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Old 10-17-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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This tank has been set up for about a month or so. It's cycled, but still has some "new tank" to it. So it's a little rough around the edges, I don't think I'm really going to touch it for a couple of months to let everything settle. This is also the first glass tank that I've had (other than my pico) since I was about ten or so.


It's a 40b 3*39 T5HO (but two are only on for a few minutes a day so most of the time it's just 1 bulb)

CO2 injected (no bubble counter and I really have no idea if I'm doing that part right).

Eco-complete with a bit o' dirt on the bottom layer.

Eheim 2217 for filtration.

The plants are not all in the right places due to some poorish planning on my part. A couple of the plants are collected, some bought here and some have been with me for many moons. There are a couple of species I've never tried before and I'm looking forward to seeing them grow.



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Old 10-17-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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Looks good, I've always wanted to do a 40B. Have you though about doing some type of carpet plant in the front? Maybe dwarf hair grass or HC?
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:08 PM   #3
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Thank you.

There's some belem and some UG in there. From what I understand, it takes a while to acclimate then starts getting around. I haven't quite decided if I need to get some more of just let what's in there grow for now.
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:23 PM   #4
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Sad news: After the appearance of staghorn, I fiddled with the CO2 (I don't have a bubble counter and really have no idea how much I was putting in) and gassed the fish.

I lost a fish and assumed that he jumped, but I'm guessing he became a little ammonia spike instead.

I then freaked out and adjusted the CO2, with no way to tell what my base level was, backed off in fear. Then had to try and blind dial a needle valve to an inline diffuser (real hard to look at that one and tell what's going on).

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Old 11-23-2011, 06:36 PM   #5
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Darn man, always sucks when something like this happens. What all did you lose? I can't really see any fish in the pics.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:29 PM   #6
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Darn man, always sucks when something like this happens. What all did you lose? I can't really see any fish in the pics.

I really only had a few fish in there (it's still relatively new) so nine cardinals and a skirt tetra that has been with me for a while now. Bummed about that last one.
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Old 07-27-2014, 03:29 PM   #7
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So,

The tank has been plugging away for a few years now. actually I moved and had to move the tank which (went fairly smoothly). When I moved it had to move the filter to the opposite side and thus adjust the 'scape. Which brings us to today. My scape has disappeared.

The pinch of java moss has taken over the vast majority of the tank, enabled by the horrible duckweed screen that it has most of the time. The fissidens(sp?) has swallowed most of the super miniature hair grass (belem or maybe something that starts with an e or i). The miniature sword attempts to come out and completely overtake everything in the tank all the time. This is actually after removing most of it from the front.

Several other plants have been lost to the various overgrowths. Add to this the generations of guppies (boring I know, but baby fish are cool) and the cherry shrimp.

I don't know what to do. I don't think I can look at this tank objectively. I love it, but it doesn't look good. I need some hard truths and I would greatly value any opinions.







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Old 07-27-2014, 04:19 PM   #8
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Holy moly, I think it might be time for a trim and lots of tidying up! Java moss got so annoying for me I simply removed every last trace of it.

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Looks like someone needs to start a RAOK!
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