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Old 04-07-2013, 01:54 AM   #1
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Getting back into the hobby


It has been three years since I have dabbled in planted tanks and I wanted to jump back in with something manageable so I decided on a simple 7 gallon setup. Nothing fancy with the plants or scape just something to get back into the hobby. Part of me wanted to try the rock garden look everyone loves and another part of me really liked the forest look I have been seeing lately with mosses so I thought what the heck why not both since this is basically an extended experiment to get me used to things again.

I had meant to go with a dry start but impatience won out so that did not happen.

Cycle start with clumped dwarf hair grass, dwarf sag, and willow moss anchored to the driftwood. The stone is dragon stone. Sorry the picks are not the best I will work on that.



2 weeks later inhabitants added with some riccia on these fancy new stone screen things. Dwarf sag moved to quarantine tank, dwarf hair grass replanted, micro sword added along with a bit of anubis.



Starting to fill in a bit. I figure it is not bad progress for 5 weeks in. I added some frogbit to help soaking up excess ferts etc. I am going to up the CO2 a bit and I am contemplating LED lighting.

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Old 04-07-2013, 02:20 AM   #2
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Great start! CO2 would only make things better from here but that DHG looks like it's doing great already. Where did you buy it from?///////
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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Thank you. I was having a hard time finding healthy DHG locally and was going to order it online when I went to Petsmart to pick up some cheap tubing for a drip acclimation system. This is probably verboten here and I am a bit ashamed of myself but they had these little sealed packages hanging up next to the plants that have no business being in aquariums and it was DHG. It looked healthy enough, the price was not great but it looked better than the meager LFS offerings I had been seeing. Other than taking forever to get rid of the algar they put in with it and having to separate out some dead clumps what was left was actually really healthy and has been growing like a weed.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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I wanted to take some shots of the pearling before I trimmed the Riccia for the first time. Fighting some BGA I think I just need to up my ferts a touch especially my nitrates on top of more frequent water changes.



Here is a closeup of the heavy pearling going on right as the CO2 shut off and the air stone kicked in 30 minutes before lights out.

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Old 04-12-2013, 10:56 PM   #5
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what is your water parameter. mine is ph ~6.8, kH 7, GH 0/CO2 injected and I cannot grow riccia or HC.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:50 AM   #6
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what is your water parameter. mine is ph ~6.8, kH 7, GH 0/CO2 injected and I cannot grow riccia or HC.
I changed out some water today so I will take some readings tomorrow but my water is a little on the hard side usually and my ph is generally around 6.9 to 7.0 with slight variations. I did not get a burst of growth until I upped my CO2. I was running a bubble every 3 seconds and bumped it to one every 1.25 seconds but I don't know my exact ppm on the CO2.

Forgot to add that I keep my tank around 74 degrees, not sure if that matters or not for riccia.

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Old 04-30-2013, 02:05 AM   #7
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The riccia was getting to be a pain to trim so I planted more DHG. Even though I loved the willow moss the drift wood was messing with the flow in the tank so out it came for some more pieces of dragon stone. I added a little nerite snail to get some of the algae on the rock. Probably going to add another here soon. In one of the pics you can spot the snail already working on one rock.





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Lost my amano shrimp pictured above. Not sure why yet. My cherries are still fine but found the amano dead. I need to check my parameters again tonight, did not have time this morning. Kind of a bummer.
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Re-scape and fauna change. I wanted something basic to start off with and accomplished that but wanted a more dynamic scape for the long haul. Still need to replant some of the hair grass in the middle, that will be done tomorrow. I moved the tetras to my 20 long. Now the tank has cherry shrimp, some orange sunkist shrimp, and three scarlet badis.







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Old 05-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #10
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Starting to grown back in and fill out. Almost time for a hair grass trim.

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Nice job on the rescape. Large improvement, I would suggest you swap the plant from the far left and the tuft of hairgrass in the middle.
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Nice job on the rescape. Large improvement, I would suggest you swap the plant from the far left and the tuft of hairgrass in the middle.
Thank you. Good suggestion, I have to admit I put the Anubis in almost as an after thought and did not think much about positioning.
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I can't believe how striking that tank is, really great job with the new scape. Gonna follow this one for sure.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:09 AM   #14
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Great little tank you've got here. If you don't mind, what kind of tank do you have? I'm loving the bowed edges.
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:08 PM   #15
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It is an Aqua H2O. Unfortunately I don't think they are in business anymore. The bigger sizes had a bad rep for cracking at the bends.
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