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Old 04-09-2013, 01:52 AM   #211
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GDominy, excellent thread. Always a pleasure to read your threads and I haven't seen you around much in years.

You were one of the members who's tank (the six footer you posted a few pages back) originally got me hooked on planted tanks. Eleven years later I'm still here.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:59 AM   #212
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GDominy, excellent thread. Always a pleasure to read your threads and I haven't seen you around much in years.

You were one of the members who's tank (the six footer you posted a few pages back) originally got me hooked on planted tanks. Eleven years later I'm still here.
Thanks for the kind words :-) I've been around in the hobby the whole time, but I was focussing heavily on salt water for a few years. Kinda stepped out of the planted scene.

Had a couple of career changes in the last few years too, but things have finally settled down. I seriously doubt I'll be setting up another salt water aquarium (at least not in my rented apartment) but I do think I will end up running at least one more freshwater tank in this place.

I have two more LED fixtures just sitting around, and enough automation equipment to do something interesting (that would tie into the other aquariums Profilux). Also found a couple of Tunze nanostream powerheads.

Thinking I might set up a small cube tank for shrimp, seeing as this tank wont be able to support them (stupid barbs lol).
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:14 AM   #213
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Just a quickie update. Things are growing pretty quickly now. I seem to have a handle on my nutrient requirements and have ordered about 10 pounds of dry ferts to start my automatic dosing. My shipment is flying in Saturday, so I'll post some equipment/programming pictures once I get that dialled in.

Here is how the tank looks today:







I almost have enough plant material to start shaping the tank the way I want. A few more inches and I'll start really getting into it.

The HC has not acclimated well. The plants I purchased had clearly been grown wet/dry and did not take kindly to being slit apart and replanted entirely underwater. About 10% survived but has started to root and spread. The carpet will take longer then expected, but I might speed it up if I can track down some Tropica HC in the next few weeks.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:37 PM   #214
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Livestock pics! Been tinkering with the camera and trying to get a feel for how to shoot this tank (LED's can be difficult to use as a light source)








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hey man, all i can say is what an awesome tank you have, love everything about it. your a really good aquascaper. how are those fry doin?
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:17 PM   #216
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Thanks :-)

Fry are long gone as expected, but they are getting ready to fire off another batch so we'll see.
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Nice setup plants, fish and everything!
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How are your Dwarf Puffers behaving in your community tank?
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:26 AM   #220
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The puffers look awesome. I'm curious also how they are doing in the community tank. Everything looks great, kudos for being able to photograph the occupants so nicely!
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So far the puffers have behaved admirably. They don't bother anyone else, and the other fish seem to be oblivious of them. There are tons of plants to hide in so that probably helps a great deal.

Here are a couple of tank shots from today, I'm probably going to do another prune on sunday (Ive been pruning every 4-5 days)



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Old 05-10-2013, 05:18 PM   #222
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Inspiring tank! Keep it up!

Any tips for keeping slower growing plants algae free? The broad leaf plant in the back looks like it would be hard to keep from developing BBA on the leaves that close to the light.
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:28 PM   #223
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Its difficult in a high light tank like this to keep things totally algae free. I usually try to keep fast growing plants that are easily pruned so I can remove any old leaves that get algae on them.

I do have some Anubias Nana petite that is starting to get some algae on them, but the ottos tend to keep it at bay. Any BBA that shows up I spot treat with Flourish excel or hydrogen peroxide out of a syringe
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:45 AM   #224
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WOW thats a stunner.... loved the automation part hats off brother
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