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Old 05-06-2012, 11:12 PM   #16
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Looks good!!
The guy over at Catlina told me his bulbs were warrant for a 1 year and ballst for like 5 years or something, just give him a call.
I've notice there bulbs arent that great anyways... I plan on upgrading my evenutally.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #17
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Inline diffuser. Drop checker is a solid yellow right now. Difficult to me to count bubbles per second, can't keep up with them. Figure that is good for the transition.
Sweet! I'm loving the setup, been eyeing the same tank.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:54 PM   #18
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First day of the transition went fine it seems like. The HC pearled all day long very intensely ( so many bubbles and so big, you could not even see the plants anymore ). I thought it was fake pearling at first, but seems like it wasn't. I figure I will keep the CO2 cranked for the next week, then slowly bring it down. I will trim it down after that.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:35 PM   #19
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Refit the connections on the bulbs, everything is fine now. Hooray. 2-10pm photo period, noon burst with second bulb on between 5 and 7.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:56 PM   #20
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Man, Looks great!!!!!
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:00 PM   #21
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Debating whether to add Blyxa on the back right and left corners behind the rocks.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:49 AM   #22
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Well...bad news today. Broke my eBay intake lily pipe in half trying to get a screen on it. Barely any force. Ugh. Jury rigged the suction cups for my inline CO2 diffuser to hold the intake pipe down while I try and find another 17mm intake somewhere...

I planted some Blyxa from Tom Barr. I severely overestimated the amount of Blyxa I would need, or severely underestimated the amount/size Tom would send. Most of it went to waste. I was going to RAOK it, but I had the plants out while the glass shattered so I left them out too long. Pardon the low water level and the dirty tank pictures, cleaning up anything aside from glass was not high on my list this afternoon.

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Mowed the lawn -- Butchered the HC last weekend. Trimmed back all the old growth pretty much. Got a little algae development. Adjusting CO2 and with the new LED and cleaning crew, I am hopeful it's under control.

New fauna! - Turtle Nerite, never had one, very cool. A few Batiki and Tri-color nerites, and 3 amano shrimp.

New light! - Went LED. Bought a Finnex 24" Ray II DD LED setup. I am hugely impressed. Plants are pearling like crazy, and the thing is so low profile and attractive. The shimmer in the water is beautiful. I will never go back to normal lighting.

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Old 05-19-2012, 05:10 AM   #23
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It's looking really good and very close to the inspiration tank, if you added just a couple of Oto's to clean up that algae the tank would look great. Are you familiar with Racheal from Invertabrates by Msjinkzd, she has some Orange Oto's that are super cool looking and rare, at least hard to find, but they would be a nice addition and thier hard workers.

I had to steal her photo to show you, they are so unusual looking.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:42 PM   #24
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Yah I would love to have a couple but overnight shipping on two fish seems a bit much for me. I've been looking at those for a while now. My nerites and amanos are winning the battle currently.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:57 PM   #25
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Update.

Fish have been in for a few days.

15 Espei Rasboras
5 Orange Zebra Otos

Everyone seems happy so far!

Blyxa had a partial melt ( still some melted leaves present ) and I have refrained from overly cleaning the glass for the otos. Blyxa has actually grown quite a bit since I got it last week. CO2 has been up and down and I am fighting a tad big of algae now, but it's under control. BGA is gone. Installed a Sera Flore 500 to replace my inline CO2 atomizer. Difference is night and day. No more soda water!!! CO2 is nailed down now. Trimmed the HC a couple days ago so it's bouncing back.

On that note -- anyone have some tips on managing HC trimmings? It's a frigging mess. Right now I am using a net, but it's very time consuming. Is this just the modus operandi?

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Oto cat and his new buddy.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:11 AM   #26
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Very nice man!!

Those orange otos are sweet!

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Old 07-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #27
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Update.

After adding a couple handfulls of Amazonia New to even out some slopes, I had a nitrite spike overnight a few weeks ago and lost 5 of the 6 orange zebra otos. I also lost some cherry shrimp, my turtle nerite and my amanos. Bummer =(

Week after that, rhizo began to take over my HC. Tried hydrogen peroxide dosing, Excel overdoses, limiting light. Nothing helped. Trimmed back the HC to the bone last week and added 5 regular otos and 3 more amano shrimp. Reduced photperiod to 5 hours. Algae problems are now completely gone. Slowly upping my photoperiod to 8 hours. At 7 hours now. HC is bouncing back from being trimmed down to almost nothing. Pulled some up in the process, but it is starting to carpet again.

Blyxa is growing like crazy. Will need to trim soon. Not sure how to go about trimming it properly.

Lessons learned -- Always pre-leach Amazonia when adding even a very small amount to a tank.

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Old 07-03-2012, 11:18 PM   #28
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Sorry to hear!!

But glad you got everything under control now!
The blyxa is growing like crazy!

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Old 07-14-2012, 11:21 PM   #29
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Algae still at bay. Tank is doing well.

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Old 07-15-2012, 01:12 AM   #30
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Stunning. Absolutely beautiful.
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