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Old 07-27-2013, 10:47 PM   #31
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I can't remember but do you have any other journals? I guess I was late finding this but I'm subscribed now!
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:36 PM   #32
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Nope this is my first and only journal, Thanks! Can't wait to get fish in there
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:45 PM   #33
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Can't wait to get fish in there
And what's your fish choice? I've been holding out for scarlet badis but can't seem to source them...
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:32 AM   #34
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I saw scarlet badis for the first time last week on this form and god they look wicked. What family of fish are they? I'm thinking glass bloodfin tetras to get the cycle going
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:39 PM   #35
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Cool choice!

I'm not sure what family and if I can even get them, seems hard so far to source. I'm also tossing around ordering killifish but they are jumpers. Eggs seem easy to get from aquabid but also have to consider the time to raise...
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:47 PM   #36
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Cool choice!

I'm not sure what family and if I can even get them, seems hard so far to source. I'm also tossing around ordering killifish but they are jumpers. Eggs seem easy to get from aquabid but also have to consider the time to raise...
If you ever find some scarlets let me know please killis are cool fish, not as common either.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:53 PM   #37
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This is really cool to see progress. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:36 PM   #38
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #39
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Filled the tank last Thursday and finally put some fish in to start up the cycle earlier this morning, I grabbed 6 little glowlight and tetras and they're quite neat to watch. I'm now realizing the paranoia and uneasiness that comes with setting up a planted tank, it's always sitting at the back of my head. Right now what I'm trying come up with a solution for is my filter, the flow is too much!! I was thinking of either poking more holes in the output line to maybe decrease the pressure and therefore the flow, or finding an Eheim spliter to have more than one output and maybe decrease the flow. If anyone's got any suggestions for that it would be great. The powerful flow is causing a little bit of a whole in the front line of the substrate due to the water coming down the glass an crashing against the bottom. Also the fish are having a tough time getting from one side of the tank to the other, every time they swim by the front they get pushed by the flow.

Otherwise the growth of the HC after I submerged it is great, a few got uprooted so I took some hooks to hold them down, just waiting for them to root before I take the hooks out. The parviflorous swords are looking good but the Ambulia seems to be losing some of it's disc like flowerings that ring out all the way up, not sure if it's the Eheim flow doing that as well or what.


I should have cleaned it up a little and changed a little of the water before I took these pictures but I'm off to work now so enjoy Any feedback is encouraged, want to know what I'm doing wrong/right?


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The driftwood is a tiny bit loose in the ground cause part of the sinking rock isn't fully underneath the substrate. Makes me uneasy but not much to do.

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Really like the look of these bad boys

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Aquatek mini CO2 regultar is working well with no complaints. Powerful Eheim :/ A MESS of wires I should probably clean
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #40
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looking great Sacme!

I went with the 2213 and feel like the flow is just right, you got a bigger eheim right?

anyways, i aim my flow up to the surface from the spray bar

oh check out my 20 long, i updated my journal so there are some pics now

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oh yeah, can i borrow your driftwood
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:35 AM   #41
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looking great Sacme!

oh yeah, can i borrow your driftwood
I actually just grabbed 2 pieces from a local ravine and glued em together, turned out great.

I'm definitely looking into selling mine and grabbing an Eheim 2213. Thanks I'm on my way to checking yours out and thanks for the help
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:23 PM   #42
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Just another update.

I can get my baby tears to really thrive, they still seem to have yellows patches, some of the leaves died off and are brown as expected but at least it's still growing and spreading. I'm also noticing a little hair algae, any suggestions to get rid of the little stuff? I'm dosing Flourish excel everyday and Flourish comprehensive twice a week, 8 hour photoperiod with the CO2 at around 2.5 BPS.

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It looks a lot better in picture, it's some yellowing and browning though. I'll try to take better pictures next time, maybe try turning the lights in the room off.
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These guys aren't a fan of posing, nor do they like to show themselves, they enjoy the corners of the tank unfortunately.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:34 AM   #43
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My carpet took a substantial hit when flooded and all the yellowed pieces attracted algae.

Don't worry, your almost 100 covered!

I think I let mine spread more before filling it so its cool watching yours grow from a different starting point submerged.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:22 AM   #44
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My carpet took a substantial hit when flooded and all the yellowed pieces attracted algae.

Don't worry, your almost 100 covered!

I think I let mine spread more before filling it so its cool watching yours grow from a different starting point submerged.
I'm so excited
I hope I don't run into the same that you did, having to net stuff in a 20l with a piece of dw in your way isn't exactly fun. Kinda wishing I went with a 50 or something :/ guess starting small is a good idea though
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:25 AM   #45
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In regards to the hair algae (or algae in general), I like to throw in a couple of otos and a SAE. Black mollies also nibble on hair algae, but you have to not feed them flakes for a few days.

Your HC carpet looks great. I have a 10 gal with some glosso and DIY CO2. My attempts at growing HC in eco-complete failed, probably because I didn't have adequate CO2 running and I didn't do DSM.

I've read about people using Flourish root tabs or osmocote in the substrate for their plants, but this might apply more for plants with extensive roots. I also dose with comprehensive.

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