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Old 09-09-2012, 07:58 AM   #16
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Beautiful tank. I was never a fan of black backgrounds but in your tank it looks great with the striking colors of your guppies and cardinals.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:17 PM   #17
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Beautiful tank. I was never a fan of black backgrounds but in your tank it looks great with the striking colors of your guppies and cardinals.
Thanks much.
It actually wasn't much my choice, since seaclear system II only comes in either a solid black or blue background. I always preferred a clear tank myself too, but my ~parental units~ insisted on a system II so that no tubing would show.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:16 AM   #18
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Still having a hair algae problem after just 3 hours of light for 2 weeks... grrr. It's practically vanished near the bottom, but the moss closer to the lights are still having major problems.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #19
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The composition you made with the wood and the slopes is fantastic! Looks beautiful : )
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:00 AM   #20
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That tank is awesome, and the guppies are amazing
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:37 AM   #21
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Looks really nice! I had slowly built up a collection of 8 different strains of male guppies (nothing expensive but very cool) and had one sick fish wipe all but 3 or 4 of them out as well as a few platy and ottos. So I'm down to 4 male guppies now and a quarantine tank will now be used for Amy future tank mates.

I've had some java fern plantlets in my 10 gallon work tank show some slow growth with HO T5 lighting and Excel dosing so hopefully you'll start to see them grow as well. Its been pretty slow for me though
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #22
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Thank you guys. =)

nerdario: Oh no.. fish illnesses can get really nasty and hard to cure in my experience too. I've rarely had sick guppies that manage to recover from medication.
Ah, yeah I heard the javas were quite slow. Sometimes I wish I could fast forward a couple years just to see what the growth looks like right away LOL.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:49 AM   #23
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Any Progress?
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:00 AM   #24
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There's not been much... attractive progress, since I've been having a hair algae problem all over the moss. :S The moss has grown all around by 400%, but so has the algae.

Growth is generally slow, since I'm low-tech.

I've begun dosing 2 capfuls of excel every day just starting a few days ago, so I'll see how that goes on the moss and algae...
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:49 AM   #25
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Heeeeey, an update!

So things are going not quite as planned... but tolerable? It seems like I don't have enough light for the amazon swords along the bottom, so those are pretty much all gradually dying. :\



The right branch is actually doing very well. There's no algae growing at all on that! But the left side... hmmm. My main problem is that the string that was attaching the moss to the branch seems to have loosened too early, causing the moss to float astray- and this is the result. I've been too lazy to take everything back out and re-tie.

Algae is growing quite easily on the left side.

I feel like I should trim the moss, but I'm afraid of cutting off too much of the good stuff pointlessly. o.0 Anyway, here's what it looks like now!

I also haven't replaced the guppies that have passed away. So currently, there are five tetras and six guppies in this big place..

And maaaaan, java fern sure grows SLOWLY in my tank. LOL.

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:06 AM   #26
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java fern grows faster when there's sufficient current. Are there any dead spots in the tank? root tabs would help your sword plants
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:16 AM   #27
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Ah, really! That's helpful info- thanks. I put them in dead spots so that they won't float astray easily. But my tank actually has a lot of current in most places.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:39 AM   #28
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Random fish update.

NEWS FOR EVERYONE: guppies don't do very well in a Seaclear System II. :P The current is WAY too strong for them... Every few weeks, I will find a large juvie or even an adult caught in the filter area.

So my guppies have been dying out/vanishing, minus the apparent six stronger ones left.

Thinking about just gradually filling the place with 30 cardinal tetras or the like. :\

AND SOME SERIOUS TRIMMING IS IN ORDER, or my substrate plants don't get enough light. The beautiful curves of the manzanita aren't even visible anymore under all that... algae and stray moss.
I'm just using a single t5ho bulb over a 24" tall tank. I assume two t5ho's over it with no pressurized co2 is too high, and will result in an algae bloom? But what do you guys think? Any advice?

My original plan was inspired by these types of forests:


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Old 03-20-2013, 05:54 AM   #29
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Those branches look good covered in moss! Nice setup!
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:34 AM   #30
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After a swift trim and some tying down.... and moving around a couple branches.



maybe one day, I'll have the courage to drag out EVERY branch to tie down the moss.

I sure wish I had some more java ferns...

And I should probably get more cardinals soon, huh. 3__3
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