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Old 05-16-2012, 03:26 PM   #121
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And the best thing about JI3 is the price! I must have used about 1.50 worth, the same amount in ADA would be around 30.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:57 PM   #122
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What did you fill the tank with then? Treated water or just the hose?

The bacteria you refered too... they're not present to start with?? I'm trying to remember my cycle proceedure.

I am working on the basis that they are the ones that form in the filter media once the Ammonia/Nitrate/Nitrite cycle starts?

Which would make sense on not refilling with untreated tap water each time.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:18 PM   #123
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I'm also in London and using John Innes 3. My Ph has actually dropped.
I bet your hardness is up though.

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Out of curiosity, where did you get the idea/inspiration from for your tank?

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It was mainly out of necessity - I go away a lot for 5-6 weeks at a time, so I need a tank that looks after its self. So I had the idea in the back of my head for about a year before going ahead with it. This blog entry was a big help in convincing me it wasn't daft - http://www.tuncalik.com/2009/09/biotope-in-my-study/

This is a useful breakdown of what goes into the various John Innes recipes -
http://www.gardeningdata.co.uk/soil/...john_innes.php
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:28 PM   #124
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I must say, this tank reinvigorated my interest in planted tanks. I hope some day I'll be able to set up a similar tank, but I doubt I'd ever get it to be self-sustaining.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:33 PM   #125
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How often do you have to change the water? I notice the bucket of mud is by a window.....

Also... do you have a heater in there?

This type of tank fascinates me as I am not 'big' on maintenance.

Sadly though, I have a rather deep tank (500mm) so I think this is probably out of the question.... also, I have very little day light where the tank is situated.

Though, I could test on a smaller spare tank.... though the list of things that I am going to do with this nano tank grows by the day

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:50 PM   #126
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Just finished reading this whole thread and all I can say is WOW WOW WEE WAH! awesome tank! very inspirational. thanks.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:34 AM   #127
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How often do you have to change the water? I notice the bucket of mud is by a window.....

Also... do you have a heater in there?

This type of tank fascinates me as I am not 'big' on maintenance.

Sadly though, I have a rather deep tank (500mm) so I think this is probably out of the question.... also, I have very little day light where the tank is situated.

Though, I could test on a smaller spare tank.... though the list of things that I am going to do with this nano tank grows by the day

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I change about 25% of the water every couple of months, and top up about 10% a week which is lost to evaporation.

There is a 300w heater buried under the hardscape, tank runs at 23-24 degrees.

As for light, the tank is no longer in the window since the rescape, but has always been lit using a 70w metal halide suspended 2 feet above the water level (3 feet of substrate).

I don't see any reason at all that you couldn't do something similar in a 500mm deep tank.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:21 AM   #128
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love the tank tom, awesomeness, i hope to be able to pull a tank like this off when ive had a bit of luck with my current low tech planted tank, still early days yet.....anyway i digress. nice tank.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:57 PM   #129
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Well just back from another 5 week field trip, tank and inhabitants are doing well - shrimp and Hyallela have been breeding happily, and I've just spotted a couple of Danio erythromicron fry, so I guess that huge lump of spruce can't be doing too much harm.

Having said that, I might be tearing the whole thing down again - I still need to catch the last Parosphromenus so I can get them breeding in another tank, and it's gone into total hiding mode after previous failed attempts at capture.

Also, am getting a bit of an itch to use this recently collected heather...

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Old 06-29-2012, 01:25 AM   #130
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Say it ain't so Tom!

When one achieves such a beautiful combination, especially one with perfect balance and minimal effort, one does NOT tear it down for any reason short of moving. One buys another tank for whatever purpose you come up with.

Do not destroy it!
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:22 AM   #131
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When one achieves such a beautiful combination, especially one with perfect balance and minimal effort, one does NOT tear it down for any reason short of moving. One buys another tank for whatever purpose you come up with.
Haha. The down side to this would be that my girlfriend would literally hang me out to dry by the testicles.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:39 PM   #132
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Notice that nobody has spoken up like that's the obviously wrong alternative haha... I guess that sums it up.. we all believe that your tank is worth a little testicle-hanging!

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Old 06-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #133
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we all believe that your tank is worth a little testicle-hanging!
You're welcome to volunteer your testicles
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:11 PM   #134
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Took a few more shots tonight, still considering a rescape but don't think it looks too shabby now I've unclogged all the floating plants and the bottom is getting some light -





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Old 07-04-2012, 02:32 AM   #135
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This is y I love short long width tanks. Hehe
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