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Old 03-10-2013, 01:08 AM   #61
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Johnson18's 20L Riparium w/Planted HOB ~ New Substrate and layout


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Johnson....nice set up, man! Wait until you start getting flowers on the Ruellia.
Thanks man!! I really appreciate hearing that I'm doing something correct! ;p
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:39 AM   #62
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So just a quick update! No pics as my iPhone finally kicked the bucket over the weekend. Not to mention I always forget to buy batteries for my real camera!

The sword was removed from behind the driftwood. I replaced it with close to 10 small Crypt. Balansae! They are melting pretty badly, as has all the balansae I've ever dealt with. No worries. It just takes time. I'm trying to keep the tank clear of the dead plant debris.

A couple clumps of java fern that were sitting on the low end of the driftwood were also removed. I see a RAOK in my near future!

Finally moved the heater to a spot it's no longer in your face visible. This aquarium looks like it is slowly coming together. If I could just find some C. Parva for the foreground!!!!

I have been testing this tank on a regular basis and all looks good. My TDS continues to remain on the higher side of the PFRs comfort zone, but within reason. I have been doing a been doing a 5 gallon +whatever has evaporated(usually about a gallon) once a week. I am refilling the tank with RO water remineralized with Shirakura CA+.

I regularly see at least two nice little shrimp. I would guess there are more then I think still in the tank. I feel like I am ready for another small batch of shrimp. I started to get more a couple weeks ago but decided I was better off waiting longer to make sure I was ready for more shrimp.

The riparium plants have really started to take off! Pictures to come within the next day or two!!
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I look forward to seeing updates.

Yes I have observed C. balansae to be very "melty" as well. But it grows back again once it has nice and steady conditions. It seems to grow best in hard water.
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So here are a couple shots, post water change. I still need a couple more gallons, I am getting more RO water tomorrow. I adjusted the position of the driftwood to make it more aquascape friendly. In my opinion at least.

Still phone pics, but I just got an iPhone 5 today so hopefully they'll be a little better....






















Let me know what y'all thinking! Thanks!
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This pic was actually last week when I planted the C. Balansae! It's pretty melted right now...
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:08 AM   #66
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Those riparium plants look good. Just keep shining the light on them and you should see them starting to fill in.

You need something in that left-most planter.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #67
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Those riparium plants look good. Just keep shining the light on them and you should see them starting to fill in.

You need something in that left-most planter.
Agreed! The planter has the white mangrove in it. All of the plants originally planted around it died off... :/ I think I'm going to get some bacopa to add in somewhere.
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I keep talking about C. Parva, when I do get some I would like to fill in the area painted below... It original pic is a few posts up!

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Oh I would just leave those white mangroves alone in that planter. If you like you can rearrange the planters so that that one is between others and hidden. It takes a little while to get started, but once it grows up the white mangrove really is a cool plant.

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Oh I would just leave those white mangroves alone in that planter. If you like you can rearrange the planters so that that one is between others and hidden. It takes a little while to get started, but once it grows up the white mangrove really is a cool plant.
Yeah, the mangroves will be left alone. Although I probably will move the planter as suggested. I am going to put a Bacopa species on a trellis raft, I'm kinda thinking Colorata or Salzmannii. I believe I saw this done in one of your builds...

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Oh yeah! I've got a few more PFR shrimp on the way!
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Here a few shots after a 9 gallon water change. I know 9 gallons sounds a bit odd, but I pulled 5 gallons out and then added water until the tank was full!






You can see I added a few stems to the last floating trellis.



The Fittonia seems to be doing well.

I finished the water change prior to going to class. I just got home from a 3 hour college algebra class, so I'm probably going to run all my water tests sometime this evening. Gotta do something to clear my mind of all the meaningless letters and numbers! Haha
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So I didn't test my water after the 9 gallon wc until today.
Done with API test kits...
PH 7.0
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 5.0-10.0ppm
Phosphate 1.5ishppm
Sera test..
KH 1-2
TDS 227
Temp. 76* F

Looks alright to me. Thoughts? I may look into lowering the temp just a little...search function here I come! Haha...

I've got some more shrimp coming, hopefully today, and probably another package tomorrow or Friday. 40-45 PFRs total.

Hopefully I can take a study break later and update with pics of shrimps.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:39 AM   #74
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I received 20 Painted Fire Red shrimp today. I drip acclimatized them over about 4 hours. They are in the tank and seem to be doing well!

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Let's hope this goes better then the last go around!
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:32 PM   #75
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More shrimp arrived today! 24 or so... They look good! I lost one netting them out of the container... It was little and got smashed.
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