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Old 09-06-2013, 11:47 AM   #11
 
Day 10. 11-11:40am. Ran water test: pH 8.2; Ammonia 4ppm; NO2 2ppm; NO3 5ppm. Placed my plants in separate water source before testing until cycling is complete, as I want full control of the cycling without the plants absorbing any of the ammonia.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:55 AM   #12
 
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Day 8. Evening. Found a suitable container to hold my Chlorophytum comosum, pothos, & unidentified pond-side plant, so that only their roots are in water. Us poor folks got to use what w got, lol.
What kind of container did you get? How did you attach them to tank? Would LOVE to see the setup!!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:04 PM   #13
 
I cut out the center hump on my API test kit lid & stuck the roots of my pothos & airplane/spider plant through, then poked holes in the sides to run fishing line up to a hook in the ceiling. (the blue line in this pic represents the line going up to the ceiling). I was floating the plants in my tank until I got my ammonia, but now they're temporarily floating in an ice cream bucket until I get my tank cycled. If I had more accurate testing equipment, I would have left the plants in the tank, but trying to maintain 4ppm ammonia until the cycle is complete, with the plants absorbing an unknown amount of the ammonia, is too much a pain in the rear going by colors only. I have decided I'm going to get real test equipment, cause I've made up my mind to do a 55 gallon Discus tank in the living room, once I've got this tank where I want it. I'm not in a big hurry --- if it takes me a year to get this tank where I want it, maybe even a year and a half, it'll be all right by me. All I care about is doing it right. I'm posting a picture of my plants with the other pics of my tank on my Aquariums tab.
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #14
 
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:52 PM   #15
 
Did you click on my Aquariums tab? Here's the direct link: 26 gal Community 1 - 26 gallon Freshwater fish tank
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:09 PM   #16
 
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Did you click on my Aquariums tab? Here's the direct link: 26 gal Community 1 - 26 gallon Freshwater fish tank
*Face balm* No, but I did now. That's a great idea and looks good!
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:25 PM   #17
 
Found a much better container for my plants that can only have their roots in the water; a clear plastic salad container that will serve, with a couple drops of silicone & poking holes on the bottom as the permanent container for such plants.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #18
 
I'm going for a riparium-style planted tank, although with the tank completely full of water. Reminder to self: ORCHIDS!
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:13 AM   #19
 
Day 11. Morning. Check out Aquascaping World Forum-Aquascaping Journals-Alone Sunset!
That's the base look I'm shooting for. Also featured in Aquarist Magazine: http://aquaristmagazine.com/aquascap...to-the-sunset/
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:27 AM   #20
 
Did water test. pH 8.2; Ammonia 4ppm; Nitrites 5ppm, Nitrate 10ppm. I expected to see an increase in nitrites, but not such a spike in nitrate. Double-checked it.
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