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Old 06-13-2009, 03:53 PM   #16
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My family keeps giving me strange looks like "what the heck is he doing?"
everyone I know says that
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:49 AM   #17
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haha, but they'll be jealous when they see my awesome tank.

A bit of an update: my second dry cycle is almost complete, I'm not sure I'f I'll even do a third because my soil came from the earth so it was already pretty mineralized apparently. Then again, I'm only going to start aquascaping my tank when exams are over, so I may as well do another one
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:26 PM   #18
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I'm liking that driftwood. Kinda gives the tank a dark temple ruins look. Any ideas for plants yet?
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:15 PM   #19
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I'm liking that driftwood. Kinda gives the tank a dark temple ruins look. Any ideas for plants yet?
Unfortunately not... all depends on what's available to me, but I'm thinking of perhaps creating a moss-wall for the back. I'll need to grow more moss though, I dont have enough for the whole of the back of my tank.

UPDATE

My soil is finished mineralizing! YAY


Its amazing how much work i put into.....a bucket of dirt.

The picture doesn't give justice to how light and fluffy the soil is
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Old 06-20-2009, 09:07 AM   #20
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UPDATE

Yay, with exams finished I got cracking on my tank!

I went out to the shop to buy some supplies:
>Extra light fitting
>2x 25wat bulbs
>time switch (last one broke)
>Clay
>Coral Grit
>3x plants
>Pool filter sand (not in pic)
>Fertilizer


PLANTS
Amazon Sword:

Java Fern:

Some plant..cant remember its name:


Preparing my little fish housing tank:


Emptying my main tank. the othertank has all those light around it because the temperature was a bit too low. I dont have a heater because I like in an area that doesnt get very cold..usually. Moving fish from one tank to another is quite a challenge...


In the mean time I added the clay to my soil, and cleaned my pool filter sand (that looks exactly the same as gravel........was expecting actual sand.. oh well)



Then I emptied and cleaned my tank pretty well:



Here came the fun part!:
I made a border of PFS so you cant see the different substrate levels

Thin layer of coral grit

Added the soil over that

Then the covering layer of PFS. I tried to slope it..emphasis on tried


The substrate was done, so I added my driftwood and rock in a slightly different position:

I started to slowly fill the tank up with water. Uh oh, it got really cloudy. I dont think I washed my PFS enough

Started to plant the plants. I took them out of their pots and spongey things. Unfortunately this separated a lot of my stems, so I planted them separately.


So, i finished adding the water and connecting up my new lights.... this was the result....ew


I left it for the night, and this morning I did a 70% water change. This is what it currently looks like:


I might do a further water change later. I dont know.
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:42 PM   #21
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Last night I heard a huge crack. My fishtank pretty much burst. there was water everywhere....wasnt fun. Its gone in for repairs...all that work for nothing
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:09 PM   #22
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So sorry to here that DoDdLENoOdLE
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:39 PM   #23
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That really stinks! I hope all that water didn't ruin anything..
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:59 PM   #24
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Haha, all my school books are soaked...oh well..
But its going to be okay, I managed to separate the mineralized soil from the PFS, so when my tank gets a new piece of glass put in and sealed to replace the cracked one, I'll build it all up again... -sigh-
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:39 PM   #25
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AND IM BACK!

I spent the whole day today working on the tank. It came back from repairs awhile ago. I checked for leaks, etc and finished setting it up...again. Hopefully no more problems.

The amount of substrate in the tank is less then before. Hope it will still be fine. and I hope it doesnt crack again!

I arranged the plants better this time IMO. I'll post pics eventually
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:12 PM   #26
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UPDATE TIME

Its sure been awhile huh? I haven't updated since the accident, but I though it was time to show you what's going down in the tank.

This is a pic of the tank the day after it was re-set up:


This is a pic of the tank today:


As you can see, Ive added some mondo grass....I didnt know it was mondo grass until much later..what a waste. oh well.
There is significant java moss growth, but not a lot of growth in the other plants only a bit.

Here is the growth difference of my water hyssop (I think) since i re-did the tank:


I added 5 new fish into the tank awhile ago. 2 angels and 3 pearly danio's
Heres a pic of the angels:


My tank now consists of these fish:
1x X-Ray Tetra
1x Neon Tetra
1x Zebra Danio
3x Pearly Danio
1x Khuli Loach
1x Sailfin Pleco

I wasn't going to re-introduce the pleco to the tank because I hear they are destructive...but its kinda awesome so I'll keep him in until he starts to do damage.
My silver dollar has no place in this tank anymore, he's in a seperate tank and I think I am going to take him back to the store
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:29 PM   #27
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Really like your tank matey, keep it up.
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:41 AM   #28
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Thanks!

I still get the feeling that my layout is a bit amateurish, but hopefully with more plants and growth it will really take shape.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:59 AM   #29
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i like the wood placement!
only thing that doesnt match to me is that orange rock.
maybe buy some rotalas for the back, also maybe liliopsis for the foreground?
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:16 AM   #30
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Thanks! and yeah, when i get more plants and my tank looks more busy I'll probably dump the rock.

I just came back from a 3 day long holiday...leaving my dad in-charge of my tank was not a good idea. The java moss near the surface of the tank was covered with algae. i attempted to get rid of it...taking away a lot of the moss along the way

anyway, it appears as if little particles have spread all over..what do I do? I dont want the algae to spread..
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