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Old 08-14-2013, 12:12 AM   #16
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You are making progress although removing wood looks like it was a step back. Painted back wall looks good. I would look into stone yards around you and get couple big rocks for cheap although I would wait for the wood to show up first before investing in rocks. Also look into vallisneria species they are fairly easy to grow and they should do well in your tank.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:14 PM   #17
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small update : added some more rotala and ludwigia. The CFL on the right is a 16w 3000k? has more of a reddish glow to it. I'm trying to figure out if it looks better, seems plants are growing better under it but could be they are just getting leggy trying to reach the light. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:02 PM   #18
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I think that wood should reappear covered in some small anubias and mosses, a bit like this =)

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Old 08-17-2013, 08:08 PM   #19
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Wasn't sure if that pic worked so here it is again
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:30 PM   #20
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The wood would look good covered like that. Unfortunately the wood had some issues with splitting and some rot. If I could use it like you have shown, it would take massive amounts of anubias to cover, it was nearly 5 feet long.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:49 PM   #21
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That's too bad. I really liked the wood. Otherwise I think it's going to look good once it's grown out.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:13 AM   #22
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Thanks.....Still on the hunt for another piece of wood. I have kind of let it sit on the back burner and have been focusing on getting the tank filled in. Been thinking about possibly adding some shrimp to the tank.
Update: crypts are doing great, red tiger lillies taking off, and a FTS.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:14 AM   #23
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I think removing the straight log wood was a good call. If you want to add more driftwood I would go with placing an interesting twisted wood, like manzanita, or branch root at 1/3 of the view. That or either fill it in with more plants. I like the setup, has lots of aquascaping potential.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:18 AM   #24
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My goal is to be heavily planted. I'm leaning towards 1 large school of black phantom tetras (50-60), and smaller schools of cories and oto's. For right now though my goal is to get it planted.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:08 AM   #25
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I do have a question for the shrimp keepers. With STS my waters Kh has more than likely dropped to next to nil and the Ph is at or near 6.4, Gh has remained fairly constant in the moderately hard range, would this work for ghost shrimp? I ask because I would like to get something in the tank to help with cleanup. There are a few pond snails in the tank that seem to be healthy and happy.
Just to let you know, I have this problem too, softish water/low KH. I have to run crushed coral in my filters, (I add a bit to bags of cut pantyhose) and adjust accordingly to keep my KH ideally at at least 3 for a low tech tank with no CO2 and slightly acidic water loving fish. For shrimp, you could go even higher, I do keep shrimp, but not an expert, I do know that keeping an aquarium with nil KH is opening it up to too much ph swing. I ran into this problem first hand.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:40 PM   #26
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Really coming along.

I like your fish suggestions, and if I could add my two cents, I would add no more or only one or two more species. I love all my fish, but being my first big tank I felt like I needed so many different fish, and now I am wishing I had just kept it simple.

The other mistake I made was putting fast eating and slow eating fish together, what a headache when your afraid some of the fish may starve, so watch for that.
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:25 PM   #27
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update: all seems to be going well....been staying on top of a black hair algae problem. Toothbrush trick works well for the longer strands, but the shorter stuff growing on my chain sword and some of the plant leaves is tougher to remove. Thinking about changing my light schedule when I can remember how to reset my timer LOL. A. crispus? flowered!!! Crypts sending out new leaves. Lillies doing great. Some side shots jut to be different.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:21 PM   #28
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I need to take some updated pictures today and post. The tank is looking great. All plants are growing at a steady rate. Crypts look great and are spreading but are staying low. Rotala and ludwigia are probably due for a trim. Watersrite and wisteria are starting to take off. Lillies are throwing leaves constantly, need to trim off some of the floating leaves.
I have kind of let the tank do it's thing and the results are positive for the most part. I have been battling staghorn algae, it's not bad but it is annoying. Would love to know a better way of getting rid of it, manual removal works but is lots of work.
Overall I am happy with the way it's going. The setup has worked well enough that I have changed the substrate in my 75g and replanted it also. Will most likely change over the 55g too.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:19 AM   #29
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Just finished a small trim. Everything is doing good, staghorn algae is almost gone.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:28 PM   #30
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Just a quickie until pics. Algae is all but gone, plants growing great, duckweed is rockin. Added a dozen cherry barbs and started some S.Repens. Will get pics up soon and thanks for looking.
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