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Old 05-03-2012, 12:04 AM   #61
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Ok so I put the zoomed 501 that was previously on my other tank, on to the mini-m. I have to say the flow is perfect for this tank. The only thing is I really don't have much room for it in the dresser so I had to put it behind the tank for now. I'm hoping my stem plants will fill in the background and hide it. Also, I have the stock eheim outflow on this for now as I'm waiting for the glass outflow that I got on eBay to dry. I think I was able to fix it but the directions say to wait a week before cleaning it or getting it wet. After I did the maintence and hooked everything up unrealized I forgot to clean my glass. Ughhh. Don't want to do another water change and shock my shrimp. So I have to wait until next weeks water change to clean the glass. Also, my new bulb came so hopefully the hair algae that developed will slowly start to fade. Might add another amano I have in my other tank to help with that. Anyway,,, let me know what you think. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-04-2012, 12:14 AM   #62
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here are some better quality photos. What do you think? any critiques? the new crypts are still adapting to their submersed form. but my plan is to grow the stem plants up and use the ada trimming technique. hopefully, i will get my co2 system set up in time to complete the layout before the nano contest that aqua botanic is running ends.





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Old 05-04-2012, 02:03 AM   #63
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Looking very good. Once the stems fill in more its going to look even better.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:13 AM   #64
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Looking very good. Once the stems fill in more its going to look even better.
Thank you! Thx for the encouragement. Growth is very slow. Also, my light is not centered over the tank so the stems grow on angle towards the light. I'm planning on upgrading my lighting soon as well.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:35 PM   #65
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finally added my broken lily pipe, i realized that i could still use it and connect the tube. I used the clip from my eheim filter. it looks ok i guess. i will try and take a good shot with the g12 tonight. stems are starting to take off again. except the rotala. very slow growing. not really sure why. this plant should be growing like a weed. Also, as soon as I have the money I want to get the new Aquaray LED tile and suspend it over the tank so I have even spread. I don't like the way the stems grow slanted toward the light. i'd rather have them grow straight up. look better, imo.





fts.not pretty but no more green outflow.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:26 PM   #66
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Sometimes, if it works, it works.

I agree that once the stems fill in it'll look great. Have you thought about a foreground at all?
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #67
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I agree that once the stems fill in it'll look great. Have you thought about a foreground at all?
Yes! and I am currently growing it emersed. Lilaeopsis mauritiana "mini micro sword".(thx speedie) Only thing is, I don't have co2 and a new light set up yet.. and I am afraid it will die off without those two.

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Old 05-11-2012, 02:47 AM   #68
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Your tank looks like it's doing really well even without CO2 and a more powerful light. How are you fertilizing?
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frrok, I've got 2 of the 1000ND tiles and believe me, you're going to love yours, believe me! Very little to no heat, reduced power consumption and perfect Kelvin nanometer spread. Definitely worth the $$. However, I think that once you get the CO2, things will really begin to take off and you'll see much more vigorous growth. I do have to say that I'm impressed with your ingenuity with the Eheim clip and the broken lily pipe...nice way to make the best out of a bad situation!
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Your tank looks like it's doing really well even without CO2 and a more powerful light. How are you fertilizing?
thanks, mcqueenesq. right now i dose trace and some potassium once a week and sometimes once every two weeks.

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frrok, I've got 2 of the 1000ND tiles and believe me, you're going to love yours, believe me! Very little to no heat, reduced power consumption and perfect Kelvin nanometer spread. Definitely worth the $$. However, I think that once you get the CO2, things will really begin to take off and you'll see much more vigorous growth. I do have to say that I'm impressed with your ingenuity with the Eheim clip and the broken lily pipe...nice way to make the best out of a bad situation!
thanks styxx! i was racking my brains about that pipe...and the solution was right under my nose and I didnt notice.

I won't add the light without co2. Since according this site the mini 400 would be considered high light for a nano tank. what size tank are you using the 1000nd's on? I'm considering those for a larger tank in the future.
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #71
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Friday FTS: stems are creeping up. I am waiting for the rotala to grow more before I trim again. Also, I am not sure about the red crypt in the focal point. It seems out of place right now but once the stems grow more bushy I believe it will work(crossing fingers). I have a vision in my mind of what I want it to look like. I also thinned out the old leaves on the new crypts and trimmed the moss as best as I could. I am also thinning out the duckweed considerably as well. I am still dealing with tinted water but now that I have the canister filter with new media in it, I am using seachem matrix, i am hoping that will help clear up the water without having to do alot of water changes. I am keeping water changes to a minimum. topping off wekly and doing a 25% or so every 2 weeks. I have shrimp and I don't want to mess up parameters too much. check it>>

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The crypt is already an excellent focal point, and I agree, it's going to work even better once the stems grow in.

I mentioned it before but I've had a lot of success with purigen for water polishing/tannin removal.
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The crypt is already an excellent focal point, and I agree, it's going to work even better once the stems grow in.

I mentioned it before but I've had a lot of success with purigen for water polishing/tannin removal.
I know you mentioned it. I considered it but I am currently low on funds at the moment. Tough times, looking for work.
I am trying to save for stuff that I'm going to need for my co2 setup.
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Man, I know how that is.
Co2 is definitely a fund sucker but it's worth every penny. I've been considering picking up a full system as well but it's gonna take me a while to save up, since my work has dropped off.
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Man, I know how that is.
Co2 is definitely a fund sucker but it's worth every penny. I've been considering picking up a full system as well but it's gonna take me a while to save up, since my work has dropped off.
Thinking of doing a paintball setup with the GLA paintball regulator and solenoid. It's pretty nice but pricey.
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