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Old 12-17-2009, 08:23 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Tank still going strong about 10 months after setup. Very little maintenance other than clipping the ferns,thinning out the blyxa and refreshing the sand so tank has lived up to it's promise of being low maintenance. One curious think is that I'm starting to see a slight dusting of brown particles on the plants. I'm not sure if it's diatoms or the breakdown from long-term use of Aquasoil II. I'm leaning toward the former but curious if anyone else has experienced this.

Awesome tank! When I'm tired of trimming stems, I know who I'm going to copy.
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:01 PM   #62 (permalink)
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Well I think I've diagnosed the small brown particles that have been appearing on some of the plants. This picture shows some rocks that form the border between the Aquasoil II and the sand. After 10 months the Aquasoil II has broken down into a powder and is now slipping between the cracks in the border as you can see in this picture. What I noticed next was really interesting. After the brown power (AS II) slipped through the cracks the Amano shrimp in the tank would start sifting through it for goodies. This lifted it up and allowed the flow from the filter to move the fine powder around the tank where it got trapped mainly in the moss. I have other tanks with Aquasoil I and have never had this issue.



First I thought it might be a diatom issue, but the other plants and stuff higher up are very pristine and don't show any issue.

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Old 12-23-2009, 06:05 PM   #63 (permalink)
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I can see that the tank has matured wonderfully, House.

Glad to hear you dont have a fungal issue or some other plant disease issue.
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Thanks Newt. Yes tank has matured and has really proven low maintenance, but the breakdown of the AS II has proven to be a bit of a problem for a long-term setup like this.
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I really think AS II is a poor product. This happened in my tank, but much sooner. I'd never use it again.



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I really think AS II is a poor product. This happened in my tank, but much sooner. I'd never use it again.
I would have to agree. Definitely not for a long-term scape and/or one that you will be uprooting, rearranging. Couple of new pics from tank. I'll put up a full tank shot once it do some trimming.



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Couple of new pics from tank. I'll put up a full tank shot once it do some trimming.
It's a beautiful aquascape, HC, and you have posted some great pics of it, nicely composed, and with well chosen exposure. I've been subscribed to this thread for some time, lurking, until now, and enjoying it greatly.

I hope you'll consider a couple of things for your next photo session. One would be the removal of hardware for the duration of the shoot. Many things can be easily photoshopped out, but, except for the most painstaking work, there are usually some artifacts of the process that remain behind. Secondly, it would be wonderful if you could post your images in a bit higher resolution format, something like 1024 wide, perhaps, so that we could enjoy the detail that's in the images that much better.

Thanks again for sharing your work with us here at APC.
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Absolutley beautiful.
I'm so jealous of your work and success.

Sorry to hear about the substrate issue. I havent used manmade substrate because of the short life span I keep reading about.
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by far my favorite picture ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my new desktop pictures
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Thanks for those comments! Glad you like the pics.

I usually use this size resolution in the forums since their more manageable and easier to look at. Funny thing 'bout the equipment. If you look at the first pic with the cardinals in it. You could see the intake in the upper left. That is actually going to an eheim 2215 which comes with green intakes (?). Since I have a black background the green looked bad, so I purchased the eheim intake kit and that is better but it's still not black more like smoke. I did this in an attempt to not take the equipment out everytime I take pics. So it proved very difficult to find a 1/2" intake so I finally just went to Home Depot and purchased 1/2" pvc and did a little DIY to get it to work, but the suction cups and strainer are still smoke color. I guess I have to change those as well, LOL.
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