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Old 01-19-2014, 04:58 AM   #381
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Thanks for liking my tank. It has been interesting to see the different tanks on here.
I decided for the first time to make the tank (and the water of course) my priority and the fish and shrimp would then be happy. This is my first venture into small fish & shrimp.
The tank substrate is a type of black soil, not sure of its proper name, and is 3" deep. I got 2 of the biggest bits if bog wood I could fit in. Then just started planting. My other hobby is gardening and I used the same principles, arranging it trying to imagine what it would look like fully grown.
I use Seachem flourish excel daily (normal dose) and Co2 injection at a medium level. It probably only reaches 10ppm saturation - I had to be wary with the shrimps. Lighting is 2 x T8 42" tubes - one aimed at plant growth, one at fish colour. Lighting is on for 13 hours a day. I have been amazed at the plant growth.
The plant fish balance keeps Nitrates at 5 max but i do about 10% water change twice a week to keep it 'fresh'.
Was it expensive? If everything had been brand new then yes but I bought carefully and bought a lot off the Internet - avoiding LFS where ever possible.
Good luck with your aquascaping. Post pics. Cheers. Steve.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:48 AM   #382
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Try a few Mystery snails, and best bet are Pond snails, though it is controversial about people who do not like them in their tanks. They don't really have a problem over populating for me.

The really broad piece to the right was cleaned off in about 10 days. This is in a 72G, so it is a BIG piece (there are three pieces total in there.)



This piece had almost an inch of slime to the rear and back, mostly about a 1/4-1/2" Was cleaned in about 2 weeks with 2 Mystery Snails and some Ramshorns. It was harder for the mystery snails to get into the sharp crevices. The Ramshorns took a little longer!

Thanks so much!!!!
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:07 AM   #383
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this corydoras trilineatus loves to hang out on this one spot, i see it all the time and its so great
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:24 PM   #384
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Nice looking tank! What size?

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Beautiful tank Liberty! It looks so natural.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:08 PM   #388
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Here's the first fish I got almost 6 years, he's about 7in long
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One of mine14 gal planted work in progress!

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How bid is that leather? it must be massive :O
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