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Old 03-25-2013, 10:10 PM   #211
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That is one heck of a nice HC carpet! Are you running C02? Cuz I can't see a diffuser.

Nice work! I like it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:26 PM   #212
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hey frrok,

how goes it? how's it going on the rock? I have to get some more plastic for the pipes. not sure when that'll be but if I get around to it, maybe I'll make an extra one and send it to you.

assasin,

thanks. I'm using an external reactor and am running a 5lbs pressurized tank.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:44 AM   #213
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hey frrok,

how goes it? how's it going on the rock? I have to get some more plastic for the pipes. not sure when that'll be but if I get around to it, maybe I'll make an extra one and send it to you.

assasin,

thanks. I'm using an external reactor and am running a 5lbs pressurized tank.
Rock is coming back to normal slowly but surely. Went out for a surf today after work...
That would be epic. I would love to have a Fat Guy lily pipe!
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #214
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Just finished reading your thread. Quite a progression you've had with this tank! I love the simplicity and cleanliness of them all. Very nice!

Have you ever considered plugging the end of your suction line and drilling small holes rather than using the screen? I think it would look much better for this type of setup. Similar to the standard ADA glass tubes. You seem to have an affinity to making your own lily pipes.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:53 AM   #215
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Nice job on the lilys and the tank is a beauty!

Were you able to find the acrylic at your local hardware store, or did you have to order it from TAP Plastic?
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:56 AM   #216
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Just finished reading your thread. Quite a progression you've had with this tank! I love the simplicity and cleanliness of them all. Very nice!

Have you ever considered plugging the end of your suction line and drilling small holes rather than using the screen? I think it would look much better for this type of setup. Similar to the standard ADA glass tubes. You seem to have an affinity to making your own lily pipes.
Thanks zorfox. I don't mind the screen. i like that it's easy to clean and keeps a lot of debris out of the filter.

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Nice job on the lilys and the tank is a beauty!

Were you able to find the acrylic at your local hardware store, or did you have to order it from TAP Plastic?
thanks beedee. I picked up the tubing at a plastic store in chinatown here in nyc.

I just picked up some dry iron chelate form gla and made a mix to dose extra with my micros. the rotala seems to be responding very well and is showing some nice red coloration especially on the new growth.

the next purchases are going to be some plantex (in the distant future) and some shorter curved scissors to make the carpet trimming a little more manageable.

best, walt
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:36 AM   #217
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The staghorn is completely gone. The best method for me was spot treating it with excel. Actually, the smartest thing I've done to treat it was to first remove the tank of its occupants. Tinkering with c02 and excel can be tough on the fauna...(and flora). I treated the tank for about a week. Half an hour before lights up I closed the valve for my filter so there was no current and treated the glosso with a dosing syringe of excel. After about 20-30 minutes, I reopened the filter valve and brought the current back in. I overdosed excel for three days then did a major water change and repeated for the first week. stahorn eventually turned grey then virtually transparent. I dosed more than the recommended amount which I know can be issue. There are zero inhabitants in the tank except for pond snails. My pond snail population did diminish significantly after dosing. I dosed between 5-10ml. after a week I did a 75% water change and resumed daily maintenance without excel. I have to say that excel did the trick, however I noticed a difference in the growth of my glosso after the first couple of days. The plants were not pearling and to me the new growth seemed thin. After the last major water change and ferts plants have bounced back. I read that there is a risk of damaging your plants by overdosing excel. I felt like I was walking a very fine line. Finally, though, the staghorn is gone. I've tried very hard to be patient. With such a small tank there is ver little room for error.

Got some 12" tweezers today from Southern Oak aquatics. $20 and free shipping. They work very well. If I were to purchase such a product again, I would go with 10" ones. These are great, just take some getting used to.

Redid my 4dkh recipe for my drop checker. After 4 hours the drop checker is green. Big thanks to the barrreport.com and its members for the recipe:

I used Billionzz recipe found here: http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...7-Dkh-4-Recipe

and followed it to the T.

I weighed every element instead of measuring on my graduated cylinder. The graduated cylinder I have is inaccurate.

Have to say, this recipe make me feel much more confident in getting a general estimate of co2.

All plants are pearling. Again. glad I switched to the 18w bulb. Hairgrass is shooting out multiple runners too. Going to do a tank trim tomorrow. some glosso is still growing high while others are growing horizontally.

All the best,

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Are those tongs very thin at the ends? what is the measurement in mm?

I currently have the Fluval Flora Stainless Steel Planting Tongs and the ends are too thick at 3mm making it really hard to plant.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #218
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Are those tongs very thin at the ends? what is the measurement in mm?

I currently have the Fluval Flora Stainless Steel Planting Tongs and the ends are too thick at 3mm making it really hard to plant.
i don't know the measurement in mm, but I haven't had any trouble using them for planting. If I were to get another set I would choose ones that had more grip at the end. these ones are smooth and I just use them for planting/removing any random debris. sometimes they lose their grip of the plant. but for the price, they serve me very well.

not much to report for today, just letting the rotala get resettled after the trim. gonna get a shorter set of curved scissors. Have also cut my photo period down to about 6.5 hours. don't want to get ahead of myself. also, vinegar and water has proven to be the best glass cleaner when cleaning the outside glass of the tank.

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:00 PM   #219
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could you get the thickness of the ends on the planting tong for me please!

Also, if you could buy better ones, what planting tongs were you looking at?
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:21 AM   #220
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been away for some time. changed things up.

dhg and mini glosso (elatine hydropiper- that I purchased from a member here). wish more came with the order but am excited to see it grow. this is a shoddy photo but I wanted to snap a pic of the new layout now in order to compare how the plants fill in later. can't kill dhg, that's for sure. or pond snails. the tank was empty for over a week. I pulled everything out after my hc carpet got out of control (neglect). so this is a fresh start. same old aquasoil, different rock work. you can only see the dhg in the background. the e. hydropiper is going to be the foreground when it settles in. thanks for looking. -el gordo

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Old 09-19-2013, 03:04 AM   #221
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The new scape looks awesome.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:10 PM   #222
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I liked the old scape but new one is a big improvement. Curious how the mini glosso carpet turns out. I have seen the plant before but I don't think I have seen a full carpet of it in a journal yet.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:55 PM   #223
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Just stumbled on to this thread. Really liking all the iterations the tank has gone through! Keep us posted on your success with the hydropiper please.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:16 AM   #224
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New scape looks good! Hydropiper looks like a great compliment.
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:48 AM   #225
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I have a lot of E hydropiper, but, as soon as I add it to the tanks, fish tend to pull it out or the shrimp. I grow it attached to some moss at the surface, even at 84F, it grows great.

Fine ADA powder and few fish/shrimp messing with it, lots of light, it should do well.
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