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Old 05-07-2011, 02:28 PM   #71 (permalink)
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It's almost 10 weeks since the Mini-M was filled. The UG is starting to look a little unkempt so I had to do some housekeeping.

I had to add a bit more Aquasoil since a lot of it had settled when water was added, so a few craters formed around the base of the stones (they weren't visible because of the carpet). This caused the UG to be detached from the substrate and lift as a sheet. Rather than spend hours and replant them, I just pulled those sections out and let it eventually fill in on its own (it wouldn't look the same once replanted, anyways). I estimate it'll be about 6 weeks or so until the UG returns to its prior state. I also gave the rest of the carpet a massive haircut.







As you can see, the tank isn't looking great right now. I don't mind it since I'm not entering it in any aquascaping competition any time soon (or ever).

Currently, the livestock in the tank comprises of:
  • 22 CBS
  • 6 CPD
  • 2 oto
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:32 AM   #72 (permalink)
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from time to time your tank looks more and more beautiful...
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Do you like the Cal aqua mini pipes better than the Do!Aqua?

Any difference (besides price) in each?
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:41 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Okay, I think it's time I update this thread...

The Mini-M has been changed drastically. This is what it looked at its peak:




Unfortunately the UG has deteriorated beyond saving. Despite my best efforts, it kept getting paler and paler. Worse yet, it didn't stay rooted in the AS (despite the roots being over 1" deep). Instead, it started lifting up as an entire sheet and floated around the tank. I tried replanting it, but it didn't look the same. UG is gorgeous plant, but I question its use long-term submerged. I've never seen anyone with a UG carpet lasting more than 6 months anywhere on the internet. Perhaps it's only meant for emersed growth.

Rather than continue with the UG, I just ripped it all up and planted HC in its place. The HC in my Mini-L is doing great and looks awesome, so I went with it in this tank as well. The planting process took over 3 hours because I planted each plantlet individually. I've had success doing this in the past and got a really nice root system this way.

Here's what the tank looked after all the UG was removed:




After the HC was planted:






It doesn't look very pretty right now, but from past experience, the HC won't take much time to fill in at all.

The livestock are doing great. There are 8 CPDs, about 20-25 CBS, and one oto in there.

More updates to come. Thanks for reading!
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from time to time your tank looks more and more beautiful...
Thank you. Unfortunately that wasn't the case for the Mini-M. Luckily it'll improve drastically in about a month's time.


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Do you like the Cal aqua mini pipes better than the Do!Aqua?

Any difference (besides price) in each?
I like the proportions of the CA pipes much better. The DA pipes are a bit too large for the Mini-L. Their nano ones are smaller, but I didn't like its shape.

Quality-wise, both are pretty comparable.
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Great news - as I was doing a weekly water change today I spotted a bunch of tiny CBS shrimplets in the Mini-M! I'm pretty excited because these are my first crystal babies so far. I have a bunch of mature adults in the tank, but I didn't even notice that one was berried.

I continued to dose Mosura BioPlus and started feeding with Shirakura Chi Ebi. Between those two and the biofilm/algae in the tank there should be more than enough food for them.



Hopefully they'll grow up normally and more importantly not get sucked into the filter. *fingers crossed*
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The carpet in the Mini-M is continuing to fill in, so I thought I'd give an update on the Mini-L, which has recently undergone a complete makeover as well.

Here's what it originally looked like in April:




I wasn't too happy with the placement of the Ryuoh stones so I decided to rescape everything. I also didn't like how DHG was growing way too quickly and encroached on the HC despite a plastic divider being there. It also needed constant trimming (every 2-3 days) or it'll look unkempt. It was an easy decision for me to remove the DHG altogether.

Here's what I looked like afterwards:



In clearing out the tank I spotted a few moving microscopic red & white specks which turned out to be baby CRS. I was pretty excited since they were the first I saw in this tank (along with the baby CBS in the Mini-M).

Here's what the tank looked like after I replanted some of the HC:




Angled from the top:




Angled left view:




Right side closeup:




Livestock (phoenix rasboras, pygmy cories, CRS, and an oto):




Right side view:



I upped the CO2 bubble rate to help speed up the carpet to fill in. I estimate it'll take about 4-6 weeks for it to look as it was before. The waiting game begins (again)...

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Here's a little video I took of the tank: Youtube
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Progress in the Mini-M has been pretty slow. I kind of expected this since the same thing has happened last time (during the initial dry start). The HC takes a while to develop a strong root system before growing new leaves.

Here's the tank so far:




Closeup of the eight CPDs darting around:



(The white "snow" floating around is Mosura BioPlus and Shirakura Chi Ebi baby food that I just added before it settles on the substrate a few seconds later)


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Nice. I like this rock layout much better.
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Default Re: My New Mini-M and Mini-L Iwagumi Tanks

Tony,
sad to see the UG go, but the HC looks like it will be just as awesome once its grown in.

Best of luck and thanks for you response/advice to my thread
I'm hoping I don't have to start all over again ;0)
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