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Old 06-21-2013, 09:35 PM   #31
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Only tank parameter change is nitrate is up, to 5ppm. No change to ammonia, which stands at .25.

Full tank shot (sorry for leaking daylight):



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Close up of the driftwood...Showing some fuzz algae. This is the 'still' end of the tank, needs some better water circulation:



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End shot, from the still (right end):



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Left end, showing some plant matter caught on the filter intake:



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River rock, driftwood, and the plants. They are rooting, and despite some die back, there is new growth showing:



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My favorite pic, so far:



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Near the beginning of this journal there is a pic of a bulb sprouting in a glass. The tall plant next to the filter intake is that bulb, now over ten inches tall. The others are smaller, and more red in color.

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Old 06-21-2013, 09:38 PM   #32
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hmm by now the substrate should have settled, so i'm guessing the water color is due to wood tannin? i like the hardscape layout and look forward to seeing how it looks all grown out! if you're starting to see nitrates, the cycle should be about done - maybe it's time for a few hardy fish?
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hmm by now the substrate should have settled, so i'm guessing the water color is due to wood tannin? i like the hardscape layout and look forward to seeing how it looks all grown out! if you're starting to see nitrates, the cycle should be about done - maybe it's time for a few hardy fish?
I definitely think the color is from the driftwood. Because that is a 'natural' color, here...I kinda like it.

Guppies are on my list, for this tank. What, if not guppies, would you recommend?
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I think a few guppies to start are just fine.
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Tanning is from the wood. As far as live stock. You can go with some scarlet badis(Dario Dario) white cheek gobies, and a few guppies or a school of cardinals or boraras
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #36
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Tanning is from the wood. As far as live stock. You can go with some scarlet badis(Dario Dario) white cheek gobies, and a few guppies or a school of cardinals or boraras
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Ooo, I LIKE those!
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Okay. After the previous set of photos, I did the following:

Removed the long pipe from the filter, hoping do draw more water from the 'dead' end of the tank, closer to the driftwood. Added an air pump and bubble stone. The bubbles rise around the driftwood to the right corner of the tank.

10 gallon (1/3 volume) water change, and cleaned to filter while I was at it.

Added a few black/grey stones, to contrast all that Martian red.

Now that I have a clearer view (hehehe), a few questions:

One of the bulb plants (aponogeton) bulbs threw the roots straight down. The other two, the roots seem to be growing mostly along the surface. Is it okay to replant them, bury the roots? They are NOT floating, and seem well anchored. Should I bother, or leave the roots like this:



You can see that the larger one, the roots are not visible (right side). The one on the left, you can see the bulb, and quite a bit of white roots along the substrate.

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I discovered a bit of a 'tunne'l, between the driftwood and plants. I already love how there are mysterious nooks and passages because of the driftwood:




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Blyx japonica, Hygrophilia Kompakt, rocks, driftwood. Also, one of the aponogetons top right:

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There is a bit of pressure to get past the "Glass cube of muddy hell" phase in the living room.
Put a bag with some purigen in the filter.
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Cross posted from the tank parameters thread, would definitely love your input:

Three days out from a 25% water change:

pH: 8.0-8.2 (slightly down)
Ammonia: from .25 to 0 (down)
Nitrite: .25 (up from 0)
Nitrate: .5ppm (down from 5ppm)

I am surprised changes have not been larger. New growth on all the plants, roots are taking. Reduced light time, less algae. Water circulation and 'going after it' seem to be disrupting the fuzz algae.

Question: Is the carbon in the blue filter cartridges altering my water chemistry? Should I remove the carbon, and just put some filament in there? I am going to be putting a few plants in the HOB, soon.

Guppies, probably Thursday or Friday, and another gift pack of plants soon, as well.
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Three days out from a 25% water change:
pH: 8.0-8.2 (slightly down)
Ammonia: from .25 to 0 (down)
Nitrite: .25 (up from 0)
Nitrate: .5ppm (down from 5ppm)

Should I remove the carbon?
Once your nitrites go down you won't need the carbon.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:00 AM   #41
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New stuff:

Got inspired by the planted HOB thread, and stuck some pothos, and a few other plants cuttings in the filter. FTS from tonight:



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Really loving your driftwood!! Also the plants are looking great so far, especially love the Blyxa!

