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Adventures in aquascaping a 25h (56K)

I just got pressurized co2 set up which was the final piece to my aquarium puzzle and just bought a new camera (nikon d60 for those interested) so I thought I was do a quick rescape and start a little journal on here.

Once upon a time it looked like this. That poor fish looks so lonely


Here's how we started off today. Nothing much going on here. The stargrass is out of control on the right side, but the plants are alive. Always good.


My surgery station (as I call it) all set up and ready to do some work


Ohhhh... shiny new co2! Notice the fancy mechanism I'm using to secure it to the stand.


Most everything yanked out and I added a fancy new rock. I didn't want to risk moving the crypt so it stays front and center. I'll have to move it sometime though. It's growing fastlike.


Mostly planted. The front right section bordered by rocks is going to be a grassy area if I can get those plants to grow. Hell, I don't even remeber what type of carpet plant I have... sigh.


I love my frogbit


Obligatory FTS


So there you have it. Good progress for a couple hours work. I'm no great aquascaper, but I have fun doing it. Now I just have to wait for the plants to grow a bit and cover up some of that nasty equipment.

More to come...

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How did I miss this journal?!? You are so creative! I am looking forward to updates on this one.

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Just a quick update. My plants are all looking better now that I've tweaked my fertilizer amounts, except the rotala rotundifolia which just looks horrible at the moment. The algae has also come on a bit and I'm not yet sure if it's circulation, co2, or nutrient related. I've been tweaking a lot of different things lately and should probably let it settle for a bit and start changing small things one at a time.

And now... onto the pictures!

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The ludwigia repens is looking a lot healthier since I changed the fertilizer amounts. The algae in the background is also looking good



My bacopa caroliniana looks pretty bad, but within the last few days the new growth has a whole new look to it. Maybe that's a sign I'm doing something right



The Elite Mini diffusion method is apparently a good place to grow algae. Who knew?



And of course... the FTS



That's it for now.
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just wondering, have you done the airstone mod on the mini? it makes a huge difference. also I would lose the sponge on the mini and put it lower in the tank. the closer to the bottom the better.

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if you want to keep using your elite to diffuse, I strongly suggest you remove the sponge and just adjust the flow rate according to the flow you desire. That is how I do it.
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just wondering, have you done the airstone mod on the mini? it makes a huge difference. also I would lose the sponge on the mini and put it lower in the tank. the closer to the bottom the better.
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if you want to keep using your elite to diffuse, I strongly suggest you remove the sponge and just adjust the flow rate according to the flow you desire. That is how I do it.
I have done the airstone mod and it does make quite a difference. Does the sponge not really matter? I was under the impression it was helping in some way. Although, it does appear to only be helping grow algae at this point

Thanks for the info!
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what do you have for lights?
I guess I should have given some stats about the tank in the first post. Well, no time like the present so here goes...

Equipment
25g tall SeaClear acrylic tank
65w Coralife Aqualight
Rena Filstar XP2 canister filter
10lb co2 w/ Primo regulator from GLA (fantastic btw)
Hagen Elite Mini for co2 diffusion
30lbs Eco-complete substrate

Flora
heteranthera zosterifolia
limnobium laevigatum
rotala rotundifolia
marsilea minuta
ludwigia repens
bacopa caroliniana
cryptocoryne wendtii (red)
echinodorus amazonicus (narrow leaf)

Fauna
1 Dwarf Neon Rainbow Fish
4 Otos
8 Neon Tetras
Some random snails that hitchhiked in

Not sure if I left anything out of there, but that's basically what I've got.
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