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Old 12-28-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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newbie here, but also sharing a christmas gift - a fluval edge!


this gift was actually meant to end up at work, but i couldn't wait until after vacation to get it going as a result, i now have my first PLANTED TANK on my night stand (thanks to a very understanding wife)!!!! i am a bit nervous about doing something to harm these plants, so i am going to keep the standard LED setup on for ~8 hours/day and see how they react (i purchased them from my LFS, and they had been pretty well established in submerged setup).....here goes nothing!

as of 1/15/13


as of 12/28/12


started 12/27/12
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:33 AM   #2
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congratulations on your gift & welcome to TPT! Don't we have wonderful spouses

Is that ADA aquasoil as the substrate? btw, did you know that you can divide up the dwarf hair grass and the hc into smaller plug sections and plant them all around the foreground? (I'm guessing that is what the two low plants are)
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:56 AM   #3
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congratulations on your gift & welcome to TPT! Don't we have wonderful spouses

Is that ADA aquasoil as the substrate? btw, did you know that you can divide up the dwarf hair grass and the hc into smaller plug sections and plant them all around the foreground? (I'm guessing that is what the two low plants are)
thanks for the welcome! i actually used the fluval shrimp substrate. after talking to the guy at the store, i was a bit unsure about cutting up the clumps (partially because i couldn't remember which he said would be most likely to remain healthy, lol)....i figured i could see how it grows for now, and then maybe transplant pieces here and there throughout the front once i am more confident with my skills! by the way, you were dead on with the IDs
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:07 AM   #4
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Here's a great video tutorial on how to prepare a potted dhg or hc for planting in clumps, if you're interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJHk6bbUwuE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n9m1...9F5A40&index=7
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:20 AM   #5
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well, i know what i'll be doing tomorrow i just need to pick up some tweezers, and i'll get to work. THANK YOU!!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:05 AM   #6
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you're welcome!

The Green Machine has many how-to videos on their website pertaining to aquascaping. They are a valuable resource!

Good luck & happy scaping
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:09 AM   #7
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Cutting the grass and breaking up the clumps really will make it spread much faster. You're off to a good start, nice Edge.
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first, thanks again for the comments here. well, i picked up some tweezers and some scissors today as you can see below, i went to work right away - i tried my best to follow what i saw/read....now the nervous wait!!! oh, i also picked up some plain-jain flourish, and added 1/2mL. as for the lights, i am using the stock 21 led (7600K rating?!) for 8 hours. any comments/suggestions are welcome and appreciated!!!





*****and now, the current layout*****
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Good job on preparing the planting plugs! You can separate them further apart, especially the hc. You might try planting around the base of the rock, then move outward in a grid... start where the light is most intense for the hc as it's appreciates high light.

I could see some dwarf hair grass coming up in the middle of the rock to the left too.

Nice start!
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gotcha! should i bother worrying about moving them so often, after just putting them in?
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I'm not sure that made any sense... so here's a quick diagram of my suggestion:

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gotcha! should i bother worrying about moving them so often, after just putting them in?
oh, sorry I see you already posted!

No, you just planted, so they will be fine to adjust. They won't establish until you leave them alone though.
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lol, well i guess i know what i'll be doing tomorrow morning i am thinking ALL of the hair grass coming out of the center (from under the rock) and the hc all around the front of the rock (like the mouth on a smily face, haha). and of course, sliding the right rear over towards the center

ps-i am definitely a visual thinker, so actually seeing that hair grass in the center was awesome! i owe you big time for your help on this!!!
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lol, well i guess i know what i'll be doing tomorrow morning i am thinking ALL of the hair grass coming out of the center (from under the rock) and the hc all around the front of the rock (like the mouth on a smily face, haha). and of course, sliding the right rear over towards the center

ps-i am definitely a visual thinker, so actually seeing that hair grass in the center was awesome! i owe you big time for your help on this!!!

I'm a visual person too... glad it helped! I actually like the dhg on the left and just a bit in the center (it'll fill in) It'll create a nice balance Then allow the hc in front of the rocks and fill out towards the right. But, I think it could like nice either way you decide to go!
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any update?
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