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Old 07-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #16
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Interesting choice on the substrate
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:56 PM   #17
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Interesting choice on the substrate
Why?

I'm still learning the hobby and wanted to test out the different choices out there. ADA soil is hard to come by for most. I will be using ada soil in my finnex 4 gal scape.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:18 PM   #18
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Why?

I'm still learning the hobby and wanted to test out the different choices out there. ADA soil is hard to come by for most. I will be using ada soil in my finnex 4 gal scape.
Not sure why it would be an interesting choice, but in my new tank I'm using the fluval shrimp substrate (with a few root tabs) and absolutely love it! I have similar plants as you. Luckily (maybe due to more light or CO2) I did not suffer a melt period. But I yet far have found on that parva rebounds pretty quickly in my tanks.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:29 PM   #19
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Not sure why it would be an interesting choice, but in my new tank I'm using the fluval shrimp substrate (with a few root tabs) and absolutely love it! I have similar plants as you. Luckily (maybe due to more light or CO2) I did not suffer a melt period. But I yet far have found on that parva rebounds pretty quickly in my tanks.
That's good.... in retrospect, I would've added pfertz root tabs or something since crypts are heavy root feeders from what I've gathered. Some say it helps prevent melt also. Live and learn, part of the hobby and process. I need to do my homework instead of rushing these scapes...I just can't help myself.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:32 AM   #20
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What's that other substrate you're using besides the Fluval Stratum?
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:45 AM   #21
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What's that other substrate you're using besides the Fluval Stratum?
In this tank? Fluval stratum and a fine black sand LFS had packaged themselves. Fine black sand used in front. Has a litle glittering effect to it, so it looks cool. Think its the kind of black sand you can get at walmart or homedepot or something fairly cheap. Some LFS love to package cheap sand and markup prices and sell it as aquarium safe. I just bought it to support their store.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:47 PM   #22
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In this tank? Fluval stratum and a fine black sand LFS had packaged themselves. Fine black sand used in front. Has a litle glittering effect to it, so it looks col. Think its the kind of black sand you can get at walmart or homedepot or something fairly cheap. Some LFS love to package cheap sand and markup prices and sell it as aquarium safe. I just bought it to support their store.
Yes, stores do this ... they're stores lol. plus i get people into my store constantly looking for a handful of sand for their betta bowl

i have found that keeping the KH values in my crypt tanks elevated above 4 degrees discourages melt. some species just go into melt mode anyway, but just my 2 cents.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:07 AM   #23
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Fluval stratum and a fine black sand LFS had packaged themselves. Fine black sand used in front. Has a litle glittering effect to it, so it looks col.
Very nice, I really like the effect it has!
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:50 AM   #24
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Yes, stores do this ... they're stores lol. plus i get people into my store constantly looking for a handful of sand for their betta bowl

i have found that keeping the KH values in my crypt tanks elevated above 4 degrees discourages melt. some species just go into melt mode anyway, but just my 2 cents.
Thanks for the KH tip. Got to try that next time, assuming I get into the whole measuring of water parameters thing. I'm learning that part of the hobby at a snail's pace.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:43 AM   #25
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Update: added boraras maculatas, 3 taiwan fire red shrimp. I haven't changed the water since day one. I was thinking the crypts needed stable water. Probably will do a water change soon, but I'm stunned at how clear the water has remained. I've diatomed filtered my tank in the past and this tank rivals that clarity. Very strange to me. Phone pics don't do it justice. Will use my DSLR when I got time.



Starting to see new growth. I'm happy.

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:06 AM   #26
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VERY COOL SCAPE!

These are cool tanks, but a lot of cash!!! I wasn't even thinking about trying to scape them threw the little hole!!! I bet it is a PITA!

You did a great job regardless! Crypts are some of my favorites, so I naturally love this tank!!!

Keep up the Crypts!!!
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:53 PM   #27
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VERY COOL SCAPE!

These are cool tanks, but a lot of cash!!! I wasn't even thinking about trying to scape them threw the little hole!!! I bet it is a PITA!

You did a great job regardless! Crypts are some of my favorites, so I naturally love this tank!!!

Keep up the Crypts!!!
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Thanks for the kind words. I screwed myself with this scape, it's near impossible to clean the glass good without disturbing the branch wood....lol. This branch wood has quickly become my favorite hardscape item.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:56 AM   #28
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Update of tank: slow growth with some BBA. No pics at this time. Will re-update in about a month.

Note to self: transfering a tank to another house is a PITA! This tank is now in the care of a good friend of mine to make space at my place for more tanks. Transfer uprooted half of my crypts, all of my hydrocotyle and displaced a few anubias. Re-scaping took a few hours. Need to follow up with manicure procedures for my scape, including defining rock barrier lines. Hopefully, tank settles in quickly for photography and videopgraphy session.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:30 PM   #29
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did you drain the water?
if you have water sloshing around then that will move your substrate, uprooting plants. i transfer 2 tanks twice a year, and never have any problems. just drain all the water, cover the top with plastic wrap, and put it where you want it.

good luck manicuring.
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:00 AM   #30
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did you drain the water?
if you have water sloshing around then that will move your substrate, uprooting plants. i transfer 2 tanks twice a year, and never have any problems. just drain all the water, cover the top with plastic wrap, and put it where you want it.

good luck manicuring.
I did, but not as much as I should've cause I was concerned about the fish. Also, I think my tank wasn't mature enough. Roots weren't rooted well yet. Not to mention carrying it up and down a flight of stairs.
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