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Old 03-27-2010, 09:03 PM   #1
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Ryanlogics 6gal nanocube...UPDATE!!!


OK so i had a thread pertaining to this tank... discussing the basics, and preliminary brainstorming that went into it. but I am pleased to announce that there is now water inside the tank.

I have placed an order for dwarf hairgrass and several hefty amounts of HC
IN the meantime you can check out my rock placement, and view my lovely assortment of "kyoto grass" from petsmart. i would like to know if anyof you have any experience with this type of plant as I am not sure if I want to keep it. when i get my other shipments.

I'm kind of aiming for a Iwagumi look. as far as livestock goes, i will likely house a few shrimp and possibly a school of tetras...or a pair of dwarf puffers if I can find them.

let me know what you think, suggestions welcome.


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Old 03-27-2010, 09:07 PM   #2
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also, the water has severely yellowed, Ive been told due to the soil.

hopefully frequent water changes, and the addition of more plants can mitigate this unsightly problem
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:04 AM   #3
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Kyoto grass will die shortly its not a true aquatic but a bog plant I believe.

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Old 03-28-2010, 05:16 PM   #4
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thanks for the heads up, Ill be taking it out then.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:42 PM   #5
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Seachem Purigen will remove the yellow coloring. It will go away on its own once the substrate ages too.
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I'm already running filter floss, purigen, and a mesh bag with ceramic rings.

This may be a dumb question, but will my tank cycle as it is+ more plants?

I'm accustomed to the cycle being initiated by the live rock/die off in reef systems.

I put a couple of drops of "stress zyme" in the tank when I added the water initially... Is that enough to trigger the colonization of the necessary bacteria?

Also, I opted to use water filtered through my faucet filter(3 stage pur brand) as opposed to my reverse osmosis filter... Was this wise? should I just use tap water? I live in Florida and the water quite poor in quality......Heavily chlorinated.


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Old 03-29-2010, 06:32 PM   #7
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received first portion of HC. from Plantedrandall It looks good, I would definitely recommend him as a seller.

that being said. i have no clue how to plant it.

as you can see, I am just keeping the mats in place with chopsticks for the time being.

I posted a question in the Plant section here

if you have any suggestions let me know
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"should i dissect the mat and painstakingly plant each dissection?"

For the best results, yes. You want to spread it out as thinly as possible rather than planting it in clumps. This will allow faster growth and will eliminate a patchy look. Have fun!

HC does not grow large roots. If you grow it emersed, the roots do increase in size and provide fairly good anchorage, but when grown immersed, the roots stay small. This is another reason why you don't want to leave it like it is as the roots will not latch onto the substrate well unless planted.
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thank you, off to find some long forceps.

one more quick question.....the roots are very small, is it OK if i just plant strips of the mat..like roots, foliage and all..?

or should i take care to try to plant just the roots?
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thank you, off to find some long forceps.

one more quick question.....the roots are very small, is it OK if i just plant strips of the mat..like roots, foliage and all..?

or should i take care to try to plant just the roots?
You'll probably have to plant some of the actual leaves below the substrate just so the HC stays put.
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turns out there was a better way to plant the HC...click here to see related thread.

Update: I wont be receiving any more HC, the guy who i ordered it from said it would be an additional two weeks...its seems as if what i have will be enough anyway. i just hope it fills in with my setup....... I will be getting a few pots of Dwarf Hairgrass next week....ill be planting that in the back next to and behind the rear stone.

OH, I found a moss ball, and I couldn't refuse.
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:26 PM   #12
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Ok so I'm crossing my fingers for growth. I am currently researching some diy co2 options..... and thinking about picking up some excell.

but there is a lot of conflicting information out there, and I want to make sure I do this right.

I'm currently limited in regards to light. I don't forsee myself spending too much more money on this particular tank...... This is kind of my practice run, and I'd like to keep things low tech. mainly because I'm not sure if I want to purchase a pressurized system or not, but if I did it would be going along with a rimless tank in my living room. If I intended this to be my main tank, I would probably take the hood off and purchase some sort of clamp on light with a higher wattage....but I'd rather just see what I can do with what I have.

ok, so limited in lighting(18 watts cfl).... But I'm totally capable of adding diy co2, and fertilizer........ But I'm not sure if the benefits from either of those things is contingent on a more powerful light. I don't wanna waste my time, or throw the system way out of balance.

any feedback, or advice in regards to this question, or this tank in general....would be greatly appreciated

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Old 03-30-2010, 06:16 PM   #13
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I think you have some real potential for a cool iwagumi "bedrock" scape. You may need to play around a bit with the rock configuration and the substrate. But cool tank. Hope the HC works out for you.
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You have plenty of light for the HC... but without C02 your chances of success with it are limited...

Even a cheap DIY setup will be better than none. (the biggest issue with DIY C02 is inconsistancy)

For ferts, just give Orlando @ GLA a shout... He'll hook you right up!
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I've been planning to pick up a rimless aquarium from GLA in the near future. I live relatively close to Gainesville so I wAs hoping to arrange a local pickup.

maybe I should consider doing so a bit sooner so I can pick up some ferts.

I'm at work, so I can pickup a big gatoraide bottle to start a diy co2 setup.

where should I start in regards to ferts? I was just planning on buying a premade mix... But if I'm gonna dose dry ferts I should prolly do some homework.

any suggestions to improve the aesthetics of my scape?

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