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Old 10-18-2013, 01:58 AM   #1
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Hi everyone I am new to the Planted Tank forums.
I live in Canada where a lot of supplies are limited or more expensive therefore I decided to do this tank after a trip to the states.

I will be trying some plants I have never used before therefore this tank is purely experimental.

I will be using primarily 2 plants used for foreground/midground applications:
1. Pogostemon Helferi
2. Staurogyne Repens

I used a standard size 10 gallon tank.
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I place some filter floss under the tank to minimize vibrations and thus minimize noise.

For substrate I used Flora Max by CaribSea
I had the original FloraMax and the Midnight Black.
I was only going to use the midnight black for this tank but was afraid one bag would not be enough so I put some of the original substrate on the bottom first.
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Here is what it looks like after adding the midnight black substrate.
It is a finer grain size than the original.
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I split up the plants into small sized pieces in order to form a carpet.
This is the Pogostemon Helferi:
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and the Staurogyne Repens:
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Each specimen was planted fairly close together and hopefully a carpet will form after a while.
Pogostemon Helferi was planted in front of the Staurogyne Repens because it should be about an inch shorter when full grown.
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The tank is murky after adding water but has already cleared up as of writing this.
I put in some Kyoto grass in the background but am not really commenting on it as it is not a fully aquatic plant.
I am assuming it will not survive more than a couple of months.
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I am using a single T5HO Bulb at 24 watts and 6400K colour temperature.
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A pennplax cascade 300 internal filter is used for filtration and a tetra 50 watt heater will be added soon.

I plan on dosing with Flourish comprehensive about once a week and API CO2 Booster every day.
I will add DIY CO2 if I am not happy with the CO2 booster.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:31 AM   #2
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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Will be watching this. I want to see how the plants do without pressurized CO2.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the interest, I thought I would post a quick update to show the tank after the water has cleared.
Everything looks good for now, the dust that was circulating in the water has settled on the plants which annoys me a little.

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The kyoto grass is producing oxygen bubbles which is good.

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I will update this journal probably once a week or more often if I make some changes or notice anything interesting.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:28 PM   #5
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Just curious, but doesn't pogostemon helferi grow taller than staurogyne repens. That was my impression. Here's a picture of it.

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Old 10-19-2013, 01:09 AM   #6
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That's a good question actually. The packaging had helferi listed as 3 inches and repens listed as 4 inches. However after some research online it seems that both can grow to about 4 inches high and one source even states 5 inches for helferi depending on the light. It will be interesting to see what actually happens.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:25 PM   #7
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Hi everyone.
This is a week one update on my tank.
First off I added a DIY CO2 system 2 days ago.
I just have it hooked up to my filter.

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I am satisfied with the growth so far.
I had an 8 hour photo period before the CO2 and now it is at 10 hours.
I added a black background to hide the tubing and wires.

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Have a great day everyone.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:27 PM   #8
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I've had bad experiences with the check valve. Be sure that the fluid inside the bottle never reaches close to it because once it does, it the mechanism. I basically had a time bomb in my room when I did the CO2 and then opened it to release the pressure. BAD IDEA. Room became a sugar land. Your growth is looking pretty solid. The downoi seems to be filling in a bit. I'm hoping mine will start to grow faster, but may just take some time to establish itself. Planning to add inhabitants?
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:43 PM   #9
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Looks good! We kind of have similar 10g's... I tried growing downoi but they all died on me, had 26w and did liquid co2 but nothing I did saved them Looks like yours are doing better!

I also had "Kyoto" or Mondo Grass, and didnt know it wasnt fully aquatic until a month after I planted them. They did fine for months, but I decided to take them out and they are growing MUCH better as a house plant... I never saw any decay though
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:24 AM   #10
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I've had bad experiences with the check valve. Be sure that the fluid inside the bottle never reaches close to it because once it does, it the mechanism. I basically had a time bomb in my room when I did the CO2 and then opened it to release the pressure. BAD IDEA. Room became a sugar land. Your growth is looking pretty solid. The downoi seems to be filling in a bit. I'm hoping mine will start to grow faster, but may just take some time to establish itself. Planning to add inhabitants?
:O I will watch the CO2 very closely then, thanks for the warning!! I saw your tank journal today and didn't realize you had commented on mine earlier. Your tank is amazing. I'm not really aquascaping this tank it is more of an experiment to see if I can actually grow anything. I might use clippings to seed another tank though if all goes well. I will be adding RCS and maybe one day CRS.
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Looks good! We kind of have similar 10g's... I tried growing downoi but they all died on me, had 26w and did liquid co2 but nothing I did saved them Looks like yours are doing better!

I also had "Kyoto" or Mondo Grass, and didnt know it wasnt fully aquatic until a month after I planted them. They did fine for months, but I decided to take them out and they are growing MUCH better as a house plant... I never saw any decay though
Just took a look at your journal, very impressed! If I have any trouble with the kyoto grass I guess it will turn into a house plant as well haha.
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