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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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My Equipment List
- 36 gallon Corner Tank
- 24” Oddysea Compact Fluorescent Light Fixture
- Aqua Clear 50 Power Filter
- DIY co2 with Ladder
My Plant List
- Echinodorus 'Kleiner Bär'
- Cryptocoryne Wendtii red
- Rotala Indica
- Hygrophila difformis
- Foreground?(None Yet)
My Substrate
- Orignal Fluorite
- 55 oz Laterite
- Large Rocks Borrowed from local mall
My Fish
- 25 Bloodfin tetras (Aphyocharax Anisitsi)
- 3 Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlids (Apistogramma Cacatuoides)
- 12 Amano Shrimp (Cardinia Japonica)
- 4 Angel Fish (Pterophyllum Scalare)
- 1 Butterfly Pleco L-168 (Dekeyseriabrachyura )

How The tank looked yesterday


And how it looks after a Re-scape


It's a little cloudy and the plants need to grow in but I think I've started heading in the right direction.

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That will start to look better when the plants grow in. Do I see a reflection of a cat sitting in a window in the 2nd pic?

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clwatkins10That will start to look better when the plants grow in. Do I see a reflection of a cat sitting in a window in the 2nd pic?
It's my dog she always sits and stares out the window. You can see the front of my Ford Ranger outside behind her too. You can see it alot better in the Flickr photo-

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nice lay out with the rocks it will look a lot better when the plants grow in
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Good cleanup! Looking forward to it growing out.

How many watts of light overhead?

What mix did you use for the DIY CO2?
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Good cleanup! Looking forward to it growing out.

How many watts of light overhead?

What mix did you use for the DIY CO2?
I've got the Oddysea CF 24" with two 55w 9325k bulbs in it, I also have the light fixture that came with the tank sitting infront of that which has two regular 24 inch lights putting off another 30 watts, So I have about 140 watts going in. Whats that 3.8 watts per gallon

The co2 diy is just a mix of sugar, yeast and water.
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Got my foreground today

I purchased 3 pots Lilaeopsis brasiliensis (Micro Sword) of today. I think it makes the whole appearance look alot better.


As you can tell my male A. cacatuoides loves to pose for the camera.


I actually thought planting it wasn't to bad. I think I spaced it out enough so they can grow out. I also got 10 new Amano shrimp in the mail yesterday, hopefully think keep it from getting to clogged.

What do you think?

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The lilaeopsis does add a nice touch. Congrats on the new amanos, they are awesome

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My Substrate
- Fluorite red
- 55 oz Laterite
- Large Rocks Borrowed from local mall
Borrowed from the mall?

Nice tank! Once the Kleiner Bar Swords and Micro Sword grow in, the tank will look awesome!

But that Flourite Red looks strangely like the original Flourite

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But that Flourite Red looks strangely like the original Flourite
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Borrowed from the mall?
All the rocks around here are sandstone or limestone and that isn't gonna work. I went to a local pet store (which was located in a mall) to see if they had any good rocks and they didn't. So on they way out being bumed I had my head down when I noticed what a great selection of rocks they had outside. I felt like the biggest piece of trash, people were walking in and out of the mall while I was wondering around with an arms load of rocks. The bottle of vinegar I was pouring on them didn't help my appearance either.
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All the rocks around here are sandstone or limestone and that isn't gonna work. I went to a local pet store (which was located in a mall) to see if they had any good rocks and they didn't. So on they way out being bumed I had my head down when I noticed what a great selection of rocks they had outside. I felt like the biggest piece of trash, people were walking in and out of the mall while I was wondering around with an arms load of rocks. The bottle of vinegar I was pouring on them didn't help my appearance either.
lol, I can see it now.............

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My Micro sword is kinda not doing so well, it's getting a little algae on it. So I bought a pot of HM from one of my LFS. OMG( ), it's been in my tank for two days know and it has flattened out and started to send runners.


It's good if it has flattened out right? It grows up not out if the light isn't sufficient right? All I know is I love it.

Hera full tank shot right after I put it in.



Here's a pick from the top so I can document the growth.


Is it normal to have crazy growth with HM after two days?

I also got a bottle of excel yesterday, I'm very excited to see what that does.

Sorry about the crappy photos, they were taken with my cell phone. My phone takes better pictures than my camera.

What do you think?

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Nice, Nice...Tank looks good can't wait to see it fill in...
BTW Great stuff on "attaining" rocks...LOL


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I've had microsword twice, and both times it's been kind of lame. I've got some in my tank right now, and it seems to send out a runner about once a week, and then the little sprig takes a couple weeks to gain any appreciable size.

I've got some dwarf hairgrass coming in the mail
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ColtonorrNice, Nice...Tank looks good can't wait to see it fill in...
BTW Great stuff on "attaining" rocks...LOL
Yeah I had alot of fun "attaining" them, I almost attained some more today for the 40g breeder Iwagumi I'm gonna be setting up.


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crudnuggetI've had microsword twice, and both times it's been kind of lame. I've got some in my tank right now, and it seems to send out a runner about once a week, and then the little sprig takes a couple weeks to gain any appreciable size.

I've got some dwarf hairgrass coming in the mail
Yeah from what I've seen from HM I might just tear out the Micro and get a couple more pots of HM. I'll give the excel another week and if there isn't any difference in the micro I'm giving the HM full reign of the foreground.

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