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First planted 10 gallon (update with new pic 12/19 - replanted)



Sorry for the less than desirable image quality (I haven't figured out the best camera settings yet).

The contrast between the two substrates is really high, but I feel like it will produce a nice result once everything is filled in. I have some hairgrass on the way from swap n shop - any suggestions for other plants or changes?

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Those scratches are image artifacts or on the lense, I can't tell where its coming from. The glass is as clean as a whistle, though.


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doesn't look like lens dust to me. you might need to clean your sensor inside your camera (that's if you can). probably not an option if you have a point and shoot camera but if it's an SLR, it's pretty easy to do. tons of tips on the web to show you how


oh by the way. hardscape looks nice. although the very high contrast seems a bit much at this point... i'd have to see it again when there are plants. i like the rocks though.. where did you find them?

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doesn't look like lens dust to me. you might need to clean your sensor inside your camera (that's if you can). probably not an option if you have a point and shoot camera but if it's an SLR, it's pretty easy to do. tons of tips on the web to show you how


oh by the way. hardscape looks nice. although the very high contrast seems a bit much at this point... i'd have to see it again when there are plants. i like the rocks though.. where did you find them?
Thanks for the tips and the compliment. I'll mess around with the camera some more when I get the hairgrass planted.

The rocks came from a stream on some land of my parents'. They appear much bolder in person, especially against the black background. The lighter substrate came in as a way to break some of the monotony of the eco complete and rocks matching. Its actually a little more gray than it looks in the picture.


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i've never used real rocks like those in my tanks, but did you check to make sure there is no rust and all that stuff? i believe there is a way to determine whether the rocks are ok for tank use. i wouldnt just throw any old rocks in ...
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i've never used real rocks like those in my tanks, but did you check to make sure there is no rust and all that stuff? i believe there is a way to determine whether the rocks are ok for tank use. i wouldnt just throw any old rocks in ...
Yeah, I inspected, disinfected, and scrubbed this set down pretty good. There are some reddish spots on the rocks, as you can see, but it does not look like rust in person. Does anyone know how to test this? I won't be adding any livestock for a while, so it won't be an immediate threat, but if they do in fact contain some rust I will be removing them and changing the water.

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I've removed them until I can do some tests. I may go ahead and start looking for other rocks just in case. Back to square one!


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i'd do a quick search. i remember reading somewhere about mixing a simple solution and pouring it over the rocks. if there is fizzing then there is rust. basically you mix a household rust eater. i forget what it is or where to find it, but i'm sure google will show you the light. good luck!

i'm also looking for some awesome rocks for my 30 gal. althought i'd like to see if i can find something more rounded but large. i am thinking of doing a riverbed scene... we'll see
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Not sure about rust, but you can check if a rock is alkaline by pouring acid on it. Either muriatic, hydrochloric, or 9% pickling vinegar. Scrape off some of the test area because alkaline rocks can become encased in neutral sediment. If it fizzes, it will raise the alkalinity of the tank, good for african cichlid and other hard water tanks, not so ideal for most of the plants going around, but there are quite a few that can handle it.

Not sure how to test for other elements or metals. I know you want to watch out for copper, you can buy copper tests at a decent LFS and test the rocks in a bucket of water if you want. There is a member here that pulled plants, rocks and sediment from his local river and everything kept dying. Turns out he lives in an old copper mining town, and his river gets about ten google hits for scientific testing on elevated copper and nickel levels, and their adverse effects on the river's ecosystem. So, probably a good idea to find out as much as you can about your local streams and rivers.


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The stream has been tested and supplies an artesian well that my family has been using for years, but I'm going to let these sit in CLR overnight and see what the water solution looks like in the morning. If everything looks alright I'll boil them a few times and see what happens with some plants. I don't want to risk any livestock. I'm really just curious to see if pieces from that particular stream are safe, so I guess I'll be conducting some experiments.

Thanks for the words of wisdom, guys.


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The rocks have returned to nature. I don't really think all of the spots were rust, but I don't want to risk shrimp grazing over a possible zinc deposit sometime down the line.

Anyone have any ideas?


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If you're into the Seiryu (sp?) stones like the ones used in Iwagami and nature aquariums, there's usually someone unloading some in the swap and shop.


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Much to my surprise I managed to find some pretty cool rocks along another stream here. I spotted these while driving down the road I disinfected, rinsed, and put them in a little while ago. I also bought a pot of giant hairgrass. Tell me what you think!



There will be dwarf hairgrass in the foreground whenever it arrives in the mail.


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Nice, wish we had rocks like that around here.


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Just a quick update for anyone that might be interested in the Hagen CO2 canister. I got mine in the mail today and just finished setting it up. Its basically a DIY system in a prettier dress, as most of you probably know Should work like a charm, though. Here are a couple of pics:



Here's the bubble ladder:



The dwarf hairgrass should be arriving tomorrow, so I will update with more pics once everything is planted.


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Its coming along quite nice =) I use the Hagen CO2 system as well and it works great =) The refills aren't much expensive either!


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Its coming along quite nice =) I use the Hagen CO2 system as well and it works great =) The refills aren't much expensive either!


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Thanks Are-Jay. Where do you get your refills? I planned on doing a DIY recipe once the three months supply runs out.

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Its been three hours now and still no bubbles! I know it takes time for fermentation to start, but I have no patience


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