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Everything is filling in nicely. Moved the Corydoras to their own tank (More on that later). But here’s a quick shot with my iPhone. The h. tenellus is awesome. I just have to steer the runners in around the rock and not let them get into the s. Repens. About to update my nano thread as I took the ada mini m out of the garage and set it up in my kids room for a driftwood moss Bucephalandra Anubias shrimp Cory tank.

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I love this tank! Thank you for sharing!
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I love this tank! Thank you for sharing!
Hey thanks!! I love it too!!

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I recently picked up the book Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Louise Walstad. Iíve hear a lot about this book but stumbled upon it when I was doing a search in Scribd and was able to download it for free with my scribd membership. Itís awesome. I mean like really awesome. Thereís so much useful information in it and it really makes me feel like a noob even after over 30 years in the hobby. The biggest noob mistake I have made is not taking a closer look at the water quality report in my area. Iíve discovered that my tap water has a real Cu problem and other heavy metals that can show up. Iíve realized that the issues I have been having when adding invertebrates to some of my tanks here in SoCal has been Cu. The levels of copper fluctuate between .33 - .66 in my water. That is no bueno for my invertebrates.

I just setup my ADA Mini M for my children and have made it a cherry shrimp and Pygmy Cory tank. I had four shrimp deaths that baffled me before I looked at the water quality report and boy oh boy did I feel silly after reading the levels. I have a Berkey Filter that I have used to prefilter my tap water and am storing it in 2.5 gallon containers for partial water changes for the mini M. Iím actually going to do fewer water changes on the mini m and try simply topping off with the filtered water from the Berkey. And so far so good. The shrimp and Coryís have completely turned around and are existing in a 5 gallon homeostasis. That tank (which I need to update on another journal) has a ton of mosses, anubias, bucephalandra and helanthium tenellum.

For the 20gallon Iím not going to change much with the water. Things seem to be working well in there. The cardinals are at ease and super hardy as well as the ottos. The plants are thriving and the algae is where I want it to be with my desired photoperiod. I picked up a current serene background light which I really love. The difference it makes on your aquascape is enormous. If you have the extra cash to spend, I highly recommend picking up a background light. It doesnít have to be current USA though. Although their customer service has been superb. Iíd love it if that company put Bluetooth tech into their background lights. I never thought that using an IR remote would seem dated, but with the tech thatís out there, why not spend the money developing an app for the phone for the background light. I purchased a cheaper one for my ADA mini M and itís ok quality and serves its purpose. I really love the lighting effect though. I feel like it is kickstarting some growth with the H. Tenellum behind the large rock.

Also, I really love the Fluval 307 and the deal I got on it from Petco. I run it full steam ahead with the lily pipes and it does a superb job and is so easy to clean and add biomedia to. I added a glass hang on drop checker after my diy acrylic one developed a crack and was taking incorrect readings. However, Iíve made a bunch of other acrylic drop checkers that work well. I just overestimated their durability.

Anyway this has been a long update. Thanks for those that are following. If you havenít picked up the Waltsad book I encourage you to do so. And if you read all the way through this post go take a gander at your local water quality report if you are using tap water for your tanks. You may be surprised and feel as foolish as I did when I read the heavy metal list.

Keep on keeping on and stay safe.

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