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Old 04-16-2014, 03:08 AM   #11
 
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:15 AM   #12
 
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U should also try the DIY co2 method. Its cheap and affective. I do it and the results are amazing. Also if u want the DHG to carpet u may want to spread it out a little. Plus u may want to get 6 spotted cories instead of 2. Just some thoughts that might help u later down the road. Have fun planting :)
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U should also try the DIY co2 method. Its cheap and affective. I do it and the results are amazing. Also if u want the DHG to carpet u may want to spread it out a little. Plus u may want to get 6 spotted cories instead of 2. Just some thoughts that might help u later down the road. Have fun planting :)
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I already have been dosing co2 daily with the API co2 booster liquid stuff, when you say diy setup what do you mean? I know "do it yourself " but what's your setup like? Are you using co2 tanks?

I do want it to spread, thank you for that! I'll move it around into little clumps. And yes I've been thinking about it, I know they are schooling fish I was just worried about too many fish in the tank. I realized I forgot to mention I also have three golden long fin danios as well. Would four more Cory's be pushing it?

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Old 04-17-2014, 12:15 AM   #14
 
Well I guess I won't post on this thread anymore until it gets moved but I did test my water, parameters are as followed:

Temp: 75.4
Ph: 6.6 (added two scoops of proper ph)
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrites: 0ppm
Nitrates: 5-10ppm

Anubis plants are still dark colored around the edges of the leaves and the dhg is browned at the top. I'm still afraid I'm not giving my plants enough light, but the fish are all doing fine (knock on wood)
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:17 AM   #15
 
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Well there r all different setups for it, but I'll tell u about my setup. It starts with a regular big juice bottle like 2l or so. Then u drill a small hole in the lid, than stick the airline tubing in it. The put a check valve, then more airline tubing in to a power head, or a cheap diffuser. I use the fluval co2 20 diffuser, I got it for $10, and it looks like it 100% diffuses it. The recipe that I use is fill the bottle with warm water, than 2cups of sugar, put about a teaspoon of yeast, than shake. Then u will get a some what constant flow for about a week or 2. And it works, I'm now growing a glosso carpet, dwarf four leaf clover (extremely fast), and all the other planted are doin better also, there is less algae, in fact there is 0 algae. So it's something u should try doin, it's cheap maybe $5-$7, and effective. Now on to the cories. Do u plan on any other bottom feeders??? If not, than no it really would not be pushing it, just make sure u keep up with ur water changes, plus the plants will help with keeping the nitrates down. Ur plants are getting enough light. i ran a 7 year old power compact 65watt 50/50 bulb and plants grew. I had that on my 29g and if I had that light on my tank and they grew than yours are probably fine. I now have the DIY co2 and I got a new sunlight power compact (I have a dual power compact system) so I'm using my new bulb and my old 1, so that's 120 watts, with co2, and some dosing. So i might have a high tec tank now :) If u want to get more light i HIGHLY recommend power compacts. Is the proper ph a chemical? If so than I would recommend u use peat moss instead. It's a more natural way which the fish will like more. I hope this helps u, and have fun with ur tank.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:41 AM   #16
 
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Well there r all different setups for it, but I'll tell u about my setup. It starts with a regular big juice bottle like 2l or so. Then u drill a small hole in the lid, than stick the airline tubing in it. The put a check valve, then more airline tubing in to a power head, or a cheap diffuser. I use the fluval co2 20 diffuser, I got it for $10, and it looks like it 100% diffuses it. The recipe that I use is fill the bottle with warm water, than 2cups of sugar, put about a teaspoon of yeast, than shake. Then u will get a some what constant flow for about a week or 2. And it works, I'm now growing a glosso carpet, dwarf four leaf clover (extremely fast), and all the other planted are doin better also, there is less algae, in fact there is 0 algae. So it's something u should try doin, it's cheap maybe $5-$7, and effective. Now on to the cories. Do u plan on any other bottom feeders??? If not, than no it really would not be pushing it, just make sure u keep up with ur water changes, plus the plants will help with keeping the nitrates down. Ur plants are getting enough light. i ran a 7 year old power compact 65watt 50/50 bulb and plants grew. I had that on my 29g and if I had that light on my tank and they grew than yours are probably fine. I now have the DIY co2 and I got a new sunlight power compact (I have a dual power compact system) so I'm using my new bulb and my old 1, so that's 120 watts, with co2, and some dosing. So i might have a high tec tank now :) If u want to get more light i HIGHLY recommend power compacts. Is the proper ph a chemical? If so than I would recommend u use peat moss instead. It's a more natural way which the fish will like more. I hope this helps u, and have fun with ur tank.
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Wow so the reaction in the bottle produces co2, where can I get a hold of some yeast? Grocery store? I'm going to test this out tomorrow. I don't plan on any other fish so adding 4 Cory's it is! I'll see about that sometime next week. I'm looking into the aquatic life t5ho freshwater fixture, maybe two of those on the 29g and move the two aqueon lights to some 10gs I have as well. Where could I get some peat moss at? The stuff I use is a chemical and I agree I'd much prefer a more natural way. Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:04 AM   #17
 
