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Old 04-01-2008, 02:42 AM   #31
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Looking good. Can't wait to see it after it grows in.
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:33 AM   #32
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me too! I should be getting the rest of the plants tomorrow or wednesday!
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:51 AM   #33
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I am starting to see a small cycle in this tank.. not to harsh though. I am going to do a water change tonight.

when I do a water change.. do I have to add the ferts back immediately? or just wait until the next time I am going to dose?
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:21 PM   #34
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I wouldn't worry too much about adding ferts right after the waterchange. Just stick to your schedule. The plants shouldn't suffer by not getting a full dose of ferts in one day.

Your tank really looks good. You really did things right from the start. You are going to have a jungle in no time.
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:41 PM   #35
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hell.. the plants are already growing like crazy.. the ulvaceus bulb is already hitting the surface and it was a few inches from the top I planted it...

I got confirmation that the other plants have shipped 2nd day air and I should have them tomorrow or thursday. they are... 5 of the dwarf hairgrass, 3 petite anubias nana, 2 crypt balansae, 2 aponogeton crispus, 2 baby tears. that should be a good start! I am hoping to get the front of the tank planted with the dwarf hairgrass.. the other taller plants will go at the back of the sides of the tank. the petite anubias will be throughout the dwarf hairgrass.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:28 AM   #36
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I like the background. Draws emphasis to your awesome looking plants!
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Old 04-02-2008, 01:35 AM   #37
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thanks for the comments! once I know more of what I am doing.. I will be able to give advice here too! maybe
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:25 PM   #38
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Thats awesome.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:44 PM   #39
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pwrmacG4 -

I was just curious. Did you do a lot of research before you started this tank or did you just kind of dive into it. The reason I ask is because it appears that you had several aspects of your setup pretty well planned out. There were a couple of things here and there that people have suggested, but so far you have executed this very well through what appears to be good research and planning.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:51 AM   #40
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yeah.. I had a 29gal up and running for about 4 months total.. I had decided about 2 months ago that I was going to get this tank.. so I started researching all I could. what was the best filters for my money.. heaters.. co2 ect.. I bought the takashi amano books 1 and 3 and the planted paradise book by amano. I still need the book 2.. but I will find it. I wanted to get the filters up and running on my existing tank so that way the nitrifying bacteria was growing when I set up my new tank. I wanted the substrate that would be good for the plants but not break my wallet.. I spent about 100.00 of the substrate total.. If I were to buy eco.. it would of cost me about 50.00 more that what I spent.. so yeah.. alot of research.. sorry.. rambling
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I got my 2 torpedo barbs today.. I now have 3 of them.. they are nice! I got two more gbr's today.. medium sized and and nicely colored.. I will get pics posted soon!
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:05 AM   #42
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I got my ferts today.. the ones that biscuit slayer said to get..

potassium phosphate, potassium sulfate, and potassium nitrate..

how much of each of those do I put into the tank? I know to do it every other day, micros one day.. macros the other days and one day off from all ferts..

just not sure how much to dose. when should I dose. at the beginning of the photo cycle? thanks for the help!
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:53 AM   #43
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Great plant growth.

I noticed you have a Chinese Algae Eater (golden sucker-mouthed catfish), you might want to get rid of it now before it develops a taste for external fish mucous. The Rams are easy targets since they're slow-moving in comparison to the rest of your fish.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:01 AM   #44
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http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/wa...-regimes_.html
here for dosing

your story sounds just like mine i started out with 2 goldfish in a 10 gallon tank for my son then got a 30 it lasted about 3 months ...im still in the research stage but have my 75 gallon tank lighting and driftwood rock and other little odds and ends ...tanks looking great thanks for sharing

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Old 04-04-2008, 04:32 AM   #45
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I have more pics that are uploading as I post this.. I got my new plants in today and it took forever to plant the dwarf hairgrass. it came in pots (5 total) and had to be seperated and the foam or cloth mesh that it comes in had to be removed. I used long tweezers to plant it.. so it took awhile! thanks for the replies.
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