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My FLUVAL Flora Journey

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by CRS Fan, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. CRS Fan

    CRS Fan New Member

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    Well... now I can honestly say I officially have MTS again. I recently purchased a used Flora to set up specifically as a shrimp tank for my Blue Wizard Neos.

    I have set it up with some rarer Crypts:

    Cryptocoryne Affinis 'Red', 'Metallic Red', and 'Jerantut'
    Cryptocoryne nurii 'taman negara'
    Anubias nana 'Pinto'
    Ludwigia sphaerocarpa
    Barclaya longifolia

    I am currently waiting for the tank to cycle using ADA Amazonia as a substrate. I originally was using the stock 13W CFL (not sufficient light for my liking), but it is now currently being lit by 2-12" Vertex Illumilux fixtures. One is a Dolce Rosso and the other is a Dolce Sole.

    I currently am not using pressurized CO2 to help keep the parameters more stable in this tank. As usual, I am using Seachem Equilibrium and Alkaline Buffer as buffers. I am adding Metricide 14 as a liquid carbon source.

    I originally hardscaped with Dragon Stone but switched it out for Koke Stone as of today.

    Now a couple pics of the tanks progress over the last week.

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    Comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for looking!

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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    Good evening all.

    Another update from my newest tank progress. My ammonia is still very high (6-8 PPM using my API test kit). My PH slides back to around 6 a few days after a 50% watercharge. Using Equilibrium and Alkaline Buffer, I'm able to keep the GH around 4-5, but my KH and PH are still being buffered down heavily by the Amazonia.

    I'm hoping to get some shrimp into the tank within a 2-3 week timeline, but I'll have to wait and see.

    Here are some new pictures from tonight.

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    Thank you for looking.

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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  3. lucasgg

    lucasgg Active Aquascaper

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    I would have gotten a larger main stone if I was you
     
  4. BigAL777

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    Yeah, and if you are not going to fill out the negative space a lot, ohko stone is an awesome texture that enhances the scape more than most other stones.
     
  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    You pH will be all over the place during the cycling process its interesting to notice the change but do not try to adjust it.

    How often are you doing the water changes and what percentages do you change?

    You do not have many plants to help your Cycling process.

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  6. CRS Fan

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    This scape was an after thought and was the second incarnate after the substrate was already down. I do have large pieces of Koke stone still, but am hesitant to use it with the plant selection. The crypts will easily cover the substrate area.

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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  7. CRS Fan

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    Thank you Keith.

    I'm doing 50% every 3-4 days. I'm also squeezing my sponge from my 4 gallon into the Flora when changing its water.

    I'm hoping to use 2 Eheim Mini Ups as filtration once the tank has completely cycled.

    I've been using Amazonia for about 8 years and am familiar with its buffering effect (especially using our Vancouver BC water).

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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  8. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That's great at least you understand what you are doing.

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  9. CRS Fan

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    Good Evening Fellow aquascapers.

    Today I was able to pick up some more trial plants from a friend's awesome RAOK.

    I added a few stems of each of the following:

    Pogostemon erectus
    Ludwigia brevipes
    Ludwigia 'red'
    Alternanthera reineckii 'Rosanervig'
    Hygrophila pinnatifida

    I'm hoping these plant thrive with Metricide 14 as a CO2 source. We'll have to wait and see.

    Now onto the pics......

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    Thanks for looking!

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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    The more leafy plants you have will certainly help your cycling process.

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    That was my thoughts too, Keith. Right now my Ammonia is ~1ppm and I'm finally seeing nitrate of ~2.5ppm. I should be able to add some livestock soon. I'm still looking for a heater.

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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  12. keithgh

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    As long as you add your stock slowly every thing should be OK providing your tank has fully Cycled.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  13. CRS Fan

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    I got a new 50W heater today. I went with the Marineland Visitherm (I remember when these heater were Aquarium Systems brand). I'm almost ready for fish...... and of course shrimp. I'm thinking a nice school of Boraras brigittae. My ammonia is now at .25PPM and my nitrates are at 5PPM.

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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  14. CRS Fan

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    Good Morning fellow aquarists.

    It has been over a month since my last update and I finally have some fish and My RAOK plants have settled in nicely. No pressurized or DIY CO2 has been used since the tank's inception.

    I went to Aprils Aquarium (a local retailer) a couple weeks ago and picked up:
    10 Boraras brigittae
    3 Corydoras pygmaeus
    2 Otocinclus vittatus

    Here are some pics of the tank as of a couple days ago.

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    Thanks for looking.

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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    Good Afternoon all.

    It has been a while since my last update. A lot of things have changed over the last 5 months.

    I added a paintball CO2 system about a month ago with drastic plant growth. I added some Murdannia keisak, 4 Amano shrimp to stave off BBA, removed all Weeping Moss and Mini pellia (they did not like this tank). I also added 6 donated Dwarf Neon Rainbows (that spawn regularly) and I have several babies growing in different tanks now. The Barclaya also blossomed and perished. The Ottos have passed as well. I have not been dosing much fertilizer, but the tank is heavily fed due to the rainbows.

    I will now move onto some pictures of the tank after a water change and a trim.

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    Thanks you for looking!

    Best regards,

    Stuart




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    Stuart
    Looks like many members missed this post including me its a very nicely planted tank.

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    All your plants and fish are looking very healthy keep us updated please.

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    My life has been very busy lately but I'm still keeping tanks. Thank you for the acknowledgement, Keith. I forgot to add, there are also a couple stems of Pogostemon erectus in there too. The only puzzling thing is the Anubias 'pinto' has stopped putting out variegated leaves.

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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  19. keithgh

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    We have garden plants that do the same and even the reverse, If it decides to go back to the Variegated leaf see if you can cultivate from that. Your A Pinto might have been cultivated from a mother plant that had full green leaves.

    The ‚Pinto‘ Anubias is a quirk of nature that has been propagated from a normal green population using selection. The light green variegation can be more or less pronounced, so only the most beautiful plants are propagated further in the production plant.

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  20. CRS Fan

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    Thank you for the insight, Keith. I forgot about that phenomenon.

    Best regards,

    Stuart


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