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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-29-2005, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so i started this tank about 13 months ago. The first pic is how the tank had started out. For almost a year i was loosing an occasional fish and battleing one algae problem after the next. In that time it went through one re-scape that i don't have pictures of. Then I found this site.

I only had one major algea problem since, GW. And as you will see in the progression of the pictures i was rescaping 1/3 of the tank at a time, and i removed a large chunk of val from the middle of the tank, it actually came out like sod. It was so tangled and dirty, i spared a few plants and threw the rest out. I rented a diatom XL to clear the GW that came next and in 4 hours it hadn't touched it so i added some accurel to the water and ran the diatom overnight, that did the trick.

I added pressurized co2 on april 4th, since then my plants do look healthier, and my swords have grown more in the last month than they have in a year. I don't dose by the EI method (atleast i don't think i do). I understand that more co2 helps control algae, but most of my ferts i dose based on test kits. i've been testing everyday for 2 weeks now, so that i can implement some type of dosing schedule. My tank is finally looking up and i'm going to let it grow out now, then i'll be doing a rescape to get a good look, and probably replace some plants. But i'll never take a bunch out all once ever again, that was the worse GW i've ever seen, and it was stubborn. I've also blocked the direct sunlight that my tank was getting
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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-29-2005, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Equipment:

Eheim 2215 with surface extractor, running external co2 reacor and heater capsule
Eheim 2213
350watt Titanium heater with external temp control
5lb co2 tank with milwakee regulator
4 x 96w CF 6700k (10 hour photo, 2hrs start and finish with just 2 bulbs)

Water params:

PH ~ 6.9 (i'm finding it hard to keep my bubble count steady)
KH - 5.5
GH - 5
No3 - 10ppm
Po4 - > 0.5ppm

Fish:

3 Angles
3 Celebes Rainbows
15 Cardinal tetras
6 Corys
1 Botia loach
3 Ottos
5 SAE's

Current plants:

Jungle Val
Italian Val
Corkscrew Val (which suddenly appears after atleast 6 months with no sign of it)
Dwarf Sag
Red & Green Crypt Wendtii
Crypt Balansae
Sunset Hygro
Java Fern
Star Grass
Ruffled Swords
Red Melon Swords
Red Rubin Swords
Red tiger lotus bulbs (currently dormant)
A few Aponogetons

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how come your tank looks so much longer than mine, mine is 5 feet long. It is at least 6 feet?


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I will do aquascapes after I collect all the plant species and grow them to perfection.
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yes, 6' X 1.5' x 1.5'

It's an all glass aquarium, they don't make this size any more. They have a 125 or 150 in the same footprint.
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Gotta love big tanks. It's good to hear that most of your problems with algea have been solved. Your a lucky one. One comment on the tank is in regards to the dwarf sag in the middle foreground. I think it may look a little nicer with a smaller foreground plant. Maybe some baby tears in which you could start it as a foreground and let it get bushy as it gets closer to the Cyperus helferi. By the way, I really like the look of the Cyperus helferi. It takes out a lot of light penetration though, right?
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C. Helferi likes the light, mine has taken a hit since lowering the lighting on my tank for the summer months. The color is not as nice but it is still growing slowly.

The tank is looking good Tim
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Cyperus helferi? What's that and where do you see it in my tank? hmmmm

I'll edit my post above and put a list of the plants in there too. Atleast what i think the plants are.

Can someone please give me some tips on taking good pics? I have a fuji e550....i should probably read the manual.
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someone please help with the pics, i realize mine are terrible.
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That tank is a monster!! It would probably take me hours to prune and stuff. Nice job...it should fill out nice....

As far as a camera...I'm using a canon...but check the manual about adjusting your white balance, and see if you can control the aperature.

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Ok here are some better pics i think, now keep in mind that i did prune some val and a lot of the Sunset Hygro, i should have taken a pic before i did it, i don't even think it was a week yet and the hygro was HUGE!!

SURPRISE: The first pic shows how a PH swing can be good.

second pic is of the tank.

Surprisingly i never tried to take pics with the camera on auto....DUH! i think they came out pretty good.
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Real, real nice .
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SURPRISE: The first pic shows how a PH swing can be good.
are those angel eggs I'm seeing?

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yes those are angel eggs, the first batch i've gotten from my Veil Gold marble, and the male is a gold (standard), so i don't know what to expect for the fry, but i will wait it out and see. I plan on removing them from the 100 when they hatch, probably tomorrow, and give raising them a shot. I have plenty of extra equipment i may just have to buy a tank or 2.


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Well here's the progress after a few weeks. I guess i update everytime my angel lays eggs now, every 2 weeks. This is only her 2nd batch and there's right around 500 eggs (yes i counted ). which is a big improvement from the first batch which was around 70. But i don't understand how she fits 500 eggs, she's not even full grown maybe half dollar size. In a day or 2 i will see if the male did his part. But unfortunatly i don't think i can raise these ones. I will be going away for a week starting saturday, so basically when i get back it will 11 days from today, and i won't have any live food to give them, I don't think they'll make it, but i might try anyway, seeing how they will just get eaten.

So not much has changed with the tank, removed a piece of wood and added some red shale. Mostly just growth, i will be very slowy scaping this and swapping out plants.
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well i haven't updated in a while.

Here's a pic just before i went on vacation in may
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