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Old 07-08-2014, 05:41 PM   #16
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Finding it funny that my HC seems to be doing A LOT better now that it has been submerged... -1 for dry start method...

The only benefits that I can see with dry start are establishing HC roots so you don't have to suffer planting them submerged and to establish bacteria. Am I right in thinking that the ammonia in my dirt/substrate will cycle my now-filled aquarium? It will be a while before I add fish anyways...

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Old 07-18-2014, 09:04 PM   #17
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Where the pics at? I wanna see the progress when you get your new plants in.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:39 PM   #18
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Nice start! Post some new pictures when you can!
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:30 AM   #19
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Sorry for the delay in adding more pics...

I am planning on rearranging the majority of my plants once things get going and I figure out what plants are working / what plants are not. I am noticing that there is a decent amount of white wispy stuff on many of my plants which concerns me... any idea what this stuff is??



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Old 07-29-2014, 03:06 PM   #20
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Well I believe that I found what the white crap is...
Water mold of some sort...
Reading up on it says its mostly harmless and that when my tank is fully cycled / established I will be fine. I have started adding ammonia to my tank in the past few days so hopefully I can get this thing cycled ASAP. Should have done that a long time ago (oops). I'll throw some of my established media from my 30 gallon in my filters when I have the time to jump start things.

I will be putting in many ludwigia stems in the next few days to fill in the ugly, bare, middle section.

Crypts have stopped melting (yay) and I think I see some new leaves on them. Hopefully they will blow up and fill in my mid-ground.

Also I will be trimming my HC in the next few weeks - when that happens I will plant stem-by-stem along the back half of the tank in order to achieve glorious full-carpet status eventually.
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:43 AM   #21
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awesome looking tank
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:55 AM   #22
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Nice build man, hc is always a crowd pleaser! rotala looks great too#, that pogo I see in there?
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:20 PM   #23
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get some amano shrimp to help keep things clean and a small school of fish will help you cycle things

Bump: beautiful tank btw
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:55 AM   #24
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Actually going to update this log now...

In the past months I have overcome MANY setbacks including (but not limited to):
  • Ich
  • Rhizo outbreaks (still kind of happening but it is very under control)
  • Ripping out my failing HC carpet
  • Cleaning / pruning this thing ALL THE TIME while I struggled
  • Spending a ton of money on lights
  • Planting a lot of DHG Belem
  • Dialing in my fert / CO2 regimen (I think I am just about there)

A lot of this sucked. BUT things are looking up and I will prevail (never give up, never surrender!). Actually starting to get the feeling I know what I'm doing now.

I am waiting on another 48" Dutch XB fixture from BML as well as the SoLunar automatic dimmer / controller. Once I set that up I will have a lot better spread.

Dwarf hair grass was planted just a few days ago. Hopefully it will start to blow up!

Here are the pics:



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Old 10-02-2014, 05:33 AM   #25
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Looking good man. I think those Wendtii bronze(?) will have a great effect once they grow out some.
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