Those plants in the HOB look epic as well!
Can't wait to see what cha stock it with!!~
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:44 AM   #43
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Argh...Made a post, and it disappeared:

LFS had Cobra Guppies, so I got two males, and four (assorted) females.

In the pic, both males and one of the females:



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I also got two emerald Cory Cats...They have been pretty shy, but a few minutes ago, one of them zoomed out, and stopped right by where I was sitting:



Everyone is adjusting well...After an hour or so, ALL the guppies came out of hiding, and are hovering near the surface. I sprinkled a tiny bit of food, and they all ate. I just saw one of the Cory Cats eating some that had reached to bottom.

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Made a mistake (shocking, really!)...NONE of my LFS had the Koriala Nano pump that was recommended to move water around in the dead corner. Petco had a $17 one, which I bought, of course. IT WAS LIKE A HURRICANE IN THERE!!

Could not shut it down fast enough. Fortunately, I tested it BEFORE adding the fish. Not a total loss, because the flexi hose I have been using for water changes fits the output nozzle...Which means I can pump water in and out for water changes, instead of balancing a five gallon bucket above the water level.

In fact, I am actually considering a small HOB for the dead corner...Just enough to move the water a little. Also, the fish seem to like the non agitated corner...Perhaps they will be enough to move the water, and keep the fuzz algae back. A combination of toothbrush, air bubbles, and less light have knocked it back almost all the way...So we will wait and see.

I intend to add more fish, still deciding on my options. I like the suggestions I got...Including Dario Dario and White Cheek Goby.

Any thoughts, or tips for best foods, etc. would be most welcome.

Also, better pics are on the way...Daughter Number One returns, tomorrow, with my Nikon DSLR.
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Your tank is looking awesome!

Will your HOB fit on one side of the tank? If it does your will have more than enough flow

Frozen brine shrimp, or get your self a culture of daphnia running in your back yard. Another suggestion on food is buying blackworms and adding them to the tank, and weekly keep adding a bit more if your fish are snacking on them before they start to culture.

As far as fish.
Apistogammas are awesome and come in many different colors.

Pelvicachromis pulcher aka kribensis

Shellys are cool

Hara jerdoni

Keyhole cichlids

The boraras sp specially the chilli rasp are cool

Killi fishes rocket clowns make awesome top swimmers


That's just a quick few of the top of my head.

Celestial pearl danios are gorgeous, but a bit on the $ side
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First: A contrast from a week ago (June 28th) and today (July 5th):





New plants came in from Danny Tejeda, today...Some go pretty melted in shipping. Smelled like boiled cabbage when I opened the ziplocs.

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The water parameters have been very consistent. Got a bit of an ammonia spike a few days after I added the guppies and cory cats. pH is still high (8.0), and I think it is probably going to stay that way. No spikes of nitrites or nitrates. I have done two pretty big water changes in the past two weeks. I got a power head, with the idea of moving water in the slow end of the tank...It was WAY too strong, but is working well as a pump for water changes.

The fish, plus plants, plus airstone have killed ALL the fuzz/hair algae. I also got rid of the HUGE high output Flourescent, and replaced it with two compact CFLs, one at each end. Eventually, these will be changed to pendant fixtures, hanging over the tank from a shelf.

One of the guppies must have come in pregnant...I counted NINE babies, today. They are big enough already that the adult fish aren't eating them...If fact, when I turned on the lights this afternoon, the babies were hanging in the open very close to the adult guppies.



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Following are some photos of the new plants. ID help would be welcome:











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Finally, some action above the water line. I have planted pothos in my HOB filter. They are doing fine. We had quite a bit of wind here, this week, and I obtained an EXCELLENT Tillandsia (airplant) that fell out of a tree downtown. While there, I noticed some VERY healthy resurrection fern growing on a cypress tree. Took a nice section of very moist bark with some fern:





Working on a plan to mount them on a branch above and behind the tank.

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As always, input and advice welcome!
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