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I get the Fleischman's RapidRise Highly Active Yeast at Target for like $1.75 or so. I got the peat moss that Dr foster and smith sells, it's the Sera brand. So maybe LFS or somethin. U only need 2 use a little, it lasts forever. Do u want the water 2 hv tannins in it or not??? If so put more in, if not put only a little bit in. U may want to gt 6 cories, I had 4 than I bumped it up to 6 and man, thy r out all the time. I have 8 now in my 29 and there never hiding. If u wanted a more lowtech tank than DHG may nt be the best option. U may want to try dwarf four leaf clover, it carpets wicked quickly, unlike DHG.
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I get the Fleischman's RapidRise Highly Active Yeast at Target for like $1.75 or so. I got the peat moss that Dr foster and smith sells, it's the Sera brand. So maybe LFS or somethin. U only need 2 use a little, it lasts forever. Do u want the water 2 hv tannins in it or not??? If so put more in, if not put only a little bit in. U may want to gt 6 cories, I had 4 than I bumped it up to 6 and man, thy r out all the time. I have 8 now in my 29 and there never hiding. If u wanted a more lowtech tank than DHG may nt be the best option. U may want to try dwarf four leaf clover, it carpets wicked quickly, unlike DHG.
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Cool, I am about to make a purchase from them in a few days, I'll add some of the peat moss to the cart! Thanks! Tannins make he water yellow, correct? I'll need to do some research on that, I'm not all that familiar with tannins. 6 total? Yes that's what I meant, I'll buy 4 more since I already have 2. hmmm I was hoping the lighting would work foor the dwarf hairgrass.

I have a plan for that however. I've got a few 10g's hanging around I'm going to convert one into another planted tank. I'll transfer the 24" aqueon I have on my 29 gallon to the newly setup 10g (giving it a good amount of lighting for that little of a tank) and then put the DHG in the 10g since that tank is a smaller depth. I plan on buying Aquarium Lighting T5 Fluorescent Light Fixture: AquaticLife T5 HO Dual Lamp Light Fixtures for the 29g, what do you think about this light?

I'm currently doing a water change right now, and working on your DIY CO2 setup you suggested!
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:30 AM   #19
 
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Okay ya 6 cories would be great. Yes tannins turn the water a little yellow, but u have fish in there that would like it. The serpaes would look even better than they do now. It will also help the cories feel more "at home". It well make the light a little dimmer so they will be out all they time. The gold danios would also pop a little bit more. It's just something to consider, but not necessary. That light is perfect, in fact that might be enough for the DHG. It will probably grow but still a little slowly. Also what type of pleco do u have??? How is the diy co2 setup looking??? Do u got any more questions???
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Okay ya 6 cories would be great. Yes tannins turn the water a little yellow, but u have fish in there that would like it. The serpaes would look even better than they do now. It will also help the cories feel more "at home". It well make the light a little dimmer so they will be out all they time. The gold danios would also pop a little bit more. It's just something to consider, but not necessary. That light is perfect, in fact that might be enough for the DHG. It will probably grow but still a little slowly. Also what type of pleco do u have??? How is the diy co2 setup looking??? Do u got any more questions???
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Tannins it is!! Going to do some reading on them in a little bit while I watch these basketball playoffs! Awesome, the light is on back order until 4/25 so I'll have to wait until then to order, but I'll be getting a few things too. I don't believe I'm getting enough macro nutrients in my tank, so i'll be looking into NPK ferts as well.

The pleco I'm not sure, he was bought at petsmart, maybe a highfin i think.

I've got to get some yeast from target, and would this Aquarium CO2 Diffuser: ISTA Mini Ceramic Cone CO2 Diffuser work as the diffuser?
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