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Old 03-28-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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16 Gallon Sword and Lawn Build: Take 1


This will be my *%&$th tank that I have setup in my life (I lost count after working at an aquarium store for over 7 years). This is my first planted tank, I have previously kept mainly Acropora and Monitpora species.

However, the move to Manhattan has prompted a little setup like this one instead, so plants it is.

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16 Gallon Glass Aquarium
Rear Filter built in (foam and small carbon media used in back)
Substrate: Combo Eco-Complete and Amano goodies along with Flourite
Lights: Finnex LED
Plants: Baby Tears, Swords, Glosso (to be planted soon)
Rock: Seiryu rocks from ADA
Supplements: Unsure at the moment, thinking of Tropica series or Amano Series (open to suggestions)
CO2: Right now a small Fluval setup to be replaced by full rig next month with solenoid and timer
Fish: Not sure yet (none in the tank right now)

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More to come.....
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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Beautiful! What are the dimensions of the tank? How did you plant the HC?
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:22 AM   #3
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Very nice!
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:29 AM   #4
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Beautiful! What are the dimensions of the tank? How did you plant the HC?
Dimensions are 24x13X11 I believe.

The HC has been a pain in the butt; I have planted it before, but this if the first time planting so much at once; I removed the majority of the rockwool off each pot with scissors and then a small blade and divided them up and planted them that way. So far so good, a few have floated up but I remained determined

Tomorrow some Glosso goes in the tank; I am not able to get much here in NYC so it will be a slow process growing that particular plant.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:39 AM   #5
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Looks great! Loving the aquarium itself and its dimensions.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:18 AM   #6
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Old 03-30-2013, 04:58 PM   #7
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Bubbles Bubbles everywhere!!!

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Old 03-30-2013, 06:03 PM   #8
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Love where this is going!

I am Rowdaddy.
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:23 AM   #9
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Glosoo has been planted, thanks for the hookup @ jimmytruong87!!



Baby tears continues to do well as do the swords; dosing heavy CO2 right now since there are no fish (yet) and am finding this method is yielding great results, especially with the dwarf HC.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:40 AM   #10
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Glosoo has been planted, thanks for the hookup @ jimmytruong87!!



Baby tears continues to do well as do the swords; dosing heavy CO2 right now since there are no fish (yet) and am finding this method is yielding great results, especially with the dwarf HC.
You're welcome.i hope you will have a beautiful carpet

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:56 PM   #11
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Tank is continuing to do well; a small amount of hair algae broke out about a week and half into the cycle, but I have been dosing Flourish Excel with success, and have added three Amano shrimp. Plants are continuing to grow, and I have started a fertilizer regimen

Daily: ADA Green Bright K and Step 1, small dose of Seachem Flourish Excel
Weekly: ADA Green Gain and Python Git

C02 still being dispensed at about 1-2 drops/second; I am going to need some refills soon!!



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Old 04-08-2013, 01:07 PM   #12
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Your tank is looking good!
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #13
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April 12th. Tank is doing well; a little algae still persists, but my little Pleco (see pic) along with a half dozen Amano shrimp are making work of it for now.

Continuing to dose: ADA Brighty K, Step 1, Green Gain, Python Git. Water change 25% weekly. Added a larger CO2 tank, with a rate of 1.5 bubbles/sec from a new atomizer. Waiting on CO2 tubing to complete setup.

Also trimmed down the swords as they are growing fast, and throwing many runners. Baby tears is carpeting well.

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Old 04-14-2013, 11:21 PM   #14
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Added: 12 Emperor Tetras and two more pots of HC (found cheap at a local store of all places).

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Old 04-15-2013, 12:32 AM   #15
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Nice pearling there! and love ur layout!! keep us updated
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