December 2nd, 2012
Just wanted to share some of my recent progress in the way of flowers with everybody:
Limnophila sp. 'Vietnam'
Staurogyne sp. 'Bihar'
The whole plant:
(tried to use the backlighting to candle the pod, so we can see a bit of what's inside...)
Will post more as things continue to bloom.
November 8th, 2012
Tank : 60x40x36 OptiWhite
Light : HQI 70W Philips 6500K next week ADA HQI 150W Green
Substrate : 2xADA Amazonia New, 2L Power Sand S, Bacter 100, Tourmaline BC, Clear super, Penac W, Penac P zakupy w NAShop.pl
Filtering : Eheim 2217 + ADA Bio Rio + ADA NA Carbon + ADA Palm Net
Stone : 20-25kg Gray Stone
Fertilization : Co2, all ADA
Flora : Hemiantus callitricoides cuba, Staurogyne Respan, Eleocharis parvula, Utricularia gramminifolia, Hydrocotyle Sp. Japan
Fauna : comming soon
Now we just have to wait until the increase in mass of a plant that is 4-8 weeks. And when it comes to dry off, I will try to express why I decided to explain. Low weight of plants, algae-rich substrate = 100% and so peacefully without algae and surprises start
sorry my english is bad
October 6th, 2012
Just finished up with the move from old rental property to new home. Life sure has been hectic lately!
So, the Journal starts over, and as much as I hated to tear down the tank from this:
.....but it had to be done. To re-set and try to go with the same aesthetic would have been uncreative and boorish. Everything was sold or given away. Many thanks to Tlyons01 who spent a "fun" afternoon tearing the tank down with me. It only took about 7 hours.
Prior to that, the outside of the stand/pedestal was removed. It was made of 2x4's: very solid construction, but the outside was made of pressboard. A terrible choice, in retrospect, for obvious reasons. It had been warped and bubbled, and was a total eyesore. So, I stripped it down and threw it out.
Here are a few pics of the new pedestal:
That is red oak stained with walnut with iron hinges and knobs. We're going for more of a "rustic" old-fashioned look for the sitting room, and I thought that this would look nice. Eventually, the pendant above the tank will be redone either in black, or it will be done to match the pedestal. Probably happen in January. In the new design, I added side doors in order to make accessing the equipment in the back easier to do. It has been triple coated in poly on all sides to ensure water resistance, and almost "water proofing."
The day following the drain and dis-assembly, we moved the tank, lighting, and new pedestal to the new house. This was all done within two hours, which was faster than I had anticipated. The move went flawlessly, and I was ready to re-start the scape. So....
IN went custom made Manzanita branches that came from hydrophyte (from TPT), plain kitty litter (about 30lbs), and that was topped by MTS made by DogFish2.0. The Manzy branches are semi-poseable that will allow me to move the "joints" as needed in order to access equipment with relative ease, or to alter the hardscape as desired. You will notice screws in some of the future pictures; these are the "joints" I refer to....just a simple screw and nut assembly. Hydrophyte did do a marvelous job cutting the ends of the branches into simple fittings through which the screw passes through and is held on the other side by the nut.
DogFish sent six large Flat Rate boxes of MTS to me months ago, and makes about a two inch layer in my tank. Wonderful stuff!:
Sprinkled on the potash, pressed it into the MTS, and then topped that with some of my old tank's substrate. Added the Seriyu stone and other stone into the tank, and now this is how it looked:
Three rock "peninsulas" are featured in this set up for bucephelandra, anubia, and java fern species; the substrate will feature mostly crypts.
More pictures tomorrow!!
October 6th, 2012
I'd like to get some feedback and some planting ideas for my first rock layout. I have always avoided rock scapes, but figured I'd give one a try for somethign new and different. I like the way it looks, but now I'm concerned that by the time I plant it most of the rocks will be hidden.
Any advice or plant recommendations are appreciated.
