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Uni's 30g "grass" tank - 03/30/05 - updates moving to uni's nursery thread

New year - new tank - new idea.






Specs:
30g long
96w CF Aqualight
H.O.T. Magnum (filled with 1L Eheim Substrat - intake foam filter)
DIY CO2 reactor - Pressurized - JBJ Reg
9w Turbotwist

Water:
4 KH
4 GH
6.6 pH
No ferts yet (except a little flourish)

Plants:
Sagitarria
Microsword

Fish (to be introduced later):
Angels - 2 - breeding pair of Ghosts
Otos - 6
Amano Shrimp - 12

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Great look... I love the long thin leaf look and the angels are a nice choice.
I tried the microsword twice and both times were unsuccessful. I like the look but it just never did well for me.
Im doing sort of the same only with dwarf sags and C helferi ... wish i could grow the microsword.

This will be a fun tank to watch thicken up
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Love it, the wood looks great with the grassy plants, I have never tried sagittaria does it stay that height or does it grow like vals? The microsword should look great when it fills in.
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Sorry but which sword is microsword? Tenellus?
I couldn't see if it was Saggitaria subulata.
How high is that tank?
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Very nice...but will all the verticalness of the grass, I would suggest placing your wood and other parts of the hardscape more horizontally to help offset it.

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Sorry but which sword is microsword? Tenellus?
I couldn't see if it was Saggitaria subulata.
How high is that tank?
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I have never tried sagittaria does it stay that height or does it grow like vals? .

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Very nice...but will all the verticalness of the grass, I would suggest placing your wood and other parts of the hardscape more horizontally to help offset it.

Ed,
The Sag was bought locally. I think it's S.subulata. The microsword was purchased from aquarium plants.com. They sold it as Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae. The tank is 16 inches high.

Urkevitz,
S.subulata is not suppose to grow with the ferosity of vals. I hope that new growth matches the current height. According to many on-line sources, it grows higher with lots of light and CO2.

Skylsdale,
I thought the same thing. Originally, I set up a horizontal suite of wood, but just couldn't get it to look the way I wanted. I think this was because my tank is so narrow. The two, smaller, verticle pieces seemed to give the tank more depth. But I haven't given up, and still want a horizontal element.....just couldn't wait .

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This tank has great potential! But one suggestion, terrace the substrate from the back to the front...the wavy look detracts from the layout, IMO.
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I agree that the wavy look is a little distracting. Push more of the gravel towards the back and make the front lower than the edge of the glass
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Looking good uni, the angels will stand out so well against the setup you have atm.
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Usually, I don't post an update so soon, but I think there will be "too" much difference if I wait a month .

So...here's the tank at 2 weeks. Don't know what to make of the sag yet. It's not climbing as highly as the original growth. I may need to get something longer for the back eventually. I'll wait until the sag saturates the bed before I make that move. I have a hunch that once it's out of real-estate, it'll head for the sky. It's already flowing .

The microsword has spot and brown algae growing on it, but it is spreading around. Slowly...slowly...

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Sag Flower (still working on taking flower photos)

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nice flower!
when you said "breeding pair of ghost angels" you weren't kidding huh?!

where are the parents? or is it just a grow out tank for now
either way, looks great. imagine it when everything is filled in...

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Those angels are actually the last remaining "few" from a clutch of ghost x marble angels . The male marble died a few weeks ago, and the new ghost daddy is suppose to show up tomorrow (pics will be posted on my "nursery" photo album, of course ).

I put the female in the tank, but she never took to it. She ate and didn't get stressed, but you could tell she wasn't herself. So, I put her back in a bare bottom 10gal, and she's happy again. Go figure. Anyway, you're right. The tank is going to be used exclusively as a deluxe grow-out tank for all the fry. It's so hard to keep water params good when they start growing. Plants make all the difference. In addition to the benefits of N soaking, they also offer veg matter that the little buggers need. And if you lose one or two (or 10), it isn't the end of the world for your nitrogen cycle.

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yeah, theres just a few...
well then, let me refrase: this is gonna be a bomb grow out tank when everything fills in

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Your tanks are always sweet looking Uni, looking forward to viewing it all grown up

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...and here comes the algae . If this tank development is the same as my others, this will be the "month of algae". Nutrients are in check, but that never seems to matter to the algae . No prob; the little angels love the stuff. They eat so much of it, their fishpoop is green. The original leaves from the sag and lila are dying off, and covered with the most algae. Should all be rotten and removed within a month.
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