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Looking forward to see the plants in the tank.
It looks very promising.
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Nice hardscape design! I can't wait to see the planted pics
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That stone is GORGEOUS! Almost makes me glad I couldn't get my 12 tanks down here..."I'll take 5000 lbs of that, please."
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GLA plants came yesterday -- I ordered too many! CO2 running at ~0.5bps for now. Algae bloom will be on its way.

I really like the Buceph godzilla -- gave it a prime spot.



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Great start! If you are ever in Chattanooga, I have some plants that we can trade ha.
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Great start! If you are ever in Chattanooga, I have some plants that we can trade ha.
I suspect the tank will be up for less than a year (apartment move) so next August you'll be welcome to pick up some freebies!

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One of my Sat+ has a decent amount of LED's out. I'll have to consider replacing it (but don't feel like paying $80).

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Was particularly fond of this view when the lights turned on today.



Bought a lily pipe surface skimmer a couple days ago. Will be an upgrade over the hulk-like Eheim intake. Tank has cleared up. It's looking like I might not have an algae bloom. MC tissue cultures have finished melting and are sprouting. Only plant I'm worried about is my small Buceph's, which may not survive the transfer shock.
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First tank I've cycled with zero algae bloom. Just five days of bacterial cloudiness. TSS+ with all the plants I put in, plus CO2, did the trick. Impressive, considering I'm using a decent amount of Amazonia soil and had some root tabs + PowerSoil.
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Six days of growth during Thanksgiving. Tank was on total auto-pilot as I was back home. No top-off, dosing, etc.

Turning up CO2 now. I'll trim everything and do a full clean-up tomorrow. Things are filling in nicely.

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Let's just say that when the algae came...it came THICC.

I'm hoping the tank is on the tail-end of the bloom. Most plants were able to fill in despite algae. I think it was mainly a matter of water dissolving some root tabs on a delay (idk why I insist on tabs + aquasoil...)

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My generic suggestion is to lower your light level, while you look at the rest of your system.
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Was particularly fond of this view when the lights turned on today.



Bought a lily pipe surface skimmer a couple days ago. Will be an upgrade over the hulk-like Eheim intake. Tank has cleared up. It's looking like I might not have an algae bloom. MC tissue cultures have finished melting and are sprouting. Only plant I'm worried about is my small Buceph's, which may not survive the transfer shock.
Your tank looks great!
But you HAVE to get that on a different stand ASAP!!!!
A single span particleboard 3/4" thick with 50lb per square foot should never exceed 20"
You've got probably 36" span there with 275 lbs over 3 square feet, which is 91 LB/square foot.
Almost double what that span is rated for at 20" let alone 36"
If you notice the gaps on the left and right where the paneling doesn't line up because its bowing.

I would not be surprised if this failed within a week or two.
Please go out of your way to save your investment, find something to put it on where the supports much much closer to the dimensions of the tank!!!
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Your tank looks great!
But you HAVE to get that on a different stand ASAP!!!!
A single span particleboard 3/4" thick with 50lb per square foot should never exceed 20"
You've got probably 36" span there with 275 lbs over 3 square feet, which is 91 LB/square foot.
Almost double what that span is rated for at 20" let alone 36"
If you notice the gaps on the left and right where the paneling doesn't line up because its bowing.

I would not be surprised if this failed within a week or two.
Please go out of your way to save your investment, find something to put it on where the supports much much closer to the dimensions of the tank!!!
I see your concern. No doubt that I 'cheaped out' on the stand. The reason the tank is still standing from that photo two months ago is likely because the two back panels are bearing weight.

I can get a piece of wood cut to help support the center and shift the tank to the far right of the stand. Should help in the short-term.

Just ordered some Purigen/ChemiPure Elite. Given that this tank hasn't received any media yet (due to a lack of a LFS), I expect these to have a pretty immediate effect. I wanted to order some shrimp from LiveAquaria but the shipping cost just didn't make it worth it.

The snot algae/GHA seems particularly attracted to the Monte Carlo (which has still managed to carpet). The tank stays at 72F right now...idk going to ~75F would give the display plants the edge (or opposite effect occurs).
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Purigen and ChemiPure Elite may have helped a bit in turning the GHA into green water but who knows.

I added some Algaefix for the green water and that cleaned the tank up overnight. I can finally share a decent pic of the tank.

With the aesthetic algae crap taken care of, I'll probably now grab some fish and get the tank rdy for "presentation".





Any tips on getting some more red out of the rotalas? (I get that more light, CO2 or iron would be the normal response)
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Purigen and ChemiPure Elite may have helped a bit in turning the GHA into green water but who knows.

I added some Algaefix for the green water and that cleaned the tank up overnight. I can finally share a decent pic of the tank.

With the aesthetic algae crap taken care of, I'll probably now grab some fish and get the tank rdy for "presentation".





Any tips on getting some more red out of the rotalas? (I get that more light, CO2 or iron would be the normal response)
Tank is looking good, I used to use chemical filtration, but didn't really notice a difference with or without it. Only reason I would use purigen is to remove tannins from the water, but that's just me. Had to google for ChemiPure, "Filters out phosphates (PO4) and silicates (SIO2)" If you dose ferts you are taking out valuable PO4, which your plants use. However I think I saw you use root tabs, which for a bit may not be bad, but in the long run, I'd just stick with Mechanical & biological filtration.

Either way, can't wait to see how this turns out!
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