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03-12-2014 03:57 AM
fastfreddie Well, it's been 4 years since I've posted in this thread. Almost to the day. The tank is dry. I have two kids now. We started a 6 gallon tank for my older son who is turning 4 next month. Our local pet store that had good fish is long gone, so we have been through 3 cycles of fish from Petsmart. All DEAD in under two weeks.

My poor little guy is wondering why all of his fish friends keep getting sick and going to heaven. I guess it could be my tank, but I have never had problems getting a tank cycled and running. Do people mail order fish these days?
Maybe I'll plant his little tank and worry about fish later. I think I'd be thrown off the site if I post pics as-is/ It's complete with a stick on background, blue plastic plants, a palm tree and beach chair. It will have to be low maintenance though.

Here are the kids if anyone wants to see them. They are very snuggly little guys:

03-08-2010 10:40 AM
oldpunk78 i am using the seachem root tabs in my 29. just a couple for the crypts. they seem to do great with them.
03-08-2010 03:21 AM
fastfreddie
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i think that's the whole point of ei dosing, right? dosing in excess and fixing it once a week. some of my ferns have the same type of holes yours do. are the holes just on older leaves?
Actually yes, they are mostly older leaves. Maybe it's time for a big pruning
So you're saying it's probably cool to add gh booster as long as I'm doing 50% wc's weekly anyway?

I think I may need to try the root tabs too. Do you use them in either of you tanks? I have some on hand, that are probably three years old.
03-08-2010 03:13 AM
oldpunk78
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Would it be bad to try GH booster or equilibrium without testing first? I've never used either of these products before.
i think that's the whole point of ei dosing, right? dosing in excess and fixing it once a week. some of my ferns have the same type of holes yours do. are the holes just on older leaves?
03-08-2010 02:54 AM
fastfreddie
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tank's still looking great man! are the crypts the only plants with with holes in the leaves? are you putting root tabs in there for them? you said you're ei dosing, are you adding any gh booster or equilibrium? that could be it. chances are, it's probably not the snails...
Thanks man! Actually the crypts and anubias are the only plants without holes. It's only the two types of java fern. They look like little burns in the leaves.

Would it be bad to try GH booster or equilibrium without testing first? I've never used either of these products before.
03-06-2010 03:41 PM
oldpunk78 tank's still looking great man! are the crypts the only plants with with holes in the leaves? are you putting root tabs in there for them? you said you're ei dosing, are you adding any gh booster or equilibrium? that could be it. chances are, it's probably not the snails...
03-06-2010 01:02 PM
fastfreddie
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Wow, you really have a talent for aquascaping. What kind of substrate are you using besides the pea gravel?
Thanks. I wouldn't call it talent though. I pretty much copy ideas from other TPT members. There is no other substrate other than the pea gravel. I dose the water column using dry ferts and the Estimative index method for nutrients. The ferns and anubias don't root in gravel anyway. They are just tied to rocks, or stuffed in crevices, and they sort of latch on over time. The crypts are the only plants in the substrate, but they seem to do okay. The pea gravel is not very suitable for many stem plants though. But I think it is a good option if you don't plan on using stems. It's very easy to vacuum, doesn't cloud the water column, it's commonly available, and it was a bit cheaper (not much though) than Aquasoil or MTS. I would really like to try MTS sometime though.

Thanks for the comments kcrossley!
03-06-2010 02:40 AM
kcrossley Wow, you really have a talent for aquascaping. What kind of substrate are you using besides the pea gravel?
03-06-2010 02:33 AM
fastfreddie
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Nice aquascape! What's the vinegar test?
Thanks! A very non-official test to determine whether the rocks are safe for planted tanks.... you pour vinegar on them and if it foams the rocks are no bueno.
03-06-2010 01:28 AM
kcrossley
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Slate-like rocks - free from Steak and Shake parking lot (in the area beside the building where the bushes are. They passed the vinegar test)
Nice aquascape! What's the vinegar test?
03-06-2010 12:43 AM
fastfreddie
Small update

Well, I cut a background to size out of black acrylic. I'm glad I got the acrylic free because it took a few tries to get it to break correctly after I scored it with a razor. I like it better, but it has a slight mirror effect that I'm not fond of. It hid the spraybar, but now the blue intake sticks out like a sore thumb! What do you guys think?

I think I'm going to rescape at my next water change. I really need some new plants. I want to get rid of the needle leaf and the java fern. I'll see what I can come up with. Anyone have any plant suggestions for something easy? I really like crypts so far, so maybe I'll try some more of those to replace the needle leaf and java fern.

On another note, does anyone know how to get rid of snails? I think they are eating holes in my leaves, but maybe I'm just in denial about plant deficiency. I'm still dosing EI on this tank, and Co2 is high enough for sure. There are no fish so I keep it in the yellow. Which brings me to another point... I need some fish!!!!

I think I have a record here on TPT.... no rescapes or fish added for 6 months. I'm so lame! Well, it's also been 6 months with no algae or dead plants so that's good. Hope you guys like it.

Here are the pics:








03-03-2010 05:57 PM
fastfreddie
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I really like the rockscape with plants growing out of it. Any livestock yet?
Thanks man!
Well no livestock yet. The LFS here shut down. I want to try a German Ram or two if I can find them.

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Really like the scape, goes good with the height of the 15 gallon. I've got a steak and shake near my hosue Can't wait for some nicer weather to hunt some more.
Thanks! The Steak and Shake rocks are great! I hope to get a new pic up of this tank soon. The crypts on the left have really grown in, and the anubias, though growing slowly, has matured quite a bit. The tank is at least what I wanted..... one you can dose, change the water, and leave alone! No algae scraping or propagating needed!
03-03-2010 05:28 PM
Tamelesstgr Really like the scape, goes good with the height of the 15 gallon. I've got a steak and shake near my hosue Can't wait for some nicer weather to hunt some more.
03-03-2010 05:06 PM
rhytemaker I really like the rockscape with plants growing out of it. Any livestock yet?
12-07-2009 12:35 PM
fastfreddie
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Originally Posted by Coltonorr View Post
I thought pontederifolia was taller
I think you told me when you first gave me that plant. It really is my favorite, but everything you sent is doing just great! The best part is, everything but the crypts are tied to rocks or barely tucked into a rock, and can be moved around easily for a rescape.

I've also enjoyed the Java Fern Trident (at least I think that's what it is. It has probably grown the most of what you gave me.
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Originally Posted by sewingalot View Post
Freddie! The tank looks fantastic and it is great to see you on the boards!!!!
Thanks Sara!

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The tank is great looking. its awesome to see you back..
Thanks VTKid. How is the trout fishing going up there?
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