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Started thread in the nano forum, but figured I should document progress here too....

Finally cleared a flat spot and filled it last night. Original plan was to set it up at work but that got vetoed.

Stock Finnex light & canister, with Eco-Complete for substrate. Will add peat capsules from RootMedic (currently on order).





Wood I found outside is still floating like a cork after four days of soaking, so I went with store-bought wood for now. Close up -





Cycle tests -
pH at 8.0 (hard water area)
Ammonia at 0.25ppm
NO2 and NO3 both 0 ppm


Plants from TPT member gordonrichards to arrive early next week -
Rotala colorata, Rotala macrandra
Anubias nana
ball of Süßwassertang
ball of fissidens moss
ball of Taiwan moss
Amazon floaters

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Plants arrived today from gordonrichards. Put them in real quick, because I had two kids waking up from naps, and couldn't find any black thread.

Still thinking about switching the red stems to the right, and moving the green to the left.

(Please excuse the quick and dirty pics off of the Blackberry!)

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Ammonia at 0, nitrite over 5ppm, nitrate ~2 ppm. pH 7.8

Green Rotala is looking good, red is so-so. A. nana, mosses, and susswassertang are fine.

Need to haul out the camera to get decent pics.
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Ammonia at 0.25ppm (same reading straight from tap)
Nitrite down between 0.25 and 0.50 ppm
Nitrate around 5.0 ppm

Cycle is coming along nicely

Switched from spraybar to the flared end on the canister output to drop the velocity on the return. Still trying to decide if I want to order lily pipes.

Found a few tiny snails, which I have been squishing as food for the cycle. Noticed today that there are a few egg packets on the susswassertang.

The more I look at the driftwood, the less I like it. Really need something smaller, but still want wood. Right now this tank is not aquascaped - it's suckoscaped.





Need to do a WC / run carbon - water is that yellow

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Did 20% water change last week with rainwater, helped clear up the yellow a bit. Green Rotala is at the surface now, and has fresh root growth, so it's real happy. Anubias also is showing new root growth. Also saw some white dots on the glass this morning. By the movement pattern, they look like copepods.

Parameters are pretty much the same as last Saturday.
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Picked up hardness test kit, carbon, and Excel tonight. KH is at 4°, and GH is at 7°.

RootMedic (peat caps, shrimpy stuff) order is inbound, as well as Caton's leftover RM liquid fertz.

Still looking for better wood at the chain stores and LFSs.


Forgot to add before, I've got some long strands of green hair algae starting in the fissidens and susswassertang. That stuff is strong - moss broke before the hair did when I tried to pull it off.
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Goodies from DaPlantMan arrived. Did a 40% change a few minutes ago.

Pulled some wood out of the lake this weekend. I think both pieces will make for better options than the one I've got right now...

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Once it clears up a little bit, I'll take a new pic. Just looking back at ones in this thread, the green Rotala has doubled since I got it. The red is leaning right, towards the CF bulb and is also just scraping the surface as well.

Much as I like mosses, they look like crap in here right now. Re-scape is on tap to use the new wood. I have to travel for work next week though, so I'm not making any major changes until after I get back.

Fauna also will wait until I get home. Definitely going to do RCS. Fish options are still up in the air though... Dario, betta, and CPD are all options at this point.
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Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!! A leak!!!!!!



Was sitting on the couch on the other side of the room, and heard a steady SPAT, SPAT, SPAT sound of water dripping. Cleared out the area around the tank, and had lost about 6-8oz of water.

Couldn't find any crack, no leaks from the canister. When I did the WC, I topped right to the rim. Turns out that the angle of the output on the canister started a water path up and over the light bracket.

Situation is now resolved - you can all go back about your normal business again.
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