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Old 05-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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Sweet that should fill in nice
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:38 AM   #4
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Sweet that should fill in nice
I hope the plants do as well as they did in the 10. I'm sure I will change a few things before I'm satisfied completely
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:28 AM   #5
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:57 AM   #6
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Wow, those plants are thriving, very nice colors! The new tank looks outstanding!
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:31 AM   #7
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Wow, those plants are thriving, very nice colors! The new tank looks outstanding!
Thanks, If things go as planned I will have a lot of healthy plant trimmings to share.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:28 PM   #8
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I am very impressed with the success you're having. I have a 10g tank with two 13w CFLs in 10" reflector domes (bulbs vertical) with no CO2. You have two 13w horizontal (less efficient) CFLs with CO2. I'm having a problem with BGA that is really hard to beat. Also I have a question: what is the distance from the top of your substrate to the bulb? I would like to raise mine!
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:30 PM   #9
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Are the RCS in there to feed the puffers?
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:03 PM   #10
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your thumb is getting pretty damn green pretty quick!

nice!
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:25 PM   #11
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I am very impressed with the success you're having. I have a 10g tank with two 13w CFLs in 10" reflector domes (bulbs vertical) with no CO2. You have two 13w horizontal (less efficient) CFLs with CO2. I'm having a problem with BGA that is really hard to beat. Also I have a question: what is the distance from the top of your substrate to the bulb? I would like to raise mine!
I think you meant to put this in my 10 gallon thread. Either way. When I had a BGA problem in my 10 gal, I basically did research on what caused it and got rid of those problems. In my case it was high levels of organic waste, too long of a photo-period and no water flow at all. I did a few big water changes and then smaller ones every other day. I got a filter that gave the entire tank some sort of water flow and I shortened the time the lights were on. As for your question about the lights, that's a hard one because I moved the lights a lot. I would have to say the bulbs were about 1-2" above the rim of the tank and my substrate was 4" in the front and 6" in the back. As for not having co2 you may want to get some with that amount of light or raise them like you planned to do. You just have to play with it and look at your tank as much as possible to see what is happening. I learned a lot about my tank by just watching things change. You would be surprised at how much changes in only a day or two.
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Are the RCS in there to feed the puffers?
No. When I got the puffers my 10 gallon had shrimp in it, I tried to catch them all but couldn't catch a few. The puffers never bothered them(one in a while they will fight over a blood-worm) so I left the few in there. When I moved the fish to the new tank, I threw in the shrimp I took out back in with them and they have been fine every since. The shrimp I have in the tank are actually free culls I got from someone as a shipping test. They were all brown and clear. I started with about 12 and now I have more than I can count. Just in case this doesn't last forever, I do have another 10 gal going for some better quality shrimp I plan on getting. I want to use the 40B to put the culls in. If the puffers ever decide to eat the shrimp I will get rid of them, I like shrimp more.
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I have to thank all the people who help out on this forum and other sites for that. If you see what I started with you would probably ask yourself why I didn't just pack it in. The best help I got was from Daniel(greenglow) he supplied me with small amounts of so many different plants for great prices. That let me learn what plants I liked, which ones grew best under my conditions and where in the tank certain plants did better. For a new hobbyist if you have some plants that don't do well you sometimes cant afford to get more. So when you are able to get 1-2 stems of a variety of plants you can watch each one and see what your favorites are, then spend your money on the ones you know you can grow. I was lucky that I did better with harder plants but not so lucky with low light plants.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:58 AM   #12
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:32 PM   #13
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Really like the variety of leaf shapes and textures and also the color.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:11 PM   #14
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Really like the variety of leaf shapes and textures and also the color.
Thank you, I try to make it so no matter where you look there is something different but not too out of place. I do feel like the Hygrophila lacustris in the middle of the tank is a little out of place. I was hoping for some of the scaping pros on here would chime in and give some advice on things.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #15
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Added update picture to first post. Added a few things, trimmed some and took some out all together. Some of my mosses decided to try to become 1 so I had to move those around a bit.

I removed the 2 Aquaclear 20 filters and added another canister (Eheim 2213) and left out the spraybar to make some surface movement since the Aquaclears wont be doing that anymore.

I upped the co2 from about 3-4 bubbles a sec to more than I can count due to some very small strands of bba on some of the older bottom leaves of the more mature plants. I am going to have to try to find some Amano shrimp to see if they will eat it, since its such a small amount.

I may also make an inline reactor and get a drop checker so i can be more precise with my co2.

If anyone has any better solutions to these problems let me know.
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