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Old 02-10-2011, 05:46 PM   #31 (permalink)
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The mini-m looks ready to fill! Lovely aquascape.

I'm interested in your mini-l, though. I've had no troubles growing HC in damp well drained soil--but it looks like the front of your tank might be slightly submersed. Have you considered letting it dry out slightly and then misting it?
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The mini-m looks ready to fill! Lovely aquascape.

I'm interested in your mini-l, though. I've had no troubles growing HC in damp well drained soil--but it looks like the front of your tank might be slightly submersed. Have you considered letting it dry out slightly and then misting it?
Thanks, Mary.

The front of the tank is more elevated than the middle, so it's much dryer. The HC showing good growth are in the wetter areas. The plants from these areas are slowly creeping out and filling in the rest.
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Mini-L - 14th week

HC is about 50% filled in. Hopefully it won't take another 3 months for the rest.






Mini-M - 13th week

I'll probably be able to add water to this tank next weekend.





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lol damn son, fill it now!
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It´s wonderful¡¡¡ fill it now¡¡¡
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Thanks guys!

Since the UG carpet is a least 95% filled in now, I have a question for you guys before I add water to the tank. I've done a lot of reading and received a lot of warning about UG's propensity to melt when making the transition. I'd like to avoid this as much as possible, so what is the best step I should take? Should I...
  1. Completely flood the tank and turn on the CO2 full blast, or
  2. Slowly raise the water level by about 1/4" a week until all of the UG is submerged

I'd appreciate any thoughts/advice on this. TIA!
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Mini-L - 15th week






Mini-M - 14th week

Please see the previous reply for my question about flooding this tank.





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Old 02-26-2011, 08:50 PM   #38 (permalink)
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From what I've read you should probably blast the CO2 in the beginning, and also try to use water from an established tank. Since UG is carnivorous, it needs a steady micro fauna population to maintain itself.
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This is a beautiful development!

However for 3.5 months one could achieve a much faster growth. If you had flooded the soil with water once a day and drained immediately you would have had explosive growth. What we see happening here in 3.5 months would have hapened in less than 1 month. But the flooding would be a daily chore.

I hope the transition to fully submerged goes well! After all the entire idea of a dry start is to give the plants a huge boost - they start with established roots.

I too think you should start the CO2 from the very beginning. But not 30 ppm. The reason being that I believe more in the filtration as a way to keep everything in line. Neglecting the filtration and compensating with fertilizer or other things is counterproductive to me. So try to not suffocate the bacteria in the filter by pumping 30 ppm CO2. Do pump CO2 from Day 1 but not at the maximum level.

I see you have a good size filter. The best approach would be to seed this filter beforehand - hook it up to the new tank only after it has been operational for a few weeks.

Amano has an interview talking about a particular tank in which he did not want to have any issues. One of the things he says he did was exactly that - to run the filter on another tank for a month and then use it on the brand new setup. The idea is easy to grasp. But note that Amano says that the tank used for seeding the filter was established well and very clean, no alagae of any kind.

I think it' would be beneficial to use a seeded filter and at the same time not to suffocate it with a lot of CO2 in an attempt to provide the plants with the maximum amount of CO2.

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I just filled the Mini-M. I'll take some pictures of the tank as soon as the bubbles clear.

In the meantime, here are pictures of the progression that's taken place in the past 16 weeks...





















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