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Old 08-02-2013, 07:20 AM   #16
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Small update,

My schedule for start up will be delayed until I get back from vacation.
The first week in September will be my start date.

Today, I picked up a 3mm thickness frosted acrylic sheet for my background. Wow does this look cool. I am going to play around with background lighting and see how that looks.

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Old 09-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #17
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September 11th I received some of my plants in the mail
-baby tears
-Rotala macrandria
-Ludwigia repens Rubin

Since I was picking up some supplies at a local petstore, I bought an unidentified plant that may be Narrow leafed Ludwigia (this October I realized this plant is Hygrophilia polysperma)

Still waiting for Ludwigia repens that I will plant in the back corners.

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Old 09-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #18
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here are a few day after pics
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Old 09-12-2013, 10:41 PM   #19
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I love those rocks, also interested to see how the lights do for you. Awesome looking tank, have to agree the back edges work well.

Can't wait to see your progress
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:52 PM   #20
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thanks Peachii

I am very excited to see how this tank evolves and just got confirmation that my Ludwigia repens has shipped today from Aquariums West in Vancouver and I should get them on Monday.
I will post pics of the tank on Tuesday.

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Old 09-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #21
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a few more pics after planting my Ludwigia Repens
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:49 PM   #22
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Tank running since the evening of September 11th and doing 60 to 70% water changes every day for week one.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:50 PM   #23
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A quick update and a couple of pics.
Have been dosing ferts using seachem aquavitro line
HC has been shooting out runners shortly following, and other plants have taken off. So, my mistake in not fertilizing for a couple of weeks when I started my tank (running for over 4 wks).
I added 19 galaxy rasboras a few days ago, they are a beautiful fish!
The 4 oto cats and two amano shrimp seem to be doing a great job on the plant leaves.
I do have a bit of hair algae that bothers my baby tears but a little brushing keeps it in check so far.
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:43 PM   #24
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I love how its developing!
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:46 AM   #25
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A few more pics for my journal
So far I have for fauna
5 oto cats
2 pigmy corys
17 galaxy rasboras
1 betta
2 amano shrimps

I have a bit of a hair algae problem so far keeping it under control by manually brushing out of the baby tears
I also have a couple of bluegreen algae patches 1 inch in diameter
so plan on getting a hydor nano 240 circulation pump for improved circulation.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:30 PM   #26
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Took some more pictures today
Added some Harlequin Rasboras
Have 8 currently, plan to get more soon
Galaxy Rasboras are doing great
Put in 3 siamese algae eaters a few weeks ago
Quite the cleanup crew in the tank
3 SAE
2 Amano shrimp
4 pigmy corydoras
5 oto cats

Plants are filling in nicely (I think)
Hemianthus calltrichoides are doing OK but battling some hair algae and bluegreen algae on the foreground.(I do realize its not an actual algae)
Spot treating with hydrogen peroxide and think I'm winning.
50% water changes once a week and regular liquid fertilizer dosing using the aquavitro line and flourish potassium. Stem plants are coming in very strong (stems).
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:12 AM   #27
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Cool setup!
How are you liking the Kessils? I really liked the defined shadows LEDs cast. I just wasn't a fan of the extreme shimmer. Your water surface is pretty calm though, was that to tame the shimmer lines?

I thought your rocks were a bit small to start, but I love how they look against the bushes of stems in post #25. It should look real nice after the next trim now that the foreground is really filling in.
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:14 AM   #28
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Thanks for the comments Prototyp3, I love to hear feedback.

I really like the Kessil lights, a little noisy but am used to it.

As for the calm water surface, I thought I have a gentle but not too gentle water ripple from the output of my 406.
I also have the output from my UV sterilizer out about 3 inches from the surface to add to some surface agitation.

I am not completely happy with the look in the tank, I did a major cut back of the Ludwigia repens because I didn't initially trim them from close to the substrate and they ended up branching out mid-tank height. The last trim I did, hopefully will improve the aesthetics.
I ordered a few different Crypt plants to fill in the midground. They will be here this coming week.
My Hemianthus Calltrichoides is a little frustrating for me, I have a bit of hair algae that I just haven't been able to completely eradicate yet.
I put in three Siamese Algae eaters to see if they would help. I think they are doing a great job at keeping it manageable but they are a little bullish with my Oto cats who seem to hide a bit now that the SAE's have gotten a little larger. I am contemplating selling/trading them.
I will post pics as soon as I plant the crypts.

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Old 12-09-2013, 02:44 AM   #29
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Great looking tank! Love the look of the kessils!
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:45 AM   #30
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Thanks JerSaint
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