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Old 10-03-2014, 04:05 AM   #1
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70G outdoor low tech


First time building and setting up a 70g outdoor tank and here are some pics of the progress so far.

Substrate: pea gravel
Light: sun
Fert: Oscomoto root tab and Flourish Comprehensive
Water: tap water
CO2: none
filtration: water power head and circulation pump

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Old 10-07-2014, 02:29 AM   #2
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After a week there have been extreme melting of plants due to very hot weather in SoCal . Hope the plants can recover soon. I also added back my canister filter to clean things up a bit and added some minnows to help cycle the tank.

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Old 10-08-2014, 05:03 AM   #3
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There is still hope in the plants. Some plants are already growing new leaves. Although my RCS are going wild over all the detritus around the tank.

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Not sure if jungle val will bounce back

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Giant moss ball

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Aubias leaves turning yellow
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:55 AM   #4
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Today I come to a realization I wasn't doing my macro ferts of NPK. I'm not too sure how much to use so I dumped in about 2 tsp of each. I receive the last batch of plants today and planted them in. Added oscomote caps under the new plants.

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Old 10-10-2014, 04:25 AM   #5
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Went and got a new light fixture since the cfl bulbs do not have enough spread across the whole tank. I ended up going with the current aquarium led plus it comes with cool light settings and remote. It was also one of the few that could stretch across my 5' tank. I noticed a plant had some kind of fuzzy algae so I threw it out. And my Anubias seems to have all kinds of deficiencies from yellowing to holes to black edges. I hope with the new light and ferts these last two days will really help all the plants.

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Before 2 23w cfl

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After LEDs

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Old 10-10-2014, 04:46 AM   #6
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Better pictures of the deficiencies

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Giant moss

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Melted jungle Val's

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Stem plants complete melting transformation

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Not sure how the dwarf sag is doing and there is some fuzzy stuff starting to on Anubias nana
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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Waiting patiently for the plants to regrow. Will update less frequent now unless a cAtastrophe.

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Old 10-18-2014, 01:19 AM   #8
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It's been about the end of 2 weeks. Ordered a api test kit to test my waters. Always been curious what my ph tap water is anyways. I thought the water would be cycled by now but it looks like not the case. Will be keeping up with the weekly water changes.

Ph. Ammonia. Nitrite. Nitrate
10/15 7.6 ph - 0.25ppm - 0ppm - 5ppm
10/15 7.6 ph - 2. ppm - 5ppm - 5ppm

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Tap water

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Old 10-18-2014, 01:43 AM   #9
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I like the idea but confess that with all those roots showing and adding shrimp before the tank cycles I can see you are taking a loose devil-may-care approach that makes me nervous. Consider dosing some cycling-helper if you want those shrimp to survive.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:44 AM   #10
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Been about another week tested the water parameters again after doing a 10-20% water change using just the tap water. Lights have been on 6 hrs a day probably too much in addition to the sun outdoors. I will dim the lights to lower setting just to see the tank at night. Seems like the tank is well cycled now low nitrite levels and low ammonia but high nitrates. Not sure where the high nitrate is coming from.

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Ph. Ammonia. Nitrite. Nitrate
10/15 7.6 ph - 0.25ppm - 0. ppm - 5ppm
10/15 7.6 ph - 2. ppm - 5.00ppm - 5ppm
10/21 7.6 ph - 0.25ppm - 0.25ppm - 40ppm
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:11 AM   #11
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What the tank looks like at night as of today

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Beard algae? Contrary to everyone else I don't mind a little algae as long as it doesn't overtake the plants but it does seem to be growing quite fast
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Interesting start, I'll be watching. I would like to see you go with some indigenous plants and livestock if you can find a local stream or pond. For your night time viewing you could try some blue LED lights. I have them on my tank, just two LEDs give plenty of light. It is a 46G bowfront.
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