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gnod 07-09-2011 12:29 AM

2.5G - [UPDATE 3.12.12 photo on last post]
Finally! Putting up my 1st journal.

Fluval Shrimp Stratum
Rocks from Treetom (Thanks!)
23W 5600K bulb (100w equivalent) roughly 8-9 inches from substrate pointing directly down.
DIY co2

This journal is titled "revive" for the last minute change of heart I had for this journal. I originally was going to plant m. minuta but last minute changed my mind. I ran to the LFS and saw some really poorly planted glosso (see below). I decided not to let that stop me, and spend time hand picking out the few strands to plant.

I came home, set up my scape, and began picking through the glosso. While I was pruning the dead roots and leaves, I decided to title this journal "revive" - as I felt that I was reviving the near dead glossos :D

Corny, I know but better than "gnod's 1st journal"

Let me know your thoughts and suggestions, etc. Thanks!

oh yea, PICTURES! was the first scape i had in mind but didn't really like the big rock to the left. felt... out of scape like this much better :D i was working with.. after it's all planted! i noticed the substrate is probably going to take some time before it gets all the air pockets out... didn't know the stratum is so light. but i like it, pretty easy to plant imo

i4x4nMore 07-09-2011 02:23 AM


I got your PM and was interested to take a look...

So far so good. This is a proper planting of glosso.... and I suspect it will grow in quite nicely. Good job at reviving that original mess of glosso. Most people don't realize that you need very little of the plant tip when planting. I ususally plant exactly as you have done here but with 2-3 times the density... It can take MANY hours bending over your tank to do this! But in this way, it will turn into a carpet much faster. However, I realize that you may have not had that much glosso to start with.

At any rate, great start and I hope the lighting works out.


gnod 07-09-2011 10:09 AM

^ thanks jeremy! Yea I had to pick at the stems/plant tips where I saw the roots to ensure that they're alive at least. haha

Capsaicin_MFK 07-09-2011 10:48 AM

I recommend larger stones. The glosso will eventually take over the tank and you won't be able to see the ones you have in there now.

GitMoe 07-09-2011 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by Capsaicin_MFK (Post 1440990)
I recommend larger stones. The glosso will eventually take over the tank and you won't be able to see the ones you have in there now.

+1 Exactly what I was going to say when I saw the pics. If those rocks are larger and just buried then pull them up a bit. Glosso will carpet taller than you think.

gnod 07-10-2011 02:35 PM

thanks everyone, i think i may do a slight rescape today.
i'm going to plant the glosso a little tighter and, replace the rock with my bigger one, and leave room for m. minuta.

pictures later once i rescape!

gnod 07-11-2011 11:13 PM

update - added slightly bigger rock and replanted everything. i decided i want to put glosso upfront, and m. minuta in the back...although they're both foreground plants, we'll see how it turns out!

new scape - added the 3rd rock as the main focus. the other 2 are more for support although they look pretty nice as it is right now.
closer shot of the rocks

sorry for the dirty water, moving the fluval stratum definitely makes it cloudy fast. and my filter is not here yet so.. yea

let me know ur thoughts! :D

gnod 07-14-2011 02:53 AM

update! got my m. minuta today (thanks jflng!)

i tried to put single nodes all around
one thing i noticed about the glosso.. they're slightly yellowing a bit... :X
hopefully it'll bounce back!


TLE041 07-14-2011 03:06 AM

Kudos to you for managing to plant all those plants with the Fluval Stratum. I nearly pulled all my hair out trying to do the same with my HC carpet (link to journal in signature). It was so light that nothing would stay planted. I went from Aquasoil which was very dense and a breeze to plant in (especially the powder type).

You should add more rocks to the left side. It looks a little sparce right now.

gnod 07-14-2011 03:10 AM

^wow thanks! it was your journals that really tipped me over to finally do a nano tank. :D

i found that the fluval stratum is pretty delicate. but it wasn't terrible planting, although the constant dust particles are annoying.

i was debating on how else i can scape the tank to make it look less like a nano, and more like a real, depth filled scape. does that make sense? haha i've seen so many amazing tanks that are tiny, but look huge!

gnod 07-17-2011 11:33 PM

a little update.

i took out one of the small stones, added a small left over anubias petite and some dwarf hair grass

anyone know what the name of this plant is? i really like it.. it's unhealthy at the moment because the lighting situation wasn't that good in my 20L - hence i moved it to this one

close up of the right side

couple of takeaways:
1) fluval stratum is not too bad planting
2) fluval stratum is TERRIBLE when you want to replant
3) fluval stratum is TERRIBLE when you try to place the rocks on a slope..

i actually added some more substrate to the right side.. don't know if you can tell but i decided not to bury the rocks but to just place it on top of the substrate. Tried... and failed. it doesn't stay 'up' on the slope like i need it to.. keeps falling down slowly. so i buried it.

i haven't tested the ph level yet, but i will sometime this week. my 20L is actually more acidic than my 5.5G right now which i find odd... we'll see how this one turns out.

gnod 07-19-2011 03:56 AM

can someone tell me what those fungi looking things are on top of my substrate...
unless i did get it right and it is, indeed fungi

shrimpnmoss 07-19-2011 05:24 AM

GNOD, have you considered de-rimming this bad boy?

PinoyBoy 07-19-2011 06:45 AM

Those m. minute looks huge. I think it's abit too late for the tank to be de-rimmed, unless Gnod is willing to take everything out. Then again, I think the plants aren't done settling in yet, so now would be a good time to do so.

gnod 07-19-2011 10:25 AM

naw, not derimming it. I cracked my first 2.5G derimming it... ahahh i know klutz of me! i was doing a good job of it, but didn't realize how fragile the 2.5G is. I may do it with my new 5.5G soon... :D i just need to break down the 20L!

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