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Old 05-22-2013, 11:05 PM   #16
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my pH right now is about 5.5. Is this going to be a problem? I'm using pure RO water. I haven't remineralized it yet, but should I?
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my pH right now is about 5.5. Is this going to be a problem? I'm using pure RO water. I haven't remineralized it yet, but should I?
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:26 PM   #18
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Some sort of dwarf shrimp. I was going to do Red Cherry simply because they're the "easiest" and I want to start off with something simple so there's less of a chance of me messing it up.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:30 PM   #19
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You should definitely re-mineralize with some type of supplement, I like Seachem Equilibrium but others use shrimp specific brand buffers (don't know their names off hand)

If you cut the Vals down and allow them to shoot runners they will form a more dense thick "taller" carpet in the background. I agree they look better than the larger leaf sword plants.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:45 PM   #20
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They actually aren't vals, they're the other plant I posted. I'm not sure of the name. How low would you recommend trimming?
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:33 AM   #21
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those plants seem to be Cyperus Helferi, and I just found out I have some Lilaeopsis Mauritiana in another tank. do you think there's a place for the lilaeopsis or is it too much like hairgrass?
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:52 PM   #22
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Checked my parameters today:


4 gh
<1 kh
~5 pH (might be less)
2.4 ammonia

That ph seems awfully low. Should I try to get some crushed coral for kh?
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:48 AM   #23
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bit of an update today. Went out on saturday in search of stones and picked up a nice Seiryu stone from a LFS I don't usually go to due to ridiculously high prices (B grade CRS are 12 dollars each to give you some perspective). But I digress.

I found a lovely stone and added it to my tank today after a quick boil:



Really wish I had a better camera, but hopefully this gives a bit of an idea of what the tank is like.

I've stopped worrying about parameters as I read somewhere that it's normal for ADA Aquasoil to drop ph very low at the beginning, but it eventually stabilizes at 6.5. I'm just going to leave things alone for now. The hairgrass appears to be spreading, as I see little green shoots popping up. Very exciting.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:03 AM   #24
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I'll be honest...I think the upside-down tree with a carpet of moss would have been really cool xD But that's just me :p

The tank really does look nicer with the stone.
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Thank you I seriously considered it, but the wood was just too large, and the moss on top would have completely shadowed the entire floor so I would have been unable to grow plants down there. I also wanted something a bit more simple and open than my last scape so I'm quite pleased. I definitely am glad I went and got that lovely stone. The tank may not be perfect but it's much better with the rock.
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Thank you I seriously considered it, but the wood was just too large, and the moss on top would have completely shadowed the entire floor so I would have been unable to grow plants down there. I also wanted something a bit more simple and open than my last scape so I'm quite pleased. I definitely am glad I went and got that lovely stone. The tank may not be perfect but it's much better with the rock.
Yes, you would have had to figure out a way to insert a light in underneath the moss tree xD

Still, woulda been pretty cool :p
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:39 PM   #27
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After doing some testing today, I've found that my kH is currently 3.5. I'm not sure if that's just from the Seiryu stone, or if it's from the coral (that I removed) but I'll be watching the kH constantly and see what happens. It looks like my dreams of CRS are gone.
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:05 PM   #28
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I guess Amazonia probably buffers ph too low for any sort of tiger shrimp, eh?
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #29
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Tank is beginning to cycle. My parameters today are:

ph: 6.5
kh: 5
gh: 8
Ammonia: .6
Nitrites : .1
Nitrates: 5
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I decided to replace my Seiryu stone with an Ohko stone I got for relatively cheap in the hopes that it's inert and therefore suitable for CRS. So far it doesn't appear to have changed the parameters, but I'm still going to monitor it. The plants are growing nicely, however my plants seem to a have a fine brownish fuzz on them. I suppose that's algae? I will be picking up my co2 diffuser and TDS meter tomorrow. Hopefully the co2 will clear it up.

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