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Old 11-08-2012, 12:03 AM   #31
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Very nice driftwood and setup!

Thanks Kratos! I'm slightly in love with it. I think I spend more of my time looking at it than I spend with my dog
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:08 AM   #32
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I just took these tonight. Everything is coming in pretty well. The first signs of algae have certainly appeared. I've cut the lights down 2 hours daily. The LFS didn't receive any ottos this week, so I my have to make a 3 hour journey next weekend to pick some up. The algae has limited to the glass and the top pieces of DW, close to the light. I'll do a water change tomorrow and make sure the parameters are all good.

Question: Since my drop checker isn't registering, I've been looking at the KH/PH/CO2 charts. My kh is at two... would it help the diffusion of CO2 if I bumped it up to 4? (Baking soda right?)
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:09 AM   #33
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:56 PM   #34
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im not psychic, but i will go out on a limb here and say that this tank will be AMAZING!!

great job thus far
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:30 PM   #35
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Question: Since my drop checker isn't registering, I've been looking at the KH/PH/CO2 charts. My kh is at two... would it help the diffusion of CO2 if I bumped it up to 4? (Baking soda right?)
Really depends on what your target PH is. You want your target CO2 to be at least 20ppm, so at 4KH, you would target a PH of 6.8 to get 19ppm CO2.

I usually shoot for KH around 6, and keep my target PH at 6.9-7 which yields ~20ppm CO2.

If you are fishless, you can go higher to say 30ppm, but its safer to practice the level you are going to maintain long term.

and yes baking soda works fine to raise KH.

Looking good!
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #36
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I think I may have possibly found the issue with my drop checker. I tested the "4dKH" solution I made, from a recipe I found here. Yep... 20 drops later, still no change in color from my API KH test kit. I could be wrong though
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:24 PM   #37
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tank is lookin good man! cant wait to see it grown in a bit
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:30 AM   #38
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Two months after planting. THe HC is growing in amazingly, well... most everything is. The xmas moss is taking off. The Ludwigia is a weed at this point. The Luminaria didnt do so well after the shipping, most melted. I cut them down and replanted (in the back)... they're there, you just gotta wait for more updates to see it. I've gotton a small bit of hair algae on top on the highest xmas moss. It's not a nuisance. There's 4 otto's in there, 1 (used to be 2) Zebra danios. Soon to be a bit more and some Ghost shrimp. Here we go.... PICTURE! Any comments welcome.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:31 AM   #39
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:32 AM   #40
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good lord those combinations of woods are awesome
do you trim the moss regularly?
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:18 AM   #41
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good lord those combinations of woods are awesome
do you trim the moss regularly?

The moss has never been trimmed. It's soooper slow growing. I've never trimmed moss.... I'm a little hesitant to trim it, cause it could look ugly for a while. I need to stare at it more, in order to understand it better. I also bought some Java when I was setting it up, it never made it into the tank... just a mason jar. Regardless, I'm glad I didn't put it in there... I may trim this back a bit in the next month or so.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:24 AM   #42
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Be prepared to have moss growing everywhere if you trim it. It's tough getting every piece out once your have trimmed, then they find a home and begin growing where you dont want them to!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:51 AM   #43
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WOW!!!!

The Tank is looking AWESOME!!!!!

KEEP IT UP!!!
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:15 AM   #44
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It looks really nice. I have a few questions if you don't mind:

- First of all, I'd like to know if you have already found out a fertilization routine.

- Second, I'd use a co2 atomizer instead of that ceramic diffuser, you will see changes in growing for sure. In case you don't, make sure the in-pipe helps in moving the co2 bubbles, like placing the diffuser in the opposite corner of the out pipe. In your case, exchanging the drop checker and the diffuser will make it work better disolving the bubbles into the water, I guess, and also the same accurate measure of the co2 concentration with the drop checker.

But as I said, much better with an atomizer. I can tell you where I bought mine if you wish, is a high quality one and not expensive at all.

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:52 AM   #45
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I'll second the atomizer. After having used one, I'll never go back to glass diffusers. beautiful layout!
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