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Old 04-30-2013, 01:21 AM   #16
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A tree... maybe you could get something leafy to grow on top of the log, like java fern.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:25 AM   #17
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it would be cool if you get some moss over the wood and make it look like a tree
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:41 PM   #18
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Thank you for the critique Jimmy, but could elaborate on why you feel it is "confused." I can try to explain what I was going for. I was going for mountain on the left, with some taller plants behind it. A dwarf baby tear carpet would cover up the left portion, hiding where the rock enters the substrate. On the right side where the wood is I want to add some type off moss, that is what I'v been looking into recently. Basically prairie with a rock mountain on one side, transitioning into a hilled savana with a tree.

I will read more in the aquascaping section

Looking forward to an expanded critique.
If you want do natural tree , then I suggest you should buy manzanita wood with a lot of branches . After that, you can tie moss on dw.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:58 PM   #19
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I think the fact that you have three items in the tanks and they are all different. There doesn't seem to be any unity.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:22 PM   #20
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If you want do natural tree , then I suggest you should buy manzanita wood with a lot of branches . After that, you can tie moss on dw.
Ever since your last reply Jimmy I have been seriously looking at ways to rescape my tank, and looking at a lot of the natrual and iwagumi designs on the internet. Thank you for challenging me As a beginner it is nice to be pushed forward.

Do you think I will be possible to rescape the tank and save the plants I have. Any suggestions on good place to get rocks and wood. I sourced mine from a city beach, not really idea, but earlier I wanted to save money for equipment. I don't think I can acess the b/s/t section of the fourm yet.

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I think the fact that you have three items in the tanks and they are all different. There doesn't seem to be any unity.
Fishface, I see what you are saying. As expressed earlier in this post I am thinking about a rescape. You got the dis-unity thing worded clearly pointing out the 3 differnt peices. Check back in a few weeks to see if I am improveing.

Thank you everyone for your help.

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Can a rescapse be done and still save my plants. Should I DSM it again.?What is a good source for rocks?
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:27 PM   #21
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Should have listened to me and got seiryu stone in the first place! I think you could re scape and save those plants, as long as you do it all in one day.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:38 AM   #22
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Here, I hope this picture can help u
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:33 PM   #23
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For sure you can reuse your plants! I do that all the time.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:47 AM   #24
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Big update,

The tanks has taken some big steps. I added and then removed some ludwig. The leafs were falling off and with the addition of a very small powerhead, to ward off green dust algae.





For a while I was having hard time with the green dust/glass algae and surface film. I read that poor circulation could cause this, so I added the powerhead for more flow. I also upped my ferts by 2 times. KNO3 went from 0.4 g to 1 g, KHPO4 from 0.05g to 0.1g, and K2SO4 from 0.4 to 1 g.

During the algae battle I was also playing with the scape. I added a laying drift wood piece, removed the flat rock and tilted the big rock up.

After dosing on this schedule for a week, and the gda clearing up, I thought i deserved to get some fauna in the tank. My friend LeMoine,who posted above, gave me some cherry shrimp, and I picked up 3 Dalmatian Molly, tagging along is an unknown fry.






Everything was looking great. The shrimp were happy eating left over algae and the molly where exploring the tank and chasing each other. I was so pleased I wanted to get another shrimp breed. So after about a week of happy cherry and molly, I picked up 4 Amano from my regular aquarium store, along with a mat of HC. I added the shrimp and planted the HC. During the planting the substrate started to get stirred up and the water got a little cloudy.

This is where things turn ugly, I wake up the next morning to find one dead Amano and three dead Cherry. By the next day every single shrimp was dead. Thankfully the moly still look happy. I am starting to think that my filter isn't working correctly or just weak. Since putting the filter on the desk to use the glass pipes, the filter wasn't putting out enough water. The out flow was just a trickel and my water test show very high ammonia, nitrate and nitrite. Plus it was hard to prime and the filter, and would not prime itself. So I picked up an Ehiem 2213!!!! This thing is a beast! I love it. But my water tests are still off the charts. I don't think it is CO2 related, because my drop checker is reading green.




What do you think of the new scape? What happened to my shrimp!? Thought on Ehiem or Finnex canister filters? Was I dosing to much, was it disturbing the substrate or something else that is causing my water test to show deep red and purple?
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:03 PM   #25
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:56 PM   #26
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Your shrimp died because your tank is going through a cycle.

Likely a result of messing with your tank too much.

What's your filter maintenance routine like? Have you changed your media? Washed it under tap water? Anything like that?
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:19 PM   #27
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Hey Somewhat,

Thanks for the imput. It could have been poor filter maintenance or disturbing the soil. I plants that huge mat of HC, and I did not clean out the filter for 2 months. But I though I might have been ok because I only had fish in it for a few weeks at the time of the shrimp genocide. Is there one you think might be the main cuplrate? You don't think upping the dose was to blame. I am just trying to get a better understanding. Is a monthly filter cleaning called for, with new medium and stuff? I planed on doing a filter cleaning every other month.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:56 PM   #28
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in the secon picture what is spiral thing that I see inmany CO2 tanks ?
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:52 PM   #29
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1) you do not understand how to take care shrimp
2) you use too much CO2
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:02 PM   #30
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If you replace your filter media, you lose all of the beneficial bacteria. If you've replaced it, that's why your tank is going through a cycle and why your shrimp died.

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Hey Somewhat,

Thanks for the imput. It could have been poor filter maintenance or disturbing the soil. I plants that huge mat of HC, and I did not clean out the filter for 2 months. But I though I might have been ok because I only had fish in it for a few weeks at the time of the shrimp genocide. Is there one you think might be the main cuplrate? You don't think upping the dose was to blame. I am just trying to get a better understanding. Is a monthly filter cleaning called for, with new medium and stuff? I planed on doing a filter cleaning every other month.
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