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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-20-2017, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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60p escape from reality

Decided to post a journal of my latest aquascape journey. I picked up this 60cm Fire Aqua tank from an aquarium store liquidating all thier old stock. I payed 70$ for the tank and the dimensions are 24"w x 14"h x 12"d whatever that converts to in gallons.

Currently running co2 at about 1.5 bps
And the tank has been setup for about ten days.
Water hardness is around 335mg per liter (liquid rock) in my town so i don't even know how anything is alive. I doubt I can even have any fish

The plant list is:
Baby tears
Micranthemum umbrosum "Baby tears"
Micranthemum "Monte Carlo"
Alternanthera reineckii "Rosanervig"
Limnophila aromatica
Limnophila sessiliflora
Cabomba Pulcherrima red "cabomba red"
Cryptocoryne green petchii (in another tank currently)
Cryptocoryne Brown wendtii

Substrate:

Seachem Black flourite Sand
With about 10% red for contrast

Stones:

Petrified wood

Co2:

5lb co2 tank
Dici co2 regulator and solenoid
Dici stainless steel co2 diffuser

Filter:

Pennplex cascade 300 internal filter with spray bar

Lighting:
30 watt amazon LED
Fluval 13watt CFL
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-20-2017, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Well I thought someone may be interested in my tank but I guess not. Maybe I need to edit the title to make it more inviting.

Fire Aqua 60cm 17 g rimless with 5lb co2
Fire Aqua 40cm 17 g rimless cube low tech
Fluval 7.9g rimless super low tech
5 gallon trimmings tank
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Well I thought someone may be interested in my tank but I guess not. Maybe I need to edit the title to make it more inviting.
Haha, nah, title's perfect. I love escaping reality! This is the first time I've seen the thread, I'm bad about logging on every day or two and just going through the "Recent Discussions" along the right side of the screen. It's rare I can get through those without interruption so that's usually how far I make it. That's why "bumps" like this are helpful for slackers like me.

I think your tank is off to an awesome start. Sure to look very nice when it fills in. I like how you put plants in interesting little nooks and corners like little surprises to reward the viewer for looking thoroughly. I dig it man

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Thanks for checking it out i hope to do more updates along the line.
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Well I thought someone may be interested in my tank but I guess not. Maybe I need to edit the title to make it more inviting.
Haha, nah, title's perfect. I love escaping reality! This is the first time I've seen the thread, I'm bad about logging on every day or two and just going through the "Recent Discussions" along the right side of the screen. It's rare I can get through those without interruption so that's usually how far I make it. That's why "bumps" like this are helpful for slackers like me.

I think your tank is off to an awesome start. Sure to look very nice when it fills in. I like how you put plants in interesting little nooks and corners like little surprises to reward the viewer for looking thoroughly. I dig it man

Fire Aqua 60cm 17 g rimless with 5lb co2
Fire Aqua 40cm 17 g rimless cube low tech
Fluval 7.9g rimless super low tech
5 gallon trimmings tank
Soon to be setup 90g high tech
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Very good start.
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I'm not sure which one is baby tears and which is Monte Carlo, but the Monte Carlo for sure should be broken up better and really spread just under the substrate. It's a pain to plant it right but other wise it will form mounds that need to be carefully trimmed over and over until it spreads to the surrounding substrate. I broke mine into little 3 and 4 leaf plantlets and then once they were barely poked in i sprinkled some substrate over the tops. You could just see the little bits of green spread all over the area. It grew incredibly and I didn't use C02 at the time. With C02 pumping you really need to get the initial planting right. You're off to a great start though!! I cringe when I hear people say they are going to start low tech and see what happens... like it's not widely known!
And there are a good number of beautiful fish that like hard water. Or given the relatively small tank size you could buy RO in jugs. Do you have any idea what you want to keep??

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Very good start.
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I'm not sure which one is baby tears and which is Monte Carlo, but the Monte Carlo for sure should be broken up better and really spread just under the substrate. It's a pain to plant it right but other wise it will form mounds that need to be carefully trimmed over and over until it spreads to the surrounding substrate. I broke mine into little 3 and 4 leaf plantlets and then once they were barely poked in i sprinkled some substrate over the tops. You could just see the little bits of green spread all over the area. It grew incredibly and I didn't use C02 at the time. With C02 pumping you really need to get the initial planting right. You're off to a great start though!! I cringe when I hear people say they are going to start low tech and see what happens... like it's not widely known!
And there are a good number of beautiful fish that like hard water. Or given the relatively small tank size you could buy RO in jugs. Do you have any idea what you want to keep??
The monte Carlo is mostly at the front and center and the baby tears(not dwarf) are still contained to just in front of the stones. They will get trimmed to be around 4 inches tall over time. I do get what you are saying about the monte Carlo being planted to dense as the places I put less stems of it seem to be growing along the substrate alot better. Maybe I'll pull a few clumps up and replant but I actually have a ton more monte Carlo floating in another tank that I could fill the void with. I could trim the current stuff right down close to the substrate and it may help the cause. I wish I knew about monte Carlo years ago as it's growing in a tank of water with no circulation and a t4ho light on top for 8 hours a day with minimal supplements. A dash of flourish and flourish trace once a week and it's covering the top of the tank.... I leave it floating so it catches the co2 out the air.
The althernatera red is doing better in that tank as well for some reason.

