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07-02-2015 03:08 AM
Noahma All moved, setup and growing. The Darn BGA came with even though I washed the plants and dipped them really well. I just cannot get rid of the stuff. I am dosing an ungodly amount of nitrates into the tank which is not helping at all. I can knock it out with antibiotics but it comes back a few weeks later. I just don't know.

Everything is growing great, all the fish are healthy and happy. Its just that one problem.

I will get some pics maybe Saturday after fireworks. Friday is the water change day on this tank.

I will probably revive my flora thread as well. That tank is being converted fully to a black water tank for my Green Neons. I have wood soaking as we speak.
06-10-2015 11:26 PM
Noahma Thanks!! Its going to be a fun move.
06-10-2015 03:16 AM
Sarraa I just say here and read through all 22 pages lol. Super excited to see what you do with the rescape! Your tanks always turn out amazing in the end!!

06-10-2015 12:23 AM
Noahma T-minus 5-days and counting until the tank comes down and moved to the new house. I picked up a load of very nice wood from a local member. It looks Great! So the move is going to bring about a whole new scape as well as a slight redirection for the tank. It will nto be as packed full of plants this tie around, but have nice little bushes of plants around the tank between the wood. All of my favorite plants will still be in the tank, just in a more organized manner.
05-16-2015 04:50 AM
Originally Posted by Curt_914 View Post
Looks very nice noah congrats on selling your house. Are you staying in the area?
Thanks, Yea, we are staying in the area. We are actually moving closer to where you are / were. we will be off 120th ave. in the Concord sub-division. We just put a contract on a home there. I should be able to start working up to a 75g hopefully by the end of the year, or beginning of next year. It will be a bow tank as well, but much larger bows, and a different direction than what my 40b is now. Hopefully some other native species to the bow native areas.

Empire gudgeon is going to be one of them. Instead of moving all of my fish from the 40b to the larger tank I will keep the 40b up and running and let them live out their lives before moving. My bows currently are a Hodge podge of different species. The new tank will have all species I have not had before, and in a planned manner.

More on this later.
05-04-2015 05:45 AM
Curt_914 Looks very nice noah congrats on selling your house. Are you staying in the area?
04-28-2015 04:37 AM
Noahma Quick update. House is sold!!!! We have to close on it before we can find a new home. 85-95% of homes are not accepting offers if there is a contingency on the offer, in our case is the successful close on the house. We put an offer on a house a couple week ago, and had the highest offer, but since we had the contingency they went with a lower money offer with no contingency.

If we don't have a home within 6 weeks of closing (we added a lease back in the sale) I will have to move my aquariums to my office, and rent a month to month apartment until we find something. I really, really do not want to do that.

I took a few pics of the light as it was in its sunset mode. The light is about 65% and on its way down. In person the pictures are much more red, but these are pretty good.

They are links to my cloud storage, I did not have time to transfer them to photo bucket.

Franz Stoffels, underwent a good trimming to pull off all the old leaves

Tank left side (the stellatus grows like CRAZY!!!)


I may have finally beaten the BGA outbreak. things are looking much better. Lights are full at 95% now, they ram up starting with the white lights, then 15 min. later it starts in on the red, and finally at 30 min. the greens and blues come on. Once I am moved, I will play around with different options and see about adding an occasional cloud cover, and A lightning storm for fun on the weekends.
04-07-2015 05:35 AM
Noahma Quick update. lol

No update, the tank is still as it was. I am fighting a bad case of BGA, it just will not go away. I have been dumping in a ton of KN03 into the tank, I have done treatments of ethromiacyn and nothing, it goes away for a few weeks and then comes back with a vengeance. I just don't know. The plants are still baffling to me, the stellatus is growing great, the sunset is going good the swords are growing like nothing else. But my substrate plants seem to be stunting, and randomly a stellatus stem will stunt. I just don't get it. The co2 is up as far as it can go with the bows, and very yellow under a drop checker. Its diffused through an inline diffuser so there is definatly enough co2 getting in there. just at a loss.

Our house is now on the market. So the tank is in maintenance mode. just enough to keep it looking nice. Once I move into our new place (still searching for) the tank will get a new scape using the same wood, and some new plants. I cant wait. The plans for a 75 gal. tank goes underway once I am settled in the new house. That will take some time to pull together. I hopefully will set that up as a whole new tank, not just an upgrade. The cost will be pretty high.
02-21-2015 06:51 AM
Noahma one last update. I spent some time tonight video taping the sunset. Its not the best quality. In order to be able to save the file I had to reduce the quality on my phone lol. Even after that the file came in at 3 gigs

Here ya go. The first part is rather underwhelming, but it is dimming which is not as apparent in the video.
02-21-2015 03:42 AM
Noahma Quick update, no pictures at the moment.

