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07-18-2013 11:30 AM
gowfan05 Beautiful setup bro!
07-14-2013 06:03 PM
Ebi any updates?
04-30-2013 09:30 AM
tizzite I'm designing my tank now and I want to use the same 90 degree elbows you used on your canister filter hoses. May I ask where you got them, and what they're called?

How's the HC? I bet it's really filling in now huh?

I love the look of it but I can't keep up with the maintenance. It would always afro-up on me because I didn't trim frequently.
04-25-2013 01:23 PM
bitFUUL Sweet tank, and keep in mind that plants remove nitrates from the water and provides them with beneficial nutrients, it's the nitrogen cycle!
04-25-2013 08:50 AM
Knicolas So I never mentioned it but a week or so ago I noticed some slime (BGA) growing on my plants. Coming from the SW world, I thought crap, I need to do water changes. Everyday I'd do a small water change and manually remove as much as I can, but it always came back the other day. I didn't think much of it because it wasn't going out of control. Doing some major maintenance on my tank today, I turned the tank around to access some areas I couldn't see. To my surprise I found a whole colony of BGA. Finally, I did some research and found out BGA can show up with low levels of nitrates. O...M...G.... all this time I could have been doing more harm to my plants?


I quickly tested my nitrates and it was barely 5ppm. Not knowing for sure if N from pfertz is a source of nitrate, I tested a vial of the solution. Yes it is. I then dosed 2 pumps into my aquarium. I test the water 5 minutes later and it read about 40-80ppm. Crap! i changed about a gallon and then tested again. It reads around 20-40ppm now. I'm hoping this will significantly do two things: improve my plant growth, and solve my BGA problem.
04-20-2013 11:08 PM
Knicolas Within the past week I've added 3 otos, 8 RCS, and 3 Cardinal Tetras. After each new addition I waited 24 hours and made sure my ammonia/nitrite was 0 to make sure my tank can handle the new bioload. I'll be adding my Cardinals a little slower since I think they will be adding to most of my bioload.

And because of my recent success I decided to take some real pictures.







And finally a new FTS:
04-20-2013 11:02 PM
Knicolas Since last weeks update, I stopped dosing ferts and added otos. They literally cleaned all the algae up. I have 0 algae and my growth has bounced back. I have lots of new and green leaves.

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04-16-2013 10:18 AM
kcirtappatrick Knicolas
I dosed one pump each. The first week I was getting some algae but after that everything seemed to even out for me. Maybe lowering your light would help with the spreading of your HC.
04-16-2013 05:50 AM
Knicolas PH - 6.5
NH4 - 0
NO2 - 0
NO3 - 40ppm

Is my cycle almost over? Will the plants itself lower the nitrate levels or is that only done by water changes?


04-15-2013 02:41 AM
Knicolas
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Originally Posted by tizzite View Post
I can't help with the cyano problem but the hc looks fine to me. High light makes it grow laterally and low light makes it grow up, so it looks like you have sufficient lighting.

The runners pretty much spread, and IMO the hc gets really dense when there's no place to go. Just keep up on the trimming when it does fill in- eventually it becomes an enormous block and can float to the top.
That makes sense. I've trimmed the HC that was growing up and will do so again in a week or two. Thanks for chiming in!
04-14-2013 08:27 AM
tizzite I can't help with the cyano problem but the hc looks fine to me. High light makes it grow laterally and low light makes it grow up, so it looks like you have sufficient lighting.

The runners pretty much spread, and IMO the hc gets really dense when there's no place to go. Just keep up on the trimming when it does fill in- eventually it becomes an enormous block and can float to the top.
04-14-2013 03:10 AM
Knicolas So these weekly pictures are mostly a way for me to keep track of my growth progress. This is the first week I noticed more die off then growth. So after posting the pictures, I decided to take a closer look at my plants. I found what I believe is the beginning of green cyano. I quickly did a major water change removing the cyano in the process. For now, I'm going to just raise my CO2 and dose some excel. Please chime in if you can help!
04-14-2013 02:50 AM
Knicolas Will only show flooded progress...

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04-14-2013 02:50 AM
Knicolas
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Knicolas
When I last did my DSM I cranked the Co2 up like crazy once I filled the tank to reduce the amount of die off during the transition to submerged growth. Maybe your photoperiod; how long do you have your lights on for?? As for dosing, I wouldn't start dosing anything for the first month or two (the aquasoil has a lot of nutrients). When you do decide to dose I did..
Monday - M and N
Tuesday - P and K
Wednesday - Nothing
Thursday - M and N
Friday - P and K
Saturday - Nothing (usually my feeding day)
Sunday - Water Change

This was my routine for a 7.5g tank with a heavy carpet of HC. Hopefully this helps!

Tank is looking good though! Can't wait to see your next update!
-Patrick
Thanks for the help. Throughout work today I wondered what was wrong with my tank. I thought maybe I should try dosing NPK+M which what I did as soon as I got home. Wish I would have read your reply first

My photoperiod was went from 12 hours to 8 hours after filling. I currently added another hour so now it's at 9 hours.

How much did you dose of each per day?
04-13-2013 08:12 PM
kcirtappatrick Knicolas
When I last did my DSM I cranked the Co2 up like crazy once I filled the tank to reduce the amount of die off during the transition to submerged growth. Maybe your photoperiod; how long do you have your lights on for?? As for dosing, I wouldn't start dosing anything for the first month or two (the aquasoil has a lot of nutrients). When you do decide to dose I did..
Monday - M and N
Tuesday - P and K
Wednesday - Nothing
Thursday - M and N
Friday - P and K
Saturday - Nothing (usually my feeding day)
Sunday - Water Change

This was my routine for a 7.5g tank with a heavy carpet of HC. Hopefully this helps!

Tank is looking good though! Can't wait to see your next update!
-Patrick
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