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Old 12-19-2008, 01:24 AM   #151
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The tank looks amazing. The right side is simply amazing (:
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:02 AM   #152
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The tank looks amazing. The right side is simply amazing (:
Thanks Mizu for the complement

Well after using 30ml excell daily and a weekly 30% RO water change, the algae is 90% gone photo period is 8hrs now and the glosso/marselia/E.T. Micro mix is really growing thick and compact. Im beginning to dose ADA Step one three pumps twice a week and brighty K four pumps a day. I only have 5 huge Amano shrimp and they keep the stones very clean. I use to brush the stones with a tooth brush once a week but not no more. I will add 5 more shrimp and 4 more oto's for a total of 9 oto's. I added a black background the plants colors is much better.

Here is some advise for any one attempting an Iwagumi scape do not do not have any MTS in youir tank. They will burrow in the substrate and gradually flatten the substrate. I say this from experience and b/c I pulled out the last MTS today.
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:02 PM   #153
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Wow thanks for the advice about the MTS. The tank colors are looking awesome! I think Hair Grass will look great going all around the tank.
Where do you get RO water? Stop and Shop and something? I went to a couple stores and nothing.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:06 PM   #154
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very nice!

you found attractive rocks. i wish that there were a bit more difference in height between them. their peaks make an almost straight horizontal line acros the frame.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:39 PM   #155
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I say this from experience and b/c I pulled out the last MTS today.
Give it time. . .they have been known to live in bags of unused, unsubmersed substrate for up to a year; extremely hardy and near impossible to get rid of in my opinion unless you gave the tank a copper bath which is obviously out of the question. . .

Great tank and great thinking on the photoperiod and dosing to get rid of the algae!!!
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:04 AM   #156
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Give it time. . .they have been known to live in bags of unused, unsubmersed substrate for up to a year; extremely hardy and near impossible to get rid of in my opinion unless you gave the tank a copper bath which is obviously out of the question. . .

Great tank and great thinking on the photoperiod and dosing to get rid of the algae!!!
That was the only MTS I have seen in two months, even when the lights were off. So im crossing my fingers. The glosso has been through alot some times it looked like it was not gonna make it, but it bounced back.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:42 AM   #157
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Still some algae issuesbut less now. did a huge trim about a gallon size freezer bag full of glosso tenellus, m. minutia mix too bad there is fuzzy cotton like algae, would be a nice raok even though its easy to remove the algae by hand.
Only change is that there is a black background and gaint hairgrass in the background. The G. hairgrass is doing nice. was thinking of getting some molly's cuz I know the eat that algae then giving them away. any whoo updated pics soon.
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Old 04-04-2009, 04:42 PM   #158
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Update. tank is almost complete. I raised the lights to reduce the algae growth. photoperiod is 7 hrs for now. Still have not added the ADA lily pipes .. RO system coming next week then then the glosso will look its best.
removed the hairgrass cuz it was invading the glosso foreground..removed the giant hairgrass also cuz the marselia grew behind it making it look messy

before the big trim

after trimming


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Old 04-04-2009, 04:45 PM   #159
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wow the slope looks nice its add a lot of depth, i love the hardscape as well. and the tetras fit well in this tank, just scoop out all the floating plant matter off the surface! that drives me crazy in my tank hehe.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:47 PM   #160
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Dang son!!
My only critique would be that the rock on the left doesn't really match. But it really looks awesome!!
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:09 AM   #161
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thanks guys. This tank is high maintenance with 1 or 2 trimmings per week and 30% x2 water changes per week, Organic there are no plants floating, What you see is an amazing amount of pearling. The whole tank is covered with oxygen bubbles. Im gonna post a vid on you tube soon to show the pearling. Thanx again.
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:11 AM   #162
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WOW. That pretty much sums up your tank.
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:25 PM   #163
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Im having a Blue green algae break out. I clean it out daily but it keeps coming back. I seen threads that recommend erythromycin. But first I will try a 3 day blackout and increase the nitrates by dosing more. If that does not help then Ill use the erythromycin. BTW my RO filter is here just need to install it. Wish me luck
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:45 PM   #164
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I installed the ADA lily pipes after the 3 day black out. BG algae is gone
will post some pics soon. Lily pipes make a big difference, makes the tank look clean.
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