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Old 02-25-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Lights GlLO 24W x1 T5HO 18" off substrate & 5" off water
Substrate Aqua Soil Type I
Pressured CO2 Concoa dual stage Regulator
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Start Date Feb. 21 2011

Plants; (Please correct any errors here as I am trying to learn)
Amazon Sword
Cardamine Lyrata
Pygmy Chain Sword
Luidiwiga
Crypt Lutea
Crypt Wendtil
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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Off to a great start!

One thing I see here is, discipline. You have that light up just right with one bulb and not wanting to keep it closer for faster/quicker growth(It would be tempting for me). Perfect setup and I would like to see how this progresses.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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Well, seeing this tank is already four days old, I have an update. My crypts are melting! Especially the Crypt Wendtil. Should I just wait for them to grow again, or try some more?

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Old 02-25-2011, 11:34 PM   #4
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Wait.... That is totally normal.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:01 AM   #5
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Well, seeing this tank is already four days old, I have an update. My crypts are melting! Especially the Crypt Wendtil. Should I just wait for them to grow again, or try some more?
yup, normal. they will grow into monsters before you know it.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:04 AM   #6
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Your tank looks so nice and clean. Very relaxing. Looking forward to how it turns out.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:04 PM   #7
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I picked up this bulb and all they were able to tell me is, "it's a Lilly". Any help with an ID?
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:54 PM   #8
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:43 PM   #9
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So when can I expect all this trouble I keep reading about? Trimmed back the stem plants which now have lots of new growth. Added two floaters, Red Root and Frogbit. The lilly is looking very nice although I still don't know which type it is. The crypts are starting to peak out of the substrate after melting all the way to the ground. Guessing the UV is keeping the water cyrstal clear. Maybe it's beginners luck.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:04 AM   #10
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You may be one of the lucky ones that is smart enough to do it right from the beginning and you'll have no problems. Welcome back!
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thats probably a dwarf lily. good plant.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:13 PM   #12
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I spoke too soon about not having problems. I think the circulation needs to be improved having dead spots on the left. For now a little Hydrogen Peroxide and Excel did the trick. Over all I'm happy with it. The crypts are coming back. Only one got a little too much Peroxide and melted again.
Still would like a little better ID on the Lilly.
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:10 PM   #13
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Having a little problem with algae you might be able to see on the right side. Although the plants are growing quite well. I wacked back both the Amazon Sword and Lilly to keep things balanced and not over shade everything else. Very happy how the crypts are coming back and the chain swords are trying to take over the world.
So why so much algae?
-Light = GLO 24W x1 T5HO 18" off substrate, 8hr/day
-Pressured CO2, Plants pearl every day
-Plenty of surface movement and most the algae is in the corner with good water movement
-Dose one pump of Pfertz daily of N, P and M (was told not to worry about K as not enough light and there was enough K in the N.)
-Dosing 20 ml of Excel daily to help with the algae.

Is this skylight giving more light than I thought even with it covered. I have my office lights off for this picture but it is not as dark as it looks. In fact there is enough light to work comfortable with out the lights on.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:43 PM   #14
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I have been out of the office for 3 weeks and returned to this.

CO2 is working good. Fetz have been added but I am guessing that the plants outgrew what was being added resulting in algae. My guess is it should not be too hard to bring it back into shape. That's what I am telling my co-worker that helped me take care of things when I was gone. I am traveling again this summer for 3 to 4 weeks and would appreciate her help again. Some help is better than no help.
Algae comes off easily enough. That and a good water change hopefully will do the trick. Next couple of days there is just too much to do at my desk having been gone so long.
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:17 PM   #15
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So this is the end of the road for me. At least for a while . The wife and I had a little argument this morning and she decided to rearrange my tank. (Better that than my face.) For varies reasons, aquariums are a source of contention for her. My plan is to lay low for awhile. Don't bother giving me advice to leave her. Been there done that in the past. After 31 years I've leaned that the pain without her is greater than the pain with her. I'll poke my head in here once in awhile to see what's new.
Thanks for all the help and advice along the way.
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