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Old 06-06-2012, 09:09 PM   #16
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What plant are you growing on your substrate? I was thinking for the 20 I wanted to go for the carpeted effect.
Its Baby Tears, or Pearl Weed, (not the same thing as Dwarf Baby Tears). It grows around 4 inches tall. Some shorter, and some longer, maybe up to 6 inches? It grew like a weed in my medium/high light, co2 injected tank. I recently converted the tank to low light, no co2. Its not doing well, but its still hanging in there. It may yet make the conversion. Or not.
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:28 AM   #17
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Nice tank
I'm started my own planted tank about a month ago, so it's fun to read journals from other newbies. I'll be following yours.
BTW, how many watts on your lights?
We are using 2 Marineland 10W 5100K compact florescent bulbs, which run on a timer for 8 hours a day, 12pm-8pm. So far, this has been working well for our low to medium lights plants.

Goodluck with your Ebi tank. We contemplated the pantyhose idea, but decided to go with a baffled method utilizing a plastic soda bottle. Our filter intake is wrapped with excess media net from our filter bio bag. The media net catches dead plant matter that the shrimps enjoy eating. It tends to slow down the filter flow, so we do clean it about once a week.


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Its Baby Tears, or Pearl Weed, (not the same thing as Dwarf Baby Tears). It grows around 4 inches tall. Some shorter, and some longer, maybe up to 6 inches? It grew like a weed in my medium/high light, co2 injected tank. I recently converted the tank to low light, no co2. Its not doing well, but its still hanging in there. It may yet make the conversion. Or not.
Hopefully it just takes a bit to adapt to the new conditions and recovers well. I may go micro swords instead planted in a random pattern. Micro swords seem to grow pretty slowly(at least in our tank). I like the "leafy" effect in your picture but I kind of want a grassy effect also. So many decisions and options :O! Right now I'm just letting the java moss slowly find its way all over the tank.
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:27 PM   #18
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Thanks for the lighting info and the filter tips!
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #19
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Thanks for the lighting info and the filter tips!
No problem!
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:09 AM   #20
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Updated main post with 2 new pictures~!
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:30 AM   #21
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Updated first post. Added more anubias and moved some of the java ferns around. Placed the heater in a new spot also. Java moss slowly falling and starting to "carpet" a little.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:25 AM   #22
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I'm turning green (along with my water) on seeing your first attempt. You sure this is your first tank.

I wish mine was half as good as yours!!!
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:41 AM   #23
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It looks really good! Enjoy the sword while it's little. You'll have an excuse to get a bigger tank soon. I'd warn you about the duckweed blocking light for the other plants but you seem to have a perfect balance going on. Everything looks great!
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:14 PM   #24
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I'm turning green (along with my water) on seeing your first attempt. You sure this is your first tank.

I wish mine was half as good as yours!!!
Thanks :P I commented in your thread!

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It looks really good! Enjoy the sword while it's little. You'll have an excuse to get a bigger tank soon. I'd warn you about the duckweed blocking light for the other plants but you seem to have a perfect balance going on. Everything looks great!
Thank you . Yeah, it was fun to watch the swords change from wide leaf to narrow leaf(I believe they were grown out of water and changed to the submersed growth). They are really taking off now(seems like they are bigger everyday o_O). The duckweed got out of control for a bit but then I came to terms with myself and decided to remove some. I really didn't want to remove plant matter from the tank :P. The fish seem to enjoy the shaded cover and probably feel more safe from predators(although there are none :P)
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:00 PM   #25
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Got some new driftwood pieces to add a little branchyness to tank. Boiled them once(seems to have low/no tannin).
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The driftwood looks nice. And teeny. Don't worry about the duckweed, unless you get ever single piece it'll be covering your tank in no time
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:21 PM   #27
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The driftwood looks nice. And teeny. Don't worry about the duckweed, unless you get ever single piece it'll be covering your tank in no time

I made a little moss tree with one of the small driftwood.

Yeah duckweed grows like crazy ~_~
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:44 PM   #28
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Nice tank! You should tie that moss down tightly to the top of those sticks with fishing line or thread. In a few weeks you'll have a nice looking moss tree
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:56 PM   #29
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Nice tank! You should tie that moss down tightly to the top of those sticks with fishing line or thread. In a few weeks you'll have a nice looking moss tree
Was thinking about doing that or making a moss wall, I have the materials already just sort of being lazy lately :p


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