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Old 01-18-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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Synaethetic's 20g | dat quad-t5 tho |


3/18/2014 fts


Hello all. This tank is a fresh start from an algae disaster.

Equipment:
aquaclear HOB (soon to be 2213)

Rhinox diffusor with pressurized c02 via ten lbs tank
nano powerhead for extra flow
surface skimmer ghetto rig'd
aquasoil amazonia with some powder'd type for the hill.

Flora:
glosso
blyxa
riccia
the stems are aromatica-something . . .

Fauna:
3 otos
1 orange shrimp

Lights are being ran for only 6 hours right now, will ramp it up depending on plant growth vs. algae growth. Dosing lightly EI, trying to avoid any algae. Ammonia is at 1.0 ppm and until it goes down I'm going to go easy on the kno3. Nitrates are at 10 ppm.

Attached here are some mediocre images of my tank. Got to bust out the tri-pod for some better shots. This is the tank three days in.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
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The riccia is not going to be there for to long, I realize it looks awful in that spot. I'd like to incorporate it somehow into my scape, perhaps with proper riccia stones and better placement. The blyxa are very tiny now, but will look better once they've filled in the space to the left of the stems.

I will be updating this weekly, hopefully there will be decent growth to show!
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:58 PM   #3
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Broke up some slate today in order to make some DIY riccia stones, here are some pictures.

Ammonia and nitrite are down to zero, so I went ahead and added 6 female cherry shrimp and one male. One of the shrimp came berried.

Dosing for now consist's of a little K2S04 and KH2P04, excel and a little Green Gain. N03 has been hovering around 15ppm without the addition of KN03.

Plants are growing in very nicely, I will post a full tank shot this evening.

Berried shrimp featured in the last photo.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:19 AM   #4
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Here's the full tank shot I've been lagging on.

Need to get down with some custom white balance on my next shots.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:59 AM   #5
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Nice! Can't wait till it's fully covered.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:18 AM   #6
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Here is a better shot. equilibrium had the water slightly cloudy for the last shots.

Switching from my aquaclear to this cleaned up 2213 i have. Considering ordering some Bio-rio and hemp filter floss from adg.com . . . thoughts on this?
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:27 PM   #7
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Glosso needs more trimming.
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:38 PM   #8
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wow i have to say you have a really nice tank here! Love the stones and how thick the glosso is and it seems to be growing in quite nicely! Keep up the great work, cant wait to see what the future looks like for this tank! And for a 20gal, this looks awesome! My 20gal never looked that good ha!
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:17 PM   #9
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Everything is growing! Added two anubis petites, one of which is receiving much more light than the other, we'll see how each reacts to my conditions.

I'm going to trim the stems soon, leaving all the stumps that have new stems sprouting near the ground, and planting all the tops at an appropriate height.

Not sure how long the riccia patch is going to stay there... I'd like to have more background plants which would require ripping up some glosso . . . unless i just plant it through hah.

Speaking of which, the glosso is growing very fast. I've trimmed it in a few areas but I'm afraid to do the whole trim-right-at-the-substrate technique.. it's behaiving as it should under how much light i have + c02 rates. Strictly horizontal growth in most areas.

Developing some minor GSA. Partly due to not dosing enough phosphate, 5 squirts now instead of 3 from my solution. Putting me between 2-2.5ppm. This GSA might also be due to how much light im running . . .50 watts from the t5 for all ten hours + 6 hours of 65w cf. The glosso loves it, but I need to keep up on the ferts to avoid the gsa from getting any worse.

Baby shrimp! Spotted a whole bunch of them this week, havent seen any today but they've been getting bigger and redder day by day. Hopefully I'll have more to come, hope the c02 doesn't kill them hah.

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Old 02-05-2012, 12:14 AM   #10
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Very nice plant growth. How does that diffuser compare to a regular glass one?
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:49 AM   #11
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The glass diffusor you see in previous photos is an old rhinox i bought in 2006. It doesn't do a very good job, the bubbles are large and quickly move to the surface. This cheap plastic diffusor works pretty good hah.

I'd like to upgrade to an inline c02 diffusor, possibly a diy, or one of the many on the market. Configured with a ph controller ideally. My current regulator is also getting old, the solenoid works but the needle valve is crap.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:36 AM   #12
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Water change today, tanks looking good. Eager to trim...






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Old 02-06-2012, 06:05 AM   #13
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WOW is that tank looking nice! everything is filling in nicely! esp the glosso, its blowing up! Is that Ricca that is pearling so much in the middle behind that rock?
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:13 PM   #14
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Very nice! Where did you get the plants? What kind of CO2 diffuser is that on the left?
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:44 PM   #15
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Nice set up and your LIMNOPHILA AROMATICA is beautiful. I just love it.

I have a ton of it coming in for my 125g. where did you get yours?
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