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dubvstudent 12-30-2010 01:21 PM

DubV's 15 Gallon (56K)
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I started a new 15 Gallon tank a couple of weeks ago and I have decided to share it in a journal thread.

That is the original thread I posted and here is the tank about a week after planting it:

dubvstudent 12-30-2010 01:27 PM

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I have some DIY projects in this that are detailed in the link to the original thread. They Included a paintball tank style pressurized CO2 system that I am very pleased with and a DIY light fixture made from a piece of stove pipe.

The tank has been running smoothly for another 2 weeks or so now and I thought it was time to post an update.

Turns out, if you bombard a tank with a butt-ton of Light and CO2 plants grow like crazy!

The pics are from a camera phone so it is hard to tell but the ludwiga has doubled in size and the HC has probably done about the same. The Narrow leaf micro sword is a different story, I don't know if it is a notoriously slow grower or the roots are having a tough time taking hold. I added some flame moss as well.

dubvstudent 01-06-2011 04:43 PM

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This week's developemet... Algae!!!

Some brown diatom, you can see it on the rock on the left and a bit on the sand in this crumby camera phone pic.

Wish I wasn't at my stocking limit. I have kept otts in the past and they seem to love this stuff. Oh well, I have read that it is not uncommon in new setups and should go away on its own eventually.

I also started forming a bit of hair algae. To me this was a sign of too much light. I raised the light up on its chains about 1.5 inches and haven't seen any new stuff forming...yet.

The Ludwiga is growing like crazy still. I have had to trim it back severly to keep it from growing over the top and shading the rest of the tank.

The HC too is growing/spreading slowly but surely.

I have yet to see any real progress with that narrow leaf sword. Now it is forming diatom on its tips and starting to look like crap.

The flame moss.... I live in the North country and when It arrived in the mail it was a block of ice essentially. I have no experience with the stuff but know other mosses to be rather resilient. It looks like it isn't doing well but I figure I might as well give it another couple of weeks to see if it will bounce back. If not, it is slated to be removed.

dubvstudent 02-15-2011 01:32 PM

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Well, It has been a while so I thought I would post a new pic. Unfortunately this pic, like the last, is terrible. I miss my digital camera...

The HC is filling in nicely.
I added a couple of ottos to deal with a small amount of hair algae I have developed.
I added the lotus the other day just to add some color to the foreground. Once it starts to grow out I don't know what I'll do with it.

swissian 02-15-2011 01:41 PM

Looks nice! Your HC has really grown a whole bunch. My micro sword is also a slow grower.

dubvstudent 03-07-2011 02:04 AM

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Most up-to-date pic I have.

The HC continues to fill in well.

I'm not really a fan of how the ludwig is turning out. The top leaves grow too broad and shade out lower layers too much, leading to some fuzz algae on lower leaves. It grows some massive roots too, and they are not horribly attractive.

I plan on ordering some rotala indica (sp?) when the weather warms up a little to replace it with. Its a little cold to ship to hear this time of year.

sewingalot 03-10-2011 02:04 AM

I think you are right about the ludwigia not being right for the tank. I've found this is a difficult plant to use in smaller tanks. Rotalas would be much nicer. With that being said, the layout is very nice and I am loving the HC.

dubvstudent 03-18-2011 02:56 AM


Originally Posted by sewingalot (Post 1320405)
I think you are right about the ludwigia not being right for the tank. I've found this is a difficult plant to use in smaller tanks. Rotalas would be much nicer. With that being said, the layout is very nice and I am loving the HC.

Thanks sewingalot. Its always nice to see another west virginian on the forum. I lived in Beckley for 15 years before moving in November.

I have been thinking more about the ludwigia and what to replace it with. I like rotala indica but I have done it so many times before. I was thinking about getting some giant hairgrass and just trimming it from a low front to a high back so that you really can't tell where it stops and the micro sword begins. I'm not sure how that would turn out though.

Anyone else got ideas as to what would look good in place of that ludwigia???? There is no real limiting factor. I have good deep eco-complete there along with med-high light, plenty of ferts+co2.

kharma 03-18-2011 03:07 AM

I think some rotala wallachi would look great in its place.

dubvstudent 04-07-2011 01:35 AM

Couple new pics.

Got on the SnS and gave away that ludwigia. Got a couple new stems, one is Limnophila aromatica the other is a cross between Ludwigia palustris and Ludwigia brevipes. Big thanks to member Keno and a great deal on some nice plants.

Can't wait till they grow in.

dubvstudent 05-20-2011 01:25 AM

replaced the tom's with an eheim 2213. other than that just let it grow, let it grow, let it grow...

dubvstudent 06-05-2011 12:47 AM

These stem are growing quick. I have to trim almost weekly

TwoStrokeKing 06-05-2011 12:59 AM

Awesome Tank! I love carpet. :fish:

sewingalot 06-05-2011 01:29 AM

I must say this is a HUGE improvement! These stems look so much better with the scape. You've made it to my favorites list now. :) Actually a little green around the eyes with envy.

dubvstudent 06-13-2011 12:42 AM

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Not the best pic. Not sure if I'm happy about it yet either.

First though is that it is a bit too symmetric. I think it will look good when it grows in though.

What do you think?

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