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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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The Trim Reaper tank

Hey everyone!

Since I'm new here, I wanted to start a journal but started this tank a few months back so I will start off with a big post and then update as I go!

Although I'm new to this forum, I have been in the game for about two years and have an instagram with a little over 20,000 followers if you wanna check out other projects (@aquascapegods)

I'm not sure how to put pictures in this spot so Ill leave a bunch in order at the bottom.

-UNS 90L tank (I think 21.8 gallons)
-Black diamond blasting sand
-T5 light fixture with 1 actinic bulb, 1 flora and 2x 6500k bulbs
-Eheim 2213 with lily pipes
-Cheap regulator from ebay or amazon from years ago
-20 lb Co2 cylinder

Plant list
front of the tank is mostly-
Eleocharis Belem, and some random plants like S. Repens, alternanthera reineckii mini, alternanthera reineckii lilacina, some HC that I didnt get all out from the start
Back mound is a mix mostly made up of-
Rotala- Fujian, Colorata, Pink, Blood red, H'ra, Florida, Rotundifolia, Vietnam, Belem.
Nesea pedicellata, Ludwigia sp red, hygro difformis varigated
And then a bunch of random stems here and there.

Some White cloud minnows are in here (no heater)

I used to use a mix of RODI water with tap (contained nitrates) but since moving to NJ by NYC, I just use straight up tap water since its soft.

I dose-
1/32 tsp phosphate
1/64 potassium from GLAs EI kit
and then half the recommended amount of Seachem Trace and Iron.

I just recently lost the battle to BBA (99% on wood only) so I removed all of the wood to do an all plants tank so hopefully it continues to grow well, I trimmed and replanted in the bare substrate spots and waiting on it to all fill in.

Enjoy the ride!

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Like your twisty driftwood and the layout!
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Welcome top TPT! Excellent tank and I like your fish choice!
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Hello! I remember seeing this tank on reddit. Still one of the most beautiful tanks I've ever seen. Great job and welcome!
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I envy your driftwood and tank-of-rainbow.
Lovely setup.
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Beautiful tank. Too bad you couldn't keep the driftwood, it looked really nice in there. Keep posting progress!
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Beautiful work! I really like the name too
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Shame about the wood but I love the party of rotala.
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Thanks to all that commented over the weekend with a nice welcoming and compliments! I'm trying to figure out how to post picture updates here but its not going so well haha. Ill figure it out and come back!

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Figured it out!

So the gaps from the missing wood are filling in and heads are growing back after a few days but the BBA is still in the tank mainly on the grass. Any quick tips? I have tried h2o2 and excel spot treatments and it never really goes away fully!
Maybe a big trim again and chop off all the present bba?
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Hello! I remember seeing this tank on reddit. Still one of the most beautiful tanks I've ever seen. Great job and welcome!
Thank you so much! Really appreciate it
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at risk of starting another flame war over BBA, here's a general template if you haven't seen it already,

https://www.advancedplantedtank.com/...gae-types.html

Check the BBA section on that page. The site is also an amazing wealth of information if you have never encountered it. Go check it out. Now. Learn it and Live it!

For most of us here, BBA is just something we live with and sort of keep at bay with constant diligence over the listed things on that page.
diligence on maintenance,
diligence on proper co2 levels,
diligence on right amount of light,
diligence on flow rates and patterns

hiring a true siamese algae eater or two

and maybe, if the plantedtankgods smile on you, you have a mostly bba free tank

I'm sure you're pretty diligent already or else you wouldn't have such a nice looking tank, so it's just something small that's missing, hopefully. Maybe just the right balance of light, a little less, maybe just removing the powerhead or redirecting it, some small tweak, reanalyzing your co2 delivery, that sort of stuff. I wish you great luck because I'd love to see that driftwood back in place!

Also, I don't know if you just turned on the lights for picture taking, but a blue drop checker in full blast light (pic #5) is asking for trouble

NYC, huh? I just visited pacific aquarium and plant on delancey last week. pretty nice spot. looks like you nyc guys keep planted aquarium stores alive pretty well. Good job. Nothing that dedicated to planted tanks down here by me. They try, but they close up pretty fast. We are too few.

And finally, if you really want to post higher resolution pics, what we usually do is use flickr and/or google photos and just link the photo in. A lot less restrictions and sometimes easier way to go about it.
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at risk of starting another flame war over BBA, here's a general template if you haven't seen it already,

https://www.advancedplantedtank.com/...gae-types.html

Check the BBA section on that page. The site is also an amazing wealth of information if you have never encountered it. Go check it out. Now. Learn it and Live it!

For most of us here, BBA is just something we live with and sort of keep at bay with constant diligence over the listed things on that page.
diligence on maintenance,
diligence on proper co2 levels,
diligence on right amount of light,
diligence on flow rates and patterns

hiring a true siamese algae eater or two

and maybe, if the plantedtankgods smile on you, you have a mostly bba free tank

I'm sure you're pretty diligent already or else you wouldn't have such a nice looking tank, so it's just something small that's missing, hopefully. Maybe just the right balance of light, a little less, maybe just removing the powerhead or redirecting it, some small tweak, reanalyzing your co2 delivery, that sort of stuff. I wish you great luck because I'd love to see that driftwood back in place!

Also, I don't know if you just turned on the lights for picture taking, but a blue drop checker in full blast light (pic #5) is asking for trouble

NYC, huh? I just visited pacific aquarium and plant on delancey last week. pretty nice spot. looks like you nyc guys keep planted aquarium stores alive pretty well. Good job. Nothing that dedicated to planted tanks down here by me. They try, but they close up pretty fast. We are too few.

And finally, if you really want to post higher resolution pics, what we usually do is use flickr and/or google photos and just link the photo in. A lot less restrictions and sometimes easier way to go about it.
Thanks for such a detailed response!

I'm going to dive back into Wongs website after work, Ive never had BBA in any of my tanks before and the tank that a part of the wood came from had it all over but I thought I thoroughly cleaned it before using it in my tank! (usually if theres algae on a plant I get from a friend, it goes away after being in my water)

NYC is in my backyard! Ive aways made my way over to Monster aquarium and Pacific! Great spots.

Thanks again for all this and I definitely do my due diligence to keep my tanks nice and clean but this one has slowly slipped through my fingers!

Ill get it back though!
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The gaps are looking better and better but my tank is a butterface... good from far, far from good.
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Quick update, Stems still growing in the open spots but its coming along!

Waiting on the BBA to die from the grass!
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