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Old 12-11-2013, 10:34 AM   #286
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Amazing! So lush.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:33 PM   #287
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Nice job man, I'm impressed with your hydropiper, it's far from the easiest plant.
thanks. I wasn't sure at first if it was going to settle in. I had planted it on the other side of the tank as well but it didn't take. however it has on the other. I like the plant a lot. it's uproots very easily. I'm trying to keep the belem out of it but I think it's gonna be an impossible task.

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Wow, really filled in. Looking good.
yeah. It has changed a lot week to week. last week especially the belem and hydropiper really started to take off.

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Amazing! So lush.
thanks frrok. now I have to contemplate how to grim the acicularis. I like how long it is in the back but I think it's gonna be an issue with the light. maybe I'll wait a couple more days. it doesn't seem to be yellowing at all from any lack of light.

i've really been enjoying this tank again. granted. all I have are snails in it but i'm ok with that.

thanks again all.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:13 AM   #288
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here's some more pics. pipes and glass could be cleaned of course. just enjoying how well things have been growing.






some closeups







parting shot
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:33 AM   #289
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That cat really shows how nano the setup is. Unless its a huge cat.
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That cat really shows how nano the setup is. Unless its a huge cat.
he's a big kitty
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:35 AM   #291
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looks nice and healthy. I like the pic of the grass sticking out of the water.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:26 PM   #292
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looks nice and healthy. I like the pic of the grass sticking out of the water.

me too.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:37 PM   #293
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did the first major trim on the new scape. I trimmed everything except for the hdyropiper. kind of hoping that it thickens more and spreads more in the foreground before the belem takes over.

I didn't want to trim at first. because of laziness. but I'm glad I did. the e. acicularis was going out of control in the back. any longer and I imagine that it would start browning close to the root because it was growing in so thick and tall.

I'm excited by the way the scape looks with the acicularis short in the background. it would be hard to keep it like that though. Even trimmed the belem a little in places. If I had a larger tank with bigger rocks I think it would all work with the correct perspective without having to trim so aggressively. 'm playing around with a little bit of color on the substrate too to the left of the big rock. I'm using bacter 100 (initially to treat a bga problem) but am digging the effect that it has. Of course I need to bleach the pipes soon. one thing at a time. I've been staring at this tank for hours after the trim. I have to admit. I'm diggin it.

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Old 12-17-2013, 04:02 AM   #294
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this really doesn't have anything to do with my tank. I just like this video

I hope that Santa's Elves bring me some more micros, endlers, and an ada 60p.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:09 AM   #295
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giant hairgrass in the back? tank looks really nice.
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thanks!

yup. e. acicularis in the back. it is a growing machine.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:47 PM   #297
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was away from the tank for 9 days. did a major dose of ferts before I left and shortened the photo period. everything looked great when I got back. Had to do a big trim of the hydropiper. It has really taken off. sold all of the clippings to a member here on the forum. I also did a deep clean of the lily pipes as well as the filter. This was the first time that I've cleaned the impeller. It was crazy dirty. I accidentally snapped the ceramic impeller shaft so had to order one on amazon. i've got the filter covered in pillows to muffle the whacked out impeller. It's still working well just a bonehead mistake on my part. I pulled all of the acicularis out from the background. I don't have as much time to tend to the tank anymore. That plant was by far the most demanding of my time. maybe i'll do a wabi-kusa with it. When I removed it large chunks of aquasoil came up as well. I added some more soil to replace what was removed. then pulled some e. belem from the foreground and transplanted it in the back. Everything is looking good and healthy.

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Old 01-08-2014, 06:34 PM   #298
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just ordered some plantex from Green Leaf Aquariums. They are hands down one of my favorite companies to deal with online in this hobby. Picked up some small measuring spoons via amazon recently. I think I'm going to stick with the dry dosing schedule and not make the mixture with h2o. it's way easier this way. I'm looking forward to the plantex +B and will be happy to get rid of the seachem comprehensive that I've been using. It has lasted quite some time but am eager to stick with just the dry dosing. New impeller shaft and bushings came for the eheim 2211 via amazon. perfect replacement. Glad that wasn't too much of a hassle. Everything is so far so good right now. Just waiting for the belem to fill in behind the main rock. the hydropiper seems to be rebounding nicely since the trim as well. hopefully I'll be able to continue to keep it separated from the belem without uprooting too much of it.

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Day 1
after water change.
Add Add 1/16 tsp KNO3, 1/64 tsp KH2PO4, 1/64 tsp K2SO4
Day 2
Monday - Add 1/64 tsp CSM+B
Day 3
Tuesday - Add 1/16 tsp KNO3, 1/64 tsp KH2PO4, 1/64 tsp K2SO4
Day 4
Wednesday - Add 1/64 tsp CSM+B
Day 5
Thursday - Add 1/16 tsp KNO3, 1/64 tsp KH2PO4, 1/64 tsp K2SO4
Day 6
Friday - Add 1/64 tsp CSM+B
Day 7
Add 1/16 tsp KNO3, 1/64 tsp KH2PO4
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TAD- 1/4 of a teaspoon*
DASH- 1/8
PINCH- 1/16
SMIDGEN- 1/32
DROP- 1/64

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Old 01-08-2014, 07:10 PM   #299
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wow looking great! nice and simple yet awesome looking design! can't wait for more updates!
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:25 PM   #300
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Having problems with my tank and thought I could ask you how you clean or keep clean instead of green rocks...
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