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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-23-2015, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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5.5 Gallon Pond Scum Experiment Tank

This thing has been up and running for about three weeks now. I haven't had any tanks set up for a couple of years so this is kind of my welcome back tank. Trying lots of new things here so I'm excited to see where this goes. Specs:

Standard 5.5 gallon tank
Muck from the bottom of a ditch topped with fluorite black
7.5 watt unknown brand heater
18 watt cfl bulb in clip on lamp thing
No filter, no co2

Flora:
Collected duckweed
Collected Ludwigia Palustris (I think)
Crypt wendtii bronze
Hairgrass
Rotala rotundifolia (can't see in the pics)

Fauna:
Lots of scuds
Lots of pond snails
Lots of other small unidentified inverts
4-6 ghost shrimp
Guppies in the future

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To me this is cool. I am wanting to put local aquatic plants in my tank but have no idea what I am looking at etc etc. I am looking forward to updates on this one. Thanks for sharing.
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This reminds me of my childhood.
A jar, collecting from the local pond or ditch, hours of fun. Jars were too small so everything had to get dumped back a day or so later. But still fun.
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In about a month it would neat to see the water under a microscope. I hope the followups keep coming on this one. Subscribed.
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I've started doing 25 percent water changes every other day to help combat the algae until the plants really get going. The Ludwigia is growing at a decent pace, probably by the end of this week I'll be able to clip the tops and replant. I'm seeing some melting in the crypt (no surprise) but the hairgrass is starting to send out runners. I just trimmed it to hopefully encourage faster carpeting. The rotala doesn't seem be doing much, though. Eh, whatever. I'll try to get pics tomorrow when the water's settled.


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So I'm a little late with the pictures, sorry. I've been busy with work and getting ready for school, I'm going back next semester after 2.5 years off. (Nothing like two years of factory work to get you excited about school!) Anyhow, here we go:




Eventually I'll get my nice digital camera back from my brother, then I'll be able to really get some nice shots. Until then, these will have to do.


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Update! Everything is doing good and growing, just very slowly. The algae seems to have let up, so I went back to weekly water changes.




Runners on the hairgrass!
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Pretty cool experiment. Have you looked at the water under a microscope?
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Looks like this is going quite well. Nice job.

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Nice experiment! I think that's ludwigia repens although I could be wrong.

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How's the tank coming?


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@jerkosaurus How is this tank coming along, any updates?

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