sams nano

Discussion in 'Journals' started by samc, 19 Apr 2009.

  1. samc

    samc Member

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    about time i posted this really :) i was planning on entering it into the AGA competition but due to diatoms the hc got covered and now wont fill in time so i thought id share it.

    the tank has been running for a couple of months now but only just added the parvula at the front and middle.

    you might still be able to see diatomes but they are going quickly now as i got some amanos.


    lighting is currently a 11w but theres is 2 in there (due to diatoms)
    dosing is a EI based mix
    co2 is pressurized
    50% water change a week at least
    filter is a eheim 2211 with extra powerhead(was from a small internal filter but does the job :lol:
    plants are:
    rotala sp green
    acicularis at the sides
    parvula infront at sides and in the middle
    HC in the foreground

    This is how it is today

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    you can see the patch behind the paruvla on the left is slightly empty because the acicularis uprooted today, so had to be planted again and lost some of it as it got sucked into the powerhead which chopped it up :lol:

    this is a shot from my bed

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    i like this shot because i cant see the diatoms :lol:

    comments and critics welcome of course
     
  2. Mark Evans

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    looks nice, what i can see. the pic does look rather small though
     
  3. LondonDragon

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    Looking great Sam, you should post a larger photo though ;)
    Now all you need is those cherries we talked about hehe
     
  4. samc

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    just made the pics bigger. not looking good atm as you can see
    and them stems on the right dont grow as quick as the others thats why they are lower :lol: must be lighting
     
  5. Hi,

    looking good, i'm trying to visualise what it is going to be like when the HC is fully grown in. Do you plan on having it covering all the expose substrate or just the front or just patches? I suppose if it grows as a carpet it would cover all that substrate gradienting you have been doing.

    Best Regards,

    John
     
  6. dsandson

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    I must be looking at a different pic because that looks brilliant! A lovely use of the space. will look even better when the hc grows in a bit.
     
  7. samc

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    well im planning on having all the substrate covered, on the middle bit there is some UG which wasnt doing well but looking better now.

    i think in the end itll be HC all over as with UG i need soft water which is a pain to get
     
  8. Steve Smith

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    UG is one of those notorius plants that can just suddenly melt over a few days, after being perfectly healthy for months. It's like playing with a handgrenade without the pin :lol:

    Lovely looking nano mate. That tank looks very similar to my little Aqua40 :)
     
  9. samc

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    thanks dsandson i think itll look good when filled in cant cant wait TBH i think the aquasoil looks horrid. not enough green ;) :lol:

    glad you like it! ino what you mean about the UG it looks great when theres a carpet of it but im gonna leave it and let it muddle in with the HC and if it grows it might make nice little patches :D
     
  10. ceg4048

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    You don't need soft water for HC. You just need plenty of CO2.

    Cheers,
     
  11. Steve Smith

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    I think sam was talking about UG needing soft water :)
     
  12. aquaticmaniac

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    Sweet little tank, Sam :D Can't wait to see the foreground filled in.
     
  13. samc

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    cant belive it!!! just as things were looking better the reg is leaking :twisted: grrrrr im very annoyed and have contacted hydor.
    them diatoms better not come back :twisted:
     
  14. aaronnorth

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    looking good
     
  15. samc

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    well hydor never emailed back and still have no co2 but have no algae problems now and all diatoms gone. suprising really i thought the diatoms would come back like hell.

    anyway i read another thread about DIY lilies and thought id give it a go.
    i went for the nano ones you can buy from AE which looks pretty good. heres what iv made

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    quite pleased how they came out
     
  16. Mark Evans

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    is that glass sam? looks pretty nifty :D
     
  17. aaronnorth

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    not a bad idea, i bet its quite easy to do with some plastic and boiling water.
     
  18. samc

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    its just perspecs tube :D i just use a little blow lamp to heat it but if you do it put something inside or it'll collapse i used a bit of electric cable which fit good
     
  19. altaaffe

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    What a great idea, well thought out.
     
  20. samc

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    i cant really take the credit to be honest i saw a similar thing on another forum :D

    i also thought it was a great idea and only cost me about £3
     

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