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Old 09-05-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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A Match Made in Heaven: 12g Long & Current LED+ (OEBT feeding video page 9)


Upon seeing photos of this tank and lighting combination in a small space on reddit I was hooked and drawn back into the hobby after nearly six years without aquariums.

Hardware:
Mr. Aqua 12 gallon long
Current USA Freshwater Satellite LED+
Eheim 2026 (turned down slightly to avoid uprooting all the plants)
5lb CO2 (slightly more than 1bps)
Up! Aqua ceramic diffuser
Ebay Nano drop checker (DIY 4DKH water)

Plants:
HC
Downoi (currently melting)
Staurogyne repens
Hydrocotyle tripartita japan
Dwarf hairgrass
Christmas moss
Rotola Indica
Fissidens fontanus (still waiting on shipping from Taiwan)

Hardscape:
13lbs of petrified wood purchased during a half off sale at LFS (Aquarium Adventure in Bolingbrook)
9L ADA Aquasoil Amazonia

Starting Fauna: (main fish inspired by a forum member with the same tank)
5x Threadfin rainbowfish (Iriatherina werneri)
3x Ember Tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae)
3x Otocinclus
2x Amano Shrimp
2x Fancy Nerites

Ferts:
EI liquid solution (5ml dose)
CSMB+Iron liquid solution (5ml dose)

5 days in.







Viewable from both sides, this side is coming up the stairs into my apartment





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Old 09-05-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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Following stunning tank with an awesome light! Great work... can't wait to see it fill in.
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:42 PM   #3
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I love the petrified wood hard scape! Totally doing that in a tank one day.

Beautiful tank.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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Beautiful!
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Awesome tank of course haha. Yeah I really like that light as well, looks nice on there. Great job.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:24 PM   #6
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Amazing. That petrified wood really is a knockout. any effect on water parameters?
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:18 AM   #7
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Thanks for the compliments everyone!

All critiques are welcome too.

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Amazing. That petrified wood really is a knockout. any effect on water parameters?
Not that I've noticed yet, the Amazonia is doing an amazing job lowering my KH down from 15-16 out of the tap to 6-7 in tank. Although I wasn't aware of how much ammonia it leaches or I wouldn't have attempted a fish in cycle with small delicate fish. I've been doing daily water changes the past few days to try to keep it under control, finally have it down to .5ppm but nitrites are still off the charts, I lost one nerite today and one of my ember tetras is really struggling tonight.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:43 AM   #8
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I don't know what I'd possibly critique. I really like the tank and scape. The contrast with the green that the red rocks provide is stunning. I cannot wait to see this tank develop! Also, fantastic photography — it really makes a big difference seeing somebody's tank this well shot.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:38 AM   #9
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Thanks! I love photography and it's where I've sunk most of my hobby budget the last few years.. I'm excited for this to get going too and I'll add some more shrimp, they'll be fun macro subjects. I'm going to practice more on video as well so keep an eye out for that.
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Nitrites are out of control! With daily 60% water changes Ammonia has dropped close to zero, I suspect it's being crushed by the bio media in the 2026 but it's causing insane amounts of Nitrite.

The left Nitrite vial is immediately following today's WC, right vial is taken just before the WC.



Nitrite must be >10ppm before the WC then, right? The fish don't seem to be showing any signs of stress, I assumed they'd be dropping like files at this level. I did lose both Nerites yesterday, but that may have been starvation. I'm using Prime at about 1.5x dose to dechlorinate, maybe that explains why things seem to be okay?

Edit, just did a second big WC and this time the test came back slightly less bright magenta but I'd say it's still reading about 5ppm.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:55 AM   #11
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I've been a bit worried about this high Nitrite, so I decided to give Tetra Safe Start a run for it's money, I've never used anything like this but I've usually had other tanks to jump start the cycle with in the past. Apparently it's a miracle product!

Left most vial - After the daily emergency 60% WC
Center - An hour after adding the Tetra Safe start directly into my filter and letting it sit for about 10 minutes before turning it on
Right - For the hell of it I took this sample about six hours after adding Tetra Safe Start, I was floored by the results.. this is 10 days in to the cycle.




Happy Amano finally came out of hiding.. kinda





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Great pictures! I've used TSS before to get my tank cycled. The stuff really works! I had to argue with so many old school nay sayers when they're so quick to shoot down BB in a bottle without even trying it for themselves.
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Thanks! I really wasn't expecting the TSS to do much but I figured it couldn't hurt, it's nice to know that this stuff isn't snake oil. I was getting a little tired of changing the water every day.
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So back to these stunning pictures... What are you using, camera and lens, to capture them?
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These were taken with a Nikon D300s and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens, no flash was used. I was kind of disappointed when I noticed the large amount of diffraction that gets in the way when trying to take close macro shots from any angle other than straight on, it makes things much more difficult. The shots in the OP were taken with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4.
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