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Old 03-11-2015, 01:15 AM   #1
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Mysticalnet's 60L Underwater Forest


Have been thinking of getting ADA tank and pressurized CO2 for many years now. Finally I did it, comments welcomed!

Accidentally got a slight larger CO2 atomizer so had to DIY a little.


Initial planting, about two weeks ago:


I plan to trim the front and midground plants but leave background plants to be taller to hide filter intake/output and heater.


Side view of the tank, I really like the foreground Utricularia graminifolia!


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Old 03-11-2015, 03:01 AM   #2
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Looks nice. What type of atomizer is that?
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:13 AM   #3
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Thanks! Not too sure actually, just one off the shelf, has Chinese words so I assume from Hong Kong or China, works really well.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:23 PM   #4
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Update 03.18

My background and midground plants are doing great, but my foreground plant UG is doing very badly, and I have no idea why...........

Anyone have any tips?
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Hmm, considering the speed at which it has died off, it was probably emmersed-grown?

So maybe too low of CO2 levels. I've not grown UG before, but I believe it would appreciate high CO2 until it acclimates to the new tank. What is the CO2 level for now? A new tank, so you can get away with cranking it at the beginning and then dialing it down when you add fauna.

The other plants are doing well though! Nice job!
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:11 AM   #6
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Thanks!! Yes I did read that they need high CO2 levels, hmmm I didn't test my CO2 but I am doing 2 bubbles per second. Yes it was grown emmersed.

Maybe I'll crank CO2 up then and test CO2 too.

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Hmm, considering the speed at which it has died off, it was probably emmersed-grown?

So maybe too low of CO2 levels. I've not grown UG before, but I believe it would appreciate high CO2 until it acclimates to the new tank. What is the CO2 level for now? A new tank, so you can get away with cranking it at the beginning and then dialing it down when you add fauna.

The other plants are doing well though! Nice job!
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Yeah, no problem. With a new tank and one relatively large like this you could probably have the bubble rate at 3-4 bps or so.

If you have a drop checker, just wait until it turns yellow and you should be good. Then the week before you want to add fauna, slowly turn it back down each day until the drop checker is green again, maybe 1-2 bps.

Those numbers assume that you run CO2 only when lights are on...
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Yeah, no problem. With a new tank and one relatively large like this you could probably have the bubble rate at 3-4 bps or so.

If you have a drop checker, just wait until it turns yellow and you should be good. Then the week before you want to add fauna, slowly turn it back down each day until the drop checker is green again, maybe 1-2 bps.

Those numbers assume that you run CO2 only when lights are on...
You were right! I did a CO2 foam test and I found out that my check valve is leaking! So all the CO2 has been leaking out! Will get a better quality check valve this time and hopefully the UG will revive. No wonder I didn't see any pearling for the past week or so!
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Glad to hear you found the problem, hope that fixes it!
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:04 PM   #10
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Do you have a list of what's planted right now? I like the look of the smaller leaved plants in the back left corner!
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:20 AM   #11
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Do you have a list of what's planted right now? I like the look of the smaller leaved plants in the back left corner!
Yes I do

That plant is Ammania sp. Bonsai

The rest of the plants:
- blyxa japonica
- hemianthus callitritriodes
- didiplis diandra
- windelov fern
- staurogyne repens
- heteranthera zosterifolia
- red tiger lotus
- utricularia graminifolia (melted lol)
- riccia fluitans
- rotala macrandra
- proserpinaca palustris
- salvinia natans

Update 2015.03.30

UG completely melted, so I substituted with riccia instead. Had put on a tile and then bought a green lufa as the netting and zip tied it at the bottom of the tile.



Side view:


The first explorer!


More cherries


The HC is growing nicely actually, much to my surprise


One of my L144 yellow long fin bristle nose pleco, a little stressed after the transfer of tanks.


Some crs hanging out


And having fun on/in the riccia carpet!
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Old 04-03-2015, 02:11 AM   #12
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Update 2015.04.02

Took a picture of my pleco and kuhli loach.



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Old 04-06-2015, 07:06 AM   #13
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Update 2015.04.05 - after a plant trim, all plants are doing great except plants behind rock on the right are growing very slow due to much less light blocked by the rock. Riccia carpet growing pretty well though. I still need to trim a little more in the front.


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Old 04-06-2015, 03:51 PM   #14
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post trim lookin good
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Looks amazing, well done!
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