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Started up a small 10g for future CRS colony.



Added Penac W / Bacter 100 / Clear Super on the bottom


Added Pumice stones to act as "Powersand"


My substrate


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Temporary Scaped. Waiting on some rocks
 

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The substrate is GEX, I got it in vietnam, none over in the U.S that I'm aware of. The wood is from a fella in AZ. He sells wood here in the forum, not sure of his username though.
 

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BTW I have a lot of plants I could sell you. 3 stems of Vallisneria americana for $5 (3 stems), 2 plants of cryptocoryne wenditii "tropica" for $4, 1 onion plant for $3, echinodorus tenellus (huge mass) for $6, 3 stems of water wisteria for $5, anubius nana for $2, and loads of java ferns (big to small) for varying prices for varying heights but probably between i'd say 3 to 7 dollars small to big. Just email me at [email protected] if you are interested. Of course, you would have to pay for shipping to and I only do expedient shipping to insure live arrival of plants. I only accept paypal.
 

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Thank you, Pumice rock is pretty much the same as powersand without the lil boost like the ADA have. I added bacter 100 / clear super to imitate powersand but didnt add the fert for plants like Apowersand have.

I might take you up on the Java fern / anubias Nana, gonna see if I can get some locally tho I'll let you know
 

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Here's an update, got my moss and attach it to my wood along with bolbitis and narrow leaf java. Im thinking about taking the narrow and replacing with regular java though.

















 

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Looking good! This is for your future Mosuras..?!

I'm really interested about that substrate too, you must have picked it up personally from Vietnam. What's the cycle period and does it have similar pH lowering effects as ADA AS?
 

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yup this will be for the mosuras =), still need to get a fan though, its 78 out there.

The cycle is a lil shorter from what I've been told, and PH should be around 6.5 or so. First time using it, I will do a water test in a couple hours and post it up.
 

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Just checked water parameter and it's 6.4 or 6.5 PH
No ammonia or nitrite suprisingly, and Nitrate is below 10 (maybe 7-8) I did add media from my old filter so and used bacter 100. The dust is already gone so no cloudy.

Added one of my low grade CRS to see how he react. His color actually got brighter! He was really dull in my snowball tank. He's currently walking around picking stuff on the gravel
 

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It's been about 9-10 days? That's fairly quick for a cycle. The old filter media and bacter must have boosted the beneficial bacteria colonies. We'll see how that lone CRS does...
 

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nope actually it been exactly 24 hours since set up when I took the measurement. It's now 33 hours since it's set up. Still doing fine, the nerite I have in there still doing its job of keeping everything clean.
 

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Just recieved some mosuras from Dxiong yesterday, all are doing well and exploring the tank finding food!

Excuse my photographic skill >< I will try to get some better one in a couple of days.
 

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Very nice! They colored up well for you. I'm really liking the look of that substrate too! Enjoy them and keep us updated on this tank :thumbsup:
 
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