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Old 07-01-2013, 09:34 PM   #31
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I like the light background but then again I am probably biased.

I like the islands, too. I wish I had the restraint to leave that much open space.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:00 PM   #32
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My current goal is to have the Pygmy chain swords carpet the whole floor, except for a path down the center.

I am not anywhere near as patient as rbarn, and Pygmy chain swords are notoriously slow growers, so we shall see!
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:25 AM   #33
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Not happy with the uneven distribution of light in the tank, raised the lighting fixtures up 10 inches off of the water.

Much more diffused over the whole system now, but it is visibly dimmer. I am reading a lot about how ferts and co2 can compensate for not having blaring light, so I will try this for a bit, new pics tomorrow.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:52 AM   #34
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As expected, yesterday and today three pairs of kribensis started escorting their separate broods around the world near their breeding caves.

This is a testament to soft water, planted aquaria and Kribensis fish:

Exactly 2 weeks to the day from being plopped into the brand new aquarium and they have young in a mixed aquarium, with 60 other fish!



http://youtu.be/MIQYjOMuvrE

Happy 4th of July and enjoy!
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:35 PM   #35
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Today's focus: reigning in my photoperiod.

All of the systems I have ever had have run long lighting cycles, but I realizing now that the system isn't benefitting from this, and I am reigning the light in.

Today I switch from 15 hours (08:30 to 23:30) down to 11 hours (11:00 to 22:00). Perhaps this will stop the growth of glass film algae, while still allowing plants to do their thing.

First runners popping up from dwarf chain swords, all stem plants showing 2" growth in 2 weeks.

GLA drop checker and EI ferts come tomorrow, I've been using Flourish regular 1.5x dose every other day, Brightwell Iron and Potassium full dose every other day, 20% WC on the 7th day.

Working on ordering/cutting some 3/4" OD glass pipe for intake/outlet after I reign in slight glass pane film algae. Maybe a local glass lower can create a large lily pipe for me from stock!
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:20 AM   #36
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Let the nutrient balancing act begin!

Started dosing dry ferts, for 150 gallons, due to low planting a, 6 grams N, 1.1g P, 4g Fe.

Added a bit of Equilibrium to bring GH to 3dGH, sitting at 2-3 dKH.

Co2 is honing in on the sweet spot, seems to be about 2.5 bub/s.

Better regulator coming in mail with actual bubble counter ( right now listening to bubbles exit tube into intake of FX5).

Shorter photoperiod seems to be helping, but won't know for sure until all levels are reached. I don't seem to get any pearling until 7-8 hours of light.

Added another bushy nose plecostomus, 2 small SAE's to manage all possible algaes.

Might take better part of a month to balance all the parameters.

Using this thread as a log, since I have so many lurkers, not many posters! Always love feedback or questions.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:25 AM   #37
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Small update:

First week of dry fertilizing on the books.

Nitrate at 20-25ppm
PH daytime 6.3
GH 3-4
KH 2
CO2 good green (30-40)
Plants are responding ( Except red nesaea CURSE YOU!)

Added 25 rummy nose tetras, 12 small panda corydoras.

Short video here.

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Old 07-24-2013, 05:21 AM   #38
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Latest developments:

Plants have mostly settled in. Cabomba growing 5 inches a week, seeing new runners from all of the pygmy chain swords. getting a lot of pearling with new CO2 reg dialed in.

Here's a shot of the second set of Angel eggs since tank was established. Lots of breeding going on in here. Always happy to see it.



All the recently added fish doing very well.

Began adding flourish iron alongside EI dosage CSM+B. I think the plants are responding well.

Film algaes are slowing down as plant growth is taking off. Such a good sign!

I will wait a full month for progress pics of plant growth.

Question in the meantime, as far as root fertilizers go, in 100% eco-complete substrate, how often do i need to re-fertilize with time release root fertilizers (Grow power to be exact)?

Stay tuned for growth updates as the feature fills in!
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:46 PM   #39
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Progress update here: Grow in rate is pretty good, going to trim for housewarming party at end of week, will post pics of how it is then after 60% water cahnge, filter cleanout, purigen recharge, etc.

Co2 is dialed in, daily i get pearling that covers water surface with oxygen bubbles, film algae down to once weekly magnet glass cleaning.

Here we are

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Old 08-05-2013, 06:36 PM   #40
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That is such a good looking tank! I dream of having something like this someday. Subscribed.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:56 PM   #41
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Starting to fill in, looking good. The angels look like they're growing too. It's amazing you have so much breeding going on in there. Keep up the good work.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:32 PM   #42
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Looks great! It won't take long for that pygmy chain sword to carpet
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:52 AM   #43
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Photoshoot day!

Well i have been busy with the business and new house. Open house was last weekend, and the tank was a big hit.

Everything is growing in nicely. I will definitely be looking for scaping tips with my existing plants, in order to better use the space/hide the equipment.

Without further Adue:



Loving the heavy growth, but the pygmy chain swords are getting quite large! They have hit the glass on all sides, i think i want to keep the middle slear, or maybe try something really low lying that i can keep small, maybe some cryptocoryne parva?

Anyways, current conundrums: 250-300 growing kribensis babies. They are all surviving, the loaches are not eating them like they used to! PLEASE let me know if you have a good way to catch a ton of small (.3 inch) fish lol. Also i will be donating these to anyone who wants them for local pickup in San Diego area.

Trimming/ scaping recommendations for my current pplant specimines and additional plant recommendations? Everything that is in right now is doing exceedingly well. I am cutting off about a foot(!!!!) of cabomba (far left) every two weeks off of each stem. I think i want to keep the pennyort shorter in the future as well.

Drop checkers need some algae cleaning for sure.

Does anyone have recommendation for a high flow outlet for FX5 (3/4' I.D.) that is less visible than the standard inlet?

All of the wood is properly waterlogged, so i am happy with that, rocks have bee removed.

Current additive regime: Modified E.I. dosing:
3x weekly: 1 Tbsp No3, 1/2 Tbsp PO4, 1/4 Tbsp K2SO4
3x weekly: 1/2 Tbsp CSM+B, 20 ml Flourish Iron
weekly: 25% water change
daily feedings: 3-4 HEAVY flake feedings
monthly: Full filter dissasembly/ cleaning/ 2 lg bag purigen recharge.

I hope you enjoy as much as i am, love any input or questions!

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Old 08-19-2013, 01:21 PM   #44
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The easiest way to get rid of the fry in a big tank like that is to let them grow out until they're big enough to net out. Ever consider doing a tank with 500 Kribs in it?
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:19 PM   #45
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Great tank, really like the plant diversity and gives me hope for maybe keeping all the different species I have instead of narrowing them down. Granted I don't have near the room you do!

Chain swords have taken off wonderfully!

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