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Old 03-04-2018, 12:55 AM   #11
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:35 PM   #12
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Thanks Coldmantis, I think by the way things are growing in with only two weeks under the belt, I'm going to end up with that jungle look I'm going for.

Two week update.

Everything is growing in fairly nicely. I've had minimal melting on the crypts. Really only the C.Pygmea melted, but they are growing back. The Rotala and the Ludwigia Sp. Super Red melted too, but that was due to them having to be kept in a bucket for a week due to a pick up date mix up. I'm really rather surprised that any of them survived at all. But as the Ludwigia grow back, I'll get to replanting them in a better defined area.

The Blyxa has really began to shoot up this week with a good inch of growth on the right hand side, and generally looking better on the Left.

The AR Mini are growing out a lot faster than I had anticipated and I may have to make cuttings soon.

All the Crypts have settled in nicely and I can't wait for them to go nuts and really grow in so the area gets all bushy, but with little areas underneath for tiny fish to explore and hide.

The Salvinia is growing like mad on the surface and I'm already going to have to weed a handful of them out. But they look so awesome.

The Malaysian Trumpet snails have big, and I've seen a few small ones in there, so they are most likely breeding as usual, despite the tank being near the middle end of it's cycle.

Speaking of which, here are the number from the last couple of weeks.

March 7th (Day after a water change)
Ph: 6.4
Ammonia: 1.0ppm
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5.0ppm
KH: 2
GH: 4

March 10th (No water change this time)
Ph: 6.4
Ammonia: 2.0ppm
Nitrite: 0.25
Nitrate: 10-20ppm
KH: 2
GH: 4

March 16th
Ph: 6.4
Ammonia: 0.5ppm
Nitrite: 2.0
Nitrate: 40-80ppm
KH: 2
GH: 4

20% water change performed after this test.

I'm finding I have to keep the water level at a certain distance so as to not have biofilm showing up on the water surface. I'm likeing the flow the MP10 gives and the fact I can put it higher or lower as I need. It helps to keep the silvinia at the top moving around so it doesn't completely block the light out all the time to the plants below.

The 14g is going through a bit of a growing pain after the removal of most of the Wisteria and the two types of vals. It has developed a little algae issue and although it is a bit unsightly, it isn't really all that bad. I need to put some of those MTS down there and buy more L.Cardinalis for both tanks. I planted some of the E.Tenellus down there too to see how well it will grow.
No livestock losses though, which is a good thing and everyone is eating like mad as usual.

I'm not too sure what I am going to want to do with the 14g now that I have my main tank planted. It will certainly become my quaranteen in the future after I add my main residents to the big tank. For certain I kind of want to take most of the twisted val out of this tank and rescape it so it looks nicer. I would prefer mostly lower to the ground plants. I'll likely put overflow plants into it in the future to be sold.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:35 PM   #13
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This tank is coming along very nicely and the plants have been growing extremely well. Especially the Blyxa and AR mini, despite the PAR38's being more in the blue spectrum (10-12k), rather than the 6.5k. Even the crypts have been growing since settled in.

Very little algae has shown up as of yet. Only the wee bit that was on the vals I transfered over from the little tank, but the ramshorns, bladder pond and Malasian trumpet snails have been taking care of a bit of that. Plus the fact I'm running the lights on a split 8hour timer over 12 hours I think helps too.

Water Parameters have pretty much stabilized, though the nitrates are still a touch high, but the fish don't appear to be affected by them at all. The cardinals eat like Paranhas.

March 23rd
PH: 6.4
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 30-40ppm

April 6th
PH: 6.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 30-40ppm

I'm going to have to keep an eye on the PH swing and do some more tap water testing to get a feel for when the City changes things that might affect my tank, so I know not to do water changes around certain times of the month like a day after a heavy rain (super chlorinated water).

The first couple of pics are my typical front tank shot, with the 3 Par38s only, so you can see the difference in the lighting. When it comes to leds, how bright a light is does not determine it's PAR value or how well plants respond to growth.

Why does this matter?

Well, today I finally have my main light, the Fluval Fresh & Plant 2.0. I can tell you one thing, it sure is a LOT brighter than just the Par38s, and it's now going to take me some time to get used to the change in spectrum. I dimmed them down to only about 70% as I plan on still using the Pars. But the main change in light is mainly to ensure the light spread much better and less shadowing down to the subtrate level, while having the proper spectrum for plant growth.

My first expectation: I'm likely going to see an explosion in algae until I find the right balance, then followed by proper plant growth once I get everything all settled again.

The last set of pics show the tank with the new light on it, and the blyxa that has a baby split off from it already.
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:29 PM   #14
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Default Impressed with the Fluval 2.0

I decided to give it about a month between updates since it doesn't seem like too many people are interested in my threads. At least this way those who are can see a visual difference.

I have to say that I'm extremely impressed with the Fluval 2.0 light. Growth has exploded in my tank since adding it, and I've had to turn off the 3 Par38 lights now to control algae growth.

For an LED light, the spread has been fantasic for my low to the subtrate plants and my wisteria, which has really started to send out new branches from the subtrate level and grow those upwards.