About the hard water I purchased a 5 stage Reverse osmosis system off Amazon with a 5 gallon holding tank that should be perfect for lowering the hardness of the water here. 335 ppm or so as our towns holding tank is spring fed.

I would like to keep and breed shrimp so i ultimately will need to lower the hardness substantially and it's making a mess of my tank with water spots. It's a win win for me and when I get my 90 gallon setup I don't want to have to be chasing down 45 gallons of RO water to keep it balanced. The plants should also thank me as well.

Fire Aqua 60cm 17 g rimless with 5lb co2
Fire Aqua 40cm 17 g rimless cube low tech
Fluval 7.9g rimless super low tech
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Here's a little update on some plants in my tank. I feel like everything is really starting to take off in my tank. I upped the c02 rate to about 2 bps and started adding a little kn03 dry straight into the tank based on ei dosage.
So it was 600mg kn03 2 days ago and 2ml seachem flourish trace and regular flourish switched between days. I haven't added any other of the flourish line up as I don't want to overdo it.

I turn the lights on roughly 2 hours after starting the c02 once the drop checker starts to change color.

I do have a bit of very fine green string algae on all the monte Carlo and some other plants. Not sure what is causing this so any help will greatly be appreciated.

I also would like to note that some of my limnophila aromatica has some white leaves but I think it may be light bleaching as I have 30watts of led blazing over that spot. Maybe a nutrient deficiency.

Massive snail population as well but I find they help with the cycling of the tank.

Hope to have a few members join in for this adventure I'm in and help me succeed as much as possible. So far in loving it and plan to setup a 90 gallon aquascape that will really keep me busyyyy!

Anyways enough rambling I am going to attach a few pictures to show what the tank is looking like today.

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Two week update.
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Fire Aqua 60cm 17 g rimless with 5lb co2
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Fluval 7.9g rimless super low tech
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Added a few new plants today from a local aquascaper.

Blyxa japonica
S Repens
Dwarf hairgrass
Pogostemon erectus


Really wish I had the 90 gallon setup I picked up way too many plants and my tank isn't quite big enough.

I want to move from my apartment so the plants will have to hang out in a 5 gallon tank for a few days until I find some room in my tank for them.

Cabomba red is really taking off in my tank almost hit the water in two weeks.

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Fluval 7.9g rimless super low tech
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Bump: I don't know how to properly attach pictures any help would be greatly appreciated

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I would use imgur, you don't even need an account to upload photos. Then you right click on the photo you've uploaded, say "copy photo location," come to the forum and click on the little yellow mountain/photo icon in the bar above the message box (it should say "insert image" if you hover over it). Paste in the photo location and it should insert a IMG tag with the url of your photo. I'm never sure if there's a size limit to the photo you have to worry about or not because all these forums have different rules, but that should get you started at least. Nice looking tank, btw
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I would use imgur, you don't even need an account to upload photos. Then you right click on the photo you've uploaded, say "copy photo location," come to the forum and click on the little yellow mountain/photo icon in the bar above the message box (it should say "insert image" if you hover over it). Paste in the photo location and it should insert a IMG tag with the url of your photo. I'm never sure if there's a size limit to the photo you have to worry about or not because all these forums have different rules, but that should get you started at least. Nice looking tank, btw
I guess there's something I'm missing but idont see anything you mentioned it's borderline impossible to do anything from a phone with the mobile sites. I give up trying. Thanks for the help though.

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Well I thought someone may be interested in my tank but I guess not. Maybe I need to edit the title to make it more inviting.
Don't feel bad. This place is more or less in death throes...dying slowly. A few years ago even a boring build thread would have pages of comments and discussion. A really good build would easily be 20+ pages. Now...it's just kinda meh around here. Facebook has pretty much destroyed forums as we once knew them and sad really. I'll take an active forum over a Fb page any day.


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