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Old 04-11-2013, 01:19 AM   #151
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I lost a lot of the Amano's from the first batch and a good number of the cardinals. I think it had to deal with my water temperature and the Seiryu rocks. My water quality has improved quite a bit since. I learned a lot....remember this is my first planted tank and I haven't kept fish since high school...and kept is a very loose term....I feel bad for those fish now
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:05 AM   #152
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Took a picture with my cell phone just now.

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Old 04-13-2013, 03:38 AM   #153
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beautiful tank. this is what my dream tank would look like
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:53 AM   #154
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beautiful tank. this is what my dream tank would look like
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I actually plan to move a couple things around this weekend or early next week...got a few new plants coming in...blyxa on the way out.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:55 AM   #155
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I actually plan to move a couple things around this weekend or early next week...got a few new plants coming in...blyxa on the way out.
let me know on the blyxa, im setting up my tank and its on my list
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:50 AM   #156
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I realized that I never updated my dosing scheme from page 1 so here is what I'm doing currently.


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Old 04-19-2013, 03:26 AM   #157
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I've had a few people inquire about my sump/CO2 setup so I took some pictures to show it for those curious.

Here is the CPR overflow. I bent some S.S. screen/mesh as a cover to keep out large debris and snails.



Side view of CPR. I taped the cover so its sealed and have it setup as a Herbie.



Side view of CPR and sump. I would change the ball valves to gate valves if I did it again. The ball valves work fine though.



Inside the sump. Water flows through the pad and some foam. Then I have one NW pump for CO2 that goes through the water filter and the outlet is pressed (elbow into foam) against the return pump sponge. The return is then broken into two pipes with each having a hole drilled to break siphon when power fails.









Complete Setup


Now onto the good stuff

I rearranged and added a few new plants I think I'm finally happy just need the new plants to fill in.

















A bit rough from being moved










I just got the sunset in today so it's only been in the tank ~4hrs...looks a bit rough.



























As always I'd love to hear your feedback..good or bad
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:50 AM   #158
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Amazing Tank. There's a lot of stuff happening here. Everytime I look at one of your shots I see something new.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:23 AM   #159
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Amazing Tank. There's a lot of stuff happening here. Everytime I look at one of your shots I see something new.
Thanks...yeah, I love sitting and watching the fish and shrimp. The apistogramma's hide the most but are the most fun to watch.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:44 AM   #160
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Quick cell phone picture, 6 days after previous picture. Plants are growing like weeds. Time for a major trim this weekend. Will probably be selling a bunch on Saturday or Sunday.

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crazy growth!
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:07 AM   #162
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Very nice Dutch aquarium, Nick.......it will be interesting to see how long you will be able to keep this going for. The constant attention and pruning can wear a man down.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:14 AM   #163
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Thanks....Haha, my wife is due July 30th so I'd guess about there.

The only labor I put in is feeding/fertz in the morning and evening (10 mins a piece). Then a water change/trimming (couple hours on the weekend). It's not that bad right now. I have a bunch of Amano's and Oto's so they keep algae in check along with my high CO2.

I'm hoping the other plants fill in so I can get a picture and enter the IAPLC or some contest.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:30 AM   #164
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Trimming tomorrow if anyone wants any plants ....http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...02#post3239002
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:19 AM   #165
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Well it's been a few weeks since I updated and I haven't been very active on the various forums. I've been busy getting the house ready for the new baby, traveling for work and I had the flu for a week. My tank has taken a somewhat back seat but I think still looks decent.

Here are some pictures from tonight. I need to cut the tops of the Rotola 'Mini' Butterfly and the L. Senegalensis and replant them. The bottoms are bare and since I spread out the Tonina Lotus Blossom it hasn't had time to grow and cover up the bare spots. I'd like the Reineckii Mini to grow in a bit more like the regular version but I think it still looks good. Overall I'm satisfied with the progress.























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