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post #61 of 84 (permalink) Old 05-22-2020, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I like it a lot, kind of did the same thing in my office.

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I have one tank in our bedroom that I'd love to set up another for a matching pair too, but I've probably set up my last tank for a while. My better half is very tolerant of my hobbies but I've pushed the envelope a tad here lately with rearranging the house and sticking houseplants in the windows and aquariums in the corners wherever I can.
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Tanks have come along since I last updated so here are a couple of photos and a video. The Fissidens tank is almost exactly how I'd envisioned it, if I could clear up a little chaos in the foreground. The Anubias/Buce tank I'm less thrilled with overall, but the two bloody mary shrimp that survived my CO2 overdosing appear to have been a pair and I have several small ones throughout the tank now. I don't know if I'm ever going to be happy with the Anubias and the algae that grows on the old leaves though. I might at some point pull it all and just go with Buce even though I don't have enough to cover the entire stump.


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Wow! They both look great! Next time you do a video I would love to get a closer look at the different crypts you have in the first tank. Looks like you have some really cool varieties.
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Thanks, I should figure out what in the heck I have while I'm at it! I ordered several fancy varieties from a seller on these forums last year shortly before getting my 3.0 lights which caused the massive Crypt melt of 2019. They were just starting to come back when I tore these tanks down, so I saved everything that wasn't clearly a wendtii or lutea in hopes of not tossing expensive plants. I know I purchased C affinis "metallic red," "green gecko," silver queen, nuri "luminous" and "telang" and a few others. I think the pretty ones with all the color hues on each side are silver queen, and the tall one on the right is a red spirilis from @burr740. Outside of those two, I'm going to have to wait until they grow in a little more.
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Did a water change today so pulled out my phone.

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I am so jealous of your fissedens! I have tried growing it so many times and just gets covered over in algae. Actually, all my mosses do. Im done with moss. Its just really dfficult growing plants out without Co2. I just have to accept that my tanks will never be lush growing like many others on this forum. Im just not at all intrested in doing Co2.
I like both your tanks but the one with the crypts is my favorite. Im really drawn to the different colors of the crypts, the plant placement- all of it!

I was so happy to see your Bloody Mary's doing well. Thank goodness they hung in there after all they went through getting to you.
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CO2 is such a game-changer. I'm kicking around adding it to my 2 Dennerle tanks in the office but small tanks get tricky injecting off of one controller. And add in 0 KH and aqua soil (and fragile Caridina), and it would really take some dialing in. But I'm getting a year's worth of low-tech growth in these two each month, and with very little in the way of algae issues. It's a monetary investment and the set up and dialing in is certainly some work, but it sure is a shortcut to lush growth and good colors. I pruned off 12" strips of Anubias in this one last night. I can't guess how long such Anubias growth would take in low tech.
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CO2 is such a game-changer. I'm kicking around adding it to my 2 Dennerle tanks in the office but small tanks get tricky injecting off of one controller. And add in 0 KH and aqua soil (and fragile Caridina), and it would really take some dialing in. But I'm getting a year's worth of low-tech growth in these two each month, and with very little in the way of algae issues. It's a monetary investment and the set up and dialing in is certainly some work, but it sure is a shortcut to lush growth and good colors. I pruned off 12" strips of Anubias in this one last night. I can't guess how long such Anubias growth would take in low tech.
Exactly what I preach. It's a win-win since your increasing growth and uptake. Uptake is key to algae-free tanks. My ferns, crypts pearl like mad so it's not like watching paint dry when it comes to low-light plants.


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Just purchased 2 more Fluval 3.0 units for these (one additional per tank). I felt like I was moving the single strip back and forth constantly and after weighing a dozen options, doubling the Fluvals seemed easiest for getting the entire tank lit at the level I needed. I got them put on yesterday and can't get over how much brighter these are even at the current 25% of peak the new strips are set at. Lots of shadows are gone and depth of field is better, but there are areas that really need to grow in that weren't as obvious. And the backs of both tanks were a jumbled mess of plants. I'll get that straightened out in the coming days and get some new photos or maybe a video posted.

My biggest worry at the moment is how wet the back units are getting when the air pumps turn on. I inject CO2 and degas it for 10 minutes each hour and then all night. I know these Fluval lights are near waterproof but I feel like this is pushing the limits. May need to work on a DIY solution to cover just the part that's most turbulent.

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The new Fluvals should really fill things out nicely!

What is the mean reason your running the air pumps? I know lots of people run them, I never never run them. It's it mostly for fish safety?


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Well shrimp in this case, but yeah. They get the zoomies when the CO2 is getting thick. I can't be certain this is a stress reaction, but I feel like it is. Greggz told me about the Kasa smart strip and it's been great for getting around high CO2 levels without a pump running constantly. The last 10 minutes of each hour the air pump (a huge one) turns on, and then all night until time for CO2 to kick back on each morning.

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Oh OK, i've never had that issue. I'm using lily pipes and sometimes I do raise them to get a slight surface ripple, but most of the time they slip below surface and their is no movement at all. In fact my co2 levels don't even change that much from peak to overnight and my co2 is pretty high. Are those cubes open-top? I wonder if there is any signficant difference in o2 exchange with an open-top?


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Yep, they're open top. They use an Aqua Clear 70 in addition to the canister filters but there's not much surface agitation when they are full as I like them being. The air pump is probably overkill, but I've gassed these twice each already and now the shrimp numbers are getting up there so can't risk it. I could turn the controller down a couple of tenths, but the plants seem to be in a sweet spot right where it is.

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Yep, not doubting it, just trying to understand better the conditions when it's needed. It' definitely a good safety measure either way you look at it.


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Minor update, I had bought a couple of pink panther and pink flamingo plants from @shou who wasn't having pink growth at all. Here's a video he shared with me:

I got 2 of each and put one each in each Osaka. 3 of the four still look greenish brown from top to bottom. But I noticed that one has some new growth.

Fingers crossed that with a little more light intensity, ferts and CO2 that all four might put out pink growth.

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Made this a week and a half back and forgot to post.
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