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04-07-2014 11:49 AM
teddo10 Nice Job, looks great!
04-06-2014 05:10 PM
j-pond Love the look, have always liked crypts. Please keep us posted.
04-06-2014 05:00 PM
burr740 Nice looking tank. I really like the color rendition of that light.
04-06-2014 01:59 PM
The Plantman WOW this fantastic! I really like it. I am planning on moving into a new place in the next two years or so and am going to do something very similar to this. great work, simply stunning.
04-06-2014 01:34 PM
Gomer Just updating with a better picture. Did end up removing most of the marsilea cause it didnt work.
02-25-2014 07:04 PM
rajah_22 Right on, thanks for the info. Looking forward to the pics!
02-25-2014 06:54 PM
Gomer I have a 5lb cylinder for CO2 and use an airstone which bubbles in the sump, right under the return pump. It's simple and effective. A counter flow reactor would be better and less micro bubbles but that would take a little more work than I want to do right now. One tank lasted about 9 months before having to refill.

By normal standards, I have hard water tank (I forget GH and KH but should measure them sometime). The night time pH (CO2 is off) is a bit over 9 and with CO2, a bit below 8.

MTS started losing a bit at maybe the 6-9 month mark (?) but only in potassium. I just remidied that by filling gel caps with potash and shoving them in the soil. This was diagnosed just by looking for pin holes in leaves.

I'll post more photos in a month when I hope to have all the algae gone :-D
02-25-2014 06:37 PM
rajah_22 Really loving this tank! Super clean looking stand, light and tank. I started a crypt only tank not long ago and am in the process of upgrading it already.

Couple questions for you, if you don't mind:

What are you doing for Co2?

Do you have any hunch that the MTS has slowly lost its nutrients over the year you've had it? Or is your feeling that it's working just as well as when it was new? Curious about the longevity of these substrates.

Can you post some more photos? Close ups would be awesome to show some of the plants and nuances of the scape. Aquascaping with crypts can be challenging but looks like you've come up with a nice layout.

Nice work. Thanks for sharing it.
02-25-2014 06:12 PM
Gomer No ottos but they wouldnt do much for the filament type algae. THis is just a balance issue that is working itself out. A few shrimp would probably help though.

I had a tiny bit of crypt melt with the Balansae but it recovered just fine (though very slowly in this slow growing tank). All the other crypts are perfectly happy. Albida never really did anything, but I'm not surprised by that.

The reflection is actually a little emersed experiment :-D I planted that about 1 year ago too, and with the exception of one little water change at the beginning (standing water moat), it has been a sealed ecosystem. I don't open the glass top for anything now. I should probably make a post on that one some time
02-25-2014 05:58 PM
AquaAurora Looking good. Do you have ottos for algae control or just using the CO2 to balance it out? Did you eve experience any of the dreaded crypt melt?
I notice a vase in the tank reflection, is that a nano/pico 'tank'? If so can you share some photos of that too ^^
02-25-2014 05:50 PM
Originally Posted by Phil Edwards View Post
Love it! How'd the soil do for the first month?
Thanks. The first month was a little rough. I rushed the mineralization and should have gone a bit longer. Extra water changes were necessary to get the ammonia/nitrate/organics down initially, but things stabilized perfectly fine. I'm liking the soil for non-stem tanks!
02-25-2014 05:47 PM
Phil Edwards Love it! How'd the soil do for the first month?
02-25-2014 05:38 PM
Gomer It's been about 1 year since planting, so I thought I'd post an update :-D

Overall, the tank is doing as planned. It's not a highly manicured show tank, and does have algae with a recent bloom (that is now going away after upping the CO2 and water flow a bit). But all I have done with the tank in the past year, was remove 2 crypt runners that went to the front glass, and pulled most of the marsilea since it doesn't like the really low light (A single 32 watt kessil over 55g isn't much) and has gone to leggy clovers (when not turning into an algae magnet). I wanted a super low maintenance tank that I could practically ignore as far as work was concerned, and it's done exactly that.

In general, I haven't done ferts, except osmocote/potash capsules in the soil (once so far in the past year) and maybe CSM+B 2 times in the past 6 months. Top off with DI/DI and water change maybe once a month. Easy, easy tank. Once the algae clears, I might take another (and better photo). I'll probably pull all the marsilea then and just go pure crypt.

07-30-2013 03:09 PM
Gomer I'd consider a single A150W over my tank, to be asking for a lot. It's a pretty hefty footprint and about the largest I'd want to push that light. It is a solid medium-light intensity, and definitely not high light in my configuration. Not bad though, for only 32 watts over a ~50 gallon tank. If you are looking for the big glorious red stem tanks with only a couple kessils, I'd skip this light. Many people have used kessils in planted tanks, so I'd probably poll the lighting forum to see what people have successfully grown as foregrounds, and their tank configurations (a single A150W over a 18" cube for example, I'd consider high light). If you like to look at this from a PAR perspective, here you go :-D
07-30-2013 01:52 PM
Phil Edwards I just checked out the light on youtube and am impressed with it. It looks like they give great light near the top for all the stems. My only real concern is getting enough spread and intensity at the substrate to sustain a good foreground.
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