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12-15-2012 04:03 AM
manik
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Originally Posted by Conofeis View Post
It looks really nice. I have a few questions if you don't mind:

- First of all, I'd like to know if you have already found out a fertilization routine.

- Second, I'd use a co2 atomizer instead of that ceramic diffuser, you will see changes in growing for sure. In case you don't, make sure the in-pipe helps in moving the co2 bubbles, like placing the diffuser in the opposite corner of the out pipe. In your case, exchanging the drop checker and the diffuser will make it work better disolving the bubbles into the water, I guess, and also the same accurate measure of the co2 concentration with the drop checker.

But as I said, much better with an atomizer. I can tell you where I bought mine if you wish, is a high quality one and not expensive at all.

Cheers
Thanks for the thoughts. I haven't found a fert routine yet. I was EI dosing for a bit after the initial planting. The tank started to cycle and I stopped dosing to wait until I could get balanced, consistant reading. I also need to get some CSM+B. I tried this liquid iron at one point, along with the regular ferts... within minutes of that ONE dose... the water turned into this opaque blue, super cloudy. It took about a week of 50% WC's to get rid of the blue. That was also a catalyst to me not dosing. I'm going to get back into it though... just a little trial and error.

I'd be willing to check out the atomizer, for sure. I love glass... but that's not really the point of CO2. Send me a link.
12-15-2012 12:24 AM
kwheeler91 Very cool, looks like a winner to me. Im a fan of lots of green and green this tank is. think im gonna sub this one
12-14-2012 09:45 PM
ua hua Very nice. Really like the wood placement.
12-14-2012 12:52 PM
pwolfe I'll second the atomizer. After having used one, I'll never go back to glass diffusers. beautiful layout!
12-14-2012 11:15 AM
Conofeis It looks really nice. I have a few questions if you don't mind:

- First of all, I'd like to know if you have already found out a fertilization routine.

- Second, I'd use a co2 atomizer instead of that ceramic diffuser, you will see changes in growing for sure. In case you don't, make sure the in-pipe helps in moving the co2 bubbles, like placing the diffuser in the opposite corner of the out pipe. In your case, exchanging the drop checker and the diffuser will make it work better disolving the bubbles into the water, I guess, and also the same accurate measure of the co2 concentration with the drop checker.

But as I said, much better with an atomizer. I can tell you where I bought mine if you wish, is a high quality one and not expensive at all.

Cheers
12-14-2012 10:51 AM
BoxxerBoyDrew WOW!!!!

The Tank is looking AWESOME!!!!!

KEEP IT UP!!!
Drew
12-14-2012 07:24 AM
synaethetic Be prepared to have moss growing everywhere if you trim it. It's tough getting every piece out once your have trimmed, then they find a home and begin growing where you dont want them to!
12-14-2012 06:18 AM
manik
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Originally Posted by ikuzo View Post
good lord those combinations of woods are awesome
do you trim the moss regularly?

The moss has never been trimmed. It's soooper slow growing. I've never trimmed moss.... I'm a little hesitant to trim it, cause it could look ugly for a while. I need to stare at it more, in order to understand it better. I also bought some Java when I was setting it up, it never made it into the tank... just a mason jar. Regardless, I'm glad I didn't put it in there... I may trim this back a bit in the next month or so.
12-14-2012 04:32 AM
ikuzo good lord those combinations of woods are awesome
do you trim the moss regularly?
12-14-2012 03:31 AM
manik horrible pictures
12-14-2012 03:30 AM
manik
A well deserved update

Two months after planting. THe HC is growing in amazingly, well... most everything is. The xmas moss is taking off. The Ludwigia is a weed at this point. The Luminaria didnt do so well after the shipping, most melted. I cut them down and replanted (in the back)... they're there, you just gotta wait for more updates to see it. I've gotton a small bit of hair algae on top on the highest xmas moss. It's not a nuisance. There's 4 otto's in there, 1 (used to be 2) Zebra danios. Soon to be a bit more and some Ghost shrimp. Here we go.... PICTURE! Any comments welcome.
11-12-2012 10:24 PM
andrewss tank is lookin good man! cant wait to see it grown in a bit
11-12-2012 09:55 PM
manik I think I may have possibly found the issue with my drop checker. I tested the "4dKH" solution I made, from a recipe I found here. Yep... 20 drops later, still no change in color from my API KH test kit. I could be wrong though
11-11-2012 02:30 PM
bbrackeen
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Originally Posted by manik View Post
Question: Since my drop checker isn't registering, I've been looking at the KH/PH/CO2 charts. My kh is at two... would it help the diffusion of CO2 if I bumped it up to 4? (Baking soda right?)
Really depends on what your target PH is. You want your target CO2 to be at least 20ppm, so at 4KH, you would target a PH of 6.8 to get 19ppm CO2.

I usually shoot for KH around 6, and keep my target PH at 6.9-7 which yields ~20ppm CO2.

If you are fishless, you can go higher to say 30ppm, but its safer to practice the level you are going to maintain long term.

and yes baking soda works fine to raise KH.

Looking good!
11-11-2012 01:56 PM
ChadRamsey im not psychic, but i will go out on a limb here and say that this tank will be AMAZING!!

great job thus far
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