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Old 11-20-2013, 04:27 AM   #76
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Awesome start, this tank is going to look great after your melting problem and things grow in thick
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:09 AM   #77
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Awesome start, this tank is going to look great after your melting problem and things grow in thick
Ya. The Mm melting is weird. It's bouncing back. But it was a weird melt. Started in the center. May have been from doing water changes with a dirty plastic bag? Or vinegar when I was cleaning the glass. No idea.
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Quick stills of the pearling.
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:17 PM   #79
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explain pull the bottoms? don't understand.
The issue I had with it was they would start to multiple from one stem. Hated that look.

if i left it too long, it would also start rooting from above ground. other than that it's a beautiful plant.
Some people prefer to uproot the plant after they trim and then replant only the tops (the part you just cut off). This technique allows you to always have your plants looking the best. It will also likely prevent as many side shoots. I don't use this technique.

That said, side shoots are the norm with stems, especially under high light. If you leave room between stems, it's not problematic. Many people actually like this as it allows them to have a more "bushy" look, rather than just single stems.

Hope that makes sense.
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:37 AM   #80
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Here's a tank update before I go and do the weekly WC on my Friday nights. Man I am so anti social lol.


I put in 10 ghost shrimp a little over a week ago. All are accounted for still. Yay.
They did clean up some of the stuff on the carpet.


Stuff is still pearling like crazy.





Only issue now is the algae on the glass. It seems it's only close to the substrate. Front and back glass. How do I get rid of it without disturbing the substrate??




The MM is bouncing back pretty fierce!


Off to do the WC!
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:47 AM   #81
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Ended up doing a 50% wc. When it was half full took my awesome Dave and busters power card and tried to scrape as muh as possible. Also fanned the substrate and loosened up all the melted Mm. Shrimps had a good time also!

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Old 12-09-2013, 05:34 AM   #82
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Here's an update.
Tank has grown a bit. I don't think the hair grass is growing as well as the Mm. Maybe because of the substrate?

Mm has taken over. Here's a before set of pics before I did the wc and trim today.



The crypts growing red and super fast now.







MM take over pics.




Moss wise. I attached some to see if it would grow emersed. Seems ok. I just trimmed and put it on the wood. Attached by itself. Also noticed zombie moss on the lower parts of te wood. I thought the yogurt moss died off. But looks like it's coming back!





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Default ADA 60P- higher maintenance than my gf.

Took about 2 hours to clean up the plants.

Pulled all the mixed up plants. Cut them up for replanting and separated any mixed tangled roots.












Really wished the tank had a larger foot print instead of height. Or I should have limited what I wanted to carpet the tank. Hmmm what to do.
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:08 AM   #84
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Quick snap. Didn't do weekly maint yet. Will prob do it mid week and split it for the next week. Dropped in two amanos today that stayed in the bag all day long in the cold weather. Don't want to freak them out with a wc and cleaning now.
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:28 AM   #85
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Cleaned the scape up. Trying something new. Pulling anything close to the glass. For easier cleaning.

Had a freak co2 failure. Mass genocide. Lost everything. 8 ghost shrimp. 4 cherries. 2 amanos. 3 cories.

Redid the co2 regulator with new parts.


Tank is a bit bare after pulling plants and no stock. Will have to put more life into it after the new year.


Also had some peet laying around. Did a quick wabi ball w the extra clippings.







Growth from the crypts



New growth




Never posted a lights off picture before.




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Day 2 of ball. Soil starting to fall apart. Maybe less watering.




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Old 01-04-2014, 02:11 AM   #87
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5 day update on the ball.






Looks like the Mm and micro swords are settled and growing. The Mm is growing very soft compared to submersed.

I'm expecting it look like a chia pet lol.
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Also went out and picked up 5 blood fin tetras. Unfortunately 1 turned into fish paste by the hob filter I had aerating the tank. And 2 are dead. Ones missing. Assumed dead.

One lone tetra survived. My parameters are fine. Looks like either the co2 really shocked them or they just weren't hardy.

I've had cardinals and embers before. These guys are way prettier to look at. Although the single tetra is a bit scared. The tank is a little too open without a large school. He's been hiding in the wood and moss unless I feed him.

Will have to look into getting another 5. I'm thinking orange shrimp and orange laser cories with the blood fins (they look orange to me) and a few Amano.






Next project will be growing some clippings emersed with the left over peet I have just for kicks.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:57 AM   #89
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Default ADA 60P- higher maintenance than my gf.

After fighting some bga. I ended up doing major rehaul. Unfortunately they rehaul was poorly planned and I did it right before restocking my plant with a large amount of fauna.

20+ green neon juve tetras (that actually looked like cardinals)

7 Pygmy cories

4 Amano shrimp

6 oto

4 pumpkin shrimp

Over the next two says all of the tetras ended up dying. 4 cories dead. 1 Amano. And one jumper oto.









Pics of the survivors.









Is this a female??


Tank seems to be stable now.
Also order some rotala from cardinal keeper. It was a lot! Ended up giving it out locally.
Rotala needs to beef up and grow.



I lowered my light again in hopes of letting the rotala soak nutrients and fight off anymore algae. The cleaning crew had been keeping the tank tidy.

Might try dosing again.
Will need to put new root tabs in for the root feeders.

I wondered why my micro swords never carpeted. Turns out the clumps I planted them in were too thick and the runners had no where to go.

Replanted all the Dhg and micro swords in small clumps.

Special thanks to projectsp for helping out fixing my car this week. It was a nightmare and the repair $ was deep. He helped ease the sting a bit hah.

Bought two new toys since they were on sale.
Toms substrate vacuum and siphon. Works great the 20 minutes I got to play with it today. Per recommendation of a thread on here.


Will be getting a longer hose to plumb right into my sink now!


And at koralia nano which I will be using for more flow. On a wave maker setting on my reef keeper. Will schedule it to turn on when the lights and co2 turn off to aerate the water.

I'm hoping my SS lilies come soon. Not holding my breath..

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Old 01-17-2014, 03:31 AM   #90
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Sorry for the loss, what you think cause the fish to die?
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