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Old 06-03-2013, 11:29 PM   #31
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Nice! You found a load of great deals on craigslist! I like the stand!
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:47 PM   #32
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Where'd you find the DW?
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:02 AM   #33
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Nice! You found a load of great deals on craigslist! I like the stand!
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Where'd you find the DW?
I went to Lake Hiawatha and Lake Phalen. There is a bunch of wood between the golf course and the beach on 28th at Lake Hiawatha.

I heard on www.minnfish.com that Coon Rapids Dam is a good place too, but I haven't been there yet.

I'm still not really satisfied with what I got for DW. I'm guess I'm just not sure what I want yet...
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:43 PM   #34
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My MTS came out very sandy and I decided not to use that soil. It's really a bummer to because the mineralization of that top soil was a big waste of time. That okay though, I am in no rush.

Instead, I decided to go the MGOCPM route for a couple reasons:

1. I've used it before so I more comfortable with it.
2. The DSM will help speed up the mineralization process.
3, After sifting the MGOCPM, the dirt looks nutrient packed.

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Here my plan for the substrate:

1. Sift MGOCPM
2. Black Diamond Trim
3. Add Dolomite Sprinkle
4. Add Murite of Potassium Sprinkle
5. Add Red Clay
6. Add MGOCPM 1-1.5" deep
7. Add Cap of Black Diamond
8. Start DSM

I am still trying to work out an aqua scape. It is hard to decide on one because it all cost so much $. Maybe another good deal with help steer be in a specific direct.

I do know for sure that I want to base my scape on a heavy root feeder like HC or DHG.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:30 PM   #35
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Default Testing Rocks

Today, my rocks passed the vinegar test. I cleaned the rocks thoroughly with hot water and a bush. I then put several drops of vinegar on the rocks. I saw no bubbling which is good. Passed Test 1!!

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Next, the pH test. I put some De-chlorinated tap water (the water I plan to use for this aquarium) in a Tupperware bowl and tested it. Here are my results:

6/8/13
pH: 7.6
High Range pH: 7.4
Ammonia 1 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm

I really only needed to test pH, but I wanted to run all the test on my tap water again. As I understand it, the test works like this. If the pH has a dramatic change in the next few weeks, then the rocks are not safe for my aquarium.

In the meantime, I will look for an iron test kit which is what I am going to need in order to find out if the rocks leech iron into the water.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:43 AM   #36
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I tested the pH again today and was shocked by the reading.

6/9/13: pH 6.6

So, the ph of the water in that tupperware changed by a pH of approx. 1 in a single day. I'm not sure but this cannot be good. I will continue to monitor the change in pH. At this point, I'm guessing that the rocks will not pass my second test.
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:46 AM   #37
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It's interesting that your PH drops. I'm just 20 minutes south in Apple Valley and the water is similar at about PH 7.4 out of the tap. However, the KH is really high at 18, so after sitting out for 24 hours in a cup the CO2 dissipates and the PH goes to 8.2.

The Aquasoil in my tank keeps the PH between 6.8 and 7.0 throughout the week and the KH between 6 and 12.

Have you tested GH/KH?
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:32 AM   #38
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The other day, I tested my gh/kh out of the tap:

GH:5
KH:4

I haven't tested the gh/kh of the water/rocks in the Tupperware yet.

I wonder if the fact that my ph drops due to these rocks is a bad thing or a good thing...

I also wonder what implication co2 will have if I used these rocks...
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:36 AM   #39
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I tested my rock water again today.

6/11/13: pH 6.0

Dropped yet again and my test kit doesn't go beyond 6.0.

Needless to say, these rock are out and they are soon to find there way into my landscaping around my house.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:51 AM   #40
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The CO2 in the water will increase the ph, I've heard for about 24 hours. To get a more accurate test of your tap's ph you should put it in a jar and shake it vigorously for a few minutes to get some of the CO2 out, or wait 24 hours. So the drop may not be as dramatic as you think.

Of course, if this is water that was already aged that may not be the case.. But, for instance, my tap water's ph is in the upper 7's if I test it right out the tap, but in my tank it's about 6.4.. Which, I know a tank that has been running for a while may cause a lower ph (I think due to the bacteria in the tank? Not sure..) but there is a significant difference even in a brand new tank.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:51 PM   #41
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I found this piece of driftwood on the shore of Lake Superior. I took it home and poured boiling water on it and then put it through the dish washer. I plan on soaking it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:00 PM   #42
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I have almost everything ready to fill this tank. I just need to test out the parts I ordered for my Ehiem 2213 filter and leak test my de-rimmed 20L.

I plan to launch this bad boy this fall right when the weather starts to cool down (September). I don't need another tank running in this summer heat. Between now and then I will be aquascaping with the driftwood and some rocks until I get it just how I like it. This also gives me time to do my plant research and decide what plants to get and where I should place my plants.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:01 AM   #43
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After looking through the forums and getting inspired, I've got a rough idea of how I will do plant placement.

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Please comment!

I'm looking for make changes for the better.

Thanks.

Also, where is says stems, I need ideas for different colored stems that do well in low light.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:27 AM   #44
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I think your planned 'scape looks good, but I'd probably plant some dwarf sag on the left side too in front of the Crypts and let them spread towards each other.

For stems I'd be inclined to go with a Rotala or Ludwigia species to get some red. I had some R. rotundifolia/indica do well under low light. I'm also a fan of Hygros, specifically wisteria. Can become a nice mid-background plant and gives a different shape than a lot of the rounder leaf stems.

I really like the driftwood btw. Nice north shore find. Also funny you picked up the rock from Gertens, I used to work there.
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I think your planned 'scape looks good, but I'd probably plant some dwarf sag on the left side too in front of the Crypts and let them spread towards each other.

For stems I'd be inclined to go with a Rotala or Ludwigia species to get some red. I had some R. rotundifolia/indica do well under low light. I'm also a fan of Hygros, specifically wisteria. Can become a nice mid-background plant and gives a different shape than a lot of the rounder leaf stems.

I really like the driftwood btw. Nice north shore find. Also funny you picked up the rock from Gertens, I used to work there.
Thanks for the advice.

I am also a fan of wisteria. I might try an incorporate that into my scape. My plant choices are all subject to change depending on what is available. I am trying to buy locally from TPT members.

Also, I agree with your idea to grow sag in from of the crypts on both sides. It probably would be more pleasing to the eye.

I also really want to try some parva but is grows so damn slow. lol might be fun to give it a shot tho.
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