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Old 11-16-2013, 03:13 AM   #1
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Another 12 gallon long





Tank
Mr. Aqua 12-Gallon Long

Lighting
36" Current USA Satellite+

Filtration
Eheim 2211
ADA 11mm Lily Pipe Outflow
CAL AQUA LABS Influx X1 (13mm)

CO2
ADA CO2 Advance System
Do! Aqua Diffuser

Substrate
Fluval Shrimp Stratum 8lb bag x3

Hardscape
Petrified Wood
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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Scape looks great, love the petrified wood.

What are your plans for plants? I'm a little confused as to why you went shrimp stratum over aqua soil but then opted to buy ada's c02 setup? I ask that because I have used aqua soil with amazing results and if was given the opportunity to buy one item from ADA it would def be aqua soil hands down.
I take it you plan on growing a carpet since you have c02 and your setup is iwagumi.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:08 AM   #3
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Scape looks great, love the petrified wood.

What are your plans for plants? I'm a little confused as to why you went shrimp stratum over aqua soil but then opted to buy ada's c02 setup? I ask that because I have used aqua soil with amazing results and if was given the opportunity to buy one item from ADA it would def be aqua soil hands down.
Thanks, I'm still playing with the rocks, while I wait for my light to get in.

I picked up the soil at the LFS when I picked up the rocks. small grain is supposed to be good for shrimp. I'm thinking dwarf baby tears and hairgrass.

Haven't decided on fish yet. suggesions?
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:21 AM   #4
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Shrimp stratum has no nutrients in it for your plants roots which will make it harder to get that carpet you want. Some root tabs could help. Also the satellite plus is low light on most standard size tanks, on a tank as shallow as yours I think it's considered medium. I picked one up for a moss only tank last month, still testing it out. I recall a post where someone on here could not grow DHG for their life with the satellite even with co2 and EI. Not sure how well it's going to do for plants like HC that like a lot of co2 and light. Sorry to sound so negative it's not my intention.



What type of shrimp you going for?

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Old 11-18-2013, 04:32 AM   #5
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I'm digging the scarlet badis and some sort of filter feeding shrimp - flower, viper, or bamboo
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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nice hardscape arrangement.

as a long time user of Fluval shrimp stratum, i highly recommend avoiding it if the intent is to keep shrimp. Its just too unpredictable and there is not benefit other than asthetics... There are better alternatives out there.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:14 AM   #7
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Thanks, @acitydweller. What do you mean unpredictable?

I feel committed to the substrate at this point. I did spend a fair amount of change on it already, so I'd hate to dump it. I added a 4lb bag of the regular plant stratum and put about 10 flourish tabs in the bed, so I should be good as far as plant nutrients go.

I'm also planning on using flourish excel and CO2 to help with the carpeting.

On asthetics, I'm hoping it will be a non-issue, since I'm planning for complete ground cover.

Thoughts?
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:19 AM   #8
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Today's hardscape update. Project "simplify arrangement". Tomorrow, lighting, flourish excel and test kit. Inching closer to picking up plants.

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Old 11-20-2013, 02:20 AM   #9
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Beautiful tank! Great job on the layout simple and clean.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:39 AM   #10
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Thanks, @NaturePlanted! I've been staring at this thing for a month, and I'm imagining that the plants will help a lot. I got my lighting, test kit, and fertilizer today, so planting begins this weekend.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:34 AM   #11
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Lighting installed.

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Old 11-23-2013, 11:17 PM   #12
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:32 AM   #13
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Solid set up! I'm aboard for the journey...
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:55 AM   #14
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Holy crap, your riparium hybrid is stellar! Representing Clutch City!
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:10 AM   #15
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Thanks, Andrew! I just rearranged the layout, so I'll be posting some new photos soon. stay tuned.

also, on this one, I should be picking up some livestock soon. water has stabalized, and plants are growing.
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