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Old 11-15-2013, 06:11 AM   #31
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I did some work on this tank today. The back-right terrace of hc was a bit too low, you can barely see it in the pics. So i built it up with a bit more soil and replanted the hc. The mini pelia on the mesh towards the back-right is only temporary. Hopefully the newly replanted hc will grow in that direction and I can put the pellia in another tank or sell/trade it. I want the hc to wrap around as if it's going through the 2 central rocks. A non-existent tunnel.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:23 PM   #32
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What a beautiful layout! I am excited to see how this fills in.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:47 AM   #33
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What a beautiful layout! I am excited to see how this fills in.
ThanKs VJM! It all hinges on how the mini pellia grows, a moss I've no experience with. fingers crossed.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:06 AM   #34
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I did a trade last week and scored some jungermannia pseudocyclop (aka rose moss). I'm really happy with it. It's ridiculously delicate looking. I put a little in this tank and the rest in my 2ft'er. Diatoms have made the rocks look nasty and brown atm, but the water conditions are good, the cycle only took a few weeks. I added an otto to help clean up. I'm also adding a few drops of weak glut every other day. So things should be sparkly clean in no time. There's good signs of mini pellia growth, but so far the dhg hasn't done anything.
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:24 AM   #35
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Still waiting on mini lily pipes. The GUSH order got lost in the post and I got my money back. I've now ordered the equivalent in Cal Aqua Labs. Should arrive early next week.

Time for a pic? A mini pellia (and a little rose moss) tease till I get the pipes in place and remove the floaters.

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Old 12-03-2013, 11:33 AM   #36
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A filter clean, new pipes and some more bits of mini pellia added today. Got my old back light going too.





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Old 12-03-2013, 12:42 PM   #37
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Such a good looking HC Cuba carpet, drools. Your new scape looks great, I especially like the stone placement, it has a very large scale feeling to it. Very hard to do in a small tank, well for me anyways.

Can you tell us more about your stand? How much was it and where you get it?
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:26 PM   #38
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Thanks flyinghellfish! The hc was planted 3 weeks ago, the growth has been good. 48w and 2bps. Give it another 3 weeks and I'll be able to trim and shape the mini pellia, looking forward to that.

The tank/stand/light combo is a CADE mini. It cost $350. From what I've heard, they are made in China, sent to Singapore then brought over to Australia. Only one store sells them here in Western Australia. The brand CADE (yes, it's spelt in capitals) has been in Australia for about 4 years now. They're essentially an ADA knockoff, but a good one; low iron, minimal silicone and unlike the ADA solar, the light swings back and forth. ADA is still pricey here (e.g. a 90-P costs $2234, and doesn't come with a stand). CADE is a little better than half the price, and their tanks come with a metal stand with glass panels. I have a 2ft CADE like this. Pretty cool imo.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:58 PM   #39
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Dig your HC! How in the heck did you manage to plant such delicate, tiny pieces of the stuff when you first got started? I'm looking to do this in my seiryu tank, but regardless of how artistic I may be in the dry world, I can for the life of me plant small patches greenery without messing up my layout, or having the plants float off due to not planting them deep enough. Hopeless, right?
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:44 PM   #40
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looking at the pics above, they seems over exposed. i'll have to compensate for the back light in future.

The hc came from the previous scape in this tank. So it didn't really have to adapt to new water conditions. Planting hc is tricky, I have to admit. There's a spot at the back of the ledge where the soil wants to fall down between the cracks in the rocks. Push in hc and all the soil goes down with it.

My tip is to get a finger nail size plug with roots. Hold it by the roots and trim the green tops. Dip it a bucket it get rid of the trimmings. Then hold the hc by the roots with your pinsettes and shove it down in the soil so you can't see it. Then grab the green tops and slowly pull it up so you can only just see it. Then do it again and again and again.
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Old 12-04-2013, 05:10 AM   #41
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:01 AM   #42
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Thanks flyinghellfish! The hc was planted 3 weeks ago, the growth has been good. 48w and 2bps. Give it another 3 weeks and I'll be able to trim and shape the mini pellia, looking forward to that.

The tank/stand/light combo is a CADE mini. It cost $350. .
That is a good price indeed, did the lights bulbs come in the package deal too?
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That is a good price indeed, did the lights bulbs come in the package deal too?
Yes, it came with 2x 24w PL tubes. I believe they can be swapped out with the Aquaone brand PLs. Not sure about the colour temp, I'd guess around 7000k. They are a little more white than giessmann midday, but much more more yellow than an aquasky.

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Old 12-18-2013, 05:58 AM   #44
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The mini pellia that I put in first has grown well. Nice and bushy. Some bit have been trimmed already. All the other little bits need a few weeks to catch up. I should have done it all in one go. oh well.

The last few days have seen the first signs of dhg spreading.

And the mini pellia ss sheet is gone, hc on the right balances it out better imo.





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