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Already posted something on the edge thread about this tank. This tank; however, is not mine but my brothers and wanted to give him his own little spot so he can visit and check out the condition of his tank while he is away at school.

I actually got this for him for his birthday late April 2011. He wasn't sure if plants was what he wanted in the first place because he was afraid of the maintenance. I don't blame him, but he came around and found plants to be much more healthier for his fishes anyway. His girlfriend often buys him fish and they expire just as fast as they come. He needed a real fish tank so I bought him the edge. He came home for the summer and I thought what is a VERY fast growing plant? Riccia and it was easy. (I'll eat my words very soon).
 

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July 2011

After summer school, my brother brings back his tank and boy was there alot that needed to be done. He had alot of plastic stuff in the tank so it didn't do much for the tank itself or its occupants. Alot of algea was growing on it as well, hair algae. Here is a picture of the tank before anything was done.



So I gutted the tank, placed more flourite and added a few rocks netted by the Riccia. I was hoping for it to spring to life before August. Here is a picture of one of the shrimps sitting on one of the riccia rocks.

 

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July/August 2011

The riccia seemed to just have exploded. It looked very nice for a while. The longer it grew the more concerned I became because I knew it was fragile andwas not sure how to get his tank back to his apt at school. Alot of the netting was being held down by stainless steel s shaped hooks and it certainly was by no means stable enough for transport. So I thought about gutting it once more to add something more stable like HC.



Since the HC will develop a thick sod later down the road, I thought about using it; however, I've had some pretty bad experiences with HC. Maybe dwarf hairgrass? But that required alot of trimming as well. I thought, lets try it out again since this tank is smaller and the lighting seems to be sufficient. I installed the new MR11 LEDs and also a small DIY light attachment on the side of the light bar which brings it up to sufficient watts per gallon. (2.75-2.9)
 

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July/August 2011

It was moving day for my brother. His tank was the last on his mind. He thought to himself maybe he can do this without my help. Boy was he wrong. He drained some water and the Riccia just decided to make his day hell. It floated up and scared the substrate out of my brother. He didn't know it would be that fragile. He said, I can't take this home this is way too much I can't deal with this right now and right then and there, he pretty much gave up on the tank and kind of sweared off planted tanks. Later that night, I took a look at the tank and thought this was my fault. So the next day, I gutted the tank and introduced HC to the tank.







 

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July/August 2011

I DIY a bottle of yeast sugar mix for the CO2. Added it and boy did that make all the difference. My diffuser was a chopstick and the bubbles are just perfect. I noticed the bubbles gather at the corner of the tank and since it could not escape, it was in a perfect location to sit and diffuse into the water.
 

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September 20 2011

The HC has shown to respond quite positively; it has spawned multiple new runners and looks to have grown substantially. Alot of algae has accumualted due to the lack of other plants to absorb the excess nutrients. My shrimps seem to have dislodged alot of the HC. I have reinstalled them a few times but after the 3rd time, I just left it. The light seems to benefit the dislodged HC. Much of the growth is there.





 

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Update:

Current fish stock:

2 guppies
3 neons
2 amano shrimps
2 crystal red cherry

A guppy has died and an amano shrimp has died. I do not know the cause of this but I will do a water change and run an airstone to see if that will help. I noticed the shrimp turns color when it dies. The amano shrimp turned a bright orange/red like it was cooked. Very strange...and all this right before work...oh well, TGIF.
 

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I want to go plant shopping but the LFS I go to has moved and still has not reopened. Was thinking about some Dwarf Hairgrass. I figured I need something long and another type of vegetation to soak up the excess nutrients. Any thoughts about the Dwarf Hairgrass?
 

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Very nice tank!!

Are you waiting on Super Petz also???

I need more gravel & Petco just doesn't cut it:angryfire

I'm going to try Pristine in Alex. Last time I was there they had hardly any plants tho.

Do you want something taller than Dwarf Sag?
 

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Very nice tank!!

Are you waiting on Super Petz also???

I need more gravel & Petco just doesn't cut it:angryfire

I'm going to try Pristine in Alex. Last time I was there they had hardly any plants tho.

Do you want something taller than Dwarf Sag?
Wow a local! Totally waiting on Super Petz lol. I am not familiar with Pristine. Where are you in the NOVA area? If you are familiar with Fairfax, Petland is pretty good and Centreville Aquarium is also good.

As for the background plan I think DWH is just fine because dwarf sag seems to bulge too much.
 

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I'm also in Virginia too but not as far north. I actually like the tank the best with the riccia. Are you just using the standard light on the edge or did you amp it up a bit? also you might think about getting a drop checker to see if you are getting enough co2 in the tank. also are you using fertz?
For the Riccia tank, it was the MR11 LED lights that's all the craze for the edge. And that was pretty much it. It wasn't until I thought HC to add another light in there.

I do have a drop checker, just haven't been able to add it to this tank yet. I have no idea why I haven't and I am dosing fertz. Since the tank is so small, I dose a third a cap of Trace, Phosophates, Potassium and a ful cap of excel for the HC. With the emmergance of the green water (GW) I've stepped back from excel to just a third of a cap full. Will the introduction of more plants be a better alternative?
 
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