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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-16-2017, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Im using this to track my progress and keep notes. Please feel free to comment and critique my work.

First start 10-14-2017
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Tank Equipment
Tank:
Aqueon 29 Gallon

Filter:
Fluval C4
2-12-18 SunSun 302 Canister Filter Installed
Media: Course/Fine Mechanical sponges, Fluval Pre-Filter Nodes, Fluval C-nodes (Bio), Activated CharcoalSeachem Purigen 250g, Tetra pre-filter

Lighting:
1 Clip Lamps with Sylvania 75w LEDs (diffuser removed) - 5000k
Custom 24/7 LED tape with dawn to dusk and moonlight

Heater:
None at this time, water is at 68-70F
Eheim Jager 150W at 73-74F
2-12-18 Hydor 200w In-Line Heater 76F
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Substrate:
Black Diamond Blasting Sand

Hardscape:
3 Pieces of Malaysian Driftwood
Assorted river rock

Fertilizer:
Osmocote Plus
Flourish Root Tabs
Easy Green from Aquarium Co-op
SeaChem Flourish Comp

CO2:
DIY Yeast

Light Cycle:
4 hours 75W LED Bulb
24/7 Dawn to Dusk viewing lights

Plants:
Dwarf Baby Tears - Hemianthus Callitrichoides Cuba
Dwarf Hairgrass - Eleocharis Parvula
Java Moss - Vesicularia Dubyana
Java Fern
Windelov Fern
Anubias Nana
Amazon Sword
Dwarf Sag
Jungle Val
Rotala Rotundifolia
Bacopa Carolinia
Crypts

Fauna:
2 Bolivan Rams
1 Dwarf Gourami
1 Siamese Algae Eater
2 Fancy Guppies
4 Panda Cories
3 Otos
12 Neon Tetras
40ish Red Cherry Shrimp

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Looking good so far. I am interested in seeing how your hairgrass and babytears do with cfl bulbs. I myself have a 29 gallon with a blue background. I was thinking of going with black, but that is done a lot and I wanted to do something less common. You shouldn't need a heater as long as the water can stay within a degree consistently. What are you using to monitor the temp (hopefully a digital probe)? I look forward to seeing the completed scape.
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Thanks, i've seen a couple do well with CFLs. I hope it goes well with my set up. I have a 3rd CFL lamp I can set up in case I need more light. I was going for the whole low budget approach.

I am using a in-tank thermometer that is placed on the left corner about 2 inches fully submerged under the water line. (Wasn't in when I snapped the pic.

I thought about doing something different with the background but I kept coming back to the black. Grey was another option I was going, but the black was $2 at the LPS.
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You can do any color for the price of a can of spray paint. That is what I used.
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Added the Malaysian driftwood and attached the Java Moss. Planted the Amazon Sword and a few stones. I'm liking how it's starting to look. I'll be looking to add some background plants in the future. Hopefully the DHG cooperates.
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Looks good! Very nice!
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Virtually no amount of soaking driftwood will eliminate tannins. I have boiled driftwood for 8+ hours, makes no difference. Dark tea water.

The answer is Purigen. It removes tannins in a couple days.
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Virtually no amount of soaking driftwood will eliminate tannins. I have boiled driftwood for 8+ hours, makes no difference. Dark tea water.

The answer is Purigen. It removes tannins in a couple days.
I found that activated charcoal works well since I'm running it in my Hob for now.


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I added 8 neons and a sad java fern that hopefully that will do well.
Local hardware store had some discontinued RGBW led tape with remote that I made a temp display for the weekends and a hour after photolights on weekdays since its so dark.
Also going to pick up some Flourish since the D. babytears and D Hairgrass still have not made any progress and are slowly turning yellow.

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Update:

Water parameters might be showing that I am cycled but I will keep testing every day since its only been 17 days since I started with a new tank.
NH3:0/NO3:0/NO4:20
I had an ammonia spike the first 7 days, a nitrite spike for the last 9, and now 0 for both.
I lost 4 neons so I only have 5 remaining(lfs gave be 9 instead of 8). 2 were unknown but could have been from nitrite spike. 2 were euthenized for neon tetra disease or parasite.
Added a golden dojo loach and 2 guppies from my 3 gallon.
Dwarf hairgrass and Dwarf baby tears still haven't shown any real progress, but there are white roots. So I added another light to give me 2.3wpg/≈46 PAR.
Started a DIY CO2 (yeast) that flows into a Tetra Whisper 10 Hang in filter.
The java fern had a shoot that I plucked and replanted next to it.
The dojo loach digs up some of the baby tears so I have had to replant and bury some deep.
If the water parameters hold for the next 5 days, I may either add 6 small school fish, 4-5 otos, or 2 rams depending what I find at my lfs.
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Well, I think I may need to reduce lighting. I'm getting some algae growth and the plants are starting to yellow. My DIY CO2 and CO2 Booster must not be keeping up.

I added a Windlov Java Fern and an Anubias Nana.

Also added 4 Otos and a Dwarf Gourami.

1 of the neons got neon tetra disease, so I returned him and got 3 neons to keep the group at 8.

All the other fish are doing well.

Parameters are stable, however I did a WC and found that my Nitrates went up after 24 hours after the WC. So I tested my tap and the Nitrates are at 40ppm. Changing the water actually increases my Nitrates. So my plants are actually reducing my Nitrates which I guess is good. So I may need to mix in some RO water for my WCs.

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Can I get some input? I got a large piece of malaysian driftwood for $7. I have it soaking but I can't decide on how I want to situate it. Either flipped, giving it more height and only 6 inches depth but looks a little unnatural. Or laid down, roots down for a more natural look but it will be tight since it's 12 inch depth with 30x12x18 tank. I'll be putting some moss, Java fern, and anubius Nana on it as well. I circled the area I want to place it. I'll move the other piece over to the other side to balance it a little.
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I personally like it in the second picture better it looks like a stump. It would definitely need to be on the right side of your tank due to its size. Maybe moving the piece of Driftwood that's on that side over to join with the other piece of Driftwood and make a bridge over your rocks.
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Yeah thats my thoughts.


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