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Old 08-05-2012, 10:07 PM   #91
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thanks, drip acclimating 40 cardinals as I type this.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:36 AM   #92
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You know what time it is? *snip snip snip*
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:58 AM   #93
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You know what time it is? *snip snip snip*
You are quite right, I've been delaying. I've always hated trimming, and I currently have been battling severe nerve damage in the ulnar nerve of my right arm, as well as extensive tendonitis. Using scissors is nearly impossible without inducing a crippling amount of pain that would persist for days. I have an idea or two, but I'm also welcoming suggestions.

One cardinal casualty out of forty, two are separated from the group but otherwise seem healthy. Never a good sign when a schooling animal separates itself. I suspect if I lose any more than the one that already died, it won't be more than those two that are straying from the school.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:42 AM   #94
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Very nice layout.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:18 PM   #95
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How's the tank going?
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:24 PM   #96
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How's the tank going?
I was thinking the same thing - can we get an update?!
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:16 AM   #97
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I was thinking the same thing - can we get an update?!
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how are the plants growing in?
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:35 PM   #98
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Are you still alive CM!?!?!
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:28 AM   #99
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Are you still alive CM!?!?!
He hasn't logged in since the twelfth. Must be very busy.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:42 AM   #100
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Do you feel 5years is a good lifecycle on this tank? Or did it, in terms of quality, start to show its age earlier?
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:13 PM   #101
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Do you feel 5years is a good lifecycle on this tank? Or did it, in terms of quality, start to show its age earlier?
Pandacory, I know you were addressing this to the op, but I will say that in my experience so far, ADA aquariums are built exceptionally well and stand the test of time if treated gently. I think 5 years is definitely a good life cycle but 10 would be a more appropriate benchmark given the substantial cost.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:53 AM   #102
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He hasn't logged in since the twelfth. Must be very busy.
Yeah, it makes me so curious how his aquarium is progressing though, lol.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:10 PM   #103
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Hey guys sorry about ditching you all like that, I have a pattern with this hobby, it's not the first time I've fallen off the planted tank map abruptly. I'm either in it 100% or not at all, and junior year of college took over right as the scape finished so everything ran its course in a neat manner. I'll dig up some of the final shots once finals week is over.

I'm currently procrastinating like a pro, and ran out of websites to check... there are no blue links left on reddit either so I'm really screwed. SO I figured I'd come check out one of my old favorite places, then remembered I left this thread without so much as a peep.

After the scape was finished I lifted the light up to 20" and ran it 7 hours a day for 8 weeks. Never dosed it once, let the CO2 run out, etc. I've been at school since the scape was done. To my surprise after coming home for a break, 2 months of 0 water changes, 0 ferts, literally NOTHING, and the tank wasn't algae ridden. A little BBA started to crop up because of no CO2, but thats it. The Cyperus reached the other side of the tank then started to loop its way down to the substrate. Had to measure a leaf, 42" from the base!! Roots from the mother plants had made there way out into the far right portions of the HC carpet. The rocks were completely engulfed in moss, and the thickest parts of the carpet were beginning to float upwards. A few weeks ago I pulled the plug to preserve the ADA bulb, the things are way too expensive.

I'll update with some pictures in a few weeks when I get a hold of my DSLR. In the mean time I need to study! Chemistry pre-med is controlling my life!


Edit: Panda, the tank is still going strong as ever after 5 years. The only age its showing is things I've done to scratch it, and some calcium marks at the top. The calcium marks are not visible unless it's dry.

Edit2: Looking back I lsot most of my steam with this tank after my elbow surgery, then trying to deal with my course load without really being able to write sealed the deal. Still experiencing a good amount of post surgery pain 3 months later. I've got one hell of a scar as well. The trimming this scape would have needed would not have been possible before or after the surgery. Was in too much pain before it, and after I was in a cast for 4 weeks.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:45 AM   #104
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youre alive!
glad that the tank is doing ok.

know what you mean about school.
organic chemistry is raping me, and animal reproduction and animal nutrition arent the easiest courses either. im running all of my tank but the 20 long on autopilot.

sorry to hear about your arm. hope you get better.
the scars not a bad thing. may look weird at first, but they already shown scientifically that facial scars make you look more attractive, and i wouldnt be surprised if that held for all scars in general. i got one on my belly from an appendectomy in africa, makes for a great story whenever anyone asks about it; and it never seemed to put anybody off.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:11 PM   #105
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3 more surgeries later and I'm highly considering starting this back up again in the coming weeks.

My arm is pretty messed up at this point, still healing from 2 separate surgeries, so I'll need to construct an auto WC system.

Someone convince me to do version 6
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