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Old 02-22-2014, 11:35 AM   #1
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Grumpy's 12g long


I jumped into the hobby of the planted aquarium in August 2013 by converting my "boring" 75g tank into a high tech planted tank. In December, I decided to start a second small, high tech planted tank upstairs....thus began the research (thank you TPT) and equipment collecting.

Equipment:
Mr. Aqua 12 g long
Primo CO2 system
Finnex fugeray planted plus 36"
Hydor 200 watt inline heater
Cal aqua lily pipe and drop checker

Substrate:
DIY mineralized topsoil with black Seachem flourite sand topper

Rocks:
Pulled out of a stream going through a colleague's property. I'm not certain on type...but the area is high in limestone.

Plants:
Hemianthus collitrichoides
Eliocharus tenellus
Nesaea sp. red
Eliocharus parvula
Rotala rotundifolia
Pogostemon helferi

Fauna:
Otocinclus
Bristlenose plecostomus
Glow light tetra
Neon tetra
Red cherry shrimp
Ghost shrimp
Nerite snails

Fertilization:
1cc Excel every third day
EI dosing

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February 12, 2014 - planted the tank
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:42 AM   #3
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Photo taken 2/20/2014 - HC seems to be filling in well.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:14 PM   #4
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Default 2/22/2014 photos

Apologies for the photo quality. My simple p.h.d digital camera and iPad camera don't give great photos, but it is all I have.

Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:16 PM   #5
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More direct front view...
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Exchanged Lysimachia nummularia with Rotunda rotundifolia and added some Eleocharus tenellus to the back right corner. Green dust algae is making a strong showing on the rocks and a bit on the glass. The nights have been so cold that I've had to put a larger heater to keep the tank around 76F. Added 10 glow light tetras to give my otocinclus some company.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:08 PM   #7
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Looks awesome!!
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Default Update 3-20-2014

In the last few weeks I've added the inline heater, added some tetras, shrimp, and nerite snails, and managed to break the cal aqua outflow pipe (bugger). I think the plants are growing nicely and the parameters with reduced EI dosing are looking good.
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:15 PM   #9
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Very nice!
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:36 AM   #10
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Thank you, Monster Fish.
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