|04-24-2013 04:29 AM|
Well I broke down and used some macyren (sp). So far things are looking good.
Yes, a top off is in order
|04-15-2013 08:49 PM|
Well, here is an update. The tank is flooded and was doing very well. Now I have Cyano. I tested my KNO3 and they were zero. Ah crap. I am keeping them at 20ppm right now and testing every few days. I dont want to resort to medication but if I have to I will.
I have diy co2 running continuously.
My plan of attack is going to be keeping my nitrates up (maybe even bring them up to 30. At least I can bring them back down and when I add shrimp they can eat the real algae), adding an airstone at night, manual removal, and spot treating with excel. I hope all goes well as everything was growing well and filling in. Once I get this under control I will post new pics. Nobody wants to see blue/blackish green nightmare bacteria.
|01-29-2013 01:56 PM|
The anubais are pushing out new leaves and the dwarf sag is doing the same. Im thinking I can flood this baby in 4 more weeks. Still need to put together my Co2.
My GU10 bulb is doing a very nice job of lighting the tank. Not bad for $4.50 and using less than 9 watts.
|01-28-2013 06:40 PM|
another update: 1/28/13
HC is growing nicely. Not really spreading but starting to anchor and thicken.
|01-19-2013 06:29 PM|
|Conrad283||Looks real nice|
|01-19-2013 05:49 PM|
ok my LFS got in my HC. Came in 2" cup and unfolded into about a 2.5 diameter mat. The owner ordered 6 cups in case others wanted some. SHe was selling them for $3.00! well needless to say i grabbed 4 instead of 1.
I l planted them all up and here is what i have now. I basically am waiting for the roots to dig into the soil and anchor the mat. Id like the Dwarf sag to get a little thicker as well before I flood. I know the nana anubias is a slow grower so im just letting that go along for the ride.
While this fills in Im still planning my mechanics of the whole thing. Im def going to do a paintball CO2 DIY and prob going to use a tiny HOB filter. Since the background is black I will be painting all equipment black (or get black parts) that enter the water so it blends and keeps the display "clean" looking.
|01-15-2013 04:22 PM|
|01-14-2013 07:46 PM|
update, the dwarf sag is growing, not worth a photo, just minor growth and my hc comes this friday so I can hopefully fill it in thicker and cut down the wait time.
A side note the microscopic amount of HC I have in there IS ACTUALLY growing so thats good news.
|01-04-2013 04:31 PM|
|MABJ||Hey. I'm no expert at aquascaping, but I do have a very good eye for what looks good|
|01-04-2013 03:26 PM|
thank you. A dart frog terrarium is on the to do list. Ha.
Ya I think adding the branches is one of those beginner mistakes. You want to add all of these elements so it looks SUPER AWESOME!!!! But you hit a tipping point where you just create Chaos. The thin branches might look better in a softer display with taller flowing plants vs Big Bold Rocks and short matted plants.
I will post a new pic when I get more HC.
|01-04-2013 05:05 AM|
Lol sounds like you could keep a frog in there.
Anyways nice look without those branches. Something wasn't right about them.
|01-04-2013 04:13 AM|
|dustbust_1||ps i mist everyday and keep a glass lid over the top. It fogs up pretty good in there. I open the lid and blow the air around once a day as well. Not sure if that does anything but in theory it blows the stagnant air around to combat mold.|
|01-04-2013 04:07 AM|
man, pretty tough to take a good photo.
anyways this is basically the start.
You can barely see the small amount of HC in there ha ha ha! Im lame. I just put an order in today for a pot of new HC at my LFS. Not really sure i want to wait 6 months before i can flood the dang thing.
got my new GU10 9 watt bulb over the thing. Visually it appears a bit dimmer at the edges of the tank. I might replace the 30 degree optics for 60s. Or.....ive read people say the 9 watters heat up too much and burn out quickly. First what is quick? in LEDs quick could mean 5 years. So i may build a 3 bulb 3x1 GU 10 light. will see what happens.
|01-03-2013 07:41 PM|
|Knotyoureality||Not a fan of the branches either--too delicate, too small for the rock. I'd probably use that space for a really strong focal plant instead.|
|01-03-2013 07:19 PM|
Those plants sound nice. Take pictures soon!
Their sizes should go well in the cube. In place of branches you might try a floater or some stem plants.
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