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40b - Octopus Stump

Finally got my 40b up and running and retired my 29. Long time coming. Spent most of the last week getting it all set up. Ton of work, but I'm loving this tank. Looking forward to see it grow in!

FTS 4/5/14
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Tank: Aqueon 40 Gallon Breeder
Stand: Custom built
Light: 6300k Dutch BuildMyLED, 90 degree angle with manual dimmer.
Substrate: Safe-T-Sorb
Filter: Eheim 2217
Heater: Via Aqua Titanium 200w
Pressurized Setup: 5lb co2 tank, Milwaukee regulator and DIY Rex Griggís style reactor

Harscape:
Malaysian driftwood and found rock from the backyard

Flora:
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'ocipus'
Hygrophila 'Tiger'
Ludwigia Repens x L. arcuata
Rotala 'Green'
Rotala sp. 'Yao Yai'
Glossostigma Elatinoides
Blyxa Japonica
Heteranthera Zosterifolia
Limnophila Aromatica
Ludwigia Ovalis
Bacopa sp. 'Japan
Hygrophila 'Brown'/Hygrophila 'Thai'
Hygrophila Pinnatifida
Limnophila Rugosa
Ludwigia "Red" Hybrid
Staurogyne Repens
Hydrocotyle sp. Japan

Fauna:
5 otos
11 rummynose tetras
2 guppies
1 serpae
2 white skirt tetras
2 von rio tetras
Blue Ramshorn snails

To come:
Might get some MTS as well since I built up the substrate pretty deep in areas.
I want to get a pair of Bolivian Rams and a Honey Gourami as well.


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Closer up pic of the wood.
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Looks very nice, love the driftwood.

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Thanks! I got the big piece on the left for $20 at my LFS. Score!


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Under the hood.
Rex Griggs reactor works way better than my ceramic diffuser ever did. Drop checker reading a nice pale lime green. :-)
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Pics of the stand build.


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What are you running your manual dimmer at? I am about to start a 60P project and the final piece I need is a dimmer for my BML. I have been thinking of going the manual route but I have been looking at the reefkeeper and neptune. It sounds like BML has their own version on the way but they have stopped talking about it on the forums so they must have run into a snag.


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I had it at 60% for the first 2-3 days and now I have it at 75%. Yeah I was hoping that their automated dimmer would be released but ran out of patience.


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Yeah, that stump is really eye catching at the center of the tank. And that is a beautiful stand, I'm so impressed with your work there as well! I think the MTS will definitely be a good addition for sure, with all the substrate you have.


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Thanks, ericj! Yeah, if anyone has some MTS they're looking to unload, drop me a pm.


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Things are progressing nicely. Glosso is taking off better than expected. Pearls alot at the end of the photoperiod. Already sending out runners. Some is growing vertical so I'm going to give it a trim tonight.


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Quick update. Trimmed the glosso. Blyxa is growing really well. It's tall!


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going to grow anything on that wood?

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I've considered it. I'm open to suggestions. :-) I like the look of the wood and the contrast with the plants. I don't want to cover it up too much. Although I do have some bba growing at the top of the stump now. :-/. So maybe planting something on it would help. Not sure if there's any way to avoid that tho since there's probably like 200 par at the top of that stump.


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Pics taken Tuesday. Growth is good. Moved some stems in the back around based on growth. Bba is getting worse on the top half of the stump. Bba hasn't moved to plants yet tho. Think I have to figure out way to raise light up a few inches. I think it'll also help get more light to the left front of the tank. I turned the dimmer down to about 50%. Plants pearling like crazy at the end of the photoperiod. Anyone have suggestions for what I should attach/growon the wood?


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