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Old 10-22-2013, 04:29 AM   #1
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55g Beginners journey


Not a true journal as this tank has been up since Jan of this year and been through a lot of the first year hits and misses.

Going to use this as a place for random sporadic updates.

Latest changes are removing the big dw on the left and adding some smaller pieces and rocks.

Old pic is when I first added it around Mid Feb

New pic is from today.


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Old 10-22-2013, 04:51 AM   #2
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:26 AM   #3
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I like it.
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:35 AM   #4
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Thanks it's amazing to see how big the swords are now. Though dealing with some algae on the older leaves. The one center left though is pushing new leaves out ever four days or so.
Also may need to split up the crypt lutea in the center right behind the bow of the ship.

Yeah the dw on the right is my ship lol


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Old 10-30-2013, 03:59 AM   #6
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Had some bba starting it looks like. Did a trim of most of the affected leaves and some research indicated it's swing in co2 levels that cause it. I was pretty inconsistent with my excel dosing so for the moment cutting it out as well as the leaf zone dosing I thought I needed.

New sat+ led light is in place and plants seem to be loving it.



I like my parva clumps but thinking of replacing with something a bit more grassy ?


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Old 11-03-2013, 10:41 PM   #7
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Rehomed my two female gourami to the lfs to free up some more compatible space down the road.

Also thinking of removing one or two of the amazon swords and replacing with a bg crypt or smaller sword variety.


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Old 11-30-2013, 06:05 PM   #8
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new anglefish have been settling nicely. Also a new 4pack of Corys.


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Old 01-04-2014, 05:28 AM   #9
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Finding out more and more I am not a huge fan of amazon swords. Just removed one more. Will be looking for a more discreet replacement. Still want something to fill the upper levels of the tank just not as much
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:19 AM   #10
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quick update.

Picked up some bolbitis and also one more rhizome of windelov fern. Been thinking about adding another sat plus led to the tank. So in a test run. I put back the original aqueon duel t5 light on the back half. With the sat plus in front of the glass lid hinge.
We shall see how this plays out.

First impressions: there is a noticeable light spill over having the led closer to the front. Not a lot but def noticeable on the floor.
With the dual t5 behind the lid hinge. It seems like there is less light at the top back edge of the tank.

I recently switched to a modified EI does for low light, but reading indicates the sat plus is at the low end of low light.




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