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Setup


Lighting
-2x AquaticLife 24" T5HO Dual Light Fixture
1x Zoomed Ultra Sun 6700k
1x Zoomed Flora Sun
1x Aquatic Life 6000k
1x WavePoint Ultra Sun 12000k


Filtration
-Aquaclear50 HOB Filter

Co2
Paintball system w/ AquaticLife Regulator + Adapter
Aquatek 3-in-1 Diffuser
2-3 BPS

Equipment
Koralia Nano 240
100W Heater

Substrate/Hardscape
ADA Aquasoil Amazonia
Osmocote+
Petrified wood Stone

Plants
Alternanthera Reineckii Mini
DHG Belem
Limnophila sp. Mini Vietnam
Ludwigia sp. Red
Rotala Rotundifolia
Rotala Colorata
Rotala Green
Rotala Indica True
Staurogyne Repens


Ferts
EI Dosing
KNO3
KH2PO4
KSO4
Plantex CSM+B

Fauna
6x Rummynose Tetra
2x Otocinclus
2x SAE
~10x? RCS
 

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Did some changes aesthetically to the layout. Changed the cling on frosting to black to give it more depth and contrast between colors.
Trimmed the Cabomba and Rotala some

Also added some new plants:

~10 stems of Ludwigia Arcuata to the back left and Alt. Mini to the foreground. Also tied some Riccia Fluitans and replaced the dwarf sag.

Minor changes with big impacts imo.

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Alt. Mini

Ludwigia Arcuata growing in
 

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Update 10/28/14
Moved some plants around and added a bit more plants like the Ludwigia sp. Red and some Myrio Matt. But that's all really.
Did a small trim a bit prematurely that stunted growth, the S. Repens seem like they melted a bit but everything seems to be on the right track.
Added some moss too.

Still need some feedback and suggestions! First setup so this is all a learning experience :)


Latest Picture Updated: October 28, 2014


I also upgraded from mini co2 to Paintball thanks to SonicPath
 

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Your doin' great for just learning :) I've been doin' this a couple years and my tanks don't even hold a candle compared to yours lol
 

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Finally got my head around updating my journal! :)

Alot has changed since November. I've upgraded my powerhead and lights, along with my plant list. I've taken out the wood and instead have decided to go along with an iwagumi layout. I've also added in a pathway, which I think looks okay.

I plan on putting a much larger piece of petrified wood on the left or right side. Something similar to the piece I have on the left, but I haven't found the perfect piece.
I'm still experimenting with a lot of styles and techniques so I'll see where all of this takes me haha.


Here's the tank just before Christmas


A bit after christmas:


And the tank today after a trim


I added more Rotala green in the back today and plan on shaping the whole back into the classic 2 types of Rotala background. All there is to do now is just let everything grow out.

& I am battling some green water at the moment due to relatives wanting to feed my fish during the holidays.
 

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Where are the rocks? I cant see them. Otherwise great looking tank. Love the way all the plants have grown. Even with high light and co2 my plants don't grow that well. Are you doing any kind of ferts, I did not see any listed in your first post.
 

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Where are the rocks? I cant see them. Otherwise great looking tank. Love the way all the plants have grown. Even with high light and co2 my plants don't grow that well. Are you doing any kind of ferts, I did not see any listed in your first post.
At the moment there's only 1 stone and the rest are all small rocks haha. I'm looking for more but my area doesn't sell much.

& I dose EI with KNO3, KH2PO4 ,KSO4, & Plantex CSM+B

It's up in the first post :) thanks for the compliments!
 

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Hey Sub,

Looks phenomenal! Only thing I would add, if there's any room left, is maybe some type of Vallisneria (tall & veritcal) to the back right. I think it would play off of & accentuate all the stem plants. Keep up the good work:)

cheers
 

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Pretty tank. It would be nice if you could find more rocks you like.Good excuse to go shop, right?

Never used UV and survived many bouts of GW. I may have seen the last of it, been 3 years since the tank has had any.

First nutrients. You are doing EI but what about GH? Are you sure the water has about 4 degrees? Didn't solve anything for me but adding nitrate to a nitrate free tank sure did so who knows.

Try shading the tank. Use floating plants, window screen as shade cloth, allow stems to grow to the surface and shade the water volume. Plant shade seems to work better than shadecloth unfortunately.

Last, better biological filtration. I haven't seen GW since installing sponges in the sump. Before I saw it every time I disturbed the substrate pulling stems and such. You could simply try putting a large prefilter sponge on your filter's intake or even cover your Koralia with sponge.

Sponges kept GW from happening, that nitrate addition worked inside a week. Shading the tank was agony, took weeks and the tank was a big rectangular block of green.
 

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I've actually purchased a UV sterilizer about a week ago and I've never been happier. In less than a week the water has become crystal clear. :thumbsup:

I've been searching everywhere for quality petrified wood pieces tall enough to look great in the tank, but I haven't found the right pieces yet.

Thank you for the compliments everyone

Tank as of 2/4/15

Since the UV sterilizer, the water has become crystal clear!

Just waiting on the Rotala Green to fill in on the right side so it can mirror the Rotundifolia mound on the left.

I wish I had a quality camera to take decent pictures. Everything is shot using my iPhone at the moment.
 
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