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Going to journal the progress of this lil' guy here. Started back in September last year. I've got lots of pictures from January on, but for now I've only gone thru and resized Sept. 14 - Jan. 15, so more pictures will come.

So, substrate is small lava rock base to form the mound, MTS, black sand cap. Simple rock hardscape. Started w/ 3 I think, add some more later.

Plants to start were cryptocoryne wendtii "tropica", staurogyne repens, eleocharis parvula

Lighting started as 2 cheap evil bay leds, changed after flood to finnex clamp w/ 10 w cfl.

DSM'd for a while. All pics in this post are from my phone. Sorry for fingers in reflection :(

September 5


2 weeks later


4 more weeks, October 23


Felt like the crypts were taking over, wasn't sure about using them in the first place. Before flood I cut em down and pulled a couple runners out, but they came back pretty quickly. You can see a little one peeking out.





Jan 2015 Week by week comparisons

Wk 1

Wk 2

Wk 3

Wk 4

End of week 4, Jan 28


Some other angles by week


Next

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Next


The crypt. Constantly amazed by the colors in this one, hard to convey thru pictures.






Last one for now, Jan 24.


More to come, I have a few nicer ones from my DSLR, but the battery doesn't hold much of a charge any more so I've got much less than with past tanks.
 

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More photo vomit

February stuffs
Moundage from behindage


his friend in dsm

Feb. 8

Last days of Feb.

Bubbles still around 2 days after wc


lil' crypt comin along

big brother


March
Mar. 25 - 31






At this point, the dhg was starting to take over the staraugyne. Crypt also starting to take some light from it. Anyways, that's all I got for tonight!

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Before Feb. is gone for good, here's the few dslr shots I have from then. HDR, colors a little more accurate.


 

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April - June

Work picks up, maintenance slows down.

Apr. 18



No photos from May. Very, very busy month for me!

Jun. 19


Remember those beer bottles w/ "lucky bamboo" that were flanking the tank above this one (see picture above)? Wellp, I was moving plugs, trying to get another tank on the same timer... and the chord from the one near one of the bottles knocked it over... Broken glass canopy! Still works, just in pieces :(


Staurogyne continues to diminish as crypt continues to take light and dhg invades. July is pretty.
 

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I really like dhg, I wish I could get a carpet going but mine always melts.
Wellp, if you can be patient, I've always had success with they dry start method and dhg. The other important thing is nutrient-rich substrate. Lighting I honestly dont think is as important of a factor; I've got it growing in low light, med light, and high light. DHG is perfect for MTS or dirted tanks. Or highly priced "aqua soil" type substrates. Can take a while to batch up, but IMHO, mineralized top soil is the best substrate if you're not looking to spend almost any money at all. Or if you just want happy plants :D
 

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That stone is not lava rock. It will raise KH.
You're right, the main stones used are not lava rock, and I never said they were if you were to read my OP. It's commonly referred to as "Zebra Rock," in the aquarium hobby, but zebra rock on google yields different results. It's not affecting my KH at all. I'm 10 months in. What I said was lava rock is the LAVA ROCK used to form the base of the substrate. See the 1st picture in the second post. Layered as so: lava rock on the bottom, mineralized top soil, then sand.

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Very inspirational that you are able to get a CO2 look....without CO2. Makes me want to (finally) give dirt a try. :)
 
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