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danakin 12-04-2012 02:47 AM

Danakin's 40B Stress Relief - Replanted 2/2/2013
Lots going on in our household; we moved back to Michigan in July after taking a new position with my company. Oh, and we had our first child back in April. We learned today that she has to have cranial surgery to fix some plates that have fused prematurely, and that's been quite a hard pill to swallow. So I decided to calm down tonight by working on my tank and putting a journal post together while my wife looks over the surgery papers and information.

Flourite, Fluval 305, lights need replacing. Currently using Excel until I make it to Airgas this week. Plants include alternanthera reineckii, crypt wendtii, bacopa, an amazon sword, and anubias nana.

October 21, 2012

November 2, 2012

December 3, 2012

Trimmed and "scaped" today. I'll have a picture Friday.

All are cell phone pictures, unfortunately. Higher quality photos with my camera in future updates.

danakin 12-04-2012 08:57 PM

No updated photos of the tank today after last night's trimming and rearranging, but here's my other great stress-relief:

Between her and aquariums, it's hard to be upset for long!

Jonnywhoop 12-06-2012 01:28 AM

the reineckii always has so much pop. I cant seem to make my glow that red.. probably the iron or lights?

PS: I hope everything goes well with your family!

sjb1987 12-06-2012 02:20 AM

Look at that face lol....cute..I miss my daughter being that small...tank looks good btw.... Hope all goes well with her surgery

danakin 12-06-2012 04:21 AM

I dose an excessive amount of iron twice a week. It goes against my typically regimented dosing mindset, but I literally just open the bottle and pour about a half-second worth of Seachem Iron in. The new growth was very yellowed and thin prior to adding so much iron; since then it's been coming in nice and green for the rest of the plants, and red for the AR.

We had hard, mineral-rich water in TN. Here, we have much softer water from the Great Lakes.

Went to the local Airgas to swap out cylinders today. They gave me a few extra o-rings, and a tank that feels ridiculously full compared to the shortchanged cylinders we got down south. Slapped on the SuMo regulator and a Fluval diffuser.

Next step is adding some dwarf hairgrass and an army of otos and corys.

Back to the hospital tomorrow for another appointment, but my wife and I are looking forward to this one because it means Fudrucker's for dinner on the way home!

m00se 12-06-2012 05:41 AM

I had a bunch of reineckii a while back and nothing I did would get them going. Everything else just went crazy but that reineckii, which I really wanted to thrive, languished. Major disappointment. You say you're piledriving iron eh? Interesting. I have a lb of 13% here I could try, but I just relied on the iron in CSM+B for supplementing.

sjb1987 12-06-2012 10:18 AM

There's probably not enough iron in the CSm + b alone to supplement the iron... I would dose the iron for sure moose...I overdose iron as well

m00se 12-06-2012 01:06 PM

Hmmm...ok, so I'm game.

Are you aware of Wet's calculators page? I use it and on there it's telling me that to get .5 ppm of Fe I need to dose just a hair over 1g of CSM+B for my 40b. Now you're saying to supplement more Fe in addition. Can you give me an idea of what you target your levels to?


danakin 12-06-2012 09:55 PM

As far as Fe goes, I don't have any target level. Are the plants vivid? No? Guess I'll dose a bit more early in the week and see if things rebound by the Friday dose. I think a lot of us get hung up on numbers instead of the visible signs that our plants are healthy.

m00se 12-06-2012 10:12 PM

Yea I hear you. It's just without some sort of baseline it's impossible to know just how far off the mark you're getting. That bush is long gone now, but in the future I'd like to get another and see how she goes.


sjb1987 12-06-2012 10:47 PM

Most people don't follow ei exactly... Watch your plants then modify accordingly

danakin 12-07-2012 08:56 PM

Friggity friggin frack. Had a bad leak somewhere, went through all 5 lbs of CO2 in 2 days. Back to AirGas on Monday I suppose to get a new bottle so I can leakcheck.

danakin 12-07-2012 11:13 PM

Update after a couple of days with CO2, adding some DHG, and rearranging plants.

danakin 12-09-2012 06:00 AM

Got a call from the hospital, and the surgery is now scheduled for early April. That seems so far away. I'm a lot less stressed about it now that I've had a week for it to sink in.

For those who want to know what the surgery is, read on. Not recommended for super squeamish.

My daughter has a fused suture, which is holding back one side of her forehead. The procedure to fix this is fairly straightforward. The surgeon will make a wave line incision through the scalp. The skin will be pulled forward off her head to expose the bone below. The skull will be cut, and the suture reopened. A bit of the bone will be cut out and used to remold the forehead out so that it will be symmetrical. Everything that gets cut gets held back in place with a neat sugar polymer plate (I wasn't paying too much attention at what exactly it's made of as my wife was bawling and I was about to pass out hearing the procedure). The skin is then put back in to place and stitched up. The skin will be healed in roughly 3 weeks, and the bone will be healed in 3-4 months. (I get queasy every time I have explained that. Doubt that will change). I made the mistake of Googling this. I came as close to blacking out and hitting my office desk as one can.


If anyone has a child with craniosynystosis/plagiocephaly, I would be interested to hear your experiences.

In tank related news, I've found the leak in my CO2 rig. The nipple is similar to the Milwaukee rig, where it has the raised face flange. The seal washers just didn't work with that, so I'm picking up a new nipple and changing it out. Growth is fantastic still.

danakin 12-10-2012 10:25 PM

AirGas was out of 5lb cylinders, so I got a 2.5 loaner from them for free. Leakchecking revealed a leak at the connection, so I muscled the wrench a bit more, and got a little better (now it's only a miniscule leak, which could be due to the cylinder being absolutely freezing cold).

The nipple on the regulator (Sumo Premier) has a raised face flange, as I mentioned above. Inspecting it closer revealed that the raised face is actually a built in filter holder. I'll post pictures tomorrow when I get the 5lb tank and switch over. I just took the filter holder out, leaving the filter screen in the cavity, held in place by the seal washer. Anybody else have a regulator with this filter thing built in like that?

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