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View Poll Results: What substrate/setup should I use?
Tahitian Moon Sand with Root Tabs 40 39.22%
Organic Dirt with Tahitian Moon Sand Cap 62 60.78%
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:54 PM   #16
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WOOHOO!!! Can't wait to see the pictures!!!
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:30 PM   #17
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I just finished dirting the tank. It was a mess but it turned out well. I can't wait to start getting plants in it!

I also purchased a Red Sea Nano filter. It fits perfectly. The edge of the tank is now flush with the shelf. I couldn't have asked for a better fit

There is some video to go along with the photos so I'll get all those uploaded soon.

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Old 03-04-2011, 02:15 AM   #18
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WOOHOO!!!! Can't wait to see the pictures, and I'm glad to hear you found the red sea nano! were you able to return the other filter?
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:27 AM   #19
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I can't return the other filter because it came with the tank (it was a package deal). It's OK though because now I have a spare filter in case (God forbid) something happens.

Who knows...I may be able to set up a random tank in the future. I don't need to buy a filter anyway

I'll upload pictures tomorrow. I was stupid and just spent the past couple of hours at my girlfriends dorm instead of preparing for my Medieval Culture midterm tomorrow...WHOOPS!

I'll upload then (and will hopefully have faster internet because I'll be able to go to the library). Cheers!
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:31 PM   #21
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I can't return the other filter because it came with the tank (it was a package deal). It's OK though because now I have a spare filter in case (God forbid) something happens.

Spares are good

Who knows...I may be able to set up a random tank in the future. I don't need to buy a filter anyway

YOU OFFICIALLY HAVE MULTI TANK SYNDROME

I'll upload pictures tomorrow. I was stupid and just spent the past couple of hours at my girlfriends dorm instead of preparing for my Medieval Culture midterm tomorrow...WHOOPS!

I would totaly skip studying for that or spending time with my tanks

I'll upload then (and will hopefully have faster internet because I'll be able to go to the library). Cheers!

FINE....
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:45 PM   #22
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did you change your name james? or are there two james im thinking are one person?
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did you change your name james? or are there two james im thinking are one person?
My name used to be james7139 and I got it changed lol


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Old 03-04-2011, 07:51 PM   #24
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Oh Ok I was curious about that too :P I have some photos for you all! I'm about to start the video so that'll take some time.

Here is the tank with the soil...and the mess I made on the carpet.



This shows about how much dirt I put in...around 1.5 inches

I've got my plans in front of me...even though I didn't have any plants and pretty much had it memorized (not too hard for a 5g like this).


Believe it or not this is after a couple of water changes...




Sorry for the blurriness. This shows a more aerial view of the carnage of dirt.




It's looking much much clearer




Needs a bit of glass cleaning but at least the water is clear



My desk currently...I am now completely surrounded!



Also, a bit of a surprise. When I checked my mailbox for my paycheck I found this (as well as my paycheck and a rejection letter from the SAO internship...honestly no surprise there)



So yeah I'm really really excited to start setting this up when I get back from break! I've got the moss in my 10g for break. The shrimp sure like it

I'll get working on the video. That has a better description of the process and what I learned from it. Let me tell you that this was not as easy as I was expecting...although I did mess something up (i explain in the video).

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Ok Well instead of making a betta paradise I believe I have made the perfect betta killing machine.

A friend of mine has advised me that the soil that I have used will slowly release fertilizers over the next 6 months or so. The Fertilizers will kill everything, plants and fish, in the water collumn and be an algae fest.

WHOOPS! I'll be fixing this once I return from break. I'm glad someone caught this before I made a HUGE mistake!
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Good catch! I've read not to use the ones with fertilizers in them. I think ive read that miracle grow organic is good to use though. Can someone confirm on that though?


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Good catch! I've read not to use the ones with fertilizers in them. I think ive read that miracle grow organic is good to use though. Can someone confirm on that though?


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yes, did you choose the wrong miracle Gro soil? organic is completely safe, it has kept my shrimp bowl looking great. shrimp love it.

also keep in mind, when you are redoing this, after you set the layer of soil, moisten it, then plant all your plants, then cover the soil with substrate cover. cuz if you dont do that, and you later go back to plant everything, you'll get soil floating all over the place there. when that happens use a fine brine shrimp net to net all the floating stuff out and make the water cleaner. oh and do water changes gently lol. until your plants create a thick sod for a carpet and hold the substrate together well.
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good advice newman!

i always use a strainer to add water
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Yeah! I looked for organic but they didn't have it. I didn't think it through that controlled released fertilizers would release into the water column and fry anything that was put in it. At least no plants or fish paid for my mistake.

I have also decided that I'm going to not go with a dirted tank. It'll be easier to break down and move to and from school this way. I'm back home (for spring break) and will take a trip over to my LFS when I'm not working and pick up a nice bag of black aquarium sand. I believe its Carib Sea SuperNaturals brand, the same brand I used for my 10g just a different "style".

The dark color will help make the plants and fish's colors pop and if I ever get around to keeping it as a RCS tank their colors would brighten up more too!

Thanks for bearing with me. I still can't believe I made a mistake like that! At least my dad gets a free bag of Miracle Grow.
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