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Photo update with some comments 11.28.18

Note to self - clean up this first post with pertinent information, pictures, editing and overall presentation.

Scroll a bit to get past old pics of tanks that aren't running anymore. There is a 20 Gallon Long somewhere in here that is the current tank being run. Also available is my youtube channel if you wish to see video - there's no talking or commentary or music, just tank footage. https://www.youtube.com/user/kaldurak






So few of you may remember my Spec V, I loved that tank. It started a slow seeping leak from the front bottom seam. Enough to make a 6 inch round pool of water every 24 hours. It's my fault, I had to move and merely drained 80% of the water and gently got the tank on a big wood cutting board to transport it. Didn't move any livestock out.

Anyway, here was my last photo of the Spec.

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So I ran out and got a 10g tank ($1 per gallon sale), an Aquaclear 20 (wish I got the 30 - more media space, 150 watt heater (sold out of 100's at the time - argh) and a bag of pool filter sand.

This marks the first time I've used a substrate that wasn't eco complete or clown puke (loved my tanks as a kid! Bred bettas for hobby money!) And so it's a new adventure for me. I'm looking forward to an inert substrate. I placed a smattering of Osmocote+ at the bottom of the tank and added the sand.

I stole a bag of bio media from the Spec along with half of the sponge I had stuffed in the top of the Spec V filter area and placed those along with the new aq20 sponge into the aq20 filter basket. I put the carbon packet in my parts box. I needed to get this tank seeded immediately and cycled in record time

Fast forward to tank cycled, because it was just days of changing a towel and pouring water to top up leak and evap.

Yay! Moving day!

Lesson learned from spec v, HM grows like mad - don't take all of it. So I didn't. Now, I've never been good at aquascaping, now I don't even try. But I like a full tank, I just don't want another tankfull of HM because I want more room for plant variety.

That's more seeded material from the Spec V laying about. Moneywort to the left, ludwigia.....repens? To the right, HM across the middle and Glosso? across the front. And some rotala walichii that I can't grow unless I severely reduce csm+b dosing. Java moss in the rocks, all grown from a dime size ball that came with a local shrimp purchase.

Oh yeah, livestock. My grumpfaced murderer Søt Fisk the Betta Fish decided to carpet surf during cycle time. I was very upset, but my Chilis and cherrys were likely not too disheartened. 5 Chilis and 1 cherry are what I had left along with a nerite and an oto. So into the 10 they went. Bagged and drip acclimated because habit.

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Plants not in the best shape, I'm still questing to find the right light/co2/fert circle of life throttle balance Zen and maybe I'll find it in my inert substrate.

That was April 10. Onward!

April 16 - added AR Mini. Tissue cultured.

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April 21 - I took this picture because ar mini is all Praise The Sun at night, I forget the technical term for plants that fold their leaves at night. I love the color of this plant.

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April 24 - full tank shot and various other pics. Playing with a macro lens for my android. Super cool. Added 6 red cherries and 5 more chili rasbora to boost their numbers.

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April 26 - the day I actually played with the macro lens. And apparently didnt photograph the tank...

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Today

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Trimmed down the HM a few days back, added a bunch more Ohko? stone - big shrimp hidey holes all about it.

Plants are starting to catch on to a new tank. It was almost like going emersed to submerged transition all over again. Lots of low old leaf die off followed by new growth. Reached my pic limit, will post again soon.
 

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If you saw the barrel diffuser in the earlier pics, here's how that ended. It worked great! I had submerged it in my water bucket for 24 hours, looked at my reg to make sure all the dials and switches were turned and thrown appropriately and it ran AWESOME for a few days I had the most delicate of, like, molecular sized air wisps that looked like the swirls of galaxies viewed from Hubble and it would all get sucked into the black hole of the prefilter on the filter intake tube, all of it.

And it was great, co2 levels spot on, drop checker happy, plants pearling.

BLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUBLBLBLBLBLBLBLBLBLB

That is the typographical representation of what it sounded like when the stone cracked and the co2 was breaking the surface of the tank. Sad day.

Had to go back to Old Reliable.

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It's a combination of check valve, bubble counter, and diffuser all in one. Only about half of what this guy releases is wispy galaxy sized bubbles, so less gets sucked into the filter, but what doesn't gets blown around the tank very well. Drop checker is happy. Plants are growing better. Removed most old leaf from most of the stem plants.

