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Old 01-06-2011, 02:44 AM   #16
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thats a great start! how long is your photoperiod and whats the temp in your tank? mine looks nothing like that on day 6, lol. if you keep up with it that tank would look awesome! i'm sure you can salvage the foreground though, i hear with the Co2 cranked up the HC will spread like wildfire.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:48 PM   #17
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Drained the tank. Kept the top open overnight to dry out any moisture. I also elevated the front of the tank with a book so that it will not flood as I continually moist the top over the next few weeks. Cleaned out filter and parts are out to dry.

I am a little concerned about fungus/mold developing over the next few weeks as I initially had signs in the foreground area (emersed). I have two pots of HC's arriving on Friday and intend to replant them in the foreground.

This time, I am on a mission to wait this out emersed until I get a nice dense rooted carpet. I will be updating with more photos of progress at least on a weekly basis.


PS. Thanks guys for your comments and support
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:52 PM   #18
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for fungus just add some more water till the fungus drowns :P
If the water levels goes above HC thats fine too just dose some excel everyday you might even see pearling
All the fungus will go away and no harm to HC.
Just add enough water to drown fungus
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:44 PM   #19
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New pots of HC and a portion of excellent Riccia arrived in the pm. Spent the evening replanting the foreground. The leaves on the new pots of HC were relatively smaller than the ones already planted in my tank. I wonder if it is because the ones already planted have been growing emersed for some time while the new pots were probably submerged from the nursery?

After replanting the foreground, I had excess powder type soil and a few more very small patches of HC. So I took one of my whisky glasses and created a small patch of soil and am going to try and do that emersed under my cabinet fluorescent lights for a bit. Will see how that goes as well.

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Old 01-10-2011, 05:05 AM   #20
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Here is today's photo of progress of the replanted foreground. the leaves of newer HC are still small and darker in pigment.



I have some slight gaps in the saran wrap where my filter pipes sit on the glass (lily pipes). I wonder if I should take them out and seal the saran wrap completely. I have been misting every morning to keep the soil damp and reasonably humid. Condensation in the tank walls and some cumulation of water on the saran wrap ceiling is visible.

Excuse the books, used for elevating the front of the tank and securing the back.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:20 AM   #21
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I know that feeling...when you begin to slowly fill the tank and the HC starts to float and you scramble to replant it....I'm glad you took the brown wool off though. It does not need to be planted with that attached. I skipped the emmersed setup in my tank and just planted and filled. So far so good. Looking forward to seeing updates of your tank. When you plant your HC do you use tweezers/forceps or just your finger tips? I found that planting it on an angle and removing the forceps very slowly to let the aquasoil fill in has been the most affective rather than planting it straight down into the substrate.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:33 AM   #22
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Concerned. the older patches (read elevated) seem to be getting duller in color. I have been keeping the saran-wrap on with a small gap from the lily pipes. The foreground plant seems to be retaining it's fresh green colors which is promising. I am now worried that the older planted batch of HC are starting to fade away.



Would flooding the tank now and dosing with liquid fertilizers / CO2 help? It's been a week since the foreground planting, I could try to be really carefully when flooding?

Maybe they are not getting enough air? Any ideas / suggestions? I've dose twice with Excel so far (mist). Maybe lack of photoperiod? I reduced it to 8 hours with a 3 hour break in between to discourage mold growth. Maybe that was wrong, I increased the photoperiod to 12 hours now and hoping for re-vitality.
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:35 AM   #23
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Flooded the tank today. Happy with results. Broke my CO2 pollen diffuser though - luckily had a backup. Will be replacing that in a week or so.



Hopefully things will go well for another three weeks until I get a chance to stock with some tetra beauties!
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:28 AM   #24
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A comprehensive guide for beginners from start to finish on growing Baby Dwarf Tears. I have tried to compile all possible concerns, queries, and "the best way" to approach growing Baby Dwarf Tears for your Iwagumi tank:

http://cel.kulasekaran.com/post/3943...by-dwarf-tears

Many thanks to PlantedTank for helpful discussions. I will be back with more as I continue with this tank and stocking it shortly.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:43 AM   #25
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lookin good!! (time for a a baby tear haircut)
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:21 PM   #26
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Beautiful tank really!

Big respect
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:31 PM   #27
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Nice looking set up.

What kinda of CO2 system is that? ADA?
How often do you change the bottles?
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:58 PM   #28
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Yes, I am using the ADA canisters. Around 3 weeks, but I am dosing a lot of CO2 now to minimize algae threat. Have it running at about 3bps, 10 hours a day.

Hoping to get it down to 2 bps, 8 hour photoperiod. That should last closer to a month I would think.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:06 AM   #29
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I love the set-up. I have been growing HC now for a year now and started from one Tropica pot. I've learned over my 3 or 4 tank changes to anchor it with small stones. I've have a piece of polished granite that i was been chipping away at and placing on-top of the HC it works great and also keeps the fish from tearing it up....... But i noticed with my last tank "witch prompted me to replant" that after it forms a nice lush carpet it starts to unroot in the middle. Almost like the oxygen is forcing it up? Anyone had a similar experience? I'm using eco-complete and think this may be to prob OR i need to trim more frequently.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:11 PM   #30
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What are the costs associated with the setup of that type of tank? I realize that ADA stuff is expensive. But I'm just curious. I really want to do an all glass sexy tank like that, but cant ever commit to forking over the $$.
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