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Old 10-04-2013, 12:43 PM   #271
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it's cute, congrats ! Hey just noticed in that pic what looks like the green fuzz algae that I had dealt with back in August. Have you found your Amano's eating it ? I don't have shrimp b/c of my clown loach but I only found full tank Algaefix treatment to be able to take care of it (it laughed at Excel & H2O2 full tank & spot treatments). I also heard Algaefix can be bad for some shrimp though...
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It's hair algae in the picture. It's pretty much cleared up in tank just left on a few of the lobelias and some of the 'mini'. I plan on plucking off those leaves this weekend that are still bad.

I basically removed some of the plants that got bad, cranked up my CO2, added a new batch of amano's and been changing the water religiously twice a week. Over the past 2-3 weeks the algae has almost disappeared. I think the biggest thing was the CO2. I really need to do some water testing because my pH/CO2 levels don't match what was at the start of the tank. Probe might need calibrated too. Fish don't seem stressed but going off pH I have 50+ ppm easy.
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:15 AM   #273
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Found 2-3 more Apisto's about a month old hiding today.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:51 PM   #274
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I finally broke down and took some good pictures. I did a water change, glass cleaning, etc. last night so it would look its best for pictures.

You can see I still have algae in places but its decreasing daily so I just have to be patient. I also need the red Ludwigia to grow a little faster in the back

I'm not completely happy with the layout but its better than nothing right now.













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Old 10-07-2013, 12:38 AM   #275
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It'll fill in nicely. It took the red hybrids a couple months for me and now they grow like crazy. I like the new carpets!

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Old 10-07-2013, 03:39 AM   #276
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Yeah, I know they take a bit to take off from when I first planted them in the tank.

I don't like lobelia that much to be honest...thinking about putting some different wood in the tank or some black lava rocks.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:30 PM   #277
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Well I took the plunge and took out the other driftwood. I was losing a battle with BBA so decide to do a new hardscape. Some of the wood is now soaking and this is what it looks like at the moment. I figure it will be floating for a little while while I get the plants I want in. I have some other wood I might put in but haven't decide on the right in terms of hardscape yet.

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I'm just starting my 200 gal setup and I really appreciate all the detail in your post.
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I'm just starting my 200 gal setup and I really appreciate all the detail in your post.
No problem, being an engineer I'm all for details on how things work.
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All the wood has pretty much sunk now....trying to locate some rocks that I want and then will order a few different plants and a few more fish/shrimp if budget allows.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:59 PM   #281
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Small update....worked the hardscape a bit last night. Still more to do

Just got home and snapped a few pictures....I think it's a decent start for a couple hours of work last night.



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I scrapped the above scape and went in a different direction. I ordered all the plants I wanted and they should be around Wednesday of next week (shipping Monday). Below are the plants that are coming in.

160 nodes of Marsilea Minuta
5 golf balls of xmas moss
2 Mini Pellia w/o mesh
1 Eriocaulon Compressium 6-8" in diameter
10 Bacopa sp. Japan
5 Syngonanthus sp. 'Belem
10 Starougyne Repens 049
10 Cuphea Anagalloidea
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I scrapped the above scape and went in a different direction. I ordered all the plants I wanted and they should be around Wednesday of next week (shipping Monday). Below are the plants that are coming in.

160 nodes of Marsilea Minuta
5 golf balls of xmas moss
2 Mini Pellia w/o mesh
1 Eriocaulon Compressium 6-8" in diameter
10 Bacopa sp. Japan
5 Syngonanthus sp. 'Belem
10 Starougyne Repens 049
10 Cuphea Anagalloidea
New stuff !!!

Just in time for Christmas...can't wait to see the new look. Let me know if you ever want some of your old walichii, l. red hybrid, atlantis, or aromatica back (that I got from you) !
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New stuff !!!

Just in time for Christmas...can't wait to see the new look. Let me know if you ever want some of your old walichii, l. red hybrid, atlantis, or aromatica back (that I got from you) !
I might hit you up on the walichii next year. I wanted some for this layout but was being lazy/cheap and settled on the cuphea so I only had to use one seller.

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