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I am totally new and learning, so suggestions/criticisms are welcome.

Started - January 1

Filter - Marineland HOB for now, getting an Eheim Friday!! (excited)

Lighting - 1x 65W Coralife

C02 - Dosing Flourish Excel for now

Ferts - Dosing regular flourish until I order dry bulk.

Substrate - Black onyx & Eco-Complete


January 1. Added substrate, found out what a huge mess it makes when just dumped in.


January 2.

Filled up and ran the filter to clean things up. Added some hardscape.


Arranged that, and added some more Eco-Complete. I'm trying to do hills


Jan 3. Plant shopping


Still looked lacking.


Jan 8.
Did a little re-arranging and added some stuff. Don't have nearly enough Lilaeopsis for the look I want, but that's all that had anywhere in town.






Jan 10. Found Celestial Pearl Danios at a pet store in the next town. Almost peed myself


Taking tank pics.


Nowwww I know I am completely new to this so if you have any plant suggestions, scaping suggestions, etc....throw them my way!

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Plants look great, Id consider moving the cave a little more to one side or the other. Needs to be off centered. Otherwise great start
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Plants look great, Id consider moving the cave a little more to one side or the other. Needs to be off centered. Otherwise great start
I agree.

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Getting quite a bit of algae on the rock structure. Dosing flourish and excel, am I possibly not balancing the two proper? Or is it possible I have my lights on too long? They are about 12 hours daily. I need to get a timer...

Added cardinals and rummynose. The lilaeopsis keeps popping out, so maybe I didn't plant it good enough. I still don't have enough of it, but none of the lfs have it. I'm going to place together an order of apistos, shrimp and possibly some stock for the 55 in a couple of months, so I might have to wait until then to order the lilaeopsis...boo!

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I really like your set-up and I am going for the same look. I am a noob at this and I really had a few questions.
First, can you explain your process of CO2, after having my tank set-up for a month I am starting to understand most concepts, but my first plants def died... this time around, I took the weights off, I use fertilizer every 2 weeks, I planted them in the rocks I have.
Secondly, I really like the stuff you used for the bottom, Eco-friendly, is there a special way of using it? Should I stick with rocks or is that something friendlier and easier to use.
Thirdly, when growing plants should you set up the tank with just the plants and let them grow for a few weeks before adding fish?

Thank you your help is GREATLY appreciated!

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Having a horrible hair-algae outbreak! Starting a DIY C02 tonight hopefully that will clear it up. Also going to start dosing dry ferts. I hear that you aren't supposed to dose Iron with an algae breakout, is this true?





Also, is there any good way to maintain those spiral crypts? They are growing like mad and I am not sure how to trim them?

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Started dry ferts yesterday. Did some plant trimming. c02 didn't work, I might have mixed the solution wrong so I will make a new mix this weekend.

I really wanna do some minor rescaping. I'm not happy with the right side of the tank. Very limited on plants, though. I was thinking just more spiralis to kinda frame the tank.

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great start!! I like photo from the side angle. What are your nitrate levels? Which products are you dosing?

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CSM+B, KN03 and K2S04. Nitrates are about 5 as of two days ago.

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down your photo period, and trim those plants! I'd keep it at 8hours until the tank really settles in and you're comfortable with things. It'll give you more of a margin for error while you're getting to know your tank. With the rotalas, scissors are your friend! They'll shape up a lot nicer after you trim them low a time or two. (plus, it'll help flow)


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Okay, I will try bringing it down to 8hours. I'm at 10 right now.

Looking at it now, I think it definitely still needs some trimming. How can I trim the spiralis??

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I've heard of people just cutting the tips like they would vals. Apparently it doesn't kill the whole leaf as long as you keep trimming when it starts to look soggy, prevents it from spreading to the rest of the leaf? I've never done this, I'm letting mine lay along the top of the water, I think it's a nice effect over shorter plants.
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I know people cut the tips but it might start looking soggy as thewesterngate said, letting them lay across the top looks much better IMHO than cutting the tips...


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True, but they are already laying over the top now, if they just keep growing a growing though...?

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True, but they are already laying over the top now, if they just keep growing a growing though...?
I don't know how big exactly they get since I have a 10g tank so I didn't take a chance with them yet. I do plan to get some for my 55g and my plan is, well this is just an idea I had, depending on how they grow you can trim the longest leafs off or if it's sends runners just replace the oldest and biggest plants with a newer ones, which I can see being a PITA. But then every time I trim ludwigia in my tank I pull it completely out cut off the bottom and replant it just because I don't like the look of chopped off tops but that's me. I say just play around with it and see what works for you


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