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I'll remove the ar mini old growth in another few days. I want to make sure it's well rooted before I prune so I don't dislodge it.

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Rotala - I command you to live this time, you little stub, you're all that's left of your kind, grow little one....grow.
 

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Quick update, no algae noticeable in the tank except for a thin band of green dot/spot? algae along the edge where substrate meets glass.

Very pleased with the AR Mini growth.

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Full tank shot

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Carpet is cruising along the sand planting roots.

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A faint glimmer of hope appears in the rotala walichii

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Ludwigia is being chopped and replanted too much.

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Present count of berried cherry shrimp is at 4, up from 1. I'm racing plant growth and the rock maze against the ticking clocks of pregnant shrimp hoping that enough concealment will exist to prevent too much predation by the chili rasboras. They are quite adept at hunting through the plants and picking off micro fauna - they act like I don't feed them.

Oto is fat and happy, tummy is always full and he's always lazily munching on stuff when he's not sleeping.


Shrimps are like homing missiles when blanched spinach is set in the tank. The spinach pic is from April 27. Rest of the pics are from today.

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Edit the first post in thread.

Click on "Go Advanced".

Now you can edit the title.

And very nice job on the new tank. Will get even nicer as it fills in.


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Aha. I'm mobile. I'll have to steal some computer time somewhere!
 

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Quick photo update!


I forget the name of this plant - it's doing very well transitioning .


Yeah, forgot the name of this one, too. :( it's also doing very very well transitioning.


Lovely crypt imo. I love the brown color!



ALL this AR Mini is about to get chopped down to nothing next week. I just topped and planted all my Ludwigia, so I'll let it root for a week before I chop out a load of growth.


Sigh, not transitioning too well.


S Repens. Desperately needing a severe trim. Pic is deceiving, this is the plant in my tank that is an algae magnet. Threads of super thin hair like algae growth.


And full tank shot this fine evening.

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Weekend update!

Mostly just photos, taking pics before I start my water change. Should have scraped the front glass though, but I played with my camera before maintenance. A note, since my last update I am now (currently) Algae free! In a photo you an see some dot algae on the glass, but if that's all? well, call me pleased and grateful. All the algae on the S. Repens just disappeared in the past week, so I am reaching a very good balance in the tank. The more plant mass you have the easier this gets all the time.











Also picked up some emmersed growth Ludwigia Ruben and mermaid weed to see what they end up looking like in my conditions. I removed all the Ludwigia repens from the right side of the tank to make room. All the AR Mini I chopped down quickly started making new growth - it's a nice deep red color so far. The rotala is pearling away yet grows so slowly (imo) it's taken weeks to transition and that's all that made it out of like 8 stems of each in different places around the tank at random. I either don't have enough light because the only ones to make it were taller, or something else. The telanthera is quickly transitioning in the back middle of the tank. Pearl weed is due for another hacking down, too.

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Some more photos since the previous post met the limit. Tank is starting to feel more Full. As the tank matures more (this tank is a baby, only months old) I get even more meditative maintenance work to do and I love it!









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Tank is looking good! Plants seem quite healthy.

What is your dosing routine/level for Macros and Micros?


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Tank is looking good! Plants seem quite healthy.

What is your dosing routine/level for Macros and Micros?


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As my plant volume has increased I've slowly been increasing my modified EI. I was dosing 1/16th tsp kno3 for the longest time, but I've just recently updated that to 1/8th. P and K I dose 1/32nd tsp. CSM+B is 1/32nd tsp. I alternate micro and macro ferts by day. I dose 2ml iron daily via seachem iron.

Thank you for your kind words, although I still feel like something is off balance. O just can't put my finger on it. I see mild chlorosis in the s repens and every once and a while all my stems will decide to make new side shoots instead of just growing Up so something I do or did misaligns the fert ratios in the tank - I'm just not sure what yet.
 

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Had a good read, tank is looking good. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
Thank you! I'm looking forward to it, too. Im really looking forward to the next big trim after this one since the telanthera and mermaid weed is still mid transition. Once I can chop those down and grow all submerged the tank should look pretty rock and roll at that point if I can resist buying any new plants 🙂
 
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