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Old 10-01-2012, 07:02 AM   #16
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It wont be that small for long. My plant hit the moment where it would put out one new leaf a week. It grow so big that it started to grow out of the water.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:48 AM   #17
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #18
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I'm having high nitrite issues in this tank (_just_ got over this in my 29G tank). I used filter media from the 29G tank when setting this up, so now I'm thinking that there was a really large colony of Nitrosomonas in that tank with very little Nitrospira.

Doing 50% water changes daily until it settles in... lots of bucket-hauling, sigh.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:39 AM   #19
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Did a 90% water change today because my 5ml vial turned purple instantaneously when I added the Nitrite-check solution. I hadn't seen that yet, usually it takes a few minutes.

I also doubled the dose of Prime I normally use.

I took the opportunity to add this huge Anubias I picked up from Petsmart and my Java Moss which was sitting in the abandoned Fluval Spec.

Behold, the Anubias Tree:
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:26 AM   #20
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I rescaped a bit today, moved some Egeria Densa from the 29G tank into this one as well as the little foreground plant, which I'm not sure what it is yet. I also tied my java moss down to the driftwood and arranged it a little bit differently. Overall, I think the tank looks much nicer now =)

Also, after scaping, I saw my anubias pearling! Really tiny bubbles coming off it, but consistent and regular for about 20 minutes straight

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What is this?


Here it is with the rest of my desk now:
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:12 AM   #21
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Very nice looking tank. The driftwood piece looks amazing. : )

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Did it just appear out of thin water?
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:29 AM   #22
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Very nice looking tank. The driftwood piece looks amazing. : )


Did it just appear out of thin water?
Thanks! Nah, I replanted that stuff from my 29G, but I had no idea what was there.

I think it's been ID'd as Marsilea Quadrifolia though - it definitely looks like it from the pictures I find online.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #23
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I received some really nice Hemianthus Callitrichoides and Hygrophila Corymbosa "Kompakt" from a RAOK today, and I wasn't sure I wanted them in my 29G, so they went into the 10G.



My MTS seem to have started reproducing too:



This one was so excited about it, he started doing pull-ups on the filter bottom:


The fry are pretty satisfied with the new plants:



My technique for planting the HC pretty much amounted to "see what sticks when I push on it"... it's not pretty or organized, but I think it looks cool still

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Old 10-14-2012, 04:23 AM   #24
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Turns out those fry are dalmation Mollys, not guppies! They're starting to develop their "spots".

So, instead of all of these fry hiding out in plants I bought from petsmart, the more likely story is that I just was so inexperienced I didn't notice that my female Molly was pregnant when I bought her, and she birthed the fry at the same time as I was planting...

In any case, they're doing pretty well. Here's a picture of one starting to show his spots:


In other news - I ripped out all the Egeria Densa that was in this tank - I just can't keep that stuff alive. A number of the stems were disintegrating and it took a LOT of time to clean up the mess, so I just removed the rest of it.

Some of the healthier-looking ones are floating in my 29G for now, but I don't know if I'm going to keep any of it at this point.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:17 PM   #25
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My HC is having a tough time staying rooted. I think the snails are uprooting it, as I find a lot of it floating at the surface every week. The Mollys are getting bigger and I think I can start sexing them now. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with them.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #26
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Moved 9 more week-old Molly fry from the 29G tank into this tank, for a total of 17 fish in there right now, haha. Thankfully, someone is taking the original 8 off my hands next weekend

There's a massive amount of hair algae taking over my Java moss in there, but I haven't had time to deal with it. It'll probably have to stay until after the holidays.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:15 PM   #27
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Oh yea, I also found A SHRIMP in this tank. Strange, because I have never intentionally introduced any shrimp to the tank. My only guess is that one of the shrimp (which I thought passed away) was actually stowed away in the Java Moss that I transferred from my Betta tank like 6 weeks ago... it's pretty impressive if that's the case, because I had that moss out of the tank, rinsed it and removed some clado by hand, then spent time tying the moss to driftwood outside of the tank too.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:07 AM   #28
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This tank has had some algae problems last few weeks, mostly due to neglect on my part. I scored a 110G tank to replace my 29G though, so I transferred most of the plants and the fish into there and I'll be breaking this one down soon.

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Old 01-22-2013, 06:25 AM   #29
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So, I broke this tank down and put it away in the garage for a few weeks. Then, my molly had 11 more fry, so I set it back up again

I de-rimmed it so it looks a little nicer, and I'm going to build a stand for it to go in my livingroom. I'll update with pictures next weekend.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:10 AM   #30
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Make that 14 more fry...

I ended up getting an OK-ish stand (it looks nice, but it's almost worse than Ikea-quality) on clearance from Petsmart for $40:



Took these photos quickly with my iPhone since it is late at night. At the moment I haven't scaped it or really done anything except toss some extra plants I had in there. I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with this tank yet...

I don't plan on keeping the molly fry, so maybe I'll find an interesting fish or two...

It'll definitely be low-tech. I have a Finnex Fugeray light on it at the moment, giving me 25-45 PAR throughout the tank.



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