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Old 01-29-2013, 02:41 AM   #16
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drain it as low as you can, plant tiny pieces throughout, put your water back in through the filter chamber
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:14 AM   #17
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Ok I'll do that. Thanks for your help :-)
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:56 PM   #18
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So tonight I got the tank empty and planted up with hc. Pain in the arse sorting it out and getting in planted but I guess you all know that anyway. Started pearling straight away but I'm guessing that's going to die down for a while until it settles in?! I'll just keep up the mini co2 until my new diffuser and regulator turn up. Hopefully tomorrow. As you can see from the pictures I ran out of hc towards the end. All comments/criticism welcome!

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Old 01-30-2013, 03:36 AM   #19
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That wood is really interesting! Looking forward to see this scape evolve!
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:34 AM   #20
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Thanks Tex. I'm just hoping I manage to get the hc grow. Just liked the fb page by the way. Some inspiring pictures on there. Makes me want to go bigger but I should learn to walk before I can run haha
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:11 AM   #21
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It's never bad to get your feet a little more than wet! Larger tanks are quite a different feat than smaller ones, so I would try both! Glad that you found our page inspirational!
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:51 PM   #22
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Quick update..... Got the pressurised co2 in place. All nice and neat now so happy with that. I also ordered up some glosso for my other tank but decided to fill in the gap in this tank first so should be interesting to see how the glosso and hc carpet.


I've also tried to set up a little glosso pot to try grow my own for back-up so I'll see how that goes. Enjoy. All comments/suggestions welcome as usual
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:50 PM   #23
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I would break them out and plant them now, although planting in a filled tank into fluval substrate (i believe) will cause you to age a few years.
Hahahahahahahaha, now that's funny. I'm using Eco Complete and it's a s.o.b. to plant small stem plants, and I even have small grain size.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:20 PM   #24
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Quick update. Tank now ready for some livestock so picked up a couple of ottos today. Hopefully they will get cracking with the algae that's building up :-)

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Those are really healthy looking otos compared to most! Best of luck with your algae.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:56 PM   #26
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Everything growing in slowly. The moss that I thought had died off is growing really well. Glosso is getting tall. Not ideal but I'm letting it get really set in to the substrate before I start trimming it. HC is doing well also. Spreading across the substrate nicely and setting its roots. Just a bit annoyed with the browning of the leaves. Any suggestions to prevent this? Lighting is currently around 8 hours per day.

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:35 AM   #27
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Hey everyone. Just some updated pictures of the tank inhabitants.

Otto and cherry (little blurry)


Amano (again blurry. Bloody iPhone camera!)


Another shot of an otto. Probably my favourite fish at the moment


Had a little bit of a change around. Added more substrate to the left to cover the glosso more and also swapped the hairgrass for some rotala. Everything is growing ok. Ordered some additional LEDs for the stock lighting so I'll see how that goes.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:51 AM   #28
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question, how did you keep your wood from floating in such a short period? Did you use stainless steel screws onto plexi glass?
also what lighting are you using?

This setup looks like a neat little project =)
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:46 AM   #29
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Hey there. The wood I just had to let float around in the water until it sank on its own. Took a week or so but eventually it got there. I'm just using stock lighting and a desk lamp with a 11w PL tube. I'm just ordered some led strips to mod the original light so I'll post updates when I've got it sorted.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:33 PM   #30
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Any updates on this tank?
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