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03-09-2010 10:49 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by fastfreddie View Post
Thanks for the tip Hilde. I'm definitely going to try to keep it simple. How is your low tech tank going?
It is growing well. Still experiementing with the lights and ferts to bring the colors out in the lily and bacopa. You can see it here.

Here are some examples

By Anytowl83

By MedRed

By |squee|
More low tech here
03-09-2010 10:28 PM
oldpunk78
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Originally Posted by fastfreddie View Post
You are not using any type of Co2?
nope. not even excel anymore.
03-09-2010 01:42 AM
fastfreddie
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Originally Posted by VincentK View Post
Hey, great tank, and congratulations on the baby! I remember when I was a little kid I'd reach my hand inside the tank and grab at the fish, we'd get new fish every couple weeks, lol, moral of the story; make sure the tank is up high.
Hahaha! Good point. Both of mine are well above reach for at least 3 years.

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i vote for going low tech. all i ever do to my 50 is top offs and occasionally dose when i remember. of course you still need to remember to feed your fish. once you get the light dialed in, they just sorta go on cruise control.
Nice! I'm gonna take a look back through your 50 journal. You are not using any type of Co2?
03-09-2010 01:40 AM
fastfreddie
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Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
I have found that if you stick with Ferns and mosses you only have to dose Potassium sulfate and Excel 1x a week.
Thanks for the tip Hilde. I'm definitely going to try to keep it simple. How is your low tech tank going?
03-09-2010 12:34 AM
oldpunk78 i vote for going low tech. all i ever do to my 50 is top offs and occasionally dose when i remember. of course you still need to remember to feed your fish. once you get the light dialed in, they just sorta go on cruise control.
03-09-2010 12:12 AM
VincentK Hey, great tank, and congratulations on the baby! I remember when I was a little kid I'd reach my hand inside the tank and grab at the fish, we'd get new fish every couple weeks, lol, moral of the story; make sure the tank is up high.
03-08-2010 11:47 PM
Hilde I have found that if you stick with Ferns and mosses you only have to dose Potassium sulfate and Excel 1x a week.
03-08-2010 02:02 PM
fastfreddie Yep mostly kidding! I think I'm going to get the tank back in action again with some easy non-demanding plants.
Echinodorus Bleheri, Hygrophila Polysperma "green" and Hygro poly sunset, pennywort, and some mosses. I might try some Anubias Barteri too.... never had that one before.

I think I may need to add some additional filter flow as well. The XP1 just didn't seem to be providing enough circulation when I last had the tank planted. I cut some black acrylic for the background and the side of the tank facing ambient light from my foyer windows. It looks pretty good and it should help with the algae issue.

My only concern is fertilization. I've never used anything but EI method(because I hate testing and guesswork), but I won't be able to swing the weekly WC's on this and my 15g each week with a baby in the house. I may have to keep the baby by myself on a lot of weeknights, so time will be tight. I guess that means either purchasing a test kit and dosing as needed, or swapping to MTS and going for a lower tech tank. Any suggestions?

I guess I should start updating on the baby too...
Gender: unknown (wanted the surprise for #1)
Names: undecided but we may stick with my name for a boy since I am Fred IV. Why not go for V?
Nursery: Painted yellow, crib is white (and assembled!), no dresser or other furn. yet.
Bedding: (see pic below)
Due April 5th as I said, so he or she could come anytime now.

Here's the baby bedding from Pottery Barn website(this is not my house):


Thanks for the help guys!
03-08-2010 07:32 AM
sewingalot I think the Fredster is being facetious.
03-08-2010 07:25 AM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by fastfreddie View Post
Baby is due April 5th so I better make some purchases now if I plan to give ths tank another shot.

Should I replant or go for the dreaded scuba diver/ treasure chest bubble toys? I don't know.... maybe even a "no fishing" sign. What do you guys think?
What the scuba dog? Is to be a humorus tank sceme? Oliver Knot did some.
03-03-2010 07:05 PM
fastfreddie
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Nice man. That alternanthera looks familiar. lol
Haha. Too bad I let mine go to waste. I shipped some of it to a TPT member, and the tank slowly died on me. My CF bulb is WAY overdue for a swap, and the seasons changed so sunlight came into the tank for a few hours a day, and BOOM! Algae. I only run the light for an hour a day now to feed, and there are two pieces of wood, and a pathetic amazon sword in the tank now.

Baby is due April 5th so I better make some purchases now if I plan to give ths tank another shot.

Should I replant or go for the dreaded scuba diver/ treasure chest bubble toys? I don't know.... maybe even a "no fishing" sign. What do you guys think?
03-03-2010 06:01 PM
rhytemaker Nice man. That alternanthera looks familiar. lol
09-21-2009 07:52 PM
Hilde What happened to the Red Temple plant?
09-21-2009 01:30 AM
fastfreddie
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Wow!! I am so tempted to retry Diy Co2, but I hated the smell of yeast and can't afford pressurized Co2.

Is the 1x65 Watt CF strip light the one I saw on your tank that is shorter than the tank?

No I was just using the shorter fixture when I needed a new bulb in the 30" fixture. This is the 30" Coralife 1x65W CF:
09-20-2009 09:14 PM
Chrisinator Beatiful Angel!
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