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Glad to know you followed through with the UG. That's what I told myself about DSM also......it didn't work out.....my patience ended 3 hours into it, LOL
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Glad to know you followed through with the UG. That's what I told myself about DSM also......it didn't work out.....my patience ended 3 hours into it, LOL


I'm having second thoughts on the sand. I think a lush Capet of ug would be better haha


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I've always been a fan of keeping tanks as clean as possible, but I was curious to see how diffusers worked out. Ordered an Do Aqua music glass diffuser for the mini m.. its so small! My package holding two cups of ug has been delayed by usps for some reason? I hope it makes it here well. Here's a shot of the diffuser and my current room setup



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Although the package from AFA was delayed a day, the UG arrived in great condition. This small patch in such a little tank took 1 3/4 cups of tissue cultured UG! I did plant as dense as possible so that it will carpet faster. As you can tell, I caved into dry starting this tank. There's still a bit of water because I wasn't able to fully siphon out all of it. Figure it will help keep everything moist. The plan is to run the light for 10hrs a day, mist once a day and fill myself up with patience.




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First two are easy, but next is the impossible to fill up. It's like a cup with a whole in it, you can put tons of matter in it but it will drain until all is lost- my daily inspirational words are said for today.
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First two are easy, but next is the impossible to fill up. It's like a cup with a whole in it, you can put tons of matter in it but it will drain until all is lost- my daily inspirational words are said for today.


I'm going to try really hard not too! Really want to have success with ug. Thanks for the words haha


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Just noticed how hole was spelled,LOL
It was just the dang auto correct..wink, wink
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First two are easy, but next is the impossible to fill up. It's like a cup with a whole in it, you can put tons of matter in it but it will drain until all is lost- my daily inspirational words are said for today.

I'm going to try really hard not too! Really want to have success with ug. Thanks for the words haha


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It was just the dang auto correct..wink, wink
Fill when it's about 80 Percent filled in, you will have some die off and melt and if it's super thick there will be a lot since less co2 can get to the dense carpet, and it won't be used to aquatic growth making it worse plus algae fear
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If you want more carpet you could always bring soil to the back of the sand bar and leave just the front quarter sandy
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Looking good, I would try to no leave so much pooling water (looks like 1 inch or so) this can bring on algae, tricky to prevent the water tho when the soil is elevated.
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Looking good, I would try to no leave so much pooling water (looks like 1 inch or so) this can bring on algae, tricky to prevent the water tho when the soil is elevated.
There doesn't have to be any sitting water at all, only the soil should be moist.
When you mist the tank you'll notice a film forms over the aquasoil and clings to the glass, that's all you need.
Anything more than that and you will have no oxygen in the root zone, your plants roots might rot and float away when you flood.

Another benefit to keeping air gaps between the soil is that the oxygen will super promote bacteria on the soil and your tank will be cycling so to speak during this phase.
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There doesn't have to be any sitting water at all, only the soil should be moist.
When you mist the tank you'll notice a film forms over the aquasoil and clings to the glass, that's all you need.
Anything more than that and you will have no oxygen in the root zone, your plants roots might rot and float away when you flood.

Another benefit to keeping air gaps between the soil is that the oxygen will super promote bacteria on the soil and your tank will be cycling so to speak during this phase.


Only reason there's water was because the siphon wasn't able to take all of it out. Knowing this now I will remove it all completely!


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This is the part where the monkey holds Simba in his arms for all the other animals to see. ;D Interesting scape. I agree with the other poster who said to put some soil on the back side of where the sand it's still very nice.


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