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Old 10-25-2012, 06:21 PM   #196
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I'm having a hard time deciding if the stock light is my issue. I'm getting some algae in there... I had a team of snails working on it, but a CPO wiped them out lol.

I'm not sure if the light is causing the imbalance, or something else. Regardless, I've ignored my spec lately with my new tank I received. :\
I add a few drops of excel every now and then, weekly water changes, ferts if I remember. No algae issues so far.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:10 AM   #197
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So this is the little spec that we just put together Excited to see how it grows!




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Old 10-27-2012, 03:37 PM   #198
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Ahhhhh tell me that isn't a moss wallllllllll I want one so bad in my spec


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Old 10-27-2012, 04:32 PM   #199
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It is a moss wall I'm hoping it fills in like I envision.

I say just do it - go put a moss wall in your spec! It's super easy to toss up!
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:25 PM   #200
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I'm having a hard time deciding if the stock light is my issue. I'm getting some algae in there... I had a team of snails working on it, but a CPO wiped them out lol.

I'm not sure if the light is causing the imbalance, or something else. Regardless, I've ignored my spec lately with my new tank I received. :\
heh a cpo really killed your snails? maybe he was just angry he was in such a small tank heh... they probably need more lateral space to roam around in these lil 2 gallons are really pushing it
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:33 PM   #201
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So this is the little spec that we just put together Excited to see how it grows!




Dude! Your rock and my rock are cousins!

Great scape!
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:54 PM   #202
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heh a cpo really killed your snails? maybe he was just angry he was in such a small tank heh... they probably need more lateral space to roam around in these lil 2 gallons are really pushing it
Well I had two in there as temporary housing.

So she is pretty happy she is alone. A one gallon tank is actually acceptable for a single CPO.

Still, it is temporary. They're both going to be reunited this coming Monday in my 3 gal 18 inch long tank in my signature.


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Well I had two in there as temporary housing.

So she is pretty happy she is alone. A one gallon tank is actually acceptable for a single CPO.

Still, it is temporary. They're both going to be reunited this coming Monday in my 3 gal 18 inch long tank in my signature.


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I am so tempted by CPOs!

Maybe in the spring.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:02 AM   #204
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so here is my spec planted with some ludwigia, dwarf hairgrass, and an anubias petite thanks to C. Campbell, then I have a dwarf sub in the back and some pennywort floating to be cover for the betta that will eventually live in the tank.

Seiryu stones and ada aquasoil are what I scaped with, plus a lil bit of sand I will adjust some in the next few days.

I guess aquasoil REALLY does affect the water chemistry and gives big ammonia spikes... so even though I seeded the tank and it was testing almost cycled before I drained and scaped (kept the water) - I will probably not be putting a betta in till like thanksgiving.

Hope you like the scape - it was a much different endeavor than my other tank even though it is still a small 5 gallon :shock:







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Old 11-02-2012, 07:13 AM   #205
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That's real beautiful and so well scaped. Ive been considering the light.. Is it too much?


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Beautiful scape! I love it
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:14 PM   #207
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very nice! i've been waiting for an update from you lol. nice work on the scape, the light will serve you well and keep those plants happy. i wouldn't say its too much, i'd say its just what the plants need to survive in the spec.
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very nice! i've been waiting for an update from you lol. nice work on the scape, the light will serve you well and keep those plants happy. i wouldn't say its too much, i'd say its just what the plants need to survive in the spec.
Hmm no need for co2? If not, I'll probably invest in one.


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Old 11-02-2012, 06:31 PM   #209
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Hmm no need for co2? If not, I'll probably invest in one.


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co2 would be on you. its a subject i haven't touched yet as im not to familiar with it yet. with such a small tank, i use excel and light and water changes for healthy plants. if you add co2, just monitor it accordingly. also depends on what plants you have.
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thanks for the comments

I dunno the light is plenty heh, I am curious about algae though because it is also by a south facing window....

if I did co2 I woulda went with HC but I decided I didn't want to use co2 for several reasons, one of which included that since the tank is sooo small the extra hardware would be a bit of an obvious eye sore - I will dose flourish and I always change some water up to 3 or so times a week (though with this new tank and the aquasoil changes to the water I am not sure how to approach).
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