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Old 04-18-2010, 05:29 PM   #226
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Thanks Zoo!

I'm using this one from Thatpetplace.com. It isn't the best quality ever, but it's cheap and dependable.
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:34 AM   #227
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Added another blue-RCS today. I'm slowly picking them out of my community tank and isolating them in my work tank. I've got three "blue" females in there now. The one I added today had a kind of blueberry color to it. Cool!





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Old 04-30-2010, 08:58 PM   #228
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I wanted to ask you a question about planting hc because Im starting my first planted tank. Did you seperate the hc plant by plant to plant them. I planted some hc a few days ago but I planted them in clusters. Tia
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:18 PM   #229
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oneduduboy - Yes I did separate them. The more you can separate HC when planting it the better. It was painstakingly slow, but it really pays off because when it does come in, it's nice and even and it carpets fast.
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:36 AM   #230
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I was inspired to take some measurements today for some reason. Pleasantly surprised to see that the EI method seems to have been working for all these months since I last tested.

Nitrate: 10 ppm
Phosphate: .25 - .5 ppm
PH: 6.4 (little low)
GH: 4 degrees
KH: 4 degrees
Iron: .25 ppm

Also starting to think about a rescape. I'm getting tired of constantly battling BBA. It's never taken over, but if I didn't stay on top of it, it would. I have some different vocanic rock that I'd like to combine into version 2.0.
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:41 PM   #231
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How are those blue RCS doing ? Any berries or babies yet? I'm really interested to see where it goes.

How awesome would it be if you some freaky purple hybrid !
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Old 05-17-2010, 12:57 AM   #232
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Love the tank & the shrimp!

And your pics are amazing! I have a Canon Powershot & a Nikon Coolpix that I've been playing with trying to get good macro pics.

I'm a little better with flowers - still working on good tank pics.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:19 PM   #233
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I just read through this journal...incredible looking tank! I hope I can get something this good looking going eventually, once I have more experience with planted tanks

The Taiwan Moss you have is just what I need to fill in a portion of the nano i just started. What was your source for it? (I see some on Ebay; not sure if that is the best way to go or not.)
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:00 PM   #234
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Thanks Chaos! I appreciate that. If it helps, this was truly my first attempt at a full on planted tank. I learned as I went and by now I'm pretty confident with them. I'm sure you'll experience the same thing.

I got my taiwan moss from my local fish store. It was one of the first plants I ever got, so I really didn't know what I was doing at the time. It just so happened to look really cool and so I still have it. I might be able to send you some when I do a trim if you like.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:09 PM   #235
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Yeah, this seems to be a good way to get re-aquainted with aquariums in general, and as an introduction to planted ones. It's probably been at least 15 years since I've had an aquarium, and I have a lot to learn/re-learn. Eventually, I'd like to start a 30-40 gallon planted tank, probably low-tech to avoid messing with CO2, but for now a small tank is a good starting point

Thanks for the offer- I may have to take you up on that!
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:19 PM   #236
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Sure just let me know. If you want I could send you a starter package hah.
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:44 PM   #237
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Things were looking pretty good last night. I thought it was time for a pictorial update. The only real change was the addition of some blyxa that I wanted to try out.













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Old 06-18-2010, 09:43 PM   #238
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I'm in love with your moss and mini pellia!!

(And the rest of the tank)
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:46 PM   #239
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tank looks awesome, also really cool mutant shrimp... you gonna try to developement on the strain?
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:15 PM   #240
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ZooTycoonMaster - Thanks! I really like that moss rock as well. Admittedly, I've spent more time grooming it than the rest of the tank.

F22 - I thought I would be able to and I have seen them reproduce once. Unfortunately, the "blue" cherries started to become more red as they aged. It seems like they might show that blue-ish color between sub adult and adult size. I'm sure some will stay a little blue, but it didn't appear to breed true either. But hey, it was worth a try!
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