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5g Adventure

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by xigtc, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. xigtc

    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    First I'd like to say I'm glad this forum exist. I may not ask or reply but I'm constantly reading to learn.

    I see all of these lush green and simple or very complex tanks and just stare in awe. I keep thinking to myself I can do something like this if I push myself.

    So I bought some Ohko stone and a small CO2 setup and placed an order for Dwarf hairgrass, Ludwigia Arcuata, and Arrogant Blue Buce. The substrate is a mixture of layers. I had Osmocote root tabs so I broke those up and and spread them around the parameter and through the center like a walkway. I then covered it in a layer of Eco and topped it with UpAqua soil I had laying around.

    I googled for days gathering pictures as ideas and spent a day breaking and placing the stone in the tank.[​IMG]

    The next day plants arrived but unfortunately no CO2.. I started to do a dry start but I went ahead and filled it once I got everything planted.[​IMG]

    Sorry this is all out of timing. The C02 arrived Sunday and at this point everything had been in the tank for 4 days. The grass has melted almost all the way now but everything else seems okay. I'm also using an all in 1 liquid fert that the seller of the plants suggested. Here's how it sits this morning. [​IMG][​IMG]

    I forgot to mention I'm using media from my 50g canister filter.


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    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    You have created an interesting relationship between the left and the stone on the right. Great job! This will look great when everything grows in.


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    You have created a very good rocky Aquascape it looks bare at the moment but as it ages it will even better. My only suggestion at the moment would be to remove all the dead leaves on those plants. It looks like the front plant RH side in the second photo is showing signs of new growth.

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    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks lucasgg and keithgh!

    Keith I actually decided I should remove it earlier today and well I ended up with a mess. But all is well and I opted to remove the previous substrate and replace it all with Eco. The other stuff was so light and the plants pulled out. Plus it had a ph buffer so it and the CO2 were keeping the ph at a bad level.

    I also reduced the bps to one but almost less than being the tank is small and not mature.


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    All's well ends well, keep us updated please. What is your next step now?

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    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Be patient with the plants... I think mainly keep checking water parameters and doing water changes as needed... I'd like to add fish soon but I know I'm experiencing the whole cycling process and I'm nervous being this is my first tank with CO2.


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  7. lucasgg

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    Yeah, wait for fish until filter is cycled and ammonia is steadily 0ppm


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    At every water change (what percentage and how often ?) add a dose of a good Bio Starter eg Seachem Stability I used it for many years. Do not buy any product that the LFS tells you "Its as good as"
    Just checking how do you wash and clean your filter medium?
    If you have carbon in your filter it is not required.

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  9. xigtc

    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I've been doing about 50% and I rinse the media out in water I drained from the tank. I use Seachem Prime probably about half of half a cap and about the same for the Stability. No carbon, I'm using the foam block that came with the tank with pillow stuffing as the polisher and biomedia balls that I got from my 50g cannister.


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    Up till this point every thing all OK BUT please use filter wool as there is a possibility the pillow stuffing could contain an Anti Bacterial like many of the non aquarium sponges.

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    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Sorry I call it that.. it's polyester and it comes in a bag called filter floss. Thanks for the info!


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    That is great its perfectly safe to use.

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  13. xigtc

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    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Right now the lights are on 8 hrs a day. 6-10am and 4-8pm. I don't know if that's the best break in time but I set it because that's when it's able to be viewed the most. The CO2 runs from 5-9am and 3-7pm. Went ahead and adjusted the needle again and it's a bubble every 1.5 sec. the bubble counter is a nice green rather than the yellow I had before the changes.


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    Re those times I think its some say Yes and others No I will leave that one up to the Hi Tech members.

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    Seems I'm having solenoid issues. Woke up this morning and it was stuck closed. I guess I'll look into a nicer one if this persist.


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    xigtc I would be looking for a high quality unit not one that looked nice.

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    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I looked at more after I got off work. It's not the solenoid.. it's the timer I have it on. It's not sending enough power to work the solenoid. I would like to get a Green Leaf Aquarium CO2 regulator.


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  18. keithgh

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    What type of timer do you have as that sounds very strange. I have to get a new one myself died of old age it will not control the On Off switches.
    Which model are you getting as some are extremely expensive?

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    xigtc Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I'm considering the GLA Mini SS. Being I already have 20 oz bottles.


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