03-31-2007, 11:49 AM
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| | Re: 10gal Shrimp tank journal
Ok, so I suck at making "journals." To make up, here's an updated picture.
A few months ago I had planted some nice HC but the MTS and shrimp managed to uproot most of it. Bugger. I left the tank alone for a long time, only adding the occasional dose of Excel and Flourish, some petite nana. I also did a trim of the moss about six weeks ago. Two weeks ago I added some patches of Eleocharis parvula. Yesterday I tied some of the moss to ADA riccia stones to give the impression the moss from the background is flowing down to the front right. It'll take a while to grow in but I'm optimistic. The new CO2 system is really helping out and I've continued dosing Excel (2x OD every other day or two.) Flourish is dosed 1-2ml every couple days. That bunch of HC to the right of center has doubled in the past week since I got the pressurized system up 100% and the pinhole-ing has all but disappeared. The color of all the plants has vastly improved as well. Note the bright green specks amongst the moss across the top. That's because of the uprooted HC sprigs getting stuck in the moss when I let the water level drop really low...like down to the top of the pump's outlet. I thought it was cool the HC was doing so well above the water so I let it go. Now I'm having a heck of a time picking it all out because the moss isn't rooted very strongly into the lava rocks, so when I pull off a sprig of HC, some of the moss comes with it and I have to trim the area.
Neglect aside, I'm very happy with how this is turning out. The petite nana to the far right will get halved as it's way too big for that area. I don't think there is any real style to it...if anything, it was inspired by combining moss wall tanks and the liverock structures in reef tanks. My only gripe is the MTS drive me nuts and there isn't anything I can do beside manually remove the biggest ones.