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Old 06-11-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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Cyanider's 12G Long!


Current FTS
It took forever, but it's finally filled!


Equipment hooked up, almost ready to go!


Re-starting my dry start. Initial batch of HC died, so hopefully I do it right this time! I think I'm on the right track, because the S. Repens on the right is still alive and throwing out new leaves.


Went out and bought some HC to dry start. Planted them and covered the tank with saran wrap with an opening in the back. Probably going to add a little more slope tonight..


Added some sand and hardscape. DSM Plants next!


Better photo to come... for now, here's the empty tank!


Finally, after months of drooling over everyone else's 12G long's, I finally got one of my own

I'm still trying to decide between an Iwagumi scape, a Dutch scape, and a 'stream bed' scape. Definitely going to dry start if I go the Iwagumi route.

Here is my proposed setup:

Specs
- 12 Gallon Long Mr. Aqua Rimless Tank
- Substrate: Black Diamond Blasting Sand
- Lighting: Catalina 1x39W T5HO
- Filtration: Fluval 205 w/ DIY acrylic lily pipes
- CO2: 2.5lb co2 tank, Victor DS reg, Aquamedic solenoid, Swagelok needle valve, eBay diffuser
- Fertilizers: Root tabs and EI Light

Flora
- Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC)
- Alternanthera Reineckii 'mini'
- DHG belem
- Blyxa Japonica
- More to come...

Fauna
- Celestial Pearl Danio*
- CBS, CRS, or a species of blue shrimp*

*Still trying to decide on this...

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Old 06-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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I've been seeing a lot of 12L tanks lately. Can't wait to see how this one turns out.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:41 PM   #4
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I've been seeing a lot of 12L tanks lately. Can't wait to see how this one turns out.
Yeah, I've noticed that too. I think it's because their footprint and size is really easy to work with.

Either way, they're beautiful tanks
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:02 PM   #5
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I'm still trying to decide between an Iwagumi scape, a Dutch scape, and a 'stream bed' scape. Definitely going to dry start if I go the Iwagumi route.
I just got my 12g long a week ago; been debating between Dutch and Iwagumi scapes.

Think I'm just gonna go ahead with a "Dutch-agumi" and see how that turns out.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:30 PM   #6
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Yeah, I've noticed that too. I think it's because their footprint and size is really easy to work with.

Either way, they're beautiful tanks
curious, what are these dimensions?
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Very excited to this take off!!
These 12g tanks are amazing... really making me want one for my next!
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
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@Bercey - that sounds interesting! I'm curious how that will turn out

@scotie - 35.4" x 8.3" x 9.4" ... so it's really short, skinny, and long

@I<3 - yeah, after seeing the photos and potential, I just had to get one :P
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Got it loaded up with sand and sorta got a scape going. Not satisfied with it, so I'll probably mess with it some more..

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Redid the scape a bit and attempting dry start round 2. The initial attempt failed.

This time I've got it fully covered, less water in the sand and misting with ferts every other day.

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Love the footprint! Good luck with the dry start.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:08 PM   #12
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Rebooted the dry start. That initial batch died off after a week. I think it was a combination of too much water and too little humidity.

This time I've got a hygrometer reading 90-99% humidity, and I didn't add any water to the substrate, but rather am just misting daily. To keep humidity up, I put in a little mason jar of water.

As far as the hardscape goes, I'm thinking of adding a little bit more sand to the right side to give it some slope. Currently, everything is between 1-2" deep, so I think it would be okay to raise the right side a little bit, giving it maybe 3" of substrate (offset by the seiryu stones taking up some space).

Any tips on my scape? Expect the middle and left sides to be a lawn of HC, with the single stone as an outlier. The right side will start with a mix of HC and S. Repens, and eventually gain a few smaller stems if I decide it needs them.

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It looks like some of your HC could be better planted, get the roots under the soil better. Plus you want it humid, but not too wet. My first few ruined experiences with HC were moldy and unsuccessful, make sure it's getting plenty of fresh air too. Lots of spraying is good, but the air must circulate too.

Once the HC catches, it might take a solid 6-18 weeks to fill in, so be patient. Good luck!
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I just pushed the roots further in. Hopefully that helps! I was following the suggestion of sprinkling it on, but I guess that's more for unrooted HC.

I usually spray it twice a day, should I drop it down to once? And what do you recommend for air circulation? Just leaving the top open for a few minutes or something?

I just hope this batch roots and takes off! I'm tired of it melting haha.
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Yup, keep the top off for air circulation (for a few minutes every day/other day). Again, after successfully growing HC emersed, I was surprised how "little" water it took compared to what I was previously doing. Wet is good, but keep the water level right AT/Below the substrate level. It will keep it from developing molds and algae, and should help it grow faster too.
Good luck! Melting HC is no fun...
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