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Old 02-23-2010, 08:40 PM   #76
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Ok cool thanks that makes since
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:19 PM   #77
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Ok, it's March 12th...where are the pics? I've been so patient!
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:40 PM   #78
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Well, I've been more than remiss in my updates. Life got a little busy for a while and I was focusing on other things.


The big items that I haven't updated on are:

*At the suggestion of a lot of people(see previous posts in this thread) I shifted the entire hardscape to the left. I like it a lot better.
*I added a ton more plants, include two Aponogetons, many crypts, and some bolbitis. I also planted a bunch of dward[sic] hairgrass. It was sold to me as E. parvula, but was E. aicicularis.
*I added about 30 olive nerites
*Finally, and this is the big one, I bought 12(received 13) Angels off of Aquabid. They are 50% Wild Peruvian Scalare, 50% blue gene. I'll probably only keep 6 of them depending on how they pair up and how they develop, but I'm going to hold on to all of them for a few more months before I start to thin them out.


Those are the big things. I haven't really focused too much on a scape. It's very jungle-esque, partly to give time for the crypts to grow and spread and partly out of laziness.

I then had to prepare for a 3 week vacation to Europe, so I had to make sure automation was fully up and running. Waterchanges, autodosing, co2....got it all setup, well, kind of. 2 days before we were to leave I had some issues with my macro pump, so the tank went with micros only for the trip.

After the trip, this is what it looked like:



Sorry for the bad picture, it was a quick snap before going to town with scissors. As I mentioned before, that was 3 weeks with no macros, only micros. As it turned out, I didn't know how to use my recently acquired Pinpoint pH controller as well as I assumed, so I set it up wrong and the tank went without CO2 during the trip. Not a big issue, for three reasons: the tank is relatively low light, duckweed QUICKLY took over, and I mix my micro solution with glutaraldehyde, so the tank didn't have too many problems.

After a large LARGE trim(and duckweed removal), this is what it looked like:







I'm having a pretty large detritus issue, but I think two things are going on. One, the filters need to be cleaned. I haven't cleaned them since I turned this thing on. Two, with no macros for 3 weeks, some of the plants struggled and lost some leaves.

I removed all of the dwarf[sic] hairgrass. It just wasn't doing it for me. Too tall and just not the look I was going for. I haven't decided on a new foreground yet but I'm thinking about some form of lilaeopsis, probably brasiliensis.

So far I've only been on 2x54w of light for a breakin period, but I'm thinking about upping that to 4x54w of light, at least for a couple of hours a day. I'll probably definitely need to do this if I go with lilaeopsis to get a good carpet going.

That's about it for the update. For good measure, a couple of rough Angel shots:



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Old 05-14-2010, 07:15 PM   #79
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Nice score with the Angels! Hope you get some nice pairings from it.
I do like the scape shifted to the left. Looking forward to seeing this grow in a bit more.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:07 PM   #80
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Love the angels Jeff! How goes the tank?
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:12 PM   #81
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Yeah how's everything growing back in after the post-vacation trim?
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:48 PM   #82
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Well, things are slow going. The A. ulvaceus didn't care too much for the large trim, but it was HUGE. It's doing fine, but it was unhappy there for a minute. Given that most of the tank is crypts and anubias, not much has changed.

I ordered 7 pots of Lilaeopsis mauritiana and 2 Red Melon Swords from Sweet Aquatics. They're hanging out in the tank until Tuesday when I'll have some time to plant them.

I also upped my light. I'm still at 2x54w for 8 hours, but now I've got my other light bay(the 4x54w) coming on for a 2 hour midday burst. I started that a few days ago. So far no issues. The narrow leaf java fern and Nymphaea zenkeri really like the extra light. I'm doing this mostly to help develop the Lilaeopsis lawn once I get it all planted. The fish kind of hate me a little for the bright light, but there's plenty of big leafed stuff in there for them to hide under.

On the fish front, the tank already had about 25-30 otos(I forget), the Angels, and a lone Dojo loach that I've had for YEARS. He's the only thing keeping this from being a full fledged SA tank. I also had 2 Red Phantom Tetras in there.

Well, one of our head honchos in the local club here manages a fish department, so he was nice enough to order some more Red Phantoms for me. I now have a total of 10 in the tank, and 2 more in the QT. I bought them in phases(I don't really have a good reason), planning to buy 10, and then another 10, but when I went back for the second round, they only had 2 remaining. Oh well, guess I'll have to breed them.

I also have 6 Nannostomus marginatus in QT as well.

Anyway, that's where I am now. I'll get some pictures after I plant all the laeliopsis.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:41 PM   #83
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Looks grate,
Best of luck.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:25 PM   #84
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Well, it's been long enough without an update.

Everything's pretty much growing strong. The 2 hour midday burst is doing wonders for the crypts and narrow leaf java fern. A little gsa here and there. I'm still dialing in co2, and may decide to reduce the 6 x54w midday burst to a 4x54w midday.

I got in those lilaeopsis pots and planted them. They're growing strong, but still a few months away from being a full carpet. Other plants are doing pretty well too.

The overall scape is start to get a little closer to the image I have in my mind.

Current stocking is:

~30 Otos
13 Wild Scalare x Pb Angels
16 Red Phantom Tetras
5 Nannostomus marginatus
1 Dojo loach
20+ olive nerites
and I toss in about 20-30 RCS every 3-4 weeks.







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Old 07-08-2010, 11:29 PM   #85
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How'd I miss this tank. Awesome job Jeffrey. Love everything about this tank. lilaeopsis.... that's the newish "mini microsword" right?

Did you get a new camera for the last update pics? They look so much cleaner. Great job man.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:30 PM   #86
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How'd I miss this tank. Awesome job Jeffrey. Love everything about this tank.

Did you get a new camera for the last update pics? They look so much cleaner. Great job man.

Thanks for the compliments.

Nope, no new camera, just actually decided to pay attention.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:43 PM   #87
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Awesome angels. The tank looks great too. Try dosing more PO4 to get rid of the gsa.
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I love the variety in this tank. That aponogenton keeps catching my eye, looks awesome.
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:14 AM   #89
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I love the variety in this tank. That aponogenton keeps catching my eye, looks awesome.

The aponogenton crispus on the right side gives me a headache. It's huge. Actually, it's three of them, and they are all huge. I'm not sure I like it. I spread it out recently, but even if I spread it out further, I'm just not sure how I'll like it.

However, the Aponogenton ulvaceus on the left side I love. I'm formulating a way to bring it a little more in to prominence.
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:15 AM   #90
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those angels are awesome!
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