're tank is awesome and even though people haven't been commenting lately, you should keep posting pics because we are ALL jealous.
Use bigger rocks!!!
|02-24-2013 11:42 AM|
I normally just lurks around here. But i think you're off to a good start.
Just make sure you keep on pumping CO2 as i heard hc need them with high light and ferts.
Good luck and keep updating the progress.
|02-24-2013 04:04 AM|
|Neatfish||Pretty cool tank I have the same one but decided to do a nano reef with it.|
|02-24-2013 01:15 AM|
|GMYukonon24s||Nice shrimp pic.|
|02-24-2013 12:47 AM|
So I guess no one loves me since I haven't gotten any replies here but I'll do another self-satisfying update anyway.
The browning on the leaves has faded and it appears that any leaves on the HC that died are kind of breaking off and the rest of it is coming back healthy. The DHG that I got grown submerged and then tried to convert to emersed for my DSM is coming back with a few bright green blades growing out. I received the rest of my Seachem products and will be starting a EI schedule tomorrow...I did a big WC today.
Ammonia is steady at 2.5ish ppm with nitrites at 0 and nitrates around 20-40 ppm which is good per the little book that came with the test kit.
I also picked up some RCS who are all looking good. When I first got them into the tank they were grey and tweaking out. They have settled in and their color has come back. It looks like one of them molted its skin and no victims yet.
My CO2 diffuser came today so I'll probably be setting up a DIY tank today or tomorrow. I also put in the heater that I originally bought since the shrimp will do better with it.
I was also looking at the zoomed 501 since the cheapo HOB that came with the tank has developed an annoying rattle and the tank is in my bedroom.
Pic of one of the shrimps
|02-18-2013 11:07 PM|
So I filled the tank last Friday and its been going okay so far. The HOB that came with the tank really disturbs the plants near where the intake is, and it doesn't stir the surface of the water much. I have been testing the ammonia to see when it comes down and it was still at 4 ppm yesterday morning. How do I know when the tank is fully cycled?
I also ordered a co2 diffuser and I'm going to get some DIY going to move things along faster. Unfortunately it looks like there are spots developing on the HC. They are hard to see in the picture but they are little black spots.
I plan to do a water change each week and see how it goes. So far this is how I dosed:
-33 drops excel
-6 drops flourish
-4 drops iron
-6 drops excel
-4 drops flourish
-6 drops excel
-4 drops flourish
-4 drops iron
-6 drops excel
|02-15-2013 12:00 AM|
I think if you cut the hours down it suddenly it would be completely fine. Don't know much about the filter but if you are worried about no BB then add Bacter 100 or something of the sort to get a headstar. DHG will survive without fertilization, don't know bout the HC.
Very nice start so far!
|02-14-2013 11:30 PM|
I'll be filling the tank hopefully tomorrow and have a few questions I was hoping might be answered here.
The tank has been getting light for about 10 hours per day for the past 2 months and I know doing that with it filled would likely cause some algae. Should I just cut the light right away or slowly go down to 7-8 hours?
My filter has never been run and the media is all dry. 1st do I need all 3 layers of filter material? 2nd should I soak the filter media first?
Finally, I'm a little worried about fertilizing. I have Flourish, Excel, and Seachem Iron. I was going to follow the directions on the bottles and try for a homemade type of EI with 40% water changes weekly. Do I need NPK too or will my HC and DHG survive without them?
|02-08-2013 04:11 AM|
I know. I had great aspirations for this first tank but now that I've got it started I'll settle for just having it grow in nicely. I had some bigger seiryu stones but took them out when I heard that they mess with the pH.
At this point I'd like to just get the tank filled and growing in so that I can at least have healthy plants for a rescape or tank upgrade in the future.
Any suggestions on why one side is browner than the other?
|02-08-2013 03:52 AM|
|tex627||Judging by the picture, I would recommend MUCH BIGGER STONES. The power and composition within the Iwagumi style is in the character of the stones. If the stones fail to bring character to the aquascape, generally the whole aquascape will suffer.|
|02-07-2013 10:42 PM|
So I went ahead and bought some more HC. My plan is to let it grow a little and root for one more week and then fill up the tank.
I noticed that the plants on the right side appear to be browner looking. They haven't really melted except in a few spots but they look more withered where the ones on the left are nice and green. I'm kind of hoping that filling it with water and doing some changes will filter whatever the problem is or at least spread nutrients, light, water, etc. more evenly and maybe resolve it.
Here is a pic so you can see what I mean about the side to side health of the plants.
I'll update when I fill it.
|01-14-2013 05:21 PM|
|Rexor20||thanks for the tips. ill give that a shot. I also ordered some more HC to speed this up.|
|01-14-2013 02:19 PM|
Cladophora is something that you're only going to develop if you bring it in on new plants. It won't magically appear - especially in a "dry" environment like that. So I wouldn't worry about that. Wouldn't worry about mold, either, as it's something you can fix with a quick spritz of Excel in some water.
To make things fill in more quickly, break those plant groups up and spread them out. Use a checkerboard pattern for planting.
Keep the water line just at the surface of the substrate and mist your tank a couple times a day at minimum. Use airline tubing (as a siphon hose) or a dropper to remove any excess water.
Make sure there are ferts in your substrate - usually in the form of root tabs.
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