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post #61 of 79 (permalink) Old 01-10-2020, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Who doesn't like a good comeback story? I envy your ability to keep your AR mini so mini
I am going to try and post more frequently ! I scrapped my plan to purchase another aquarium though. I have put so much money/time into this aquarium, so the alternative was a total tear down, which I just did a couple days ago. Replaced all substrate, gravel, and plants ! Here we go again


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I don't do New Year's resolutions, however it has been 3 & a half years since I began this tank journal, I decided to do a total tear down & start fresh. A couple days ago I pulled out all my old plants, and about 50 lbs of black fluorite gravel. Why you ask ? I was ready for a change, and decided I wanted to go with a more neutral look, so I went the my lfs and bought the Tropica substrate and 40 lbs of Marina river rock gravel. I repurposed a couple pieces of my original Mopani wood, and kept all the seiryu stone. I bought all new Tropica plants ,and starting from scratch is a good thing ! In the back I planted Pogostemon stellata, left back corner I planted Rotala wallichii, right mid foreground Pogostemon erectus. In the foreground left is Pogostemon helferi. I put 2 clumps of Bucephalandra sp. red on the mopania, and seiryu stone. one small echinodorus Reni is the only survivor from the previous set up. I run my C02 at 3 bubbles/second, and lights are on a 50% daylight, with only 5% actinic blue. I am also trying the different sunrise/sunset options that the new Fluval 3.0 offers. So here we go again !Click image for larger version

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New Fluval 3.0 is a lot of fun to play with. All the recent additions are really taking off already! It is quite remarkable. I currently have a small number of fish, however will be adding another dozen Harlequin rasboras and some cherry shrimp. I had planned on trying some rainbows, but they are not too compatible with the open concept. More later...
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Holy cow ! Getting incredible growth from the new Tropica tissue cultures !! Tomorrow will be 7 days since I installed Fluval 3.0 light & planted Pogostemon stellata (back center) Rotala wallichii (back left) Pogostemon erectus (right front)
Did a 50% water change today. Nitrates are 20 ppm after change. PH is 6.6. KH is 50ppm.GH is 100ppm(adding a couple API water softener pillows) No visible signs of any algae yet. Have been experimenting with different light parameters, and keeping the actinic dialed right down to 2 %. There's a lot to learn when it comes to planted aquariums! Thanks again to all of you for your wisdom, and most excellent tips !!
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Rotala wallichii update
After rehoming my unruly sae, I have seen a significant improvement in my rotala. Apparently SAE like to nibble the delicate red tips off this plant. Since he has been gone, the plant has rebounded & really starting to get some nice color. I am pretty happy about that since it has been less than two weeks since I introduced all new plants! Also the Pogostemon Stellata has been trimmed already & tops replanted ! More updates later! Exciting new Manzanita branches arriving soon.
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Manzanita branches arrived today ! Yippie ! Ordered from Manzanita-Driftwood.com in California. Really nice quality wood. Now I just need to soak it for a while before it goes in the tank. I got 3 different pieces, the largest is 24 inches long, so it looks like it will be fun to work with. More later...Ö.
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Feb 2020 update
Out with the old & in with the new ! I never liked my Fluval Fresh aquarium cabinet, Hagen installed the door hinges backwards, so the two sides never mstched up properly. My ocd could not handle the grievous error,so this week I painted the doors & I gotta say I'm liking it much better ! Also , it's been 3 weeks since I did the tank tear down & started with all new plants. Here's the before & after. Still waiting to put in new Manzanita driftwood, should be ready next week.All the new plants are thriving, and have needed to prune frequently!
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Manzanita wood is in ! Well sort of, am still soaking it, as it isn't quite waterlogged yet. Have been playing with a few different layouts ,so that's to be decided in a few days. My fish ,12 Harlequin rasboras & 9 Celestial danios don't know what to think & are just hanging off to the side. Hopefully in time they will like it as much as I do ! Aquascaping is fun ! Lots of possibilities 🤔
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That is very nice!
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Thanks ! I am really not 100 % lovin it, so I will probably keep moving it around until I get it right ! I screwed up by adding the wood after planting. Lesson learned !!


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*Covid quarantine update*
I've been spending a lot of time doing "routine maintenance " ha! I seriously think I probably spend about an hour or more a day since the lockdown started. At the beginning of Feb, I did a total tear down & new substrate.Then a few weeks later I went on a holiday to Nicaragua. Little did I know then, that the entire world would erupt into chaos & I had to go into self quarantine upon returning to Canada. My hubby tried to keep my tank running smoothly, but it was a hot mess when I returned, almost a month after I had left it. When I got home I discovered almost every type of algae !! Have been home just over a month now, and finally starting to regain control. A wee bit of hair algae remains, but the bba & clado is gone. *phew* Better days ahead 🐟
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Change is good ! I've been spending a lot of time indoors, as most people all over the world, so naturally I have spent most of my time tinkering with my aquariums. I started lockdown with just my original Dutchagumi setup, but with so much time on my hands I purchased a 15 gallon Fluval Flex, and resurrected my flex spec, originally as a quarantine tank, but now home to three adorable pea puffers.
Things are kinda evolving in the 34 gallon. I am moving away from the hard scape & trying more plants, not a Dutch theme by any stretch, more sort of Wabi-Sabi. So here's how things are looking this week.
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Loving the new 'quarantine' overgrown look! haha. The new 15g is looking beautiful as well, I've always wanted a tank solely for pea puffers... One day I'll convince the hubby. Keep up with the wonderful updates.
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Loving the new 'quarantine' overgrown look! haha. The new 15g is looking beautiful as well, I've always wanted a tank solely for pea puffers... One day I'll convince the hubby. Keep up with the wonderful updates.
Thanks so much for the encouragement ! I used to post here pretty often, but I kinda drifted away. It's good to be back !! I must say though, pea puffers are feisty little dudes ! They are constantly picking a fight, so because I loves them, might need to buy them a bigger home
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Total tank wipe out !!
I have been active in this hobby for over 40 years,but yesterday something catastrophic happened in my 34 gallon aquarium. I am just beside myself, and feeling totally responsible for the death of most of my fish. It started out normally,after soaking my purigen in a bleach solution overnight, rinsing really well & soaking in a bucket of clean water/ prime. Did the sniff test, all good, no bleach smell. Replaced the purigen back in the canister filter & got on with the rest of the day. Then after a few hours I noticed my dwarf rainbows kinda hanging at the surface. I thought that was odd,as I haven't increased the c02 for ages. I decided to shut it off, just to be safe. All my fish appeared normal at the end of day,so when lights went off after dinner I thought nothing more of it. Then this morning when I approached the tank, the gang usually greet me looking for their breakfast, imagine my horror when I saw nothing but dead floating fish ! I spotted a couple of Harlequin rasboras& my 2 panda garras, and my 4 year old oto were still alive, so I sprang into action & began a 75 % water change. Checked ammonia, PH, nitrite, all normal, what the hell ? Then I jumped on Google to see if I could find a reasonable explanation. After about an hour I found a link about recharging purigen, which I have done for years with no problem, however the other day I used a new bottle of bleach and much to my surprise, it was different! Apparently I purchased the "splash proof " bleach, which I just discovered, has surfactants in it !! Oh crap, too late. So note to self READ THE LABEL!!
It's been a few hour after large water change & put in a new activated carbon, so fingers crossed, hope my survivors are going to pull through.
Ps, I feel just awful about this.😥
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