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might want to look into seachems plant substrate, its laced with slow releasing plant nutrients/ Iron too. Also keep those bulbs clean and the glass top clean via white vinegar for good light penetration, even though it removes nutrients, you might also want to throw a fine mesh bag or panty hose full of rinsed activated carbon in the canister to pull out the yellowing compounds that block light out of the water, it will also help with the "earthy smell" that FW planted tanks put off.
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yeast and sugar water. I debated on the cartridge vs yeast and sugar water. A lot of people have had solid results with the yeast and sugar. You just have to stay on top of it.

I use a r/o-white vinegar mixture to clean all of my tanks. Based off your rec a few months ago. Works like a champ and keeps the hardwater build up off. I did the white sand in this one b/c my wife really wanted a white sand tank. It just gets to damn dirty and washes out the rest of the tank. I gave it a shot, mainly b/c the white sand was cheap. I use the seachem root tabs, plus their line of fert products. Minus excel. Both my 50 and this one are lined with root tabs. I replace them about every 3 months. I've never been much for carbon in the tanks unless there is a need for it. I soaked/boiled the crap out of the drift wood. It was a bit tea colored for a week or so, but water changes cleared it up. I will probably add some more bio rings to the ecco in a month or so.
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Sounds awsome, I only run carbon for 24-48 hrs then I pull it, it just removes too much good nutirents but it does wonders for water clarity!
Glad to hear my recommendation of RO water+ white vinegar helped you out. Happy aquarium tinkering!
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I love blue rams, very pretty fish. A little skittish, and they seem to have a pretty high mortality rate. Just keep the stress down on them and they'll be happy.
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I always fed my fry hikari first bites. You can use regular food and grind it down pretty small. Get a turkey baster and deliver the food to the fry that way.
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Looks like most if not all of the eggs have fallen off the slate. Not sure what happened.
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Water is still a little cloudy. 80% done, still need to decide on my rock and where the red flame will go. I'm going to let the plants grow and place around them in about 2-3 weeks.
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Came home from a long day of work to find titus and mama herding 20-25 fry.
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tested the water last night, ammonia is at 5ppm, I'm going to keep the levels that high until I start to see it drop. hopefully I can get this tank cycled in 2-3 weeks.
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hey what kind of co2 system are you using? i have a 55 gal and im just thinking of making my own like this guy did...http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=115850
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on this tank I'm using the hagen system with a diy mixture

on the 50 gallon I'm still working with Excel. I'm not planning on adding co2 to it until we move. I don't really have the room to put a diy co2. I know the tank needs a steady co2 supply, so the plants are hurting a bit. I've seen a few diy co2 kits, from paintball guns to 2l soda bottles. Doesn't look to be to hard to put together. I just don't have the space for it.
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Also what kind of substrate are you using? And where did you get it?
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Both tanks I'm using an eco complete mixture that I got from sphongle. He gave me two 5 gallon buckets full. I saw the same stuff on amazon for about 36.00 for a 20lb bag. It's fantastic substrate, although many on the planted tank would disagree. A lot of people are going to dirt tanks now with gravel/sand over. While I understand the idea of doing a dry start with soil for a planted tank. The soil breaks down a lot quicker. You would end up having to do a substrate change every 6-12 months. That's a huge pita to do 1-2 times a year. The "walstad" method has become pretty popular, but Im not buying into.

The sand in the 50 gallon tank is your basic sand from petco (4.49 for 5lbs) but I found the dwarf hairgrass does not like it at all. I don't think it's fine enough.

This tank I went with some caribeaSea sand from petsmart. 22.00 for 20lbs of it. It's very very very fine, and the drawf hairgrass sent out runners 2-3 weeks after they got planted, compared to the HG in the 50 gallon that just clumped and died. Actually all of the plants in this tank have reacted very well to the substrate/sand mixture. I put root tabs about every 6 inches and replace them once a quarter. Generally when I do my quarterly 50% water change.
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ok i was JUST going to put this stuff in it and call it good? but your saying i would have to take this shit out 2 a year!?http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

also i have a coralife light, it has two 10k 65watt bulbs and two Actinic 65watt bulbs..... do you think those will be fine?
so your saying i should buy some sand from petco and dirt?
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That stuff is about equal to ecocomplete. That's not dirt, it will do fine if you are not going to overstock with plants. 4-5 inches and an inch of sand on top. Root tabs and ei dose with a set schedule. What are you doing for lights? How big is the tank?
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Ditch the actinic bulbs. They are meant for reef tanks, while they make the tank pop, they grow algae lile crazy.
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Ditch the actinic bulbs. They are meant for reef tanks, while they make the tank pop, they grow algae lile crazy.
Yes they do! Lol it grows like crazy lol and which light bulb should I get to replace them? And it's a 55gal...
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I run 2 65w coralife 6700 or 6500k from 11:30-8. Moon lights for from 9-11 and 5-7. 10k might be a bit much, what are you planting?
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Just wanting some dwarf grass
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You might consider dropping down to 6500, give the 10k a shot
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when are you planning on planting your hairgrass. If you wait a month, I should have a decent chunk to pull out of the tank to make room for rocks. I'm letting it cover then removing sections to add hardscape.
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Yeah idk.... Just kinda throwing the idea around cuz it does make a tank look so damn amazing and didn't really have anything to do this weekend so I was gonna try and tear into the tank.... It's due for some upgrades lol
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The tank is looking good man. I'm glad to to see it up and running and that you're having fun with it.
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There is a guy on fishfishclub selling a decent variety of plants pretty cheap. It's the save my A** thread.

Thanks Brian, really happy with the way it came together. Thanks for selling the set up!
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Speaking of plants.

Today I put some wild coontail hornwort in my tank. It came from the cove next to my house. If all goes well I plan on snagging some more (its taken over the cove).

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