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Old 02-11-2012, 06:16 PM   #16
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Very nice build! This will be a gem when filled

Did you get the okhu stone in Canada? Care to share where?
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:40 PM   #17
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Got the stones from Big Als in Calgary. $2.50/lb I believe. I bought most of it during the 20% sale around boxing day. Just about cleaned them out, although they might have restocked. It was labelled as Dragon Stone, if that helps your search.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:03 AM   #18
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nice start! subscribing to follow your progress!
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:17 AM   #19
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Cool. Stay tuned as it grows in. I'll be sure to update as it grows and when I add fish etc.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:18 AM   #20
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I pulled a digital hygrometer from my cigar humidor and put it in the tank for a few hours.



92%? I have the top completely sealed with cling wrap, with no breather holes. I was thinking this would be closer to 100%, but the hygrometer hasn't been calibrated in probably a year, so I'm willing to accept the reading.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:09 PM   #21
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So I realized after planting that I never cleaned the rocks as well as I could have. Before placing the hardscape, I had picked and scraped off the clay/dirt that sits in the holes of the stone. I used compressed air to clean off the dust, but after the stones got wet, I noticed areas I missed.

So I went about and cleaned them the best I could with q-tips.



Not a pretty sight. I really should have scrubbed them underwater or pressure washed them before placing them in the tank.

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Old 02-13-2012, 12:06 AM   #22
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How is the hc filling in?

Don't worry about the rocks being dirty. I think a water change will take care of it.
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question.. is co2 REQUIRED for growing HC? if so, what carpet can i grow in a low-tech setup?
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:26 AM   #24
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Some small runners have started their journey into the substrate. No filling in quite yet. I'm still spraying with dechlorinated water twice a day and...observing. I think this process is the hardest part in setting up a planted tank. I've never done it this way and I'm curious to see how it turns out.

I'm not sure you could grow HC in a low light setting. If you added CO2 it could work. These are all guesses unfortunately. My first time growing the plant.
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Got the stones from Big Als in Calgary. $2.50/lb I believe. I bought most of it during the 20% sale around boxing day. Just about cleaned them out, although they might have restocked. It was labelled as Dragon Stone, if that helps your search.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:06 PM   #26
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They're also called ohko stone
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They're also called ohko stone
Indeed, hence the title

I was surprised to see them after hearing how ADA seemed to be the only ones selling it. I had to buy up most of it and I still have about 15 lbs left.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:33 PM   #28
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Just a quick update showing the root development.



Just about dead center you can see the growth. Also looks like I need to pick out some stray cat hair that made it's way in the tank.

Another shot showing some of leaves turning yellow.



I'm not sure what is causing that, but I suppose it is to be expected. Any ideas?
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Got the stones from Big Als in Calgary. $2.50/lb I believe. I bought most of it during the 20% sale around boxing day. Just about cleaned them out, although they might have restocked. It was labelled as Dragon Stone, if that helps your search.
I went today to Big Al's and they have a bit left. I was looking for some!
Can you let me know where you bought all the Aquaflora stuff? IIRC I saw a few small tubs at Gold's aquarium but other than that I don't know where to find it.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:05 AM   #30
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I've been to several stores in town and haven't found much. I ordered from Canadian Aquatics and they shipped next day and the plants were perfect. Cost about $20 for next day shipping with a heat pack, but I ordered some ferts as well so it was worth it to me.

Not sure if I can post links but www.canadianaquatics.com They are based in BC and have many great reviews on several Canadian forums (bcaquaria.com for example)

Send them an email with what you want, they'll get back with the availability. I suppose you could ask pisces or big als for what you want, but I don't get good service from either when I ask for 'special requests'.
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