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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Nuvo 10,first dirted tank

finally found MGOCPM at tractor supply.So I took the plunge and set this up.My wife did the hardscape,now I'll begin adding plants.this will be the home for our betta.

I screwed up and got too much water in the dirt the first time,had to scoop it all out,and some ended up mixed in the BDBS (also from TSC) that I used for a cap.

This is still the first filling,I haven't done a w/c yet,I'm going to test for ammonia,nitrates,nitrites,do a w/c and get the cycle started.

If this is as successful as I've heard,I might be doing all my tanks this way.I have lots of soil and bdbs left,and still spent less than a single bag on eco.5.49 for the dirt,9 for the bdbs.

I went 1 1/2 inches for dirt and cap.found out by sloping it,the air all bubbles out of the top of the hill.
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well,testing is showing 2-4 ppm ammonia,I added some filter squeezings and mulm from an established tank yesterday.I did put in some limnophila sessiliflora,but it was grown emersed,and added more to other established tanks,so we'll see as far as growth rates go,unscientific,but sort of an indication.

I'll keep checking ammonia and watch for a drop or nitrites.There is some yellowing of the water,not sure if from the dirt or from the mopani driftwood,perhaps should have boiled it longer.

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finally found MGOCPM at tractor supply.So I took the plunge and set this up.My wife did the hardscape,now I'll begin adding plants.this will be the home for our betta.

I screwed up and got too much water in the dirt the first time,had to scoop it all out,and some ended up mixed in the BDBS (also from TSC) that I used for a cap.

This is still the first filling,I haven't done a w/c yet,I'm going to test for ammonia,nitrates,nitrites,do a w/c and get the cycle started.

If this is as successful as I've heard,I might be doing all my tanks this way.I have lots of soil and bdbs left,and still spent less than a single bag on eco.5.49 for the dirt,9 for the bdbs.

I went 1 1/2 inches for dirt and cap.found out by sloping it,the air all bubbles out of the top of the hill.
Interested to see a dirted Tank take off.

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well,got some Limnophila sessiflora from the bay...emersed,we'll see how it transitions,also planted it in other tanks with aquarium gravel and eco,it'll be interesting to see the differences.

Also,today my blyxa in the jungle tank divided and a daughter plant came loose,so I planted it and threw in some water lettuce and frogbit to help prevent algae while things are getting settled.
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I've not done dirt but it seems like 1.5" for dirt and cap is really shallow.
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I've not done dirt but it seems like 1.5" for dirt and cap is really shallow.
that's 1 1/2 dirt plus 1 1/2 cap,3 inches total.

did water testing today,after 5 days this is what I have,though the nitrates are higher than the color in the pics,so doing a large water change to drop the nitrates,also turned the pump up to max,it was at minimum.

blyxa is looking really well,and the limno has new buds.This tank does seem to be cycling quickly!
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did a 75% water change today,nitrites were about of fthe chart.got a few more plants and added them.found a tiny grass looking hitchhiker,so I planted it too.Also put in a stem of golden creeping jenny,wisteria and bacopa monnieri

tests before I did the water change.

holy nitrogen cycle batman,is this thing cycled already? in 1 week?
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well,ammonia is staying at 0,nitrites are between 2-5 ppm.So I did about an 85% water change,would have done it sooner,but I needed an extension for my python to reach the tank,and I got it late last nite.I didn't check for nitrates because I've been doing a fractional EI dosing for the plants adapting to submersed.The Limno st4ems have been melting while the new foliage grows in.I think the hitchhiker plant is DHG.(in the last pic)
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added ammonia to get it to around 1 or 2 ppm,(5 ml of 10%) after the water change,today showing 0 nitrites,0 ammonia,I think I can probably insert the betta anytime now.Maybe use his old tank to do emersed and make mossy rocks.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 09:17 PM
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Looks good. I have a nuvo fusion 10g setup for 1.5yrs so far, was going to suggest the fish saver for the overflow but you already have it, good call! They are great tanks.
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Today,I had to top the bacopa stem and the wisteria stem,both had grown out of the top already.
ammonia 0,nitrite 2,nitrate 20-40.

added 2 different varieties of rotala.Thanks again Klibs!

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update time!

got some fresh pics from before I changed water today.the bacopa I topped is doing well,regrowing and top is growing as well.

Floaters have taken over...anyone want some? thinking about doing a permanent RAOK for them,I have to pull them from most of my tanks every week.
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weekly update

that limno is continuing to transition..seems like that's always kind of a race to see if it will grow faster than it melts.Added a couple of "telanthera cardinalis" from a petsmart bag,kind of an impulse purchase...I'll think twice before I do that again.Almost no roots,tangled mess,really short stems.

Everything seems to be growing well,had to toss a bunch of floaters,they had taken over the top.
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idk why my frogbit wont look like that :p they prop. but the roots don't get that long...
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idk why my frogbit wont look like that :p they prop. but the roots don't get that long...
it will never look like that....this is water lettuce,lol,though frogbit will get a really long taproot.I have some in my 55 that are 6 inches long or so.They're fragile,and take awhile to get that long.I saw somewhere that Water lettuce needs a lot of potassium to get the thick roots like these.

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