the Gurus second attempt!

the Guru!

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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vauxhallmark

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

Keep us posted,

Mark
 

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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
 

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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
 

the Guru!

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Ark said:
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
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.
 

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did your wave reg come witha solenoid check valve needle vavlve bubble counter etc
and how much was it
 

the Guru!

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Ark said:
did your wave reg come witha solenoid check valve needle vavlve bubble counter etc
and how much was it
No bubble counter or check vavle. Just the solenoid. Cant remember how much it was, sorry.
 

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.



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

 

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)



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.



Filled her up and finished planting.



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.



This is how it stands now



Left



Thanks for looking.
 

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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 ;)
 

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





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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