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post #31 of 370 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 03:09 AM Thread Starter
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Added a check valve


Converted the wet/dry sump to a fully submerged sump. Black foam = 30 ppi, Blue foam 45 ppi. think i threw in 15 lbs of pumice stone in there.


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planning to add Ammania Gracilis next to the Bacopa. The Ludwigia sp Red died awhile ago, dunno if it was due to overcrowding or some co2 related problem

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added a melon sword to where the old Ludwigia sp red was. it's been there for a week and doing good already. (it's in between the anubias and and amazon sword)


still have some hair algae in my moss and bba on the wood, just gonna spot dose h2o2 tomorrow (water change day). probably need to shorten the photo period from 8hrs to 7hrs.

weeping moss has been growing ridiculously the past 4 months, one of the boxes is completely full.
the inside dimensions of the breeder boxes are about 7" x 3.8" x 3" to give you an idea of how much is packed in there.


dunno what to do with the moss yet, maybe a carpet or wall? kinda hesitant though because of easily it catches detritus


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Hardware update:
built a light rack for the LEDs, I don't really trust the steel legs lol. the rack might end up becoming a canopy someday.


Plant Update:
removed the Ludwigia Rubin and replaced with Ludwigia Peruensis



Added Nesaea pedicellata 'Golden'


Added Micranthemum Tweedie sp. Monte carlo


Added Ammania Gracilis? (ebay Dealer says its Gracilis but it doesn't look like any kind I've seen before)


That Argentine? Sword might e a problem in the future


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Still need to figure out whats causing the BBA on driftwood and the hair algae on the mosses. one cause could be the light coming in from the window


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Nuisance sunlight does seem to be a secret cause for algae for many. I think that might be indeed be the cause.


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remember how i was trying to find the leak a couple of weeks back and couldn't find anything then? i found it now lol. what's dumb is that it only leaks if the tube gets bumped at a certain angle. replacing the push to connect with some compression fittings when they get here.

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light rack / future canopy is up



the LEDS are about 10" above the water surface; it only needed to be 9" above but whatever, more space to work with. 30" between the substrate and LEDs, about 172ish PAR at center and 55ish at the corners i think.

something wonky going on with the Nesaea pedicellata 'Golden'


Peruensis dropping its lower leaves, dunno if due to overcrowding causing not enough light to get to the bottom or if it's just my return blasting them off


did the drastic thing and ripped off most of my moss due to hair algae


dunno how i feel about this new piece of wood yet, its kinda chunkier than the rest


1-2-punching the weeping moss


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You're losing a lot of efficiency of your bio media by having it not take up the entire chamber. A lot of water will flow over top of it and not threw it.


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You're losing a lot of efficiency of your bio media by having it not take up the entire chamber. A lot of water will flow over top of it and not threw it.
ive been considering going back to the wet dry cuz of that but i would lose out on being able to use the filter sock. the filter sock seems to be doing a better job at picking up particulates than the polyfil. filter sock set up is a lot quieter too, no sounds from water hitting a drip plate

edit: foam pad before the pumps i usually just leave alone for additional bio, but yeah i need to figure out a better way to stack the pumice

i cant take my sump out and glue baffles in without taking the middle leg out of the stand, and my stand's only made of 2x4's. i should of went with 2x6 for the top frame and this wouldnt have been a problem.

i can still try out they idea with the tetra pond filter box (attach return and co2 pump to the box and just stack the 15lb of pumice stone on top of the box)


edit 2: rolled up the pumice stone like sushi rolls, there's 5 "rolls" in there. the cororplast was extra insurance to make sure the rolls stay equal in length to the inner width of the sump. the container is just some moss i had left over, the sump light is just a yescom 20", it's on for about 4hrs a day.


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I hope you get the algae taken care of because that driftwood is amazing, and needs to be coated in moss again lol

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Tank looks great and good luck with the BBA. I've been fighting it for months now. I have it under control but cannot get rid of it to save my life.

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Branches re-mossed after a massive hair algae outbreak (probably caused by plants from my outdoor pond or decaying food that got stuck). took out the chunk Malaysian driftwood that was at the right. Spent like 4hrs tying the back branches (couldnt removed the wood from the tank, would lose the scape), front branches i tied the the nite before.




Pretty sure I killed off the BBA on the front 2 wood pieces, the process:
Sprayed H2O2 on the pieces, letting the H2O2 do its work for about 5 to 8 mins. This was done outside the tank.
Next i hit it with Glutaraldehyde, letting it do it's work for 5 to 8 mins also. This was done outside the tank.
Took the driftwood to the bath tub, ran hot water on it while I scrubbed off the dead/dying BBA.
Finally soaked the wood in a bucket of hot water for a few mins.

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Need to fill up some spaces between the Ludwigia Peruensis and nesaea pedicellata gold
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glad to see the moss back. always felt that was the best feature of your tank. well done!
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Tank is looking great and I know how much of a PIA it must've been to deal with the BBA. I still cannot completely eradicate it from my tank and there is not a realistic way for me to remove the driftwood. I'm hoping to just keep it under control. Looking forward to your next update.

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Did an 80% water change today. accidentally dosed about 45ppm of K during the last fert cycle and the leaves on AR Mini, Ammania, and Ludwigia Perunesis were curling/twisting.

Stretch out the AR Mini a bit. pruned em a bit too.


Trimmed Bacopa. Gonna try to find a plant that can deal with high currents for that spot behind the Ludwigia Perunesis


The new leaves on the Nasea Golden are coming in nice


Probably gonna add more anubias or bucephalandra to fill in those gaps in front of the swords. not sure how i feel about that huge anubias on the driftwood


Ripped out the lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae in this spot, not sure what i wanna replace it with.


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bought a bunch of rotalas and filled some of it in the gap here. thanks @herns. might replace it with some pinkish bacopa if i can get my hands on some lol


added some java fern too, not sure about the placement yet


lagenandra meeboldii red


Ludwigia Perunesis and Nasaea Gold are doing good now, after upping my KNO3 and KH2PO4. thanks @burr740 and @Pikez (from barrreport).


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might tweak my Micros a bit later down the road.

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How's the Anubias doing? Did you end up removing it all to be safe?


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the ones i know for sure that are infected with rot are out of the tank, they died with in a week. the big one that im worried about is being quarantined in a 5 gal at the moment. haven't seen the other anubias rot yet


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