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Old 07-11-2007, 03:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Great progress. Setting up new tanks has always been my favorite part of the process.
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Old 07-11-2007, 04:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a suggestion: Looking at your CO2 bottles, I see you are using silicone to seal where the tube goes thru the bottle cap. At least it looks that way. I haven't had much luck doing that. It seals for awhile, but since most of those caps are made of materials silicone doesn't adhere well to, the seal soon starts leaking. The better way to do this is to drill a hole smaller than the tube O.D. then poke/pull the tube thru the hole. That makes the hole grip the tube so tightly it seals mechanically. Better to change that now rather than after a week wondering why no CO2 gets to the water.
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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hey yea I did poke a hole through the cap smaller than the tube and pulled it through (near impossible w/o fingernails haha, neways i just put the silicone as a extra precaution
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Hey everyone!
I'm very excited because i just got some of the initial planting completed! I was a little concerned because my water took almost a day to clear up and still I dont think it is fully clean, Soilmaster is really messy, has anyone else had this problem? how do i get it to fully clear up? I didn't wash it because everyone here said it was a waste of time. This is where I am going to really start need everyone's help. set-up was easy but getting these plants to stay nice while keeping alge down will be hard so please stay with me

Here are the plants I have purchased


Quillwort (behind driftwood)
Java moss (on driftwood)
Cabomba (in middle)
Onion plant (back right)
a few shoots of dwarf sag (foreground)
mystery plant just to the right of driftwood i have no idea what it is

I am having trouble getting my co2 to work but i will figure that out later

I also would greatly appreciate some aquascaping help i am getting more plants in a day or two but i dont know what or where to put it.

Thanks in advance
-John
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:14 AM   #15 (permalink)
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You are off to a great start! Don't worry about the Soilmaster select. Just let your filter run. In a couple of days the dust will have settled and then things will be pretty clear. Just give it time. I don't rinse mine and it takes about two days to clear up.

Do you have a plan for fertilization, yet? I suggest either EI or PPS Pro. Dry ferts from rexgrigg.com are great!

Do not worry about aquascaping yet, either. I would however stuff some more plants in there. Lots of plant mass is the key.
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Old 07-14-2007, 04:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Very cool man, but like Kelly said, give it more plants. Don't even give the algae a chance.

Ive had great success with stem plants like hygrophila difformis and hygrophila polysperma. These things grow fast, especially the polysperma. If given enough light it will grow on a horizontal path in its apparent quest to dominate the tank.

I would do something different with the wood (just a thought) if I were you. Maybe lay them down instead of having them sticking up..?
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:38 AM   #17 (permalink)
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going to buy some new plants friday because my LFS is getting a huge shipment in, I will post pics a after I get everything setup. anyways sorry i haven't given an update in a while.

I got my diy co2 working finally running about 1bps, I just made a bunch of stupid mistakes haha. I now have all new bulbs in my fixtures so that will help alot i'm sure.

i had a question, some of the leaves on my cabomba are getting pale how do i fix this?

Also what is the best way to diffuse my co2 into the water, i am thinking about using the upside down bottle method where you catch the co2 in it and give it time to dissolve

Anyways here is the tank cleared up it looks much better

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Old 07-17-2007, 03:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I used the hagen ladder when I was running a DIY setup. Now, I use a limewood air stone on my pressurized system. The ladder is cheap enough at 10 bucks and the limewood is only $3 for a two pack.

Maybe you could build a reactor and run the gas inline with the cannister filters exhaust..
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Hey Really Like Yer setup.... I REALLY like how you have yer driftwood upright, really cool. no one does it. i have one small piece in mine i wanna get a few and have kinda upright too. and another question to those pro's out there what is this "limewood" i'm hearing about ?
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:20 PM   #20 (permalink)
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...pc=1&N=0&Nty=1

These are the limewood diffusers I was speaking of. Some people like, some don't. Personally, I like the fine mist they produce. I position it right under the exhaust of my cannister filter and the gas is blown across the tank.
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