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06-14-2017 04:19 AM
ange062
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Originally Posted by The Dude1 View Post
I love the scape. It's going to look tremendous when it fills in a bit. Perfect scale
Thanks for the compliment!

As I stated before, this isn't my tank I just have been helping a friend with it. Unfortunately a full blown CO2 setup isn't in their budget right now, but I am thinking about throwing on a Fluval 88g CO2 kit to get this growing and filled in. My main concern with that kit is lack of a solenoid and associated pH swings, but I think it may be worth that compromise to have CO2.

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06-14-2017 12:10 AM
The Dude1 I love the scape. It's going to look tremendous when it fills in a bit. Perfect scale
06-13-2017 06:19 AM
ange062 Picked up a bunch of tissue culture plants at the LFS today and got to planting. I ended up using the below:
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Bacopa Caroliniana
Hygrophila Siamensis
Potamogeton Gayi
Sagittaria subulata
Littorella uniflora
cryptocoryne crispatula
hygrophila araguaia
Helanthium quadricostatus

This was based on availability and I am not personally familiar with any of the species. I did some research to plan out the planting, and ended up with this:


I'm sure it'll take a bit of adjusting over time as the plants begin to grow in, but that will keep it interesting.

The picture was taken just after filling, so it's still a bit cloudy. Really wish I could run CO2 on this from the start to get the most out of the plants, but it's not going to happen right now.
06-11-2017 10:24 AM
Opare Looks good. Warning that keeping the soil out of the sand may get super annoying in the future.


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06-11-2017 08:06 AM
ange062 Well the tank is still running but has been neglected for a long time. Made the decision to restart today.

How it looked after I started to drain it:


Spent some time gathering materials in the mock-up box at Aquarium Design Group (ADG) in Houston and came up with this:


I removed all livestock and moved over to a temporary holding "tank". Or a 5g bucket with an eheim 2217 and a bubbler


After a full clean out, bleaching, and scrub I started on the new scape. It didn't fit together quite the same as the mock-up, but it's similar. I started with a fine pH neutral white pebble / sand. I wanted a "beach" at the front, and needed to build substrate height towards the rear without using a ton of planted substrate.

After a handful of attempts and a bunch of tweaking, I settled on this:


And filled in with the planted substrate for the final hardscape.


Excited to get it filled and planted! And will also most likely be running a CO2 setup this time around.

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11-26-2013 06:06 AM
ange062
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Originally Posted by hydrophyte View Post
That looks great! I remember this tank from last spring.
Thanks!!

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Originally Posted by husonfirst View Post
Nice tank. How many bags of aquasoil did it take to fill the 25g?
I'm pretty sure it was just the majority of one of the ADA 30# bags, but it may have been bigger as I also used it to fill a couple planted betta tanks since. It's whatever their standard size is for the Amazonia.

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Originally Posted by ua hua View Post
Are those Sulawesi shrimp in there with your rainbows? If it is that will end up turning into an expensive meal for your fish.
Yup! The bigger rainbow committed suicide just after adding them, and the smaller one (female) is too docile to eat them. Have had two jump, but the rest are doing OK so far. Will see what happens. The cherry shrimp have multiplied like mad, counted 26 babies last time plus the couple grown ones.

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Originally Posted by chad320 View Post
Wow that kessills doing good for your HC. Whats the measurement from the light to the substrate? Im wanting to try these on a 120g build and was wondering.
It's an 18" tank so assuming about 22" from light to substrate. They have taken off, I was shocked.

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Originally Posted by Hopkingreenfrog View Post
Great looking tank Ange!

I have a question in relation to the CAL Lily Pipes. I'm thinking of grabbing a set of these and just wondering if they are able to create a vortex like the traditionally shapped lily pipes? Or do you have to have it sitting slightly above the surface in order to eliminate surface film?
They make three different designs, but the one I have (F2) definitely needs to be above the water to stir the surface and get the scum down to the filter. It does make it somewhat sensitive to water level on an open top tank (due to evap and water level change) but this tank still makes it several days before needing a topoff. The pipes themselves are insane build quality, beautifully packaged, and work like a charm. Never had a second guess about the money they cost.
11-07-2013 04:13 AM
Hopkingreenfrog Great looking tank Ange!

I have a question in relation to the CAL Lily Pipes. I'm thinking of grabbing a set of these and just wondering if they are able to create a vortex like the traditionally shapped lily pipes? Or do you have to have it sitting slightly above the surface in order to eliminate surface film?
11-07-2013 02:29 AM
chad320 Wow that kessills doing good for your HC. Whats the measurement from the light to the substrate? Im wanting to try these on a 120g build and was wondering.
11-07-2013 02:25 AM
ua hua Are those Sulawesi shrimp in there with your rainbows? If it is that will end up turning into an expensive meal for your fish.
11-07-2013 12:38 AM
husonfirst Nice tank. How many bags of aquasoil did it take to fill the 25g?
10-27-2013 03:48 AM
hydrophyte That looks great! I remember this tank from last spring.
10-27-2013 03:35 AM
ange062 Tank has come a long way. Had a couple algae problems which ended up in a total rescape. Have added a bunch of new fish, though most of the originals are still around. The 3 cherry shrimp have multiplied and are now well over 20. The glossostigma was replaced with baby tears without much expectation, but surprisingly they have really taken off despite no CO2.

Added a handful of red goldflake shrimp today, hoping they will take off and multiply as well.





02-23-2013 05:50 AM
ange062
Re: A Kessil LED Powered Rimless Cube Build

And installed, really cleaned up the look of the tank! And even after a few mintutes have noticed a big difference i the amount of surface film.





02-22-2013 08:48 PM
ange062 The correct sized Cal Aqua lilypipes showed up today, can't wait to get them installed!

02-21-2013 02:34 AM
ange062
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Originally Posted by Rehype View Post
That's awesome to here. This is actually my first freshwater planted tank so im learning alot as I go along...it doesn't look great but hopefully it will look better with time. Im currently growing everything emmersed and plan to flood it in a month.
Sweet hype, I subbed over at your thread!! Look forward to progress.

Here are some updated pics of the tank from today. Just crappy cell pics, but will bust out the DSLR once there is more to show. Still going through the end of the algae bloom. Glossostimga growth is great, as are the rest of the plants. The "hitchhiker" shrimp is still alive but mostly stays under the driftwood out of sight. The correct Cal Aqua lilypipes will be here on Friday.


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