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Few things as beautiful in this hobby as a freshly filled tank.

You're off to a great start!
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Thanks @jimko & @Ugly Genius!

New plants arrived from @Bartohog!



Buce Ghost settled in nicely


And some close up of the fissidens:




In other news, if anyone can help answer my question I'd be most appreciative! Basically should I be dosing with ferts while the tank is cycling?


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The tank's looking great, Mum. Clean and elegant.
Once the moss, et al cover the branches, man, you're going to have a real looker there.

I personally would not dose for the first two to three weeks. You're using AS and that's already got most of what you need as the majority of you plants are root feeders. After three weeks, start with micros and K. Until then, I would just observe the tank and learn its idiosyncrasies, they all have them.
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The tank's looking great, Mum. Clean and elegant.
Once the moss, et al cover the branches, man, you're going to have a real looker there.

I personally would not dose for the first two to three weeks. You're using AS and that's already got most of what you need as the majority of you plants are root feeders. After three weeks, start with micros and K. Until then, I would just observe the tank and learn its idiosyncrasies, they all have them.
Thanks man!

Yes the branch has a long way to go but it'll look great in time.

So even the micros and k will be ok due to the soil?


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AS does not supply those nutrients, but I don't think that the demand will be there initially as the plants are still getting established during that period.
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AS does not supply those nutrients, but I don't think that the demand will be there initially as the plants are still getting established during that period.
Gotcha. Thanks mate!


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This baby is cycling well!



Added some R. Indica. H. Pinnatifida, and Ludwigia sp Red. R H'ra is on the way as well. Not all these rotalas will be in the final scape but it'll help keep the algae down as I decide which species to keep in the final version of the tank.

Oh, this guy is also on a plane to visit




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Looking good!


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Current tanks: 36g bow (glass suddenly cracked, calamity ensued), 65g (Brand new! Would enjoy, welcome, and appreciate any and all info you could think of sharing with someone who's very new to this, but very excited to learn.
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That's one fancy betta fish... I suggest Captain America as a name lol


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Thanks @cosmic_shaman & @klibs!

It's funny, thats the same thing my brother said. Maybe I'll call him Cap


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Ha, ha, nice fish and good name.
Tank is off to a good start!

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Hey thanks @Daisy Mae! You helped me get here


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Just noticing some of my rotalas in the back are going sideways on me. Think I should dim the lights more (currently at 60%) or shorten the light time (about 7 hrs)?


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I wouldn't. That means they are getting good light and don't need to reach. Those sideways stems will send out side stems that will grow up and give you a bushier look.

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I wouldn't. That means they are getting good light and don't need to reach. Those sideways stems will send out side stems that will grow up and give you a bushier look.

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Oh really? Hmm ok I suppose I'll wait another week or so and see what happens. The only problem I'm foreseeing is that they're bending too low and growing above the driftwood which I'll need for my scape. I'll let them branch for awhile so I can propagate some more and then look into raising it if they keep staying too low


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