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Tank:
90 cm x 45 cm x 45 cm

Lighting:
DIY IceCap SLR reflectors w/ 4 39 watt Giessemann Midday T5HO bulbs
10 hours total lighting, only 6 hours with all 4 bulbs.

Substrate:
Mineralized topsoil covered by 3M Colorquartz Aggregate T-Grade Black Sand
See this thread for full details regarding the topsoil.
I did 4 good wet/dry cycles with the soil this time and haven't had the algae issues I did before. :)

Filter:
Rena XP3

Plants:
Rotala sp. 'green'
Rotala sp. 'colorata'
Rotala sp. 'Vietnam'
Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan'
Rotala sp. 'Araguaia'
Rotala sp. 'Goias'
Rotala sp. 'Mini'
Rotala macrandra 'green'
Rotala pusilla
Rotala hippuris
Rotala sp. 'Ceylon'
Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC)
Fissidens fontanus
Pogostemon helferi (Downoi)
Bacopa sp. 'Araguaia'
Hygrophila sp. 'Bold'
Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia'
Ludwigia sp. 'Guinea'
Anubias minima
Anubias barteri var. nana 'Gold'

Fauna:
Pseudomogil furcatus
Hysonotis leucofrinatus
Caridina japonica
Olive Nerites

Here's the original setup date picture on 5/25/07


Here's an update today on 6/3


I haven't chosen a backround color yet, hence no backround. I'm trying to decide between white, black, or light blue.

Comments and criticisms are welcome. :D
 

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It's about time for an update so here it is so far.
It's still not quite filled in all of the way yet. I also still need a backround. The quickfilter and heater
are to deal with some ick I'm battling and aren't permanent additions.

 

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Rotala sp. 'green'
Rotala sp. 'colorata'
Rotala sp. 'Vietnam'
Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan'
Rotala sp. 'Araguaia'
Rotala sp. 'Goias'
Rotala sp. 'Mini'
Rotala macrandra 'green'
Rotala pusilla
Rotala hippuris
Rotala sp. 'Ceylon'
where is rotala wallichii? :)

looks very nice.
 

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the wallachii is in the back above the tallest rock, the huge group there....can't miss it.

looks nice, good luck with the ick! I have seen some nice blue backgrounds, it really depends on the shade of blue, as many are so bad. Perhaps a celeste?
 

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the wallachii is in the back above the tallest rock, the huge group there....can't miss it.

looks nice, good luck with the ick! I have seen some nice blue backgrounds, it really depends on the shade of blue, as many are so bad. Perhaps a celeste?
Actually, that's the Rotala 'Vietnam'. :D I left out the more common Rotalas for this scape.

I just went through that "soil making thread"...so let me get this straight...you don't dose at all???
Nope, not one bit for 2 months running now. I have other tanks that have been running for 7 months with no dosing too. :D
 

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What do you mean gmccreedy? What plants do need water column ferts? Looking at the plants he has now I think that's plenty enough for a great aquascape. And the water column fert needing plants I can think of are all low tech, such as moss, anacharis, and hornwort and I bet they would be fine with the lack of water column fertilizers. And isn't some of the substrate fertilizer dissolved inside the water?

And you do water changes right?
 

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There are a few finicky plants that won't grow in the soil without dosing. I'd say about 85% of all stems will grow in it without problems. I've mostly had issues with Ludwigias. Hygros, Limnophilas, Rotalas and many others have all done fine.

For me it's worth the hassle of not growing a few different species to be able to enjoy the tank without having to monitor dosing everyday or even every other day. As you can see from the picture the low nitrate levels maintained in the water column also make for some serious reds. :D

I do water changes every 1-2 weeks. If I let it go too long (several weeks) the hardness in the water gets depleted and I will notice potassium defficiencies. Otherwise, there are no issues.
 

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Why potassium deficiencies? Sorry to sort of hi-jack. And where does the hardness go? Do you have hard water already?

And what would be the effect of not using dolomite? How acidic would it make the water? I was interested because I have high KH water but acidic water is hard to have an maintain without CO2, and wanted better water for shrimp.
 

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I suppose my water supply is low in potassium to begin with. The plants use up the minerals in the water after long periods of time. My water is medium hard to begin with. It has a KH of 3 and a GH of 11 or so out of the tap.

You could probably get away with not using the dolomite if you're not going to keep rooted plants like Crypts and Echinororus.
 

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got any updates arron
Okay, I know it seems like I forgot about this tank. I entered it in the AGA and was waiting for the results to come out before posting the final shot. Here she is:

 

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wow, the contrasts are unbelieveable, and you've got to love that 4" thick HC carpet... prime work man, prime work!
 
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