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Old 03-27-2013, 12:26 PM   #46
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I love this tank! Nice job
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #47
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Sounds like you have a great boss!
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:32 PM   #48
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I tried both glosso and hc DSM in excel only tanks...they hung on pretty well for a few months after flooding, but didn't flourish, and slowly died out. Hoping you have better luck!
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:25 AM   #49
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Wow! Very pretty! This is my favorite mini M yet
Im very surprised by how tidy you java is growing, especially in low tech! Or is it just because it is still in it's emersed form? Either way very beautiful!
Thanks for the comment! I'm glad it's your favorite Mini-M so far. There are a lot of Mini-M's out there that are gorgeous.

The java moss I cut out of my 20g tank (been growing in there for ~1 year) then had it emersed ~6 weeks during the DSM, and as you see it now, it is submerged again. When it was emersed, I didn't tie it down at all; now its growth has made it latch on to the wood real good.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:57 PM   #50
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So the bamboo charcoal I got from the Container Store was a dud. Had it in for a week and it didn't do anything. I got activated filter carbon and it cleared up the water significantly overnight, so stick to what's out there! I pulled out a lot of clumps of algae, and am seeing slow rebounding by the HC and glosso. Been dosing Excel every day, and dry ferts and Flourish on alternating days. I'm seeing some early signs of algae on the glass, but I'll be away from work all of next week (so no ferts or dosing). Curious to see what condition the plants are in after I get back on the 15th.

Up to this point, I have been taking pics with my cell phone. These photos below are now with my experimenting with my Canon PowerShot SD1000 from 2008. Was able to get some cool and interesting shots. Enjoy!






One of the cooler pics I took.


Foreboding side view with that moss...


That moss looks very intimidating!




So this is inside my AC20: activated carbon on left, Purigen on right. Plus you can see my heater covertly placed behind the driftwood on the lower left corner.


Cool view of the moss from the side.




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Old 04-05-2013, 11:39 PM   #51
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That moss is awesome.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:05 AM   #52
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nice thread. subscribed
I have the same issue with my HC.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:49 AM   #53
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+1 on the moss. I've never seen it that green. Where did you get that java moss? Does it look greener because of the blue light in the fugeray?
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:30 AM   #54
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+1 on the moss. I've never seen it that green. Where did you get that java moss? Does it look greener because of the blue light in the fugeray?
Story of my java moss:
January 2012: I got that moss from someone I bought RCS's from. It was a golf-ball sized clump. I stuck it on my driftwood in my 20H low-tech tank. I dosed Excel and dry ferts and bi-weekly water changes for the rest of 2012.
January 2013: Cut some pieces of it out and laid it out on the driftwood at the very beginning of this DSM.
March 2013: Flooded the tank after ~6 weeks of DSM.

So the moss was dry-started with the glosso and HC. First two weeks it kind of spread out a little, but the next two weeks it just took off. It's still taking off now, after being submerged for weeks. I don't have any secrets as to why it's so lush and green. I will have to trim it very soon.

Also, I'm strongly considering just taking out the glosso and HC because they aren't growing and it's a losing battle to try and get them to grow; little by little, I see more small clumps of sad HC at the surface. I'm really leaning towards a spread of Cryptocoryne Parva and Marsilea Hirsuta for the foreground and Anubias Nana/Petite Nana with some rocks to fill up the middle triangular space in front of the wood. I know none of those plants will grow much at all, but that's fine, since it's a low-tech tank anyway.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:15 AM   #55
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That moss is totally suh-weet! I think it'd be OK if you took out the HC and glosso.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:53 PM   #56
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So I pulled out the HC, it was slowly dying/straggling. I went back home this past weekend and got a good amount of Anubias and some RCS's and 7 Purple Rasboras. I also went to the park/trail nearby (Shuylkill River trail) and got some good rocks from there. Put the rocks in the middle with the Anubias and voile! Looks more natural now.

I spread out some glosso to hopefully carpet out over the front. Might even get a pot or two of marsilea hirsuta to fill out the front, but I like the look of the bare black substrate. I think it contrasts well with the anubias and moss on the wood.




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Old 04-27-2013, 06:06 PM   #57
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Looks really great, the anubias is a nice addition. Any algae issues?
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:01 AM   #58
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Looks really great, the anubias is a nice addition. Any algae issues?
Thanks! No algae issues, the snail and shrimp take care of any for the most part. There's a very faint layer of algae that I just manually removed from the front and side glass with an unused card. This algae was after flooding 5 weeks ago and it was barely noticeable.

I'm slowly adjusting my dosing of dry ferts/Flourish/Excel to get the tank balanced. I'll be keeping a close watch on how my glosso grows for this.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:00 AM   #59
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Really great tank. Did you place the java moss neatly with their fronds all facing the same direction?
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Really great tank. Did you place the java moss neatly with their fronds all facing the same direction?
This is how I laid down my java moss:




So I basically just plopped it on the wood and spread it out. I did not even tie any of it up. Over the first 2-3 weeks of the DSM, it grew kind if slow and started to spread out, covering the wood. But the 4th week and on, it just exploded to what you see now, and that's after a trim 2 weeks ago. I did not anticipate all the fronds being in the same direction like that, which looks pretty cool. It's just a result of how the moss is growing and the direction of the water flow from the AC20 which is on the right side of the tank.

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