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Old 04-06-2013, 03:24 PM   #46
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My First Tank...and What's Looking To Be a Very Long Obsession


Some changes have been made in my plan. Now, I'm pretty much committed to the path I've chosen. Here's the update:

1) The white sand path was eighty-sixed. I bought some small light colored stones of varying sizes to make a path instead.

2) I bought some plexiglass to cut up that should help keep the substrate slope.

3) I found a pack of 4 stainless steel tweezers of varying kinds in the jeweler section of Hobby Lobby for $7. Hopefully, they work out.

3) Plants have been ordered. Since I have no experience in buying nor planting, I have no idea what to expect. I want to plant heavily initially to help stabilize the tank. This is what is coming:

30-Marsilea minuta
1-glosso 2x2
4-Helanthium tenellum
6-Rotala Indica Rotundrafolia
3-HYDROCOTYLE VERTICILLATA
3-LUDWIGIA REPENS X L. ARCUATA 1$each
2-CYPERUS HELFERI
5-Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia' 1.50
5-Lysimachia Nummularia 'Aurea' (Golden creeping jenny)
14-Vallisneria Americana Gigantea (jungle vals)
3-Cryptocoryne x willisii (C. lucens)
1 Golfball - Fissiden
1 Golfball - Mini X-mas Moss

I'm attaching my layout...it's partly simply to help me figure out quantities, but I think it will prove to help me in planting as well. If you have a chance, check it out and let me know your thoughts! That'd be greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:47 AM   #47
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Also, Phoenix's water is like liquid rock. I though we had an RO system...I was wrong. So, I picked up some 5 gallon jugs. Guess I'll be making trips to the corner store to fill the tank.

Is Seachem Equilibrium the right thing to add to RO water?
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:27 AM   #48
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #49
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I think white gravel would look better
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:22 PM   #50
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Here's a pic after the first shipment of plants came in...planting was stressful part of the time, peaceful at others I'm trying to get good levels of KH and GH right now. Ammonia levels would kill a fish if it got within a mile of my tank...I'll probably be doing a huge water change tomorrow. There are three LUDWIGIA REPENS X L. ARCUATA behind the big stones that I hope will grow and peak over, and the gentleman that I bought this shipment from through in some hygro bold as a gift that I planted on the left side. Also, I ended up buying some more h. tellenum from a store near by. Here's what's in so far:

30-Marsilea minuta
glosso 2x2
4-Helanthium tenellum
6-Rotala Indica Rotundrafolia
3-HYDROCOTYLE VERTICILLATA
3-LUDWIGIA REPENS X L. ARCUATA
2-CYPERUS HELFERI
5-Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia'
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:35 AM   #51
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Should I be worried about chasing KH and GH while I'm doing large water changes every other day?
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:40 AM   #52
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Should I be worried about chasing KH and GH while I'm doing large water changes every other day?
Seems like a losing battle to me. I'd let the ammonia die down first and then worry about other parameters. Theres no fauna yet to worry about.
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Yeah, I agree. Probably still good to remineralize the ro water going in though, no? Even if the levels don't stay the same once it's in the tank?


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Looks like BBA is about to have a heyday...I'm thinking it's from the fluctuation in CO2, from transport and a 60% water change today. My Fugeray LED is on 4 hours, off 3 hours, on 4 hours.

Should I be concerned about it right now or wait until the tank is cycled? Any suggestions?
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Looks like BBA is about to have a heyday...I'm thinking it's from the fluctuation in CO2, from transport and a 60% water change today. My Fugeray LED is on 4 hours, off 3 hours, on 4 hours.

Should I be concerned about it right now or wait until the tank is cycled? Any suggestions?
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What if I put in some DIY CO2...would that be a good thing, or bad thing to fight the algae and help the plants?
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:18 AM   #57
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co2 will help algae in most cases

Also, would you consider letting that little hex tank go? I have one like it, and I have been looking for another one to match.
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Looks like BBA is about to have a heyday...I'm thinking it's from the fluctuation in CO2, from transport and a 60% water change today. My Fugeray LED is on 4 hours, off 3 hours, on 4 hours.
I had chronic problems with BBA when I started my tank. I used the light period you have and increased nitrate level with KNO3 solution using Spectricide stump remover (found specs showing that it is 100% KNO3).
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Read up a little on the BBA...sounds pretty tenacious. Sounds like general consensus is that low CO2 is the problem. I tried a turbo CO2 yeast generator...it was a joke. I'm taking it back. I'll have to look into this KNO3 dosing...Thanks, Hilde. BTW Hilde, I looked at the ferts that you buy and was wondering if you have Aquasoil like myself...??

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Read up a little on the BBA...sounds pretty tenacious. Sounds like general consensus is that low CO2 is the problem.

BTW Hilde, I looked at the ferts that you buy and was wondering if you have Aquasoil like myself...??
Yeah the info says Co2 imbalance is the main cause of BBA. I only had Seachem Excel. Since nitrates were low I dosed with KNO3. I made a solution - water .5 cup + .5 tsp of KNO3. Dosed 10ml daily for a week. Then 1/3 water change. Then dosed KNO3 10ml weekly.

My nitrates are low now but no BBA. Guessing the BBA was a part of the new tank syndrome. A lot of people get diatoms (brown algae) initially.

No I don't use Aquasoil. To expensive for me, I make my on substrate. For 20G long:
1st layer Reptile Coconut Bark
2nd layer Scott's Top Soil/ Hydoponics Potting soil 50:50 and 2 cups of KNO3.
3rd layer Black Diamond Blasting Sand

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