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Old 07-26-2013, 04:02 AM   #1
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40B Aquascape-New lights, new growth


I finally got my 40 breeder going after waiting for my custom stand to be completed. I am going to try the dry start method for the first time (any tips on DSM will be greatly appreciated!). Ill be trying to keep humidity in the 80-90% range, misting when needed (twice a day minimum).

Equipment list:
-ADA Aquasoil Amazonia
-Hagen Glo 36" 39w x2 T5HO fixture (hung using DIY light hangers)
-36" Finnex Ray II DS
-Rena Xp2
-Hydor 300 watt inline heater
-inline Co2 atomizer
-Custom dual stage Co2 regulator
-Custom stand
-40 breeder
-EI ferts (when the time comes)

Hardscape:
-Ohko Stones
-Manzanita wood

Plant List:
-Hemianthus callitrichoides(dwarf baby tears)
-Staurogyne Repens
-Crypt sp Wendtii
-Dwarf hair grass
-Ludwigia repens
-Rotala Rotundifolia
-Hygrophila polysperma "sunset"
-Limnophila aquatica
-Pogostemon stellata
-Java fern
-Taiwan moss
-Blyxa japconia (not being grown emmersed)
-Star Grass


My Custom Stand:
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Lights with DIY hangers
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My Co2 System
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Beginning Dry Start Method
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:13 AM   #2
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Looking good.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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thank you
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:21 PM   #4
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Update, I have been getting some pretty good growth especially with the baby tears. I also added another 2 pots of HC. I am still misting 2-3 times daily with humidity around 80-85%. I had one casualty, my Ludwigia repens died, it just melted away for some reason. All the stems are doing well, I will probably continue for at least another week or 2.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:05 AM   #5
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So after a month I decided to fill my tank and end the DSM phase, the HC looked well rooted. I am blasting my Co2 right now and dosing EI so no fish right now. Ill see how it goes and add fish when I'm comfortable with it and tone done the Co2. Really looking forward to the stem plants filling in and growing.

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Old 08-23-2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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I love the landscape of it so far.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:50 PM   #7
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Nice. Makes me want to start another one.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:04 PM   #8
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thank you both.... its an addicting hobby
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:00 PM   #9
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Looks great so far, is that the Taiwan Moss on the DW
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Your 40B looks awesome!! Are the legs not removeable on the light fixtures? That would give you a cleaner look overall. Loving the Ohko and Manzy!
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Looks great so far, is that the Taiwan Moss on the DW
Yes it is!
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:07 PM   #12
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Your 40B looks awesome!! Are the legs not removeable on the light fixtures? That would give you a cleaner look overall. Loving the Ohko and Manzy!
I attempted to but I could not get them off, I agree it would look better. Anyone with a Hagen Glo T5 HO fixture here that could chime in on taking off the legs?
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:08 PM   #13
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Great hardscape. Looking forward to seeing this one fill out.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:04 PM   #14
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With the width of the 40B I noticed my stems where not growing too well, so I decided to look at some LEDs and I added a 36" finnex ray II DS (7000k) to supplement my hagen glo 2x39w and I have been very pleases with the results; the carpet of HC is fully grown in now. Still dosing EI and I added ADA "lights" to help with the ferts and new lighting. First trim of HC will be soon and I am really getting tiered of the "fizz"/cloudy look that the inline atomizer gives, might switch to another diffusion method. Added many new fish too, current stock:

-6 cardinal tetras
-6 Red minor tetras
- 3 otos
- 1 true SAE
-1 golden ribbon pleco
-4 German blue rams
-3 kribensis
- 1 lonely angel (waiting on a new home)
-2 glo light tetras
-2 black tetras

Also currently battling a nasty outbreak of green dust algae, anyone have any tips on this, as all the research I have done basically states no one really has a great understanding of this algae.

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