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dudebro 08-26-2012 04:28 PM

Dudebro's Tank - Realismo Mágico - Eheim Aquastyle 9
 
Equipment
Eheim Aquastyle 9 with Stock Light
Fluval 106 Filter
Glass Inflow & Outflow Lily Pipe 13mm (Poppy Style)

Livestock
2 Ottos
1 Blue Dwarf Gouramis
3 Amano shrimp

Plants
Marsilea minuta
Fissidens fontanus
Steam*

Week 39
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...hmentid=149034

Week 37
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...2&d=1368637121

Week 36
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...1&d=1368021039

Week 35
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...8&d=1367196130

Week 34
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...1&d=1366299322

Week 28
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...6&d=1362784484

Week 26
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...6&d=1362016109

Week 19
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...5&d=1357342967

Week 17
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...8&d=1356534954

Week 15
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...7&d=1354808255

Week 8
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/at...0&d=1351110123

Week 6
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...=IMG_0023c.jpg

Week 3 - Redo
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...105628_PMc.png

Week 1 - First Try
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...eek-one-1c.jpg

jeremyTR 08-26-2012 04:36 PM

Neat set up. You're cycling with fish? Aww poor guys.

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dudebro 08-26-2012 04:51 PM

Thanks and yea, eager noob move... the local fish store said these guys are troopers, they wanted to sell them to me to get the cycle going... how could I say no. :)

jeremyTR 08-26-2012 07:01 PM

You should get some plants!

dudebro 08-27-2012 09:17 PM

I plan to create a dense carpet of hair grass and dwarf baby tears in different areas. I also want to add a fern of some sort and maybe some moss.

I would like to plant these as soon as possible but I am waiting for the tank to get established. I know I will need more light and co2 for it to grow in like I want.

I am very new to aquariums and cycling. Just taking it slow until I understand more.

Knotyoureality 08-29-2012 11:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dudebro (Post 1992970)
I plan to create a dense carpet of hair grass and dwarf baby tears in different areas. I also want to add a fern of some sort and maybe some moss.

I would like to plant these as soon as possible but I am waiting for the tank to get established. I know I will need more light and co2 for it to grow in like I want.

I am very new to aquariums and cycling. Just taking it slow until I understand more.


Plants can go in right away, no need to wait for cycling the tank. They'll even help buffer your tank chemistry from the inevitable spikes in nitrites/trates. Much easier to get your plants in and started, and do all your fiddling around getting the layout right, before adding your fish.

dudebro 08-31-2012 05:21 PM

After doing some research I realized I would need more light to keep my plants healthy. I do want fish too.. and the tank is ready for fish but not for all the plants I want.

A DIY light upgrade, CO2 and plant food is in the mail. Once I get the light tested and settled I will get my plants. (providing that its ok for the fish)

Err, I may be in a tough situation now. Will the fish be ok if I add all the plants at once? Any insights.

A lot of Dwarf Baby Tears
An Anubis Nana
A small amount of Dwarf Hairgrass
Maybe one other small plant.

dudebro 09-07-2012 12:09 AM

Super bummed.

Went on vacation and everything fell apart. I set up a Automatic fish feeder and left my light on. The fish died; poor fellas were overfed and I was left with a ton of green algae.

Apparently too much light and too much fish food is a recipe for disaster. Now I know what too much is.

Its been cleaned and I did a partial water change. Right now I have a blanket over the tank to kill off the remaining algae.

Redo coming soon... with plants this time.

wtkerr 09-08-2012 03:15 AM

Love it! Good luck!

dudebro 09-08-2012 05:17 AM

Thanks wtkerr!

Week 3 - Redo
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...105628_PMc.png
Full size image of just planted tank

Well its cleaned up now.

I removed the water and added 3 pots of Dwarf Baby Tears and one Anubias Nana. The Anubias Nana fit right into the whole on my stump. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not have to glue it in or tie it down.

I am using Eco Complete substrate. I have heard mixed reviews on this holding new plants in. Only one Dwarf Baby Tear floated up which was also one that I planted sloppy and tried to adjust after filling the tank with water.

I strongly suggesting taking all the water out. Planting. Laying paper towels and slowly filling back up. These little buggers do float easy. I could see how it would be frustrating trying to add them to a full tank.

I have a DIY co2, DIY LED upgrade coming soon. Its nice to have the plants in, the color does pop against the black substrate - I hope they last longer than my fish... ;)

dudebro 09-10-2012 03:10 PM

Updates:
  • Started a DIY Co2 last night: running at 2Bps this morning. A little faster that I would like but its my first go at it.
  • Heater stabilizing the temp around 74-75. This will help with plants and future fish.
  • Dosing with Flourish and Flourish Excel. Now that I have Co2 running I may half lower the doses.

The plants look the same as they did after planting.

dudebro 09-11-2012 12:09 AM

A few days after planting:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...44485db_bc.jpg

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...231af78_bc.jpg

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...7bd41f9_bc.jpg

Its still alive!

dudebro 09-17-2012 07:45 PM

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...094504a_bc.jpg

The Baby Dwarf Tears are growing. Here is a similar pick to the one above.

Its getting dirty in there. I have decided to hold off on water changes to see if it will affect cycling. My water tests have never registered a spike but I do have a small trace of ammonia that registers at .25 ppm and has been there for a while.

My water tests are here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...Gc&output=html
Thanks to google docs. :)

FORREST3320 09-17-2012 07:52 PM

Looks great cant wait to see it fill in

dudebro 10-09-2012 12:51 AM

Week 6
 
Week 6 Update
The Baby Dwarf Tears are growing in nice.
DIY CO2 is doing its thing.
New Otto Cats
New plants! Thanks to DFWAPC which I am now a member of. I dont even recall what they all are but one for sure is Riccia.

I had a pretty big die off on the grass plant but it looks like most of the stems made it and are rooting.

Algae took over on my vacation. I just finished a tank clean out with some plant reorganizing and added the otto's. Based on what these guys just did in 5 mins I have a feeling this tank will be clean as a whistle in a week tops.

My Anubias have little spots on them. Not sure what this is exactly.

Its starting to look bright green. I like it.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...=IMG_0023c.jpg

Dwarf Tears forming a carpet.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...=IMG_0027c.jpg

Mystery Spots on the Anubias and also my new plant stem behind it.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...=IMG_0025c.jpg

New plant
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...=IMG_0024c.jpg

Notice the clean spots on the rock - no more toothbrush:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...=IMG_0018c.jpg


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