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Old 03-29-2013, 07:51 AM   #1
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5g Chi. Mud tank (Path way to Buddha photo heavy)


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Brazilian microswords (courtesy of Dave Allen)

As of tonight I just put together a 5g chi for my gf. She is currently mad at me because I stop working on the tank, and then immediately logged on the forum! She has a fascination with Buddhas, and I've always wanted a soil tank. I mixed the two together now I have an awesome idea. My plan is to have the microswords do their thing through the tank. I left a path from one corner of the tank to the other which i plan on making it swerve. My idea is to have Buddha sitting under a tree at the end of the path elevated(on who knows what) about the grass. I some manzanita driftwood on the way, as well as a piece from a tree in front of Home Depot. I plan on wrapping it up with some kind of moss and make it look like it has life. As far as what to use to elevate Buddha I'm still up in the air. Also any ideas on what to use for my path would be great. I was thinking sand color river stones I use for my turtles. As far as plants I want to keep it simple and place just a few throughout the background. For fish I was thinking Otos(my favs), micro crabs(not sure why), shrimps(open to different breeds, but have cherries in mind) a trio of scarlet badis in mind or a small schooling fish or a betta sorority. I would like to keep it one species only when it came to the fishes, but would like some color. Guppies are no gos lol.

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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Default As far as she let me get tonight

Filled just a bit to cover the microswords, and still allow me to place stones and rearrange as I go before topping it off. I also did not cap the soil which should be interesting. I Also plan on getting a culture of blackworms going as well

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Old 03-29-2013, 08:01 AM   #3
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Is there an easier way than having to upload every pic individually

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Old 03-29-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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A bit messy. I filled it with airline tubbing. Also the ferts I use changes the water color

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Old 03-29-2013, 08:53 AM   #5
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i would of expected it to a bit clearer when filled with airline tube lol...

keep us posted!
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:19 AM   #6
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I use floranova grow as a fert so it tints my water plus gf didn't let me turn the lights on to catch a good picture lol! Will def keep updating as progress continues
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Default Don't try this at home :)

Time to fill. Might have to cap it cause soil on top is really mushy, or maybe it just needs more time to sit

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Old 04-01-2013, 02:06 AM   #8
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First gallon went well. Lets hope the second is not a disaster

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Finally up and running. Still debating to cap it. Any advice or stories of what might happen if I dont

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Old 04-02-2013, 02:51 PM   #10
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Well guess I will be draining it down tonight to replant it then refilling it eventually! Top layer is still a bit mushy. Water seemed to have cleared up pretty well. Just difficult to plant anything. I'm guessing the cap is what causes the dirt to compact and be more manageable. I'm staying rebellious. BTW... Gf never had a fish tank and I never had a mud tank. What a mix lol!!! Not sure she knows what a mud tank is but it's funny seeing her look at it as if it was something weird.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #11
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BTW... Gf never had a fish tank and I never had a mud tank. What a mix lol!!! Not sure she knows what a mud tank is but it's funny seeing her look at it as if it was something weird.
Just tell her you are trying to mimic a pond.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:16 PM   #12
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Contains Vital Earth's® Organic Compost OMRI
Mega Worm® earthworm castings promotes enhanced germination, root growth, plant-growth, crop yield & water-holding capacity in soils.
Contains mycorrhizal fungi and Vital Earth's® Powdered Glacial Rock.
Contains guano, peat moss, and pumice.

I found it funny to see a warning label on the bag which they dont mention on here. Keep away from children and pets. Please use gloves and a air mask. Please wash hands immediately after using.

It's dirt people not battery acid lol!!!

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:21 PM   #13
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http://www.vitalearthsproducts.com/s...les/V_SOIL.pdf

Safety data sheet!!! Lmao
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:34 PM   #14
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My neck hurts! Too many photos on their sides. LOL
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #15
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Lmao! I upload em from my iPhone... Not sure why they are not straight... Help anyone? Lmao
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