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30 Gallon Cube

A Little History:
I set this tank up at the beginning of September and ran it “dry” for a two months, attempting to establish a immersed HC/Riccia and Microsword carpet. I was pleasantly surprised with the results as it filled in quite quickly, the HC anchored the Riccia to the ground as it sent out runners and the Riccia grew through the HC to make a nice mixed, and might I say cushy looking carpet.

I wish I had a camera at my disposal to document the growth, as I was astounded at how fast the plants grew. Regardless though I am very happy with the results.

Filled at the beginning of December:

30-Gallon Oceanic Cube

Filter:
Eheim 2213

Lighting:
96W 20” Corallife PC
40W 20” Corallife PC

Substrate:
ADA Amazonia
Flourite Black Sand
2/12 Sand

Ferts:
2 doses of Flourish a week.
No CO2 (one of the reasons I like immersed growth, once established, HC is a very easy plant (in my opinion) as long as you have the nutrients and light to sustain it.

Plants:
Hemianthus callitrichoides, riccia fluitans, Blyxa aubertii, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Cyperus helferi

Fish:
20+ Emerald Eye Rasbora (Form B), 4 Peacock Grudgen, 5 Bumblebee Goby, 20+ Amano Shrimp

Sorry bout the quality of pics.

Anyway just thought Id share a little something. Thanks for looking.
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so you have HC and ricca together?

I like the start. Im thinking of setting up my 55 gallon emmersed as well.
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that's a very lush looking carpet! your gudgeons have great color

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Your tank looks awesome!!!

One thing you have to be careful with though...
Riccia can suffocate itself, not even considering other plants, so you will have to stay on top of trimming or the lower layers will rot and the whole carpet will float up. You may be aware of this, but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway.

The tank really looks great!

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Thanks for the advice Regloh. Fortunately without CO2 the tank grows very slowly, which I like, and so far the Ricca seams to be thriving. It is definitely something I will watch for however.

I was unsure just how well the HC would anchor down the Riccia but it worked out much better than I thought.
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Thanks Jennah the males rarely come out unfortunately, they always defending there select caves waiting for the girls to come by.
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nice work! cool rocks!
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Do you have any pics taken with the tank in the distance? Kind of like what you would see when walking by it but not that close to it.
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Welcome to the forums!

Still haven't decided if I'm willing to let my tank sit immersed for 2 months to get that lush carpet going but now that I can see your pictures better it really is tempting. I shouldn't have much longer to decide because the wood I ordered should be here by next week.
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Is that lace rock?

Very nice and lush.

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Ill have to take a pic from a distance for you Chicago.

I personally won't do HC submersed again, it is just too easy to do immersed, just takes some patiences. Also so much less work, just saturate the substrate and go. Mist once a day and in my experience things grow in very full and very quickly in comparison to the submersed growth.

However, on the downside, if you want to see some fish swimming around soon after setup instead of a few silverfish that were living in the rock wandering about, submersed is the way to go.

Money also made immersed growth more appealing, I didn't have the cash for a CO2 setup and such so doing things immersed cut back on my costs as well.
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Trackhazard that is indeed lace rock.
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Awesome tank Teeds!!

Few questions about the HC.

Are you still dosing the flourish twice weekly? I'm wondering if the HC would start to deteriorate without it?

About how much HC did you start with and how much did you have right before filling?

Did the HC do poorly for a bit when you finally submersed it? Or did it just adapt quickly?


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