A view from the top:
August 7th, 2012
5x 3w cool white CREE with ripple optics
aluminum I beam
2 prong plug
extra solid core wire
July 17th, 2012
As on request I'll start a journal of my 400L (almost 100 gallon I believe) planted tank. After coming from Tanganyika cichlids I started this aquarium almost 2 years ago. Faced some serious challenges but think I got it figured out more or less now (mostly learning it the hard way).
Let's start chronological with the first scape. This started out as a planted iwagumi with manacapuru angelfish in it. The rocks were not made for a planted tank and my KH was sky high although I did 50% waterchanges 2 times a week with pure R/O water:
After this algae strikes and the rocks were replaced with wood:
Some detail pics:
Glass lily pipes (after two broken inlets I replaced them with custom made stainless steel):
Young angelfish, the heavy feeding to raise them up nice was also a factor in the algae growth:
May 29th, 2012
I went to Interzoo on thursday 17th of May. Here is a picture album with 275 pics (to much to upload here).
I also made a video, showcasing the Vortech MPxx pumps, the new GHL led lightning and other stuff i found on the fair.
By: Tex Gal
May 22nd, 2012
Luis Navarro came up to present at the DFWAPC for May 2012. Here are some pxs of the tank and the meeting.
Ricky Cain lending Luis Navarro a hand (or two...)
You Tube Video. We had just redone the hair grass in the front corner.
As it sits in the room
May 2nd, 2012
hi there this is my new setup it runs 4 months .
Tank size : 100x40x45cm
Fertilization : EI
Lighting : 6x30watt T8HO (8hours) + 2 x 35 t5 (6hours)
CO2 system : Pressurized,ph controller
Substrate system : seachem flourite
Filtration : 2 x ecco pro 300 eheim 750lt/h
Temp : 24-26C
fish 30 hemigrammus bleheri, otos,sae
i am listening for andvice or changes to make it better
By null at 2012-03-29
April 16th, 2012
Hey guys havent been on this forum in awhile. Just wanted to share some pics of my recent tank. feel free to suggest any changes to it. I dont claim to be an expert and ill be glad to hear some constructive criticism
100 gallon long (72"), 2 fluval 404s, t5ho lighting (468 watts with 12 blue moons at night, x6 6000k and x6 pink bulbs...i plan to change the pink bulbs to 6700k) 10 hours a day, co2 injected (just bought a kh test kit so not sure what the ppm is right now but its about 3-4 bps diffused via output hose with gravel tube attached) on a timer to turn off at night, flourite gravel, turbo twist x6 UVS, a whisper air pump (just for o2 exchange)
Current Dosing schedule Index method: (just started today seeing how it plays out)
1 tsp KNO3,
1/2 tsp kh2po4, k2so4, csm+b,
1/4 tsp cacl2, mgso4
Dosages done on M W F and Su* when 50-70% wc is done
I know im suppose to dose csm+b and kh2po4 on different days but i have a bad way of keeping record which day i did them on.
Usually i only dose Kno3, kh2po4, and Csm+b but im trying something new since i have all the chemicals anyway
Fish: Checkerboard pigion discus, 18 tiger barbs, 1 glass catfish, about 10 aus rainbows, a few corys, 5 blood fin tets, 6 rasbora hets, 2 clown loaches, sail fin pleco (hes gona go once i catch him since hes not doing a good job at eating any algae :P)
Driftwood stacked in the middle, plants are mainly wisteria, and others too lazy to list/dont know technical names for them :P
Heres what tank looked like empty:
Then a few days later:
Then had problems with green water for 3 weeks then added the UV and it was amazing.
(im assuming the tank didnt cycle all the way and i had added tons of fish even though my filters came off of a 55 gallon planted tank that cracked, i just moved everything over)
2 days after i added the UV (took 2 days, some people say within hours but i guess that depends on your filter)
Ill get more pictures up soon.