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Old 03-31-2013, 03:46 PM   #61
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Ahh ok I get it now. Still new to this hobby so I like to ask questions. Hopefully my spec will turn out looking just as nice as these tanks
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:26 PM   #62
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Looking good Jason everything coming along nicely.

If I may say something and make a suggestion, I would looking into crypt green gecko and wendtii bronze and put them in that center hole also maybe some e. tenellus. Maybe a piece of nljf or bolbitus also.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:46 PM   #63
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Looking good Jason everything coming along nicely.

If I may say something and make a suggestion, I would looking into crypt green gecko and wendtii bronze and put them in that center hole also maybe some e. tenellus. Maybe a piece of nljf or bolbitus also.
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Thanks TheGuy...i would like the shortest crypt possible, which is parva from my experience. Wendtii's I think would get too tall. E. tenellus would look good, may need to consider that, but it would also be alot of work to keep it from taking over the entire foreground IMO.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:01 PM   #64
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Thanks TheGuy...i would like the shortest crypt possible, which is parva from my experience. Wendtii's I think would get too tall. E. tenellus would look good, may need to consider that, but it would also be alot of work to keep it from taking over the entire foreground IMO.
With the high light they won't grow tall, crypts that is. E tenellus would maybe be better, even hydro japan. Just something to break it up, all it lacks is some midground

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Old 03-31-2013, 08:33 PM   #65
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did you manage to some how hook up your fan to a temperature controlled unit? like if it gets to 74 it turns on auto?
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:17 AM   #66
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It's been one week. Glosso and HC starting to creep noticeably, although about a quarter of the HC has floated to the top of the tank...may leave it there permanently to encourage taller growth in the hair grass, as well as provide some cover for the critters to be added...think I want to try green neons instead of cardinals. Hair algae is very visible in both tanks. Will remove as much as I can @ water change tomorrow.
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Trimmed out alot of the naughty stargrass bits yesterday...looking much better. Moved the baby tears in the middle foreground behind the driftwood. I may put crypt parva in its place, if I can find some. Or some other plant...any suggestions?
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Hairgrass growing fast, and getting taller than I expected...which is good.
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These little JBJ fans work well, have a small footprint, and produce low noise. Good product.
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Bonus 'tank'! Leftover foreground plants.
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where did you get the light lamp over the doaqua tank?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:55 AM   #67
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Looking very nice.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:35 PM   #68
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did you manage to some how hook up your fan to a temperature controlled unit? like if it gets to 74 it turns on auto?
yes. temp controller works just like a ph controller does.

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where did you get the light lamp over the doaqua tank?
Its a desk lamp I purchased from Office depot or Office max or something like that ~4years ago. Ott-lite is the brand.

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Looking very nice.
Thanks. Up close, not as nice due to all that algae...hopefully that changes soon.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:28 AM   #69
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Week 3 update:

Algae is getting pretty out of hand, and I'm picking it out every other day at this point in both tanks. The moss in the wood tank is completely covered, and dying. All the other plants are growing well tho, and I had to do some serious trimming this week.

I am getting so discouraged by the algae, I decided it was time to do some testing. Both tanks still have noticable nitrite levels...so I'm hoping that's a a major driver of the algae. I noticed also that there was zero phosphates in either tank before the weekly water change, so going to increase the dosing a bit there to see if that will help. I've been using a 9hr photoperiod...and I'm going to start reducing that in another week or so if conditions don't improve.

Interesting note on the Ryuoh stones...it is increasing GH/KH in the stone tank much more significantly than I would have thought. I try to set both to about 2 dH in that tank, and today I got readings of 9 GH and 7 KH. Yikes. Wood tank readings were as expected, so I'm pretty sure it's the stones, and not me misdosing stuff.

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Tested water parameters again today, one day after WC. Wood tank GH is 6 and KH is 5. That means the ryuoh stones are causing GH to increase by 4-7 degrees with 50% weekly wc, and KH by 3-5 degrees. That's crazy.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:17 AM   #71
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Week 4 update:
Still fighting algae like crazy. Moss in wood tank was completely removed as it was rotting and not attaching under the algae. Significant amount of the ludwigia has melted under the algae. Found some crypt parva at LFS, and added that to the tank.


I've been increasing my NO3 and PO4 dosing significantly on both tanks based on the testing I've been doing. Can't seem to keep NO3 up despite some serious dosing, especially in the wood tank, where I started at 5ppm x 3times week, then tried 7ppm, then 9ppm, and today I put in 15ppm in the morning. Tested tonight and had only 5ppm left. Could my tank really be eating through 10 ppm a day? I doubt it. Photoperiod reduced to 8hrs as well.

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Old 04-18-2013, 02:44 PM   #72
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Looking Nice.

Are those lights enough for something Red? like a pop of color.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:51 PM   #73
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Looking Nice.

Are those lights enough for something Red? like a pop of color.
Yup, i had ludwigida arcuata growing like gangbusters for about two weeks. I trimmed, got slammed with algae, and it's dying off. Hoping it will recover.
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:46 PM   #74
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its time to bring helper go get 10 amono shrimp and 2 SAE for each tank
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:57 AM   #75
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its time to bring helper go get 10 amono shrimp and 2 SAE for each tank
SAEs in a ten gallon tank doesn't seem appropriate. I'd love to 'borrow' a few for a few weeks tho.

Maybe a few amanos.

I did add two Otos in each tank the other day...they are not really making much of a difference at this point.
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