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Old 02-08-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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ThatGuy's High Flying 20 Long Adventure before College




Hi all! Well, I'm about halfway through my senior year of high school, and I'm now finally at a point where I really like how my tank looks. I'm having very little difficulties, and where I do, I just try another plant. Only real problem atm is BBA--yuck. Even algaefix isn't doing much. I will replace the glosso with UG (coming tomorrow), and I'll sell the Ludwigia atlantis and brown hygro. On the left, I'm going to have Tonina lotus blossom (growing very nicely, and fast), and Pogostemon erectus in the back. On the left I plan on trying Luwigia pantal to fill in the back. I might also opt for an erio or downoi instead of the HC.


Today I got new fish. I ordered online from Wetspot, and would def. recommend them. I got 10 Corydoras habrosus and 1 zebra oto. I love the cories, they're so cute! They also add a lot of energy to the tank, which is good because my honeycombs and otos don't do much. The zebra oto looks nice, but has just been sitting there. Hopefully he pulls through! Pics:



While drip acclimating, they huddled together and were very pale.





However they quickly settled in and started exploring.



In the bag.






I'm looking forward to having a really awesome tank!
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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Beautiful tank!
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:08 PM   #3
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nice tank, is that Eco Complete on the bottom there?
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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Looks nice! Those cories will be fun to watch. Please keep us updated as to how they all work out.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:59 PM   #5
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Thanks all! The cories are doing swimmingly (XP), and although I can only count 9 at a time, I'm sure there are places that I am not able to see. Like how the zebra oto has disappeared. I'll only worry if they're missing for a few days, that's happened to me before (no body). UG didn't come today, hopefully it will tomorrow. Now I'm hoping the power doesn't go out...


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nice tank, is that Eco Complete on the bottom there?
No, it's AquaSoil New Amazonia.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:51 AM   #6
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Everyone is doing well, though I haven't seen the zebra oto since. The cories got really frightened by today's water change, but it was cute to seem them huddling together! :P

I also don't have school again tomorrow. :O
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:07 AM   #7
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Gorgeous tank! Are you bringing your tank with you to college in the fall? I was super into reef-keeping in high school and brought a small nano-reef with to my dorm room and all of my favorite corals out of my 90G reef that was still at home.
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Gorgeous tank! Are you bringing your tank with you to college in the fall? I was super into reef-keeping in high school and brought a small nano-reef with to my dorm room and all of my favorite corals out of my 90G reef that was still at home.
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No, this tank will be scraped in August. It's too big to bring into my dorm, and it's too high-maintenance to leave at home. I'll set up a low tech tank for my Honeycombs in my 10G, and I want to bring a CRS tank to my dorm.



Here's my tank after adding a nice amount of Staurogyne repens from Tom Barr. Yes, I'm going for a rather unusual carpet of Staurogyne. I think it will work well, it has grown very well so far in my tank, much better than glosso, HC, or UG. Below are my plans for this. I want some sort of bush for the front right corner, and Eriocaulon mini cinereum has spurred some interest in my recently, but if I can't get it than Downoi is always a good choice. Ludwigia pantanal has always attracted me, and now I want to get some to bring red to the left side, too. Buces are cool, but expensive, so I dunno.



The cories also appreciated the goodies kicked up by removing/planting plants.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:10 PM   #9
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Here's a short video I shot this morning after the water change and after pulling some blyxa of the cories out and about.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/78214737@N02/8525289199/


Edit: anyone know how to embed flickr videos?
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:31 PM   #10
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nice, I love the cories

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TPT doesn't allow embedded videos, unfortunately. I have seen where the link is a picture of the video, which is at least more visually intriguing than underlined words.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:33 PM   #11
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I'm thinking of taking out the java fern and replacing it with Pogostemon erectus or something. It just attracts a lot of BBA and spreads out almost vertically, which doesn't really work well in the back.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:36 AM   #12
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Latest FTS, and some new things. The Staurogyne repens has definitely increased in thickness over the past month. Soon, I'll be able to sell my trimmings. but I'm having a problem in that the older leaves really die back and get holes and algae in them. Dunno if that's typical though. My new light is the AquaticLife TH50, dual bulb and T5HO. Hopefully it will provide all the light I need. I also got Ludwigia pantanal and Eriocaulon cenereum, both look good.

Here you can see a good shot of one of my honeycombs. Usually they hide all the time, so it's not easy to get one! He looks a little cross-eyed, but they just have wide heads and big eyes.

Ever since I got my new light I think my plants have started to pearl. It definitely has effected growth positively.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:45 AM   #13
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nice honeycomb... cinerum is close to bein able to split.. makes sure to pull off any yellowing leaves..they will just be bba magnet
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Small update... got my Elatine hydropiper today! Here's my review:

Good things:
This is an unbelievably rare plant. I have never seen it for sale, and almost never seen it grown in someone's tank. Even though it's that rare, it's being offered for a decent price: $22 shipped for this amount. It actually came in a little plastic container, with the brand "Anubias" packaging. It came in this weird black gel that must have been nutritious. It was easy to wash off. The plant came in relatively healthy (not melting, dried out). It comes with a decent amount.

Bad things:
It came a little squashed/clumpy, I don't know how to describe it. And 2-4x as much as a normal pot, my butt. It was only slightly more than that. At the price some of the more common species are at (HC, glosso, etc) I'd skip it. Also, the way it was growing, the roots were super short, which made it hard to plant.

Final thoughts:
Well, I can only see how it grows from here on. I'd only buy it if you're comfortable growing your plants and would like to try something interesting. At such a decent price, it's hard to resist your curiosity.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:42 PM   #15
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Well, of course all the Elatine hydropiper melted. Oh well, what did I expect? I removed all the Staurogyne to make room for an HC carpet, classic and nice. The Ludwigia pantanal also is started to grow how I want it.
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