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AS900- restart and rethink.

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Water change and a little thin out of the pinnatifida, found a few buce in the middle of all the stems I'd forgot I'd put there. Quite happy growing in the mess of stems
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Ticking along nicely. Suffered a little with a small amount of bba on the buce and anubias, due to me having a few manic days at work and taking my eye off the ball. (co2 tank ran out)
All the stock have settled in nicely, love the characters of the wcmm.
Scalped the H'ra back quite hard last weekend, bit harder than I wanted too TBH, and added some rotala orange juice from @Wookii. Also had to steal some rotala hra from the smaller tank as I had Scalped it too much. Growing back nicely though.
Changed ferts to something a bit leaner to hopefully get some nice colours out of the new growth and slow the stems slightly.

Sand has been siphoned out again, when I rescape this tank I will try much harder to plug all the holes. Added some dooa gravel for some texture too.
When the monte carlo has grown enough I will remove the large anubias from the front and replace with mc.
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Looks great, evolved beautifully

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My 4 year old daughter is starting to take more and more of an interest in the tank and fish, well especially shrimp which she thinks are crazy 😂.
So I'm trying to keep her interested as much as I can with simple and fun tasks such as feeding and checking the fish and other bits and bobs, I've always believed it's priceless for kids to be close to nature throughout their childhood. Especially now when she's not really leaving the house 😔
She's loving being involved and is quite concerned that the panda cories get a fair share of the daphnia. 😂
 

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So I'm trying to keep her interested as much as I can with simple and fun tasks such as feeding and checking the fish and other bits and bobs, I've always believed it's priceless for kids to be close to nature throughout their childhood. Especially now when she's not really leaving the house
That is awesome :) and the tank is coming along nicely too :)
 

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Thank you Paulo, just struggling with keeping the sand clean for more than 24hrs 😬
I did buy sand for mine and in the end opted not to use it and carpet it instead! I knew that was going to be hard work lol
 

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Looks great and my daughter is the same , son isnt so bothered but daughter loved feeding the fish.

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I did buy sand for mine and in the end opted not to use it and carpet it instead! I knew that was going to be hard work lol
Think I'll be going for a scape with carpet next time, just to change things up. Mind you I have Cory's and wouldn't be fair to not give them sand 🤔
 

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Looks great and my daughter is the same , son isnt so bothered but daughter loved feeding the fish.

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Thanks Dean, I'm sure she'll grow out of it or get bored at some point, probably as a teenager lol, only time will tell.
 

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6.5 month update. I'm enjoying this scape very much, enjoying the maintenance weekly or twice weekly recently. Fish seem to be happy and plants are ticking along nicely.
Anyway I received my new chihiros vivid and hanging brackets. Nice decent brackets in my opinion, seem very well made. Hung the light 30cm from the waters surface which seems to give even spread. It's nice to be able to put my hand in the tank without constantly knocking the light off. 🤦‍♂️
Light has been set to about 60% and I like the colours so far.

All my buce have come out in flower, and I have reduced nitrates slightly to try and tease some red out of the pinnatifida and H'ra
Another sand change and scrub of the rocks.
 

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I need to try get the reds to pop on my setup, waiting till the kitchen finished then can ramp up lights as will have a bit more spare time, thats looking great and matured

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8 months now. Enjoying this tank. Have stopped messing about with my ferts, tried to move to a lean dosing approach but it effected my stems too much and stopped filling in after trimming. So I've switched back to EI dosing and will try to use the light to tease some red from the plants. Currently running it on 65% red to 55% green and blue.
I've removed all the pinnatifida from the left hand branch as found it was impeding water flow too much for my liking, I've attached weeping moss to that branch in place. Some ludwigia palustris has been added into the hemianthus micranthemoides to add a pop of colour and some more rotala has been added to the back to try and replace the ones I trimmed to harshly.
I added another 12 wcmm yesterday and have dropped the water level considerably as had 6 jumpers last night (all safely returned)
 

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Looking great still mate, if your anything like me you will be itching to do a rescape but so time permitting , i will certainly be doing one at some point this year, must be hard work for people who do every couple of month. Tank still looks great though very natural

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Looking fabulous!
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Looking great still mate, if your anything like me you will be itching to do a rescape but so time permitting , i will certainly be doing one at some point this year, must be hard work for people who do every couple of month. Tank still looks great though very natural

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Thanks Dean
Rescape itch hasn't set in as yet, quite happy with the scape as a whole and enjoying watching it grow. If I could redo it I'd make sure I plugged all the holes in the hardscape/and not have the soil so high. Bits of soil on the sand drive me mad. Also the whole scape has shifted slightly, the wood has moved and the rocks have shifted forwards. The epiphytes are coming into their own now though. Really starting to grow.
 

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Looks great :) for some reason I am struggling to maintain decent levels of CO2 on mine, I am thinking maybe my regulator is not great any more after 20 years! Might be time to invest on a new one!
 

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Tanks looking good mate.do.you feel.the light has made an improvement in the colours at all yet
Thanks Jay.
Colours not sure to be honest. The ferts haven't helped me, messing about with them too much and also I've trimmed my stems back too much so they're only just filling back in, time will tell. The plants have filled in and grown a lot more. The monte carlo has exploded so much I needed to remove the anubias between. I prefer the colours that I see if that makes sense.
 

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Always wanted pygmy corydoras in my tanks, have struggled to find good stock locally until today so couldn't resist and bought 8. Cute little things, hopefully they settle in nicely. 😍
 

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