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On 8/19/2021 at 7:04 PM, CalmedByFish said:

Sounds fun and looks good! Is the idea that it be like a sandbox - a place to play, rather than "set up" per se? 

Yeah, exactly! A place to play while I learn the planted tank hobby. When I eventually decide to try a fancy aquascape or a serious breeding project I’ll have some experience from this tank. 

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On 8/20/2021 at 10:31 PM, Hobbit said:

Pfffft what do you have already?!?🤣

What’s your pH and KH? I’m curious if the stratum is pulling it down like it does for me.

What’s your ferts schedule and which ones do you use?

Thanks, I am proud of the way this tank is growing in, but when I say fancy I mean really fancy, like this gem from Aquascape Germany. 

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We have very soft water so my KH and GH are low. Right now the PH of my tap and the tank are close according to the test strips. According to the API liquid my tap is lower than my tank. In the pics the tank water is the bottom strip and the left vial. I have a relatively thin layer of Stratum mixed with gravel so that might account for the ph not dropping as much as it would with all stratum. 
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I dose Easy Green, usually at the level for medium light, but a bit more when Nitrates are low. I also add API leaf zone for some extra potassium. I think it helps my Java Ferns. 

 

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On 8/21/2021 at 7:25 AM, Hobbit said:

Thanks!! It looks like you and I have pretty similar water actually. That means I should be able to grow a tank like that. Hmmm 😅

Yeah, I know there’s a super intense level of aquascaping out there, but I still think your tank looks awesome.

I’m not sure I really want the level of care involved in one of those high tech scapes but I might be fun in a a much smaller tank. 
 

 

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On 8/21/2021 at 8:12 AM, GameCzar said:

That tank looks great Patrick!   I wish I wasn't so intimidated by sand, but cleaning it sounds like a nightmare.   Some day I'll put sand in a tank.

 

I added the big ugly power head for extra flow and now the sand stays clean.   In my wife’s betta tank she has black sand and her Mystery snails keep it clean. (I’m herby naming them Hoover and Dyson) 

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Yesterday was problem solving day. This week a layer of fine particulate settled in the Java Fern and elsewhere. I think I’ve been over doing it on the baby brine or something. The plants in the left corner are overgrown and blocking the HOB so that might also be contributing to the mess. I trimmed the plants, cleaned the sponges in both filters and added some floss to the powerhead sponge. I think that should solve the problem.4057A944-23EC-4704-BE0D-0C2391734AD8.jpeg.e7f3257a478f4b625732c234ba58bc96.jpeg

After the trim

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On 9/27/2021 at 9:01 PM, Atitagain said:

The tank is beautiful really like the style. Did you have the plants grow out in different tanks or bought at that size? I don’t see if you say one way or the other but are you using 

I used mostly potted plants with a few bunches of loose stems and a handful of loose Ludwigia from my wife’s tank. 
The growth has been pretty good. Most have at least doubled in size. 
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On 9/27/2021 at 10:27 PM, Patrick_G said:

I used mostly potted plants with a few bunches of loose stems and a handful of loose Ludwigia from my wife’s tank. 
The growth has been pretty good. Most have at least doubled in size. 
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Looking great! How tall is the Spiralis and what's its potential height?

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On 9/27/2021 at 11:27 PM, Patrick_G said:

I used mostly potted plants with a few bunches of loose stems and a handful of loose Ludwigia from my wife’s tank. 
The growth has been pretty good. Most have at least doubled in size. 
here’s an old pic and a current one. 98FD160B-585F-4235-B023-F119F4A3AFD2.jpeg.9740034905381fccfe2fa1e43eee73f9.jpeg9BF98168-2385-46F2-82DB-B62F69C99166.jpeg.1ee51a440455ac727401265af62de45e.jpeg

Beautiful!  Great progress!  I favor balansea as well.  More substantial appearance and great height.  My spiralis has been in the tank longer but the balansae has very much out grown it.

I could see trying spiralis in a smaller/shorter tank where it would take over the balansae type spot at the back and be more proportional while giving the same Ed Dept on a smaller scale.  I have it in the front of my 100 and balansae near the back.  Has your spiralis gotten that tall?  Mine is only about 10-12”.  I’m due for adding root tabs.  Maybe I’ll get a growth spurt.  Balansae is easy 22” tall and that’s after a recent trim.  Was more like 24” before the trim.

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