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Old 01-05-2014, 07:15 AM   #16
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Looks great so far. Can't wait to see the moss grow out and the fish tossed in.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:44 AM   #17
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I finally got some Cryptocoryne parva, from the Substrate Source. They were grown emersed, and I've read that some plants have a rough transition to submerged, so some leaves deteriorated but most of the plant seem fine now.

I also added some moneywort, Bacopa monnieri.

The more I read about cycling, the more I realize that it's so much more complicated in the planted tank world than cycling for a reef tank. I didn't anticipate the amount of ammonia leaching from Aquasoil, didn't plant heavily from the beginning, and other options. I dumped some fast growers (water wisteria and hornwort), started large water changes several times a week, and increased the tank temperature to 83-84ļF, which is more comfortable and efficient for the bacteria. All this is temporary to bring me closer to a silent cycle. The warmer temperature might speed up the ammonia leaching as well (ammonia/ammonium now at about 0.5 ppm).

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Looks great so far. Can't wait to see the moss grow out and the fish tossed in.
Thanks. The moss grows slower than I thought; I can't tell if they've grow at all but it is hard to tell.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:48 PM   #18
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Another thing to help your tank cycle faster is to add an air stone. The added O2 in the water helps the bacteria grow.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:21 AM   #19
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Another thing to help your tank cycle faster is to add an air stone. The added O2 in the water helps the bacteria grow.

I don't think that'll help much now. Granted, the higher temperature reduces oxygen capacity in water, but I adjusted the spraybar to create a lot of surface agitation, and there are more plants now producing O2.

The cycle appears to be in the homestretch. I got my first nitrate detection, and ammonia is down to 0.25 ppm and zero nitrite. My three Anubias are very happy, sprouting several leaves in the past couple weeks (aren't they supposed be slow going?). I also noticed the first signs of growth in the mosses.
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:12 PM   #20
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Finally, finally! Tank finished cycling over two weeks ago, but I delayed an updated because I was making some major changes: I adjusted and replaced some equipment, major replantings, removed some plants, added others, and my tank unexpectedly ended up being anubias dominated. I dig the anubias, but I didn't originally set out to get so many different varieties. I added the corys and bought some red cherry shrimp several days ago:


Full tank shot, notice the new spraybar. I forgot to clean the glass.


An island of petite anubias, actually three different petites planted together


The large leaves and long petioles of Anubias barteri var. barteri towers over all my plants and get close to the surface.


The Anubias barteri var barteri also helps hide the already stealthy Cobalt Neo-Therm.


I like how the pennywort is growing.


A small bundle of moneywort stashed in the corner, near the pennywort.


Corydoras habrosus feeding on a piece of Spectrum Water Stable Wafer.


A RCS, male I think, hanging out on a hornwort. The hornwort is temporary to help with the cycle, so I'll be removing it soon.


A female RCS facing an Anubias barteri var. nana.


The winter has been unseasonably warm here, but during the week or two of actual Bay Area chills in my poorly insulated apartment, I wrapped the Eheim Classic so the heater wouldn't have to work as hard.

The plant list:
Anubias barteri var. barteri
Anubias barteri var. nana
Anubias barteri var. petite
Unknown Anubias, but looks in-between the barteri and the nana.
Pennywort, Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Moneywort, Bacopa monnieri
Cryptocoryne parva
Marsilea minuta
Christmas moss, Vesicularia montagne
Hornwort (temporary)

And the animals:
Bladder snails
Possibly some ramshorn snails
5 Corydoras habrosus
4 Neocaridina heteropoda var. red

I started with 5 RCS but one died the next day, so Iím a little disappointed since this is my first time keeping shrimp. Iíll continue to monitor them for the next few weeks but if they are fine and there are no other deaths, Iíll add another batch. I may add more habrosus corys, too.

I changed out the obnoxious green Eheim spraybar with a transparent grey Eheim spraybar (Installation Set 2). Expensive and bulkier than I expected, but doesnít it stand out like the original one that came with the canister. I also like my new Cobalt Neo-Therm heater since it hides a lot better than the Jšger.

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Old 01-28-2014, 05:05 PM   #21
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Looks really nice =) I like the insulated Eheim, smart idea.
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:14 PM   #22
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Your layout and photography are outstanding!
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:12 PM   #23
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This is a really sharp looking 10gal, I love it!
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:02 AM   #24
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Thanks everyone, I'm really liking the way it's turning out. It already looks better than my reef tank ever did. Even though I didn't originally intend on having so many anubias, I did intend for anubias to be the only plant to have large pinnately-veined leaves. Hence the non-anubias plants all have much smaller leaves, such as the pennywort and the moss:


My last update neglected to include a close-up of the Cryptocoryne parva:


I'm going to follow Tom Barr's low-tech methodology:
http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...on-CO2-methods

This means no water changes to stabilize CO2 levels with a careful dosing of fertilizers and trace nutrients to balance out the ones coming from the fish and shrimp.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:45 AM   #25
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That tank is turning out really nice. Do you have mesh over your light to reduce the intensity for your low-light plants? It's looking good, especially that A. barteri var. nana "petite". I like that plant, I once skipped the chance to buy some and have always regretted it. I do have some A. "nana" that I've had for about 7 years, it started with a 2 inch rhizome and is now around 24 inches. It is indeed a slow, but steady grower. Once established, hopefully you plants will send up flowers, they are really attractive, though it may take some time. Be sure to let us know if they do flower, it would be interesting to see what it looks like in the petite form.

