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Old 06-15-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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FresH2O's 20g planted rescape

I removed a rather large piece of moss covered DW today...
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DW before trimming moss:

DW after trimming moss:

After trimming and replanting Bacopa carolinia stems:

Going to bring the DW to the LFS and see what I can get for it. Perhaps some smaller pieces of Malaysian DW, shrimp, or supplies.
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Saved the moss (flame and some other kind) and they are sitting in a jar next to a window.

Fish have probably 50% more swimming area. Left some open space for a small piece of DW and for replanting the stems.

I might move the taller dwarf sag back a bit. I have two types of dwarf sag:
One stays low (1-2") and the other 4-5" or more. I like the lower one; it forms a crude carpet. The other can pass as a twin for the broadleaf chain sword in another part of the tank.
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Moss can take over! I just did that with the Fissidens Fontanus moss in my tank. It's amazing how much more room and light gets in that area now!
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Moss can take over! I just did that with the Fissidens Fontanus moss in my tank. It's amazing how much more room and light gets in that area now!
Yes it can! The growth is subtle but before you know it, poof! I put a piece of DW in the open area; I might leave it "naked" for a while. not sure if i want to put a vertical or horizontal growing moss on it.
There is so much light available to the plants now. I added DIY CO2 two weeks ago and there was some pearling going on. Only used to see it briefly after WCs. Now I see an increase in pearling. I guess with the light-fert-CO2 balance, the CO2 was a little lacking (I do use Excel daily). Hopefully this will help with the hair/string algae I have been seeing. Not the very straight strand type, but more of a curly type. I have pulled most of it out of the Bacopa.
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New DW; not sure which type of moss I will attach to it yet
Old DW:
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Another FTS after moving some dwarf sag away from the front:
Enjoying the pearling. Just did a PWC after moving the plants (it kicked up quite a bit of debris).
My other HOB stopped working yesterday (it was the off brand model that came with a Petco 6.6 gallon tank). I was bubbling CO2 into it. I am now bubbling it to the existing AC50 HOB. Not sure if I will replace the second HOB; removing the oversized DW has not only opened up the tank, water circulation appears to have improved as well.
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Your tank is just epic!!
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Thanks Dino! I know it lacks the reds often seen in decently lighted tanks but I will settle for thriving at this point. I tried a variety of plants; some lived, some did not; some were too large, etc. Sitting here watching the pearling until the photo period ends (any minute now)

I want to collect all of the pics of this tank the last year and line them up chronologically...talk about changes.
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The Amano has taken to the new DW rather nicely
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It has only been a week or so since I removed the DW and moved a few things around. Here is a shot of a one week difference:

The Bacopa will need trimming again soon. The dwarf sag is sending out more runners. I believe the difference in growth has been the addition of DIY CO2. All of the plants are pearling now, not just after water changes.
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