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Old 04-09-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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1st time attempt at DSM / carpet

1st time attempt at high tech

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MGOCPM capped with eco
finnex ray2 on top for 8-10 hours a day
spraying down with tank water once a day
every other day airing the tank for close to 30 mins

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sorry, just some crap cell phone shots and wasn't going to start my journal on this tank till i flooded it but i got bored

im a few weeks in and the sickly clump of hc i bought has bounced back well

not much spreading yet but they have perked up and filled out so far and have rooted well enough to not pull out easily
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Are you going to try anything else with the scape? I'm happy to be the first subscriber. It looks pretty neat.
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Are you going to try anything else with the scape? I'm happy to be the first subscriber. It looks pretty neat.
I'm not sure if I will change it around to much though I've had some second thoughts about it. I know the hc carpet is my number one priority and second I'd like to grow in some bigger plant from the sides. I like star grass a lot and wanna know if it gets lush and full. I'm trying to keep it simple and open maybe no more then 5 species of plants. For fish I'm pretty set on galaxy rasboras and a few ottos.

Happy for the sub, any thoughts on the rocks?
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I'm not sure if I will change it around to much though I've had some second thoughts about it. I know the hc carpet is my number one priority and second I'd like to grow in some bigger plant from the sides. I like star grass a lot and wanna know if it gets lush and full. I'm trying to keep it simple and open maybe no more then 5 species of plants. For fish I'm pretty set on galaxy rasboras and a few ottos.

Happy for the sub, any thoughts on the rocks?
They look like petrified wood. I like them.

Something certainly would benefit from a little more hardscape.

Will you eventually use co2 when you flood?
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They look like petrified wood. I like them.

Something certainly would benefit from a little more hardscape.

Will you eventually use co2 when you flood?
I have a few more weeks to go on my dry start, so I do have some time to play around with the hardscape still. My other two tanks have been set up in the time it's taken for this tank to get this far.

Yeah I'm ordering pressurized co2 but still shopping regulators. I'm open to regulators suggestions as well if anyone has good input on one for a 20L?
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I'm no co2 guy, but if you want additional hardscape help, that's me lol.
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I think that with a Ray II over a 20L you had better seriously consider CO2 or Excel because you are going to be growing algae very effectively.

I like the rocks, very nice.
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If you could find a stump like piece of driftwood to put in the back right corner I think that would offset your nice stones perfectly, but that's just my opinion. It would also allow for some interesting anchor points for different plants if you decided to go that way.
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I think that with a Ray II over a 20L you had better seriously consider CO2 or Excel because you are going to be growing algae very effectively.

I like the rocks, very nice.
I'm planning on pressurized and ei dosing for sure

Yeah I think the sides of the rock are cool
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If you could find a stump like piece of driftwood to put in the back right corner I think that would offset your nice stones perfectly, but that's just my opinion. It would also allow for some interesting anchor points for different plants if you decided to go that way.
I actually pulled the plants from that back right corner for that very reason. You can see it in the most recent shot. I may just keep my eyes out for a nice piece of wood, thanks!
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Awesome!

To be honest the petrified wood (fairly certain that's what it is) looks like a mountain top. If you could get some similar pieces and build a "mountain range" the hc could be the trees below. Might look sweet


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You can check out some ideas for co2 on the equipment subforum and also there are users on here that sell high quality regulators.

You can get a regulator for around 90$ on amazon but those are single stage and you run the chance of gassing your fish(the needle valves seem harder to dial in and being single stage you can get end of the tank dump).

Dual stage regulators will cost a little more than twice as much(around the 250$ range) but will last longer and be much more precise. A better investment overall if you plan to keep the setup going for a while.

I've been doing a lot of research lately trying to decide what to purchase for my 20l also :P

I'm currently keeping galaxies and they are beautiful fish.

Maybe some anubias nana petite around the rocks would compliment the hc carpet?
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Awesome!

To be honest the petrified wood (fairly certain that's what it is) looks like a mountain top. If you could get some similar pieces and build a "mountain range" the hc could be the trees below. Might look sweet


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agree with this thought. the driftwood would totally change the look of the tank, not for the better imo
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Awesome!

To be honest the petrified wood (fairly certain that's what it is) looks like a mountain top. If you could get some similar pieces and build a "mountain range" the hc could be the trees below. Might look sweet
im all about keeping things simple and uniform, i like that idea

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You can check out some ideas for co2 on the equipment subforum and also there are users on here that sell high quality regulators.

You can get a regulator for around 90$ on amazon but those are single stage and you run the chance of gassing your fish(the needle valves seem harder to dial in and being single stage you can get end of the tank dump).

Dual stage regulators will cost a little more than twice as much(around the 250$ range) but will last longer and be much more precise. A better investment overall if you plan to keep the setup going for a while.

I've been doing a lot of research lately trying to decide what to purchase for my 20l also :P

I'm currently keeping galaxies and they are beautiful fish.

Maybe some anubias nana petite around the rocks would compliment the hc carpet?
for co2 regulators im willing to spend 150$ or so not much more. any recommendations would be awesome

it will be a species tank for galaxies with a few ottos for clean up, maybe and amano or two. never had the chance to own galaxies but am sooooo looking forward, i feel fish are still a long way off though...

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agree with this thought. the driftwood would totally change the look of the tank, not for the better imo
i think i might be with you and mumford on this one, thanks
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