Also, how are you enjoying your C. habrosus? I tried keeping them a little while back, but I couldn't keep them alive, not sure why. They were eating a couple different foods, but slowly withered away one by one. Some Endler's in the tank were fine, but maybe the ph was too high for the little cats. What are your readings and/or any secrets to success with them?
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:05 PM   #26
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That tank is turning out really nice. Do you have mesh over your light to reduce the intensity for your low-light plants? It's looking good, especially that A. barteri var. nana "petite". I like that plant, I once skipped the chance to buy some and have always regretted it. I do have some A. "nana" that I've had for about 7 years, it started with a 2 inch rhizome and is now around 24 inches. It is indeed a slow, but steady grower. Once established, hopefully you plants will send up flowers, they are really attractive, though it may take some time. Be sure to let us know if they do flower, it would be interesting to see what it looks like in the petite form.
Yup, the mesh is to reduce the light, otherwise it's more of a medium light, based on what others have said here. I'm not interested in being an algae farmer right now.

Are petites rare where you are? They seem common here which is how I got several pieces. I'm very impressed by a 24" long nana and I would love to see that. I'm considering a small emersed setup just to grow anubias petite to a much larger size faster, probably not to 24", then resubmerge it back into my tank. My reading is that anubias are triggered to flower by a several weeks of elevated phosphate, but I'm not going to try that until they're bigger.

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Also, how are you enjoying your C. habrosus? I tried keeping them a little while back, but I couldn't keep them alive, not sure why. They were eating a couple different foods, but slowly withered away one by one. Some Endler's in the tank were fine, but maybe the ph was too high for the little cats. What are your readings and/or any secrets to success with them?
I'm very much enjoying the C. habrosus and their bottom-feeding behaviors, which is a minor miracle because I'm not a fish person at all; I very much prefer invertebrates and I gave away a fish a few years ago when I kept a reef. I wouldn't call it a success yet since the corys have been in their new home for only a few days. I'm feeding them New Life Spectrum Water Stable Wafers (same food as when they were at the LFS), but I'm looking into other options, including cultivating my own worms. As for my parameters (API test kit) as of two days ago:

Ammonium/Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm
pH: 6.4 (daytime)
GH: 5 degrees
Temperature: 75.4-75.9 degrees F

My understanding is that they come from slightly acidic waters, but they're generally adaptable. I'm not aware of a specific sensitivity. What was your pH? Were they eating regularly? Mine have been voracious eaters.

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Good news and bad news. The good news is that I found one of my red cherry shrimp berried, fanning her yellow eggs. The bad news, I found a second dead RCS. I have three left, and hoping whatever they succumbed to was isolated, especially since I can't find anything in my water parameters that might be wrong. I started with five in case something like this might happen, so I'm hoping that the remaining ones will make it.

Time for some macro shots, starting with the berried shrimp, you can actually see the eggs on the swimmerets:


And now the non-berried shrimp:






Snuck in for some food:


Now the corys:


You can really see the defensive spines in this pic:

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Old 02-05-2014, 11:19 PM   #29
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The tank is looking great! I've been following this to get some ideas for my 10 gallon I'm going to start. Can't wait for an update.
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Are petites rare where you are? They seem common here which is how I got several pieces.
The nearest fish store with any plant selection to speak of is an hour and a half away. The last time I saw "petites" there was two years ago and I passed them up because of the price. I will soon be ordering some online with some other plants.

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I'm very impressed by a 24" long nana and I would love to see that. I'm considering a small emersed setup just to grow anubias petite to a much larger size faster, probably not to 24", then resubmerge it back into my tank.
Unfortunately, I chopped up that anubias into 3 pieces when I rescaped my tank and got a new light. I recently saw some some anubias of various species at Shedd Aquarium that were more than twice as long as mine, they were probably well over 4 ft. I don't have a pic though.

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My reading is that anubias are triggered to flower by a several weeks of elevated phosphate, but I'm not going to try that until they're bigger.
Now that mine has been separated into several plants, at least one is flowering most of the time. I don't really do anything special, just give them time.

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My understanding is that they come from slightly acidic waters, but they're generally adaptable. I'm not aware of a specific sensitivity. What was your pH? Were they eating regularly? Mine have been voracious eaters.
ph in my area is very high. Pet stores around me have a ph of 8.0. My tanks test at 7.7-7.9. Maybe too high for those little cats? They ate for awhile, but then began to die away. I was doing every other day water changes, and they were living with 4 endler's (who like higher ph) who are still doing well, and breeding. No obvious diseases, just wasting away. I have some bigger cories in another tank who are doing well.
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