The light is producing good par numbers. The stellatus is a very stunning red at the crowns. Its nice. They put on a good amount of growth during the week, and when checking the lower stems while doing my water change, they still held on to their leaves.

The Rotala green is well.. snaking across the substrate. I will probably have to move it into the shadows to keep it growing up instead of out.
02-18-2015 04:44 AM
Originally Posted by BruceF View Post
This is looking great Noah! I've got some of the so called monte carlo growing now. It would look great up in the front. I'm thinking I might need some stellatus. Great color on the persicaria. Really like what you are doing here.

Is it the Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’? That might be fun to try. As soon as I get things settled and growing well in the tank with the new light I would be more than happy to trade you a few trimmings of the stellatus. I have noticed good growth starting up. This week alone I think the stellatus put on at least 2" in height for the taller stems. The hygro sunset is turning a nice red color now (I don't think I can use it as a good nitrate indicator anymore lol) there is pearling, not mad pearling but noticeable. The fish are really liking the new lighting cycle. They are not scared to half death when the lights suddenly come on, or go off anymore and I am finding more and more eggs around the tank lol. Over the next two weeks I should have a good idea of how things are going. So far no stunting so I think the co2 is correct to the lighting as well.

The persicaria is an amazing plant. It used to be more green near the bottom and would only get that very bright pink at the top when it was at the 3/4 height. the lower stems are now getting that bright pink even at 1/4 from substrate! I think my light levels are lower than what they were with my last light setup, but the right wave lengths and quality of light has done some pretty amazing things.

Right now as I type this the lights are dimming and are about 50% light lol this thing is soo cool! Well worth the money.
02-16-2015 11:01 AM
BruceF This is looking great Noah! I've got some of the so called monte carlo growing now. It would look great up in the front. I'm thinking I might need some stellatus. Great color on the persicaria. Really like what you are doing here.
02-16-2015 02:32 AM
Noahma As promised here are pics of a cleaned up tank. I trimmed and replanted the stellatus, scooped out most of the h.japan, and replanted a few strands to get a much lower bush going this time around, trimed the other plants and cleaned up as much algae as I could. I am going to stop and grab some antibiotics to take care of the rest of the dang bga tomorrow. The light took some getting used to, the 90* optics leave the top of the tank pretty dark, at the 85% height mark but the plants are all getting a good amount of light below that. There is a very slight "disco effect" that is happening on the far right as my franz stoffels Is blocking all but a green and red LED, so occationally a fish will swim through it and look a bit odd. That should be alleviated when that leave gets old and I have to trim it off lol.

The fish seem to like the sunrise, and sunset feature of the light. The lights come on at 2:00 pm with the whites and reds come on first from 2-3 ramping from 0 to 100%. The ramp up is very smooth, so it looks like a sunrise. The greens and blues start at 2:45 and are full by 3:00.

At 10:30pm the greens and blues drop to 5% over the 30 min. and the reds and whites come down after that leaving a very nice orange / red "sunset" by 11:00 pm the lights are all off with the exception of the green / blue channel which stays at 5% until 2am which then goes off.

It works very well, and is very pleasing to watch. Hopefully as I get more used to programing with the solunar I can set up a program to throw on occasionally that will have lightning. could be nice to have maybe a water drip thing above the water that can "trigger" during the storm to provide a nice realistic storm lol. That's thinking ahead. Maybe I will have to setup a hood to do that in our next house.

I am also going to play with the cloud cover function as well, it looks like it could be nice to have every once in a while too.

No new fish additions, no losses (thank god) I will hopefully be getting some m.herberaxelrodi after our move in a few months. We will be listing our house to sell in the next month or so for somewhere bigger . The planning for the 75g will start after that lol.

Here is a bit of eye candy lol. The photos are as is with no modification. I did turn down the exposure a little on the camera to avoid the over saturation of light on the plant tops from the light though.

Full tank


Right side

Left Side


02-12-2015 04:08 AM
Originally Posted by rballi View Post
Very cool. Very curious to see how it works
I am very happy with the fixture so far. It is taking some getting used to the light, all the plants are lit, but because of the 90* optics, the tank in the top forward, and backward corner are darker. I know I could solve this by raising the lights, but I think I like the look of them being on top the tank. And the dark back makes the plants pop more.

Here are a couple of pics, they are hosted on my onedrive account, but viewable.

Ignore the BGA on the plants, that will be sucked off this weekend with the water change and the tank cleaned from top to bottom.

I did have to turn down the brightness level on my phone because the lights were over exposing the plants near the top of the aquarium, the tank is a little brighter than they appear in the pictures. The last few pictures were taken with no change in brightness.

The tank also needs a heavy hand with the trim hammer lol its overgrown immensely
02-11-2015 03:31 AM
rballi Very cool. Very curious to see how it works
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