If you are looking for a good LED light that does grow medium light plants (maybe even some high light plants), then I would recommend the Fluval 2.0 or better yet the Fluval 3.0 due to it's customization ability.

The vals are spreading every where now and I'll be soon cutting out the new babies to sell. The AR mini have been growing like crazy and I just had to cut them back again today. I could cut lower, but I'm still getting a feel for them.

The Blyxa is getting nice and bushy now, and has a slight red tint to it's leaves. I expect the slower growing plants to start developing babies soon.
Rotala Rotundifolia 'Pink' is growing in all coloured up and I can't wait for it to spread.

I'm really wanting to get more Ludwigia SP Super Red or Paulustris.

I have minimal algae right now. Though I will likely need to move my lighting time to a 3 hour on, 4 off and 4 on, then 12 off for total of 6 hours of light. I'd probably not have much of an issue if I ran CO2, but algae is always one of the things that does happen around the 2 month mark of a newly set up tank, so I just have to let it runs it's course and try to clean it off of surfaces as much as I can.

I lost an Oto today. The poor think decided to do a stupid and latched onto my heater when it was off and got burnt real good when it turned on. I kind of wish I could get one of the new Fluval heaters that are covered as it would have prevented that from happening.

Here are four pics of my tank.
#1 From Beginning of March when I first planted it.
#2 From April 9th
#3 From May 8th (before AR trim)
#4 From May 8th (after AR trim)
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Old 05-14-2018, 12:43 AM   #15
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Default Dark Knight Rams have landed

I had a weekend away to visit friends in the GTA and before coming home, I made a special trip to Finatics in Mississauga. I had been hoping they would have had their South American shipment in, but it was late and didn't have the dwarf cories I wanted, BUT the store did have in the Dark Knight Rams I was specifically setting this tank up for. Of course, I got them.

Added are now:
- 3 x Dark Knight Rams. 1 male and 2 females.
- 2 X German Blue Rams - 1 male and 1 female
- 6 x Rummy nose tetra.
some Amano shrimp.

I also bought some rotala rotundifolia and Ludwigia Granulosa, both of which I had to go through with a fine tooth comb as it had bladderwort in it. Don't want that stuff in my tank!

I'm totally in love with my tank now. The Black Rams look amazing in contrast with the green, especially with the red of their fins.
I still love the regular German Blue Rams though. It is going to take them a few months to mature more before they are ready to try mating.

I have had to have done something right with my tank because, after 48hours of being added, the Dark Knight Rams are starting to pair up, clean spots and the females BOTH have their ovipositors down and the male keeps going back and forth between the two of them, while keeping both GBRs away.

I highly doubt I'll be raising fry any time soon and if the fish do manage to be able to do it themselves. Cool. If not, I will be learning right along with them.

I took some pics of them and here is a youtube vid of my tank. having a slight hair algae issue on the vals closest to the light right now, but not anywhere else.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkZ3zbKxxIY

and the second video showing what I think are the rams actually cleaning a spot out to lay eggs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rKaj2iR74c

PS: The Rummynose Tetras are absolute piggies!! They eat everything!
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Very impressive tank! I've seen those dark knight rams the last few times I went to Finatics, didn't know they could get as dark as yours. They look really good
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:05 AM   #17
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Thanks very much QWC.

I was really surprised at how dark these rams were. I had heard the creater of the line has been working on getting more black out of them and he was definitely successfull.

There were about ten or more in the tank when I was there and most of them were the deep black coloration. Only a couple of them were the lighter color. Which might have explained the increase in price this year. But I'm so glad I got them. They are super fiesty and always hungry, like the Rummynose!
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:34 PM   #18
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Default OMG OMG OMG!!! I have DK Ram Fry!!

I was checking out why the male Dark Knight Ram in my tank was being so aggressive today. Now I know! I'm rather a bit surprised considering I've only had these guys for about a month.

I completely missed them laying eggs and seeing them develop that way. But hopefully I won't the next time. I just hope I didn't suck up any eggs last week when I was doing a water change. :S

There are approximately 20 or so fry from what I could tell from one of the pics. I would be more than ecstatic if even one of them survives to grow up.

As for the tank.. plants are growing, but now I have to be careful what I take out. I have a light algae issue but I hear that happens in young tanks and hopefully in time it will go away. I'm going to start by reducing lighting by an hour so I will have 3.5hrs on, 4.5hrs off, 3.5hrs on, 12.5hrs off.

I also put some pothos to root in my tank to help with excess nutrients, which I also hope will help with the algae issue... it will be a long time to fix, so no hurry.
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:56 PM   #19
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It's been a while since I updated my thread, but I figured since it is officially six months since this tank was planted, I would show you the progress.

I have all the fish I'm ever going to add now.
The 2 rams, 18 cardinal tetras, 6 rummynose tetras and 18 pygmy corydoras, plus a few Amano shrimp. They keep things busy in there without being over crowded. Lots of hiding places.

Plants have all really grown in nicely. I've added a few new ones here and there, and I think I have it the way I really want it now. I just need to keep up on the trimming from time to time and ensure algae, especially bba doesn't try to take a hold.

Here is a video of my tank... turn down the music if you don't like ProgRock space music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_udIFyVRgm8
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