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Well... this is my second tank and second journal. One day I brought home a small pot of glosso and had nowhere to put it in my 20gal. That's poor planning for ya. Enter, the 3 gallon pico.

DOB: 10/10/09
Tank Details: 3G jbj Picotope
Lighting: 75w mH 15hrs/day


Flora: This tank is supposed to feature glosso, anything else is spice.


Riccia
Glossostigma elatinoides
Micranthemum umbrosum

Fauna: None yet (suggestions needed... inverts?)


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10.13.09, 3 days after planting




10.18


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10.24 assume the running position!!




10.29 Blue light is produced during ballast startup




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That's it for now. Progression pics still get me! Overall I'm quite impressed at glosso's growth in a emersed setup. I feel however, as if something's missing, like I need some blyxa or a rock in the back left. Maybe cover the wood in moss? I dunno the options are endless... :icon_mad:
 

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You might try moving the wood toward the back left corner and leaning it over more toward the center to make an overhang- and then cover it in moss.
 

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Looking good so far! I am so intrigued by emmersed set ups, but I haven't the slightest clue as to how.

For livestock, yes, inverts only please! I'd go with shrimp/snails. Maybe an otto if you can keep the params stable enough.
 

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hmm

What do you guys think of a well shaped bush of hc or hm that starts under the wood on the left and wraps around bottom of the wood to the other side? The wood itself ain't moving cuz it has nowhere to go (base is a triangle.) So I have to work around that...

And yes, this will be a invert only tank. Possibly crs and some small nerites.
 

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Looking good so far! I am so intrigued by emmersed set ups, but I haven't the slightest clue as to how.
I highly encourage you to try it someday, SS. It's the first time I've done the DSM, and I like it. It requires just low tek attention but shows high tek growth. If you can grow terrestrial plants, you can grow emersed.
 

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I dose nitrogen when I start seeing deficiencies. I'm hoping once everything is rooted the plants will feed mostly off the organic layer.

I really want to add co2 to this setup while emersed...
 

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Nitrogen deficiency usually shows up as stunting or stalled growth, yellowing of the leaves (chlorosis), and/or death of plant tissue (necrosis)

Many other deficiencies exist but N is the easiest to tell for me.
 

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The tank has gone under!







The tank is temporarily set up with the mH to make some observations and prepare a location for this tank. I threw in the baby guppies to eat all the tiny worms floating around, as well as a couple nerites to start off a cleaning crew. Once the tank is deemed suitable for inverts, I'll be hunting for some crs or rcs.

I really like the versatility of growing out a carpet first, then planting stems and other plants. It's almost like laying down a base color on canvas. All the glosso trimmings are already going towards seeding more nano carpets... 4 x 2.5g in the works. :bounce:
 

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That tank looks pretty slick. I'm guessing with a tank that small filtration is going to be just water changes? Maybe a couple rcs for added colour?
 

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I'm doing a 50% wc (of 1:1 , RO to TANK H2o) every day just to make sure all the bad crap in my substrate leeches out. The very HOT compost I used concerns me still. I have added a precycled nano filter but left it out for the pics. You can see the spounge in the last pic.
 

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I'd love rcs but nobody locally sells them. The tank hasn't stabilized enough for inverts yet.
 

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Thanks, Phoenix! I also see you've got the same pico - I found this little tank to be quite the learning experience! Now I just need to keep the glosso green, healthy and algae free...
/me crosses fingers and toes
 

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I do have this pico, but I've turned it into fry tank. So it's now bare bottom with some slate and a whole mess of pellia. Right now home to 18 betta albimarginata fry.

That glosso carpet is just stunning! I'm so jelouse...but I'm too lazy to keep up such a carpet. giggle.
 
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