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2.5 Nano--RCS tank now

My girlfriend obtained this tank about half a month or so ago, it had
HC, UG, and Ranunculus growing emersed in it before she got it.
So since then she filled it up, put a bit of new plants and some hardscape.

Tank
2.5 gallon 12x6x8

Lighting
Desk Lamp, 65 Watt Compact fluorescent 6500K

Substrate
Aquasoil I or II, not sure

Fertilization
EI dosing

CO2
DIY bottle

Flora
Dwarf Hairgrass
Dwarf Sagg
Duck Weed
HC
Red Ludwigia
Rotala rotundifolia
Salvinia minima
UG

Fauna
Some day list: Cherry shrimp and Rasbora Briggitae

Questions:
The under part of the UG carpet is super gunky and dirty, like i said
it was grown emersed so im sure it accumulated lots of dirt and other stuff.
Every time i try to get rid off of plants underneath the healthy ones, i cant
help but bring up the good ones along with lots of soil.

1. We want to take the whole set up apart, clean the soil, separate the
plants and replant everything. Would we be safe doing this and still save
most of the plants? The only thing that worries us is not being able to plant
the HC and UG. Would i be okay? We just want to get this tank a second
chance at first place, its nice and all, but its not healthy underneath, like
i said, its super dirty and have lots of dead plants and gunk.

PLEASE give us some input on this before we take it apart.

Breaking the Cycle of the tank is not an issue, as there will be no fish
added for a long time.


Week 1


Week 2

Week 3

Today (Trimmed)


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Looks good! Quick question, in the first picture, what is the long plant in the mid-left of the tank?


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Thanks.

The plant is this:
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...26tbs%3Disch:1

The one in our tank is in bad shape so you cant notice the leafs good.
But its a nice plant.


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Questions:
The under part of the UG carpet is super gunky and dirty, like i said
it was grown emersed so im sure it accumulated lots of dirt and other stuff.
Every time i try to get rid off of plants underneath the healthy ones, i cant
help but bring up the good ones along with lots of soil.

1. We want to take the whole set up apart, clean the soil, separate the
plants and replant everything. Would we be safe doing this and still save
most of the plants? The only thing that worries us is not being able to plant
the HC and UG. Would i be okay? We just want to get this tank a second
chance at first place, its nice and all, but its not healthy underneath, like
i said, its super dirty and have lots of dead plants and gunk.

PLEASE give us some input on this before we take it apart.
You'd be able to remove everything and replant, but the HC and the UG would need to recarpet. Seeing as they are most likely accustomed to your water parameters by this point, I'm sure it wouldn't take too long. I had to deal with the dying undergrowth on HC, I didn't have it happen to UG but the undergrowth on that stuff does take a bit to green up. Just trim the healthy stuff off the dead stuff, replant and sit it out. I've gotta say, very brave to grow UG in such a small tank. I grew it in a 5.4g and afte it started growing well, trimming was a pain!


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Haha, well the only thing hard about trimming is that my hand is as wide as
the tank and i have no room to really move :P Is that what you are refering to?
or is there something worst awaiting me,

We will most likely do the re-planting either tomorrow or Friday, and hopefully
we can save most of the UG, all the Baby tears look good and healthy, and the
Hair grass is just great, so hopefully they wont take the change too hard and die on me.

Any other comments/suggestions/ideas you guys have?
We are open to anything at this point.
The only thing we wanna stay away from is DW.


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Nah the actual trimming for UG is easy, cut it just like grass! But it's the pieces that float around your tank for, well, ever, that are the pain! I only trimmed mine once in the ~4 months I had it running, and that was about 1.5 months in. Till the day I rescaped, I was finding bits of the UG everywhere.


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So we trimmes and replanted and planted some new plants, it still
looks kinda gunky at the bottom, but we didnt want to get rid of too much
soil, hopefully the plants settle in soon, there is alot of pearling though.


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This tank has been to hell and back. It got an algae attack really bad, so we
rinsed the aquasoil nicely, and cleaned and re-arranged all the plants, but it
the plants started to look really bad, we lost all the UG, HC, and hairgrass.

But now we re-scpaed and moved the tank to one of the DIY ones i made
a couple weeks ago, and here is what is left. The only thing that has been
growing really nicely is the Rotala R. and the lawn marsh pennyworht.

Its my camera, so the shots came out really bad, the tank looks alot
nice in person, i will have nicer pictures next week sometime.

FTS, water still kinda cloudy.


Lawn marsh p.


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Here are some pictures of the how the tank looks at the moment.

The Hygro looks kinda too big though, might have to trim it down a bit.
We also got a bunch of cherry's, they all look great!

Full tank shot




This thing is growing like crazy and looks really nice. Rotala r i think.




Some shots of the cherry, they are really hard to photograph though.



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The tank is looking awsome at the moment.


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Another picture.


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Some more pictures.
Just trimmed the Rotala and the Hygro. nothign else is new.


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Nice tank, your shrimp must love it. But is it me or is the hydrocotyle not growing?
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thanks.


Is that the lawn marsh pennyworth or what???
If so, then yeah it has been growing, it stays that small, it got really bright green
and its sending new plants under the gravel.
its not like those bigger leaved ones that get really big.


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