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Old 09-19-2013, 03:27 PM   #11 
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I went with ada aquasoil, I love it but it sure is expensive though.

I gave away half of my shrimp already and kept the deep red ones, I added a couple of painted reds to keep the gene pool different and in hopes of getting more painted reds. So, I can't part with the current shrimp now sorry.
Would I be able to get some from you in the future?

Also, does the soil you use not need a cap? Does it stir? Do shrimp do ok walking on it?
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:42 PM   #12 
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Would I be able to get some from you in the future?

Also, does the soil you use not need a cap? Does it stir? Do shrimp do ok walking on it?
If I get a good survival rate and learn how to ship live animals, I will keep it mind.

This soil I'm using doesn't need a cap on it, it's dirt/soil mixed with other ingredients then it is cooked/kilned to get its shape.
The first couple of days it was cloudy but then all of the cloudiness just settles down to the substrate.

This product is good cause when I uproot plants it doesn't stir up the substrate
that much, causing lots of cloudiness.

Shrimp should be ok.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:05 AM   #13 
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Update time, 2 weeks past since I setup the tank again, what I thought was going to be low tech might make a turn for the worse or good.

Got my other regulator fixed and filled up my co2 tank and set it up


On to the diatom bloom and add HC in, I took out all of the floaters at this point now.


I decided to add a guppy for a fish in cycle.
Bad mistake though because it gave birth during the cycle now there's 3 babies in there



I'm going to start on my ferts in a couple days, even though it isn't recommended since the aquasoil gives off a lot of the nutrients in the first couple of weeks.
Here's the ferts I will be using, these were what was left over from my other tanks since I start dosing dry ferts.

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Old 09-23-2013, 04:10 AM   #14 
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Whats that fern looking plant right in the middle? I love the look of it!
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #15 
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That is hygrophilia polysperma I think or it's a hygrophilia variant.

Thanks for your comment
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:43 PM   #16 
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Ever since I took out my floaters, I've started a bloom of hair algae. I'm hand picking most of it out now, and spot treating with h202.

I ran out of flourish excel, so I couldn't double dose the tank. I'm gonna go to the medical supply and pick up some metricide. It's way cheaper than buying excel, at $14 a quart you can mix up 2 quarts of excel.

Hc is not doing so well as I thought either, it's always uprooting itself. I should have done a dry start but I didn't have time to wait for a month for it to fully root in.

I might give up on the HC if it fully dies off, and try out those petsmart tissue cultured staurogyne repens. For now I have to wait and observe.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:45 PM   #17 
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Plant and equipment list updated on the 3rd post
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:56 PM   #18 
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Ok I didn't realize that I couldn't edit my 3rd post.

Here's the equipment and plant listing

Equipment:

Fluval chi 5 gallon tank
Petco nano HOB filter
23watt 5000k cfl
5# co2 tank
Archea single gauge pro regulator

Substrate and hard scape:

ADA aquasoil Amazonia
ADA Bacter 100
Special Kitty cat litter (thin layer)
Manzanita wood

Flora:

Not so dwarf sag
Mini Xmas moss
HC (dwarf baby tears)
Ludwigia repens
Hygrophilia sunset
Hygrophilia polysperma
Rotala rotundifiolia
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:34 PM   #19 
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I love the tank! Ecpesially how some of the plants seem to clime the driftwood
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I love the tank! Ecpesially how some of the plants seem to clime the driftwood
Thank you
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