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This journal is going to start sort of halfway through my progress. So I already had a 12 gal long that I've been running for about 3 weeks with 5 months of DSM (Ikr!). A couple days ago a bought another 12 gal long and I decided I wanted to put them right next to each other to create a "6 foot" long. With the one on the right I was disappointed that I made the mountains so low. So for the tank of the left I want to make huge mountains that come out of the water. I will also be making the mountains out of Dragon stone since I was unable to find large enough Seiryu stone like the tank on the left.


I want to incorporate some sort of red plants in the left tank but I'm not sure what type yet. I have decided that I want both tanks to look like they connect to each other so the right side of the left tank should be dwarf baby tears like the right tank. Also I will have micro chain swords running along the back as well.
This is the idea:



Equipment:
2 finnex 24/7
Ada substrate Amazonia
2 finnex px-360 filters
20lb co2 tank
Sh**ty Red Sea co2 regulator (has now been replaced by custom dual output regulator built by AlanLe)

Flora:
Dwarf baby tears
Micro Chain swords
"Unknown high light plant" (left tank left back corner)

Livestock:
Not sure, CRS is a possibility.

Right tank params and info:
Ph 7.4 (checked at end of day after co2 was off for 2 hours)
Kh 3 degrees
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20ppm
I am currently fighting small amounts of BGA, I don't want to nuke the tank, I'm hoping I can get rid of it without any chems.
Fertilizing with Pfertz Micro and Macro. Trying to do MWFS macros TTh Micros.
I'm still tweaking co2, using Tom Barr's ph/kh chart. Ideally I want it to drop to 6.8 ph. Don't have a drop checker.
Left tank:



If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment. Right now I need suggestions on setting up a dual co2 system. The problem is that I am running these tanks on top of the chimney so I have about 15+ feet of co2 tubing to the tank. Where should I place the needle valves, near the co2 or near the aquariums? Also best way to split co2?

Oh one more thing, has anyone tried to combine two finnex lights together? I want to get the tanks as close as possible but I can't because of the light holders. Anyone have any ideas how I could hold them up next to each other. This is what the hinge looks like:


I'm going to continue posting updates on both tanks.
 

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If you could get someone to machine or print a long piece with the profile of the part of the leg that slips into the channel on the light, I'd think you could combine them.
 

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Find someone with a 3d printer and make a model of what you want, and have them print it.
 

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Finished scapeing the tank and set it up for DSM. I used egg create to keep the hill from eroding and to keep the rocks in place. Got some Dwarf Baby Tear clippings from the tank next to it. I'm planning to do DSM for 2-3 weeks and then flood. Still have not decided on what other plants to add to the tank. The tank feels too simple to me right now :/

Here is a top view of the layout


Both tanks side to side (ignore the unleveled picture frame)
 

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After two months she's ready to be flooded!



And here is an update on the right tank. Since last time I've removed the micro chain swords from the back and added Marsilea Minuta next to the rock. I had a huge hair algae outbreak but I killed it by doing the One-Two punch algae treatment and lowering my light from max to white LEDs only at 80%. I've also switched from Pfertz to using dry fertz for EI dosing. Added a couple rummy noses and some Amano shrimp.



Also there is this really annoying bald spot in front of the rocks where the HC just doesn't want to grow. I might have to transplant some HC from elsewhere to get that spot filled in
 

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Tanks look very clean! great job on the dry start! I am always impressed how well that works! The tank tunnel would be awesome unless you want to keep something in one tank that will be prey in the other tank. Just something to think about! Good luck with your project and keep up the great work!
 

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I will fill them as soon as I get my dual co2 set up(;
 
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