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04-24-2013 04:29 AM
dustbust_1 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
dustbust_1 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
dustbust_1 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
dustbust_1 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
dustbust_1 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
GMYukonon24s Nice hardscape
01-14-2013 07:46 PM
dustbust_1 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
dustbust_1 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
MABJ 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
dustbust_1 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
MABJ 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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