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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-15-2008, 05:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hilde's aquascaping trials

I am trying and trying! I think I am improving. What do you think?

SUBSTRATE:
bottom
dirt mix with
kitty litter
pool filter sand
K2S04
CaS04
peat moss

Top
Fluorite

LIGHTING
65 Watt Dual 6700K /10000K white daylight white bulb
20 watt philips daylight bulb

FERTS:
KNO3
Flourish comprehensive
Baking soda

PLANTS:
Rotala Indica
Wisteria
Anarchin
Java fern
Sagittaria subulata
Cryptocoryne balansae
Anubias
4 Leaf Clover
Vals
Hair grass
Bacopa Carolina
Moss

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BBA started growing. Dosing with excel wasn't stopping it from growing. Thus I took all of the plants out and misted them with excel after cutting the bad areas off, except for the vals.

BBA starting growing again. Added KNO3 and it disappeared for good. Tis what balanced this tank.

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The tree was a bird perch. It started deteriorating so I returned it.

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Just did a major trimming of Hygro Sunset thus it is not very pink.
Waiting for the plants in the middle and left to grow before moving them.

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Nice work , I like how the scape is evolving
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I like it!
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Finally I get an opinion. What I like is not what most like I know.

Now looking for an ornament to put in the middle. I thought I would add a ship but that made me sad. Thinking of adding a diver with the helmet.
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Looking very nice!
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Much improved! How long have you been doing this?

Without Algae, death of mankind would be inevitable.

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It's getting better, keep up the good work.

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Nice rock formation.
Love the scape, keep it up.
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I like how your tank has evolved. What size tank is it?

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Tank restart suggestions, please.

Thanks for the complements. I started it thinking it would be like setting up a garden. Have found it is not the same.

Oh, I see I forgot to say this is a 29 gallon tank. I started it July 2008. Lost 3 groups of plants before I finally got the ecosystem balanced. KNO3 seemed to balance things out. Impulsively added KNO3 dry to the tank and lost a few fish.

Hopefully next Sunday I will get diy Co2 set up. Then the 4 leaf clover and sags that are barely visible will start off.

I have decided to downgrade my lights, for I noticed my electric bill is going way over the budget plan. Replaced the 65 watt with a 20 watt ultra sun superdaylight bulb. Thus now have 2 - 20 watt bulbs over the 29 gallon tank. To help the plants to adjust added natural clump charcoal to the substrate. Read someone used it in his planted tank thus certain it is safe. Thus probably not going to add diy Co2. Basically trying to emulate what Trallen44 is doing.

Here it is now before breakdown. Suggestion for new scape appreciated.

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Any updates on this tank?

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Did a mini-break down. Took everything out but the substrate and crypt v balance. Dug holes in the substrate and put the crushed natural charcoal in. Then topped it with fluorite. Some charcoal came up, which I netted out. Left the crypt v balance in, for concerned moving them would cause them to melt. They got disturbed anyway 1 disappeared. The scaping didn't turn out as I had expected. I have to just leave as it is for a while. Tis a bit difficult for me to do dealing with ear problems.

It has been up for a week and it is still cloudy. I added gravel for the sand was not reusable and didn't have any more. Now I got some sand but I think it best to wait for the cloudiness to disappear before I add it. Instead of adding diy Co2 decided to order flourish excell Seachem nitrogen. Hopefully dosing tank with flourish nitrogen will bring out the colors of the plants and they will perk up.

Thinking of adding some lava rock around the path. Any opinions?

Now have 2 - 20 watt T8 bulbs. One is a Zoo Med bulb and the other is a Philips daylight bulb.

Left side - Hair grass, Vals v cork, Hygro sunset and 4 leaf clover.
Middle crypt v balance, just temporary.

Right side - Sags, Wisteria, Rotala rotunda, Ludwiga repen, Anacharis.


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It is looking great! I think I like the white gravel better than sand myself. I hope your ear problems clear up quickly. Pillow floss in your filter should help clear up your tank pretty quickly.

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Thinking of adding some lava rock around the path. Any opinions?
Like you did in your previous scape? YES! Looked very cool.
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Well, the problem I have with the filter is that with the flash guard over the lights I don't have room to put the HOB filter on the back. Thus I was just using a sponge filter. Occasionally I would put a HBO filter on the front. Just bought a powerhead that has a filter on the end made by Zoo Med. I was just checking out Craigs list and saw a powerhead on sale.

I am thinking it would be better to leave the rocks. For looking at them there is a lot of mulm on them. It would be horrid on the white sand.

Thanks for looking! Thanks for the compliments.

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