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Old 02-08-2012, 08:20 PM   #31
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I mentioned it here but I'll say it again...

My initial cycle is basically complete. What the heck? My mind is blown.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:31 PM   #32
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Probably has more to do with your dry start? I thought a well established dry start tank had little to no "new tank" syndrome/cycle.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #33
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I've never set up a planted tank that wasn't created with a dry start. From 2.5gal to 800gal. This is my first time experiencing this.

Gonna try Nutrafin Cycle on a few more tanks in the coming weeks to see what happens. But I'm still skeptical. (And excited, obviously)
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:34 PM   #34
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I trust that you shook the Nutrafin Cycle bottle excessively? When I first tried using the product, it didn't work (I gave it 3 or 4 shakes). After I did some further reading, I shook it for 1-2 minutes violently before dosing days 1-3 per the instructions.

Every tank I used it in cycled in under a week (before adding fish). The presence of fauna in the tank seemed to slow down the cycling when using this product. Too much waste overwhelms the bacteria causing it to stay inactive? Fauna eating the bacteria? Not sure as to the reason.

For those that claim it doesn't work, probably didn't follow the instructions

Beautiful tank btw, that's a lot of Fluval 13w CFLs!
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:32 AM   #35
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Yep, followed the directions.

Thanks for the well wishes. It's turning out to be a fun tank.
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:30 AM   #36
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Well… added some bright yellow Neos to the tank a bit ago:







Ugh - need to get un-lazy and bring my DSLR into the fish room. These iPhone pics aren't cutting it.

Adding Boraras brigittae when they arrive on Tuesday.

Figure the red and yellow will be a nice pop of color and will draw stark contrast to the bright greens already in the tank.

As you can see? Pressurized CO2 and UG go hand-in-hand. That stuff got thick in just two days. Bacopa? Haha, grew four inches in two days. Love this tank.

Thanks for reading along with me,

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Old 02-11-2012, 04:12 AM   #37
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I think that the Boraras Brigittae and the yellow neos will be a great combo for the tank.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:23 AM   #38
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Looks amazing!
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:54 PM   #39
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Thanks to you both!

Chilis should be here from Rachel on Tuesday and they'll be moving in then.

Am setting up a 12gal long on the opposite side of my sofa (before anyone calls me tank crazy - and I know I am - these two tanks are replacing FOUR others... had to downsize) this week that will house PFRs, Green Baubalti, Otos and maybe some Black Tigers if Gordon gets those nice ones in.

Am officially in love with these Ebi/Flora tanks, though. The footprint is perfect and the lack of a seam on the front corners makes it a lot easier to keep clean than my other cube tanks.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:26 PM   #40
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I like it Jake!

Is that where the ferns are going? the 12g?
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Thank you!

The Narrow Leaf (had to buy from several folks to get enough, actually) is going into a friend's Edge. He wanted something simple but beautiful so I helped him pick out a nice piece of Manzanita to serve as a centerpiece. Ferns will flow from behind it and through it.

Nana 'Petite' you sent - along with about 20 other Anubias - are going into the 12gal long. Trying to figure out how to scape it as we speak/probably starting yet another journal. Have a bunch of plants but want to keep it fairly simple (no CO2, though I can run another line if I absolutely have to) and shrimp-only. Have a bunch of lace rock, Anubias, Hydrocotyle, C. parva, Bacopa australis (hopefully), S. repens, mosses.

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Is that where the ferns are going? the 12g?
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:43 PM   #42
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Ahhh cool!
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Just started a new journal for my 12gal long.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:46 PM   #44
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Whoops! I got un-lazy and brought the T3i down to fishland.

It's not just my tanks that are jungles:



Just before the photoperiod begins, my DIY automatic moonlight switched on for a moment:



Lost a Yellow last night, though not sure why. Don't think it was CO2 gassing, as the rest are fine and haven't exhibited any sign of problem. That was frustrating as it's the first Neo I have ever lost and actually discovered before a cleanup crew could nom it to shreds. My assistant assures that the death is a direct result of iTunes playlist this week, however.

But today I discovered a female so berried she can barely move around:



She's super-sneaky so it was tough to get a photo. Will try harder once I have a pancake lens with me and the time to sit waiting for her to turn around.

Look how tall the Bacopa m has gotten and how thick the UG is at current:



Here's hoping the Boraras brigittae arriving from Rachel tomorrow enjoy their new digs.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:19 PM   #45
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Hi beautiful tank, what co2 setup u got ? i just purchased an ebi and i am trying hard to find a good co2 setup for it, like the paintbal canister setups

thanks dean
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