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Old 07-18-2012, 09:36 AM   #31
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Just wondering- what are these rocks called that you bought from a landscape company? And about how many pounds of rock is in your tank? Thanks!
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:54 PM   #32
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Just wondering- what are these rocks called that you bought from a landscape company? And about how many pounds of rock is in your tank? Thanks!
I don't know the exact name of the rocks but it had "green" in the title, I believe. I have had many people ask and I just can't find out the info.

I bought about 250lb of this rock total (it was only 8 cents/lb or less, not expensive) and I am guessing this is about 1/4 of that, so around 60lbs. I wouldn't be surprised if it's less, or more, but around that.




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For anyone wondering about the tanks, I am sorry I have not updated.

The nano is doing really well. The timer failed and it had the lights on for a few days straight but I didn't get too bad of algae because I am injecting a ton of CO2 along with having a AC 50 on a 6 gallon. Some of the reds are really red, others are not as much as I would like. I don't have a ton of light on this tank though.

The 20 long looks about the same. I usually do a short dry start with HC to get it rooted but I have a few amano's in there so I couldn't do it. About half the HC ended up floating, not that it surprised me, but I didn't start with much so it's going to be slow. I could just buy more but its a pain to plant so I am just going to see how it goes.

I also have to keep the light pretty high because of the lack of plant mass so that probably isn't helping the tank. It's on "slow-mo" for now and I don't particularly mind ATM, though I am trimming the HC and replanting as it grows out. Hopefully I will gain enough plant mass to throw some more light at it and get things balanced on a faster route.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:18 AM   #33
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So...time for an update.

First things first, I almost want to appoligize for cellphone pics but my cell phone is actually better than my camera. I knew it sucked but I didn't think it sucked that bad. I wasn't able to use a tripod however.

The 20 long is still slow. It's weird because everything seems to grow well and I have put hard to grow species in as a test and got good color. I see continued slow growth of the foreground, don't know what's up. A lot of the HC ended up in my filter as well, which obviously doesn't help. I have tried to lower my light but I just don't have the plant mass. I am getting a little BGA but not enough to where it's a problem. I haven't been home so I need to manually remove it soon.

The nano is doing awesome. I cut down the grass about 2 weeks ago, all the way to the substrate as it was a bit ratty when I put it in. It is definitely coming along. My rotala macrandra isn't as red as it should be, when I am dosing daily, it seems to really help. Regardless, I have struggled with this plant in the past. I don't really know how much light this is but I know it isn't high light so I am not expecting much deep reds until I get a light that actually fits the tank. For now, I am happy with everything growing well.


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Old 07-25-2012, 06:50 AM   #34
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I apologize im on my phone and didn't read the thread, but i loooove that you are using the mini fridge as a tank stand
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I apologize im on my phone and didn't read the thread, but i loooove that you are using the mini fridge as a tank stand
Haha, yeah, it's the only place I had room if I were going to use CO2 on it. I have a ton of other shelving in the room but nothing can get water on it. It actually fits the tank pretty well though, outside of being too deep but I may put a canister in back, again, as that is the only place it would fit.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:49 AM   #36
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I know not many are paying attention and this tank has been very slow, through the first iteration until now.

I decided to try something that never works, especially with not a lot of plant mass. That is throwing way too much light at my plants. I lowered my light to about 3-4 in above the tank. I am doing 10 hours of 2x24watt, with a 2x24 watt noon burst.

It has been 3 days and growth has been better already. I can't really tell as much with the HC, though it pearls a lot now, but the grass is throwing runners out now.

I plan to do this for about 3-4 more days and just see how quickly algae comes. The tank is moving so slow that I don't really mind tackling some algae. I do think this tank needs more light than I was throwing at it before, just not sure how much. I do have a tiny bit of a few types of algae so it may be an algae farm quick, lol.

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