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07-30-2014 02:47 PM
frrok Looks awesome Pete! Amazing no algae.
07-30-2014 02:33 PM
loriinpd I love your set-up. How did you mount the brackets that are holding up your light?.
06-09-2014 11:38 PM
Originally Posted by Aurie View Post
Btw I'm sure you've said this in a prior post, but what is the red plant on the right?

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I've totally forgotten the name of that plant. I don't think it's A. Reinecki (sp?). I got a break on it from my LFS since they were the last two bunches and didn't look great at all.

I think the plant mass is allowing me to get away with this much light. Plus, I have a ton of snails.
06-09-2014 10:59 PM
Aurie Btw I'm sure you've said this in a prior post, but what is the red plant on the right?

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06-09-2014 10:54 PM
Aurie I have a planted plus in my mini m and when I did a 24 hour experiment where I didn't use my risers and I got green coating of algae (dust) on the rock holding down my driftwood. I use risers by fuze (3 inch) and I've only occasionally gotten hair algae (long single strands). I don't have the same plant mass you have though.

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06-09-2014 10:43 PM
PeterN1986 Decided to do an experiment by adding my 12" Fugeray in the front with the Planted+ in the back, partially to get better light coverage for pictures and partially for algae to grow for my grand total of 3 remaining RCS's to munch on. After a week and a half with the two lights, I somehow have no algae, but the tank is very bright and vibrant! Keep in mind I am not dosing any ferts or injecting CO2, so I don't know how I don't have an algae explosion on my hands right now. The tank is probably very balanced right now.

05-31-2014 01:48 PM
PeterN1986 Thanks guys, things, even crappy things, happen for a reason I think. Fortunately, firing me would open a huge hole in the department, so they sorta need me! Now that this tank is at home, it is much much easier to maintain and to stare at Did a 20% wc last night and saw one rcs foraging out and about happily, which is what I did NOT see with my shrimps for the past month; they had all been hiding (I should have seen that as a sign of stress). So I think this one enthusiastic rcs is a step in the right direction.
05-31-2014 03:15 AM
AquaAurora sorry for the disaster, at least you didn't get fired for the mess >.>
05-31-2014 03:10 AM
Aurie Dude, that sucks! At least it wasn't as bad as it could have been. If you lived closer to me I'd throw shrimp at you lol. Luckily they breed like rabbits and you'll be back on track in no time.

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05-31-2014 03:07 AM
PeterN1986 Sadly, it is the end of my tank at work...I had taken this past Tuesday and Wednesday off from work and my tank was not topped off by anyone, so much of the water had evaporated and my spraybar was at an angle up enough that, without the water there, it started spraying water out of the tank and ended up soaking the carpet in my cube and the cube next to me. Needless to say, when I got back on Thursday, our facilities folks were pretty ticked and I put the tank in the back of my car and took it home. It was already 2/3 empty of water anyway. All my fish survived, but ALL my RCS's are dead

The tank is now set up in my apartment. The comeback begins! I really want to get an RCS colony going again, but need to find some shrimp locally.

04-23-2014 10:38 PM
PeterN1986 So it's been about a month now with the Planted+. I'm very pleased with it! No algae, if not, minimal at worst with it. Still dosing excel + comp and ferts. I now have 16x Boraras Merah, who can barely be seen in the tank until feeding time, when they all group up together. They also group together real well when me or someone comes close to the glass. Other than that, they are SO tiny that you don't notice them. Definitely a great fish to have for nano tanks. The boraras species is great, for that matter.

03-25-2014 12:06 PM
Originally Posted by The Trigger View Post
Photo filter or not, tank looks great Pete! You loving the new planted+?
Thanks dude, yeah, the light is pretty awesome. things look more vibrant and not as washed out as before. Extra brightness doesn't hurt either. Have not seen a noticeable increase in plant growth, but I'm not too worried about that.
03-25-2014 01:50 AM
The Trigger Photo filter or not, tank looks great Pete! You loving the new planted+?
03-25-2014 01:45 AM
PeterN1986 Photos as promised! No algae issues after about a week now with the Planted+. Colors definitely look more vivid. I'm glancing at my tank more than ever now lol

Riccia is a real PITA to trim. It spreads EVERYWHERE in the water, as if hair was spilled in the tank! The bubbles are not actually from any pearling; the water level evaporated low enough over the weekend to put the riccia partially emersed.

Some red stuff:

For this last one, I was messing around with one of the crazy filters you can apply in Google Photos. Just goes to show how much anything can be enhanced to seem much more than it is in reality.

03-20-2014 11:45 PM
PeterN1986 Thanks guys! I'm pretty sick right now and not sure if I will go to work tomorrow. I usually do my tank maintenance on Fridays after work since no one is there, and I have a bowling league at 730. Pics will have to come Monday. After two days so far, no sign of any algae on the glass or anywhere. I kinda do want algae to grow since it will feed the RCS's.
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