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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 09-13-2015, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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FLOODED! 1st Iwagumi (MrAqua 11.4g)

Started the DSM in July in my new Mr.Aqua 11.4g. The Monte Carlo is looking nice:-) Just flooded it last nite.

Hooked up the Co2 (Aquatek Mini-Paintball) to Hagen Mini-Elite for dispersal.

Lighting: 2 Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED+.

Somewhat trepidatious about setting up my 1st canister filter, SunSun 602 and the inline heater, Hydor. The SunSun instructions are like a bad Google translation from Chinese:-(

Any advice would be appreciated:-)
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Canister filters are extremely simple - you'll be fine. Hook up the inlet and outlet, prime the canister so that everything is filled with water, turn it on.

Good luck with the setup!
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Sunsun is easy to setup.
Inlet on the bottom
Outlet in the top
Media in the can
Prime
Plug in
::profit::
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Sunsun is easy to setup.
Inlet on the bottom
Outlet in the top
Media in the can
Prime
Plug in
::profit::
Buy filter
????
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I was having a battle w/ BGA choking out the Monte Carlo.

Did a Eurymacin (sp?) treatment & 3-day black out. I then decided i needed some more plant mass for the final punch; baby tears (all time fav), japonica blyxa, ludwiga inclinata? & rotala indica?. So far (3 wks) so good, no new growth of BGA. Going nature-style now.

Got some nice wood from bonsai driftwood (TX), not shown, that i still need to put in place; fiddling around this weekend w/ new scape. Still deciding on if I should pull the MC. Prob just leave on perimeter & plant some DHG in the middle zone. Going to pull some of the rocks as well.

All equipment is doing excellent. I really like the SunSun.

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Monte Carlo has really bounced back! Loving my "winter garden"

Since the transition from Iwagumi to Nature-style, i haven't had any algae, nada...zip!

Still working on adjusting the hardscape. Prob pullling out the blyxa and rotala and adding some xmas moss to the wood.
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Looks great! Very lush, now you just gotta get that hairgrass filled in!
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Thanks Kram! Stay tuned...


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just curious what made you go with two of the current and not one pro plus? Everything is looking great btw. I am very jealous of the Mr.Aqua tank. Hoping to add one to the collection soon, awesome tank!
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So the only algae you had was bacterial, and after hitting with an antibiotic and a blackout, and then changing to a naturescape, no new issues? And you didn't change anything about lights, dosing, or water changes (or anything else)?

Just trying to make sense of the steps. It really does look gorgeous

...and I even more want a Mr Aqua, not sure what nano/small size yet.
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Thanks ESR:-)

I wanted total coverage., so it was either get another Plus or get the Pro.

The Pro only has one set of LED's and i really like getting total coverage. I really like changing up the settings in the evenings-i.e. one sunset and one moonlight.

Bump: Kev, i had a bad BGA battle & some diatoms, which is expected. I tweaked the lights during the Iwagumi design a week or 2 after flooding, when BGA reared it's head. I didn't think the MC was going to survive, it was a battle!

Since the addition of the additional plants I've been algae-free & lights are cranked full-spectrum, 8 hr. photo-period. Just added fauna last nite, so will reduce the Co2 slightly.
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Looking good! I have the same tank and lighting setup, I've been quite happy with it.
For my algae problems, I found that I needed decent water circulation and to dim the white lights a bit.

Seems all I'm missing is a canister and some tall plants to go in the back...
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First off, welcome aboard the TPT forum!

Your tank looks great Wordsaway! Lush stream...I really like the coverage with both lights. Looks like you may need to trim the monte carlo/HC (?) soon. It can be problematic if it gets too high.

What is your Co2 set-up & how are you dispersing it? If you're getting a canister filter, I'd go ahead and get an in-line heater too. I'm loving getting it outta the tank:-) Are you dosing EI?

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Thank you!

Hah, yeah, I've been contending with the HC, trying to gradually get it back down. The yellow patches in the pic are from some recent aggressive trimming. The HC was really slow in filling in, but once it did, it really took off!

For CO2 I'm using a pressurized setup I got off craigslist going into a cheap diffuser. My HC pearls okay, so it can't be all bad. It would be nice to have something in-line eventually, along with a heater, at least so I can get some of this clutter out of my tank.

Right now I'm just dosing with SeaChem stuff at water changes, but I'd like to switch over to dry ferts once they run out / I have the energy. I think that's something I don't really know enough about yet, to be honest.
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