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Karlo's 29 - I take criticism well.

After finally getting pressurized co2 set up I think it is time to set up a photo journal. Hopefully I will get some good advice.

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Size - Standard 29 gallon glass aquarium
Substrate - ADA Aquasoil Amazonia II
Lighting - 24" T5HO Glo. (Low 2.0 WPG). Also threw a generic crap light on top to supplement because there is room.
co2 - Pressurized - Milwaukee MA957 Regulator on a 24oz paintball tank. Running at around 2.5bps.

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Flora - Whatever looked nice at the local aquarium plant place. (maybe you can help me ID?)

Fauna
-11 Rummy Nosed Tetra
-4 German Blue Ram
-2 Cory
-1 Blue Angel
-1 Siamese Algae Eater
-1 Yoyo botias

I would really appreciate aquascaping advice. I did my best to copy the nicer looking scapes.
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Here are more pictures. The co2 setup and some weird brown algae I have had since I set up. How do I get rid of that stuff?
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It's diatoms. It will past. If you get some ottos they love the stuff. You can swish it around when you do water changes and try to filter it out. It will die off and stop.

You might want to have your wood slanted. When you plants grow you won't be able to see it at all. Have you thought about putting the rotala in the backright instead of the mid- ground. I think you are off to a good start.

Just keeping on keeping on....


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Looks like a good start to me as well. You may want to add a few more yoyo's, though, as they do better in a group.

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Right side is Rotala rotundifolia. foreground small plant is Sagittaria subulata. I can't quite make out the plants in the back left behind the DW.

My personal opinion. This tank looks just fine the way it is. Let it grow for a while! Make small changes if you don't like the way things fill in over time, but this looks like a great start IMO and just needs some time to breath and fill in. WIll give you time to focus on plant health as well with the CO2, dosing and lighting which should be your pimary focus now.

Just my $0.02. Keep up the good work.


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Hehe ok, thanks for the advice all. I'm glad that the brown stuff will be gone but now I have to wait through some GDA for the next few weeks.

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I love your angels. Could be twins to some of mine. lol
Tank looks great.

My planted tank. 55 gallon fluorite substrate over soil, 64 watts of light, excel twice a week. Weekly water changes. Angelfish pair, guppies, BN plecos and otos. Redone 11/13/2012
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nice looking angel.I didn't know they make 'em blue.


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I believe it was pointed out ealier...raise the driftwood some...it will get covered up. I do like the rotala where it is on the right, but you need somthing in front of it like ferns, anubias, or maybe downoi... you could also put some green stems behind the rotundifolia(although I would hav ID'd it as rotala indica--which is a variation of rotundifolia...
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Right side is Rotala rotundifolia. foreground small plant is Sagittaria subulata. I can't quite make out the plants in the back left behind the DW.

My personal opinion. This tank looks just fine the way it is. Let it grow for a while! Make small changes if you don't like the way things fill in over time, but this looks like a great start IMO and just needs some time to breath and fill in. WIll give you time to focus on plant health as well with the CO2, dosing and lighting which should be your pimary focus now.

Just my $0.02. Keep up the good work.
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Thanks for the ideas all! At what angle should I raise the driftwood?

I also got home from work to find a lot of green scum on the surface along with an infestation of green dust algae . I'll be fighting this battle for a while now.

Wish me luck!

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Looks like a good start to me as well. You may want to add a few more yoyo's, though, as they do better in a group.

I bought the loach when I first started the hobby without much knowledge. At first he was an incredibly shy and tiny fish and would hide every time someone came even close to the glass. Now he just shoots and goes about bumping through the substrate and stealing food from the tetras. I really should have bought at least 3 but it would be terrible to overstock my tank with them at this point. I like yoyo's waaay better than those ugly clown loaches .

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