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Old 09-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #31
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Sleeping Beauty Castle


Update:


Added new plants. The plants started from trimmings have about doubled in size and some are turning red at the top with no added iron supplements. So it looks like the sandy natural iron bits sandwiched in the substrate is working.





Cut back on Excel dosing by half daily- still using Trace, half dose every other day.

Dissolved a Calcium/Magnesium based organic, no sugar multivitamin that is heavy on minerals-trace elements 2 weeks ago and added it to the tank as an experiment. Got a flush of growth almost immediately afterward. I will be doing this again if the growth slows.

Daily: Stir gently around over the substrate with my hand to loosen organics into the water and do a two gallon partial water change every morning. Do little trimmings if needed at this time.

Run DIY CO2 during the 4 hour heavy light period starting in the morning.

Lights on for 4, off for 3, then just the two 6500 on for 4 more.

When I shut off lights for the night I run a bubble wand just floating on the surface.

Half dose generic aquarium plant fertilizer once a week.

I will be adding Osmocote tabs (ordered) at the base of heavy feeders.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:37 AM   #32
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6week Update. Finally started getting some algae on the back glass so today 4 oto's found a new home. They immediately went for the wood and the back glass.

Did a heavy trim on the stem plants. Half dosing Excel because of the subwassertang, it's doing great though so I may bump it a bit. Let's see how the otos do this week.

There is an Alt r. 'Variegated' that I got a few stems of - emersed form, 2 weeks ago. New leaves popped out right away and it is mind bogglingly colorful. I put a couple stems in the Tomato dirt tank, Three in this one.

And I found a nice female GBR.

I should have brushed leaves off- I was messing around and there is a bit of detritus on stuff.











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Old 10-06-2013, 07:28 PM   #33
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I think I saw Prince Charming slashing his way through the underbrush trying to get to the Sleeping Beauty!
this is simply marvelous! amazing!
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:59 AM   #34
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Thank you Meganne, I appreciate that . Now I just caretake and wait for full grow-out.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:40 PM   #35
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Great job of integrating the castle into the scape! It looks very natural. The only thing that bothers me is it looks too dark, more like the Beast's castle. Do you have a spot light to shine on the castle? It could look like sun beams to brighten the castle. lol I can't wait to see this tank develop!
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:50 AM   #36
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Great job of integrating the castle into the scape! It looks very natural. The only thing that bothers me is it looks too dark, more like the Beast's castle. Do you have a spot light to shine on the castle? It could look like sun beams to brighten the castle. lol I can't wait to see this tank develop!
Thanks! I am still kind of messing around with my camera - ISO and various settings. It probably is too dark.

Here is a video from today of the spawnfest, it's a little brighter. But you have a great idea there:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3c7_1...e_old_player=0
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:51 AM   #37
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I love how they swim into the castle Still my favourite tank.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:57 AM   #38
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Seriously can not get enough to this tank!!! Lovely Luminescent!
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:28 AM   #39
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Loving your thread. Everything is beautiful. It does look like a wonder land.

Where is Prince Charming? He's certainly not on the Internet dating sites. If you find him in your tank....PM me and I'll pay for shipping
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:49 AM   #40
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thanks for the update! this has to be one of my favorite tanks.... which is actually saying a lot because my favorites are usually organized dutch style tanks :p Every time I look at your pictures of this tank it evokes an emotion, it actually looks like a creepy overgrown lost castle! Anyway, great job. I look forward to more updates
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:38 AM   #41
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this tank has inspired me to try something new the next time i rescape my 46 bowfront. I really love the way you have kept is so dark and spooky with the low lighting and darker plants but fairy tale like at the same time. It is not over planted with plants everywhere, its beautiful. I love the castle it doesn't look cheesy at all, very much like somewhere hanzel and gretel would have lived in the woods. Like a long lost forgotten enchanted castle.

Great job, you should be very proud to have something so different from the typical planted tank.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:43 AM   #42
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This is my dream tank. Stunning and unique, great job, subscribed.
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:43 AM   #43
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Would LOVE to see an update.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:25 PM   #44
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I love it got to be one of my favorite scapes.
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