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10-14-2008 11:58 PM
fishscale Sorry guys, this tank is long gone. I tore it up in August and sold the tank, no room for big ones anymore. But, fear not, I will be putting up my 20g long journal soon. Started it the same way.
10-14-2008 11:43 PM
Lorenmws Update please!
03-07-2008 07:21 PM
Gezza The pictures are great and show a steady progression of growth from start to fill time. I look foreward to seeing more pictures of your tank in the future, it's got me interested!
02-21-2008 12:36 AM
owlavatar nice looking greens you have going there fishscale!
02-15-2008 01:47 AM
moogoo I hope my HC fills out as nice as yours has. My HC is a long way from being thick and lush, but I can see it growing low and spreading out slowly. So, I've got my fingers crossed.

Sucks you had to go out and buy a wrench. No friends had any? Use that fish muscle in your avatar and do it barehanded..
02-12-2008 06:40 PM
fishscale Booo. I see diatoms starting to form. Going to home depot today for a wrench to set up my CO2. I hate my landlord even more now, for not letting me borrow a wrench. It's right there in the maintenance closet I can seeeeee ittttt....

P.S. If any of you ever move to Ann Arbor, avoid Gallatin Realty at all costs. If actually seeing the apartments didn't drive you off already, you should run before my landlord and his terrible toupee try to steal your security deposit.
02-12-2008 04:50 AM
Chucknorris That is crazy how similar they look. You're hc growth is awesome hopefully mine will fill out the same way.
02-11-2008 09:05 PM
fishscale
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Originally Posted by rasetsu View Post
Love the 'scape...but I have to ask, what's up with that background?

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Oh yeah, I am for sure going to change the background. Maybe paint a piece of foam board or something. I like my ghetto IKEA curtains, but not as a tank background
I think I am going to get a piece of posterboard and give it a nice gray-black coat.

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LMAO! Nice! Its funny how you can mention a smell on a message board and it instantly went through my mind almost as if I had experienced it myself.

On another note, your HC is looking great! It has filled in that much in 9 - 10days?

What kind of photoperiod are you running for the emersed growth?
It wasn't just 9-10 days, it took a long time. Initial planting on the hill was in November, and it still hasn't filled in that well. Hills are hard to do, and even harder to have them stay down, I found out unfortunately last night. When you fill the tank, the air bubbles have a tendency to lift the HC off the substrate. I lost a couple of chunks, so now they're just being held down. I'll rescape the hill later, but that annoyed the hell out of me. The part that filled in really nicely was only planted at the end of December, though. I ran a 17 hour photoperiod Tough on the electric bill, though.

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Great progress, man. I'm glad to see you were able to stay patient enough to wait until it filled in so well. Can't wait to see this one progress. What are your stocking plans?
I trying to get rid of my 2 10g's and replacing them with a 20L, so I want to put the 9 diamond tetras I have in one of them (Yes, I know, it's over stocked, but I started with 4, and then they had babies.) into the 50g. I'm also going with a large school of cardinals, a smaller school of rummies, and 2 apistogramma cacatuoides. For cleanup, I am going to move the otos from my shrimp tank and get a small school of cories.

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nice growth! Is the plastic guard going to come out at all?
The plastic guard will come out when the HC adjusts to the submersed growth and roots a little better.
02-11-2008 08:03 PM
Matthew_Machine nice growth! Is the plastic guard going to come out at all?
02-11-2008 07:50 PM
rasetsu Love the 'scape...but I have to ask, what's up with that background?
02-11-2008 07:00 PM
mpodolan Great progress, man. I'm glad to see you were able to stay patient enough to wait until it filled in so well. Can't wait to see this one progress. What are your stocking plans?
02-11-2008 09:21 AM
fishscale Update (2/11/2008):

Last time:



Now:









Today, I got the last piece of the puzzle:



Which means...(sorry about the bad picture)



THE TANK HAS BEEN FILLED!!!!!!11ONE





After my midterms are over, there will be much updating.
02-11-2008 09:19 AM
BiscuitSlayer
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The room itself actually doesn't smell, probably because I plastic wrapped the tank real well. When I open it to scape, it's a different story Kinda funky, not unlike a public restroom.
LMAO! Nice! Its funny how you can mention a smell on a message board and it instantly went through my mind almost as if I had experienced it myself.

On another note, your HC is looking great! It has filled in that much in 9 - 10days?

What kind of photoperiod are you running for the emersed growth?
02-11-2008 09:04 AM
fishscale First, I washed the SMS, and I washed it a lot. Then, I soaked the SMS in a fert solution (dry ferts dumped into the bucket of water and SMS, mixed around a bit). Then, I took the SMS and dumped it into the tank, shaping and whatnot. Eventually, you will have to fertilize again. Just make a dilute fert spray (don't forget to make a macro spray every once in a while), and spray it on the HC. Don't keep it too wet, but make sure the air in the tank is humid. To separate the sand and the SMS, I cut strips from soda bottles and used silicone to glue them together.

Small world, I used to live in Walnut Creek. Montego Way and Bancroft Elementary
02-10-2008 02:28 PM
JHipkin Nice job. Have you filed the tank w/ water?

I'm about to start a tank using the emmersed method to grow out the foreground plants and SMS. I also have a sand in the front of the tank with a channel moving toward the back. Did you add fertilizer to the water soaking the SMS? And what are you using to divide the sand from the substrate?
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