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Old 02-22-2015, 02:57 AM   #1
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Finnex 12 inch cube


Finnex 12 inch cube low iron glass (7.3 gallon)
Light: Finnex planted plus
No Co2 perhaps some excel
Substrate: Tank will be divided to two parts by two horizontal pieces of mopani wood that are currently soaking to leach tannins. Front third will be caribsea sand over laterite and worm castings. Back 2/3 will be laterite and worm castings topped by a mix of Eco-complete and Mr. aqua soil. (I just happen to have enough of these around so putting them to use)
Filter: Aquaclear 30 (couldnt find the 20 anymore).

As you can see from the pic, trying to decide if the rock will be the center piece or if I should try a moss tree. Have done that in another low tech tank to good effect. My only other concern is whether my light is too high powered for a low tech setting but I plan on using short photoperiods initially and fast growing plants.

Fauna: Probably shrimp
Flora: Mix of regular stuff, cabomba, wisteria, dwarf hair grass, telanthera etc. I have all of these in a 40B low tech but hoping the higher light here will make the groundcover spread better.

Open to suggestions ..........

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So far so good. Micranthemum monte carlo continues to spread. No CO2 only 1ml excel daily. Used sponge from another aquarium in the aquaclear 20 filter. So far ammonia and nitrites are 0 and nitrate at 5
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Old 02-24-2015, 03:56 AM   #2
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Started putting this together. I think I'm going to go with a dry start. Put down a small layer of laterite, topped with a small layer of worm castings. This was followed by Eco-complete with root tabs and a top layer of Mr Aqua soil. The front section is laterite/worm cast and sand. The wood will end up getting covered with moss and anubia nana.

Not quite sure of rock placement. Most of it will end up covered in moss and plants anyway and I plan to have some kind of moss tree branching over the rocks. Might remove the top rock in the pile or just have the larger rock in the original picture in place instead. However, it does take up a lot more space....
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:30 PM   #3
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Updated the scape. Dry start for 3 days now. Want to add some anubias nana but worried that under high light conditions and no co2 they will struggle. Would appreciate input on that
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:45 PM   #4
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I'd stick to the carpet plants for now. Your anubias might struggle up in the tree since the roots will be exposed and you'd need extremely high humidity I think. Just keep the soil moist and attach the anubias before you flood. Also, you don't want the shade yet!
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Old 03-02-2015, 01:15 PM   #5
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Actually the anubias are going to be at the base of tree. Planning to attach moss to small sponges on the tree
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:18 PM   #6
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Oh! Gotcha. I thought you were using the anubias as the tree foliage. I'm still unsure. Usually the DSM is to start growth on carpets more so than slow growing plants like anubias. Someone with experience should weigh in though.
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:49 PM   #7
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DSM is slowly progressing. Plants not really growing yet but not dying either. No standing water but misting tank twice daily. Still planning to stay low tech (excel no CO2). Added Microsword and another rock. Open to suggestions on the scape.

Will be adding stems at the back once I flood
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:40 PM   #8
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Cant help messing with the scape. I have avoided moving many plants though. Here is the latest version. Trying to decide what to plant on the "hill" on the right.
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:36 AM   #9
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awesome tank
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Old 03-13-2015, 10:51 PM   #10
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Latest update. Continuing dry start. Seeing a few shoots of DHG coming through. The micro sword is yellowing a bit but I'm not worried. Just bought a clump of micrantheum monte carlo and planted it on the hill to back right. Also added some to the left side of the front sandy area. Will see how it does. Current photoperiod is 12h per day. Misting now with water with very dilute NPK added since my substrate is mostly Eco-complete with root tabs or sand with root tabs. Some worm castings and laterite on the bottom.

This is going to be low tech with excel and ferts. Am I being unrealistic in thinking I can keep the Monte carlo alive?
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:58 AM   #11
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DSM coming along slowly. Micranthemum monte carlo starting to spread on the hill back right. Pogostemon and DHG showing new growth. Trying to decide if I want to add CO2 or chance it and see if they will do well at low tech with excel when I do fill
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:35 AM   #12
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CO2 would definitely speed things up, but I think this would be masterful if done without it. Nice job. I'm picturing the pogostemon and it's great. Blyxa woulda been pretty too. Love it.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:42 AM   #13
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Thanks. I'm thinking of giving it a shot at low tech as well. I will be adding some alternanthera on top of the hill. There I s already Brazilian micro sword at the back left among the branches. I plan to add Christmas moss at the top of the branches when I flood.

Oddly enough I planted the remaining Monte Carlo in the front of my low tech 40B and a week later it is growing and spreading! Let's see how long that lasts.
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:24 PM   #14
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Plants seem to have settled in and much more rapid growth over last few days. Despite reduced lights to six hours and less misting. Should I flood now or wait?
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:51 AM   #15
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Flooded. Planted heavy for now. Will rearrange plants later. Some tannins from the wood.
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