the Gurus second attempt!

Discussion in 'Journals' started by the Guru!, 4 Oct 2008.

  1. the Guru!

    the Guru! Member

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    Restarting my tank next week as it is currently neglected and home to alot of dieing plants and algae.

    I have the week off work so its the perfect time to do it!
    It would be great to get as much help and advice as i possibly could along the way! so i dont make the same mistakes as i did last time.
    I will be ordering most of my stuff on monday, so i want to make a list today/tmorrow.

    My first question is about Eco-Complete. I hear about neutriant rich substrates leeching ammonia? Do you have to soak it? what preperations do you need to do apart from washing it?
    I currently have normal sand. I had problems with ammonia for ages and was doing daily water changes for farrrrr to long and it was very downhearting.

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    specs -
    Lighting: 2WPG of T5HO
    CO2: Pressurized CO2 `FE
    Size: 90 Ltr
    Filtration: FLUVAL 305 @ 1000lph
    Ferts: EI
    Stocking: 4 neon tetra

    No doubt i have forgot somthing. I will post a picture of the tank in its current state once i get some batteries for my camera.
     
  2. aaronnorth

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    looking forward to it :)

    i dont think EC leaches ammonia, but it does alter your kh, i can never remember if it raises or lowers it :lol: :rolleyes:

    the only thing i do is wash it, if you are willing to wait longer then you could saok it so it cancels out any fluctuations in your water parameters.
     
  3. Joecoral

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    I always thought EC came in a kind of "good-bacteria soup" and washing it would remove this?
     
  4. the Guru!

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    Thanks for the replys :) Even if it only is 2 lol.

    Pics of the tank currently, not as amazing as most of your tanks on here, i know.
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  5. jay

    jay Member

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    Really like how this is going... that lily is MASSIVE though :)
     
  6. vauxhallmark

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    Eco-complete doesn't need washing or rinsing, it's extremely easy to use.

    Keep us posted,

    Mark
     
  7. sari

    sari Member

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    Looking good now, can't wait to see what you come up with! I hope you are keeping the lily, I absolutely love them! The contrast that they give is amazing! :D
     
  8. Ark

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    it that the hagen overtank luminaire
    how muchw as it
    did it come with bulbs if not what ones did u use

    im looking to get one my ma has one for £45

    also your fe co2 wat reg kit did you use

    Ark
     
  9. the Guru!

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    Yes it is a hagen, they dont come with bulbs so i got mine from lampspecs.co.uk
    The bulbs are Osram Lumilux 880 Skywhite + Osram Lumilux 840
    My reg is a Wave CO2 Regulator off ebay.

    Thanks for the comments.
     
  10. Ark

    Ark Member

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    did your wave reg come witha solenoid check valve needle vavlve bubble counter etc
    and how much was it
     
  11. the Guru!

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    No bubble counter or check vavle. Just the solenoid. Cant remember how much it was, sorry.
     
  12. the Guru!

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    Waiting for my Eco-Complete to come in the post still.

    But i got some new stems.I will change it slightly, but keep the same idea when i get the new substrate.

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    The right hand side im deffinatly gonna change. Also there is stems behind the wood wich need to grow out.

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  13. YzemaN

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    Very nice tank there!
    Where did you get the luminaire from?
     
  14. the Guru!

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    Thanks.

    Zooplus has the luminaires, cant remember where i got mine. :oops:
     
  15. the Guru!

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    Well, due to popular demand! (lol) Here is an update :)

    Drained all the water and took all the sand out, wich was a very very annoying job! (specialy when your hungover on a sunday)

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    Put in the eco-complete and hardscape. Wish i got more eco.
    Kind of rushed this so i could get it over and done with.

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    Filled her up and finished planting.

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    Wasnt realy happy with it....
    So i got home from work today and rescaped! (rushed again lol)

    I had an absolute boat load of HC just sittin in a tub, so i chucked some into the new scape, might put some more in before it dies in the tub.

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    This is how it stands now

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    Left

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    Thanks for looking.
     
  16. the Guru!

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    And a blury FTS.

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  17. JamesM

    JamesM Member

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    The darker substrate is a huge improvement imo, looking good :)
     
  18. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    looking good :)
     
  19. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    Tank is taking a nice shape, looking great and good photography too, the S5700 are good cameras for tank shots so are most Fujis ;)
     
  20. the Guru!

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    Well, things were going smoothly... now the algea is taking over again :twisted:

    All over the glass and rocks/wood and on the slow-growers

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    The stems at the back are doing well.. apart from the ones on the left. Need to get my trim the ones on the right.

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