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210 Barred!

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by Htomassini, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Htomassini

    Htomassini Guest

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    I wanted to post the progress of my 210 planted. I started the tank on 8-26-2010 and I wanted to share some pics of its progress. The tank is still cycling (no livestock) and I am waiting for the plants to grow (esp the ground cover) as I will be moving my discus and clown loaches and we all know how they can be on not established plants. Today the plants started to pearl very noticeably and I took some pics. Here are the specs:

    210 tank with dual overflows
    72 x 24 x 29 h

    Overflow 1:
    to sock in 29 gal sump, mag1200 to INLAND SEAS NU-CLEAR with 25micron filter to AQUARIUMPLANTS.COM External Reactor 5000 (EXT5000) back to tank.

    Overflow2 :
    has 2 wye for in and out, currently connected to an Eihem 2017 classic (will be joined by my rena xp4 from my 90)

    Catalina supply 8 x80w HO t5 with 2 banks


    Co2 is started at 10am to 8:30 pm
    1 bank of lights from 11:30 to 8:30
    2 bank now on for about 4 hrs a day

    airstone in sump runs when lights off

    drop check with 4dk solution shows light green

    Substrate is divided in to sections:
    foreground for glosso

    (from bottom to top)
    ecco complete
    ADA Bacter 100 Clear Super Tourmaline BC
    ADA AS Amazonia
    ADA AS Amazonia powder

    2-3 inches

    background
    AquariumPlants.com's own: Freshwater Planted Aquarium Substrate
    ADA Bacter 100 Clear Super Tourmaline BC
    flourite
    ecco complete
    ADA AS Amazonia
    quartz gravel

    I have been doing EI since day one with tap water changes every 2-3 days. Last week I started once a week 90 gal w/c and today i did RODI w/c.

    EI is a follows:
    KNO3 2 tsp x 3 week
    mono potassium phosphate 1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp x 3 week (now cutting it to 1/2 tsp x 3 a week)
    tom barr gh booster 1 week
    20ml seachem iron 3x week
    40 ml trace 3 x week

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    setting up cardboard dividers
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    adding substrate

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    setting up hardscape

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    #1 Htomassini, Sep 12, 2010
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  2. Htomassini

    Htomassini Guest

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    follow up

    planting

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    Covered whole tank with plastic bags before filling up
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    some water
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    Had eheim hand on for about 2 weeks while i worked out the plumbing below
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    thought cloudiness was algae- turned out to be ADA AS
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    Week and a half ago
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  3. Htomassini

    Htomassini Guest

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    Today's pics

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  4. barbarossa4122

    barbarossa4122 Guru Class Expert

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    Hi,

    Very impressive setup Htomassini.
     
  5. Htomassini

    Htomassini Guest

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    Thanks. Any suggestions as far as the ei dosing? I'm very new to it so please chip in if I should change anything. I have some GSA on the rocks. Any thoughts on that? Glass is all clear.
     
  6. Htomassini

    Htomassini Guest

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    Tank is finally cycled!

    So I moved my non destructive fish from my 90, rummy nose tetras, cardinals, 2 pairs of rams and 2 bosemani rainbows and my wife's 2 betta girls.

    The plants are zeroing out the nitrate even though i dose kno3 3 x week. Should I increase the dosage 3x a week or should I add more days?

    Thanks

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    #6 Htomassini, Sep 19, 2010
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  7. Gerryd

    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    Hi,

    Very nice setup! Plants seem to be growing well with no algae that I can see..You may want to start trimming some of the taller stems and replant the tops. Will provide a bit more bio-mass if you want it....

    Is there a substrate that you did NOT use lol

    I would go for 2.5-3 tsp of kn03 3x weekly. Don't be afraid to dose heavier on the N, P, and K in general. Your micros seem fine.

    Dosing daily may help as well until you get a handle on how the tank is doing....you can dose less, just more often.

    Is your test kit calibrated at all? If not, I would not make any decisions based on it....
     
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