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Old 01-20-2019, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hey,

First ever journal in this hobby after having a number of tanks. I try my best to run a high tech setup and it will be fun to finally document a tank from start to finish. In this scape I'm using black lava rock, manzanita wood for hardscape, la plata sand and tropica soil for substrate. Livestock includes Ember tetra's, Harlequin rasbora's, Oto's, Amano shrimp, and Fire red shrimp. I'd appreciate any comments!

25g Seapora Cube tank
Eheim 2213 filter
10lb Co2 setup
Eheim 350 skimmer
Chihiros 45cm RGB LED

Plants:
Monte Carlo
Rotala H'ra
Rotala Green
AR Mini
Dwarf Hairgrass
Staurogyne Repens
Hygrophila Pinnatifida
Bolbitus
Trident Java Fern
Mini Pelia
Anubias Petite
Various Bucephalandra


Previous scape


Some things I learned from this scape
- I only have 18x18x18 to work with so large or long growing plants overpower and throw off sense of scale
- Especially had problems with the Needle leaf java fern growing too long, reaching the glass then growing upwards
- Christmas & Pinna sort of created a canopy at the top of the tank and blocked too much light

The tear down


Clean & ready to go


Wood & rocks in


Zips & substrate in


Day 1:


Day 35:


Day 52:


Day 64:


Day 77:


Some thoughts after..
- First time using tissue culture plants, the quality and quantity is amazing
- Need to work on the right side as some eggcrate is still visible
- Might add more small rocks + christmas moss to fill in

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Looks amazing!! Very professionally done, like it should be in those aquascape contests. More close shots from different angles?

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Beautiful shots Jesse. Love the new scape. What happened to all the H. pinnatafida? Man...the stuff I got from you is alive..but really slow growing. I guess I cannot judge it properly until I get my CO2 system sorted out.
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Looks amazing!! Very professionally done, like it should be in those aquascape contests. More close shots from different angles?

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I'll post some different angles and a one week progress pic tomorrow, thank you!

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Beautiful shots Jesse. Love the new scape. What happened to all the H. pinnatafida? Man...the stuff I got from you is alive..but really slow growing. I guess I cannot judge it properly until I get my CO2 system sorted out.
Sold some, but I added around 4 little pieces to the top of the driftwood in the new scape so it will be back. Once you have co2 dialed in you should see great growth, becomes a weed once established and starts shooting runners out. One of my favourite plants for sure.
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Day 7 FTS



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One week of growth on the TC Rotala Green, H'ra & AR Mini




-Somehow had a massive die off of the Fire red neo's, was scooping a couple out every morning. Fish and Amano's are perfectly normal..
-Been doing 50% water changes every 2/3 days
-Trying a different co2 diffuser and flow pattern by moving the lily pipes and skimmer position
-Bumped up the light one intensity setting higher

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The tank at 19 days:



Everything is going well throughout the tank and I haven't had anymore shrimp deaths lately. All the stems got there first trim yesterday at around 2-4 inches to throw out double shoots and start creating the back bush. The H'ra is starting to show some yellow/pink colours and I replanted some trimmings to fill in any empty gaps. Now we wait..

I don't think I was getting the best co2 diffusion throughout the tank so I moved the diffuser to under the eheim filter inflow. Getting much better diffusion and seeing improved pearling which is a great sign. Don't know if this affects the filter in anyway but it does sort of burp every hour to let out excess gases. Anyway we'll see how it goes since its showing better results then blowing the bubbles around the tank. Really interested in setting up a co2 reactor of some sort in the future..





Hygrophila pinnatifida growing well + shrimp photobomb



Bolbitus sending out tons of new fronds 10+



Shoutout to some good looking nerite snails



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Full Tank Friday update:



Tank is now 35 days old and the plants continue to grow well. Starting to see some nice green dust algae on some of the rocks and wood, I personally like the look as it gives it a more mature feel. Replaced the trident java fern with christmas moss and took out most of the srepens because it's the one plant that doesn't grow quite right for me. Monte carlo is spreading, stems are getting some height.. Pinnatifida kind of exploded and it's also growing much larger leaves compared to when I used it in my previous scape. Guess it has more room to grow so it's taking full advantage.

Only problem i'm having is BBA starting to grow on most of the slow growers.. Going to be removing all affected leaves and double up on waterchanges for a couple weeks. Lily pipes need a clean this week too.

Will post more shots this weekend.

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So I broke my lily pipe inflow while cleaning today.. Thankfully it was at the tip where the inflow slits are so I attached a sponge and it still works for now. Co2 diffusion might even be better as no bubbles whatsoever get by and float to the top, all get pulled into the sponge+inflow.

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A couple buce flowers



Monte carlo starting to drape down the rocks



Anyone know what these lines are in the H'ra leaves?

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Beautiful! Its really growing in so nicely!
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Some critter shots:







Heavily cropped in just using a 50mm lens.
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