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2 month update:

- Recently upgraded my regulator and purchased a Co2Art Pro series model

In the past I bought 2 atomizer diffusers which require a higher psi to function (30+). Funny thing is I didn't know that at the time of purchase and could never use them as my old regulator only went up to 16 psi. It's also my first time using a regulator that has a solenoid. My old one didn't have one so I just ran co2 24/7, never really had any problems but you could hear the co2 diffuser at night when everything else was quiet. The solenoid also helps me preserve the co2 big time as it currently only runs 9ish hours vs 24 hours.

- Finally getting some colour to show from the Rotala H'ra
- Moved a bunch of the buce/anubias from the front rock to the shaded rock
- I've seen a few CPD fry throughout the tank and have a couple berried shrimp
- BBA is showing up less
- Updated the first post of this journal to include all the FTS progress shots


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Are you feeding anything that the CPD fry can eat?


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Naw, no way to find them and feed. They're tiny and there's so much plant coverage to hide in, once they come out of cover they end up being fish food pretty quickly.


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Beautiful. I wish I could get my tank growing this well and looking this clean!


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Beautiful. I wish I could get my tank growing this well and looking this clean!
When you first start it's a lot of trial and error to find the correct balance in your tank for growth. Everybody's tank is different so something that works for Joe & John might not work for you. For example, one of the easiest plants to grow in the hobby is staurogyne repens.. It grows in high/low light co2/no co2 yet in my current setup it is one of the only plants i've tried that will not grow right. Even with the abundant amount of information online everyone is going to struggle with something.

For a clean tank you need that balance and maintenance maintenance maintenance.

Looking at your tank I would say focus on water changes/consistent high co2/correct light levels. Also, when starting a fresh scape a couple pointers to avoid algae early on are:

- Large water changes every day for the first week, every second day for the second week, every third day for the third week. You don't have to follow this to a tee but keep up with them early on. This is harder for larger tanks but for nano's it ain't so bad. Once your plants get established(new growth & new roots) you can change the water one or two times a week. You want to do this because in the beginning all those water changes will help remove excess nutrients that your transitioning plants aren't fully utilizing yet.

- Find a light that has the ability to increase/decrease intensity. At the very beginning of your tank, start with a lower intensity and every week boost it by one. For example, my tank is running a Chihiros RGB light that has 10 intensity levels on it's dimmer. The first week I had it at 6, second week 7, third week 8 and so on. Even starting with a lower duration at that start, say 6 hours and every week bump it 15 minutes till you're at 7/8 hours total.
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I just noticed your MC growing across your sand. You better trim that because it will root there. And itís no fun trying to trim MC thatís rooted in sand.

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I just noticed your MC growing across your sand. You better trim that because it will root there. And itís no fun trying to trim MC thatís rooted in sand.
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Every nice tank needs a nice map on the wall next to it! Beautiful tank!

My tank game isn't as strong, but my map game is solid. My map:

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Every nice tank needs a nice map on the wall next to it! Beautiful tank!

My tank game isn't as strong, but my map game is solid.
Map crew!

Tank game not strong? I've read your journal sir..

You vs the guy she tells you not to worry about

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Tank game not strong? I've read your journal sir..

You vs the guy she tells you not to worry about

Haha! It's all about results, right? You got me on results at the moment.


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Buddy gave me a freebie crown of Downoi to try. First time ever growing it, let's see how it does.



Mini Pelia is such a cool moss(technically not a moss but a liverwort)





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Rotala finally grew to the water surface..

Time for a big trim tomorrow, planning on cutting all of the rotala to the ground and just replanting the tops. Not too happy with how the rotala green turned out. I think that it got shadowed a bit by the h'ra and was stunted after multiple trimmings. Going to change it up and put the h'ra in front and green in back. Come to the conclusion that this light is not strong enough to turn the h'ra to a dark red. I thought it would as it got closer to the surface but it's stubborn and is still yellow/orange/pink/red. Might add my other chihiros led light and use it as a 2-3 hour burst of high light as it's the plus version and has a way higher output. Just don't want any more algae on my anubias leaves..

SAE's seem to be knocking out the bba except for on grains of sand or on the driftwood/mini pelia at water level. It's funny because I moved some mini pelia with bba from there to lower on the front rock and they ate that right up. Also added a couple stems of blyxa to try out a midground plant between the hairgrass and rotala.

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Tank after trimming/replanting tops of all the rotala(first time replanting tops). Somehow the rotala h'ra is looking more red after and the rotala green is showing some pink/orange coloured tips. Strange since they're way further from the light.. Tissue cultures just maturing more?







Side view of the tank including some Ar mini, christmas moss and nerite snail eggs.







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Water change day.

These algae scrapers with a razor insert and long handle I found are the best thing to clean my tanks glass. Especially in tight areas, the lower portion of the tank and around the sand/substrate line.



Some post water change bubbly pics







Shrimp & SAE in the AR Mini



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