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    Z's 26 Bow

    So this is my first tank I have had all planned before I set it up. It pays to have a specific plan the build comes together very smooth. I will try my best to keep a few current pictures on the first post. So here is the run down.

    Tank: 26g Bow front
    Light: 24" Current sat pro
    CO2: 10lb tank
    Regulator: up aqua w/cerges reactor
    Filter: Eheim 2215
    Hardscape: lace rock, white sand, manzanita branches, Malaysian driftwood, ST aquasoil
    Plants: downoi, fissidens, DHG belem
    Fauna: Blue Diamond neos, Boraras naevus

    CURRENT PIC
    2015-01-19 00.36.42.jpg




    This tank got broken down and sat empty for a bit. I restarted it. Here is the current status.

    Same equipment as above except I built a budget regulator.

    Hardscape:
    Stones I have in my yard ( the tank ones)
    Black sand
    Aqua soil
    Manzanita
    Moponi


    Fauna:
    8 Amano shrimp
    5 GBR
    12 cardinal tetras
    6 Ottos
    5 nerites

    Plants:
    Hygrophila pinnatifida
    Fissidens
    Cryptocoryne nurii
    Kliener prinz sword
    Ranunculus inundatus
    Lots of random buce ( to be honest I think all the different names are a joke)

    Last edited by Zackariah; 02-03-2017 at 04:47 PM.

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    Love the very dramatic look.
    After 50 years I do many things right, but still get things wrong

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    Great start!

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    I have decided to change it up a little. I felt it was going to be too empty for my liking. There will now be belem on the left as well. I'm a bit concerned about where I'm going to put all the fissidens I need to support a shrimp colony. I'm sure I will figure it out. Here is a picture of the new Hardscape.

    2015-01-21 22.13.23.jpg

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    That white sand is gunna need a lot of love in a few months. Lol..algae loves to grow on white.

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    Here is an update I have most of the plants I plan to use I will make some adjustments as things grow in. I have to say I under estimated how much the bow distorts viewing. Here it is.

    DAY 1

    2015-02-07 06.48.04.jpg

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    These pictures where at about two weeks of growth. The dhg seems to me doing well but I'm wondering if it's the parva I was told it is. I'm not sure I have never grown any dhg. I was expecting it to grow shorter.
    I'm also dealing with some nasty thread algae. I think my substrate is putting too much ferts in the water.

    I'm happy with how it's coming along.



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    Couple questions. I tried to add a couple sae and a man of to the tank but they immediately became stressed so I yanked them out. I'm trying to eliminate the algae. Not sure what to do. I'm guessing the fish where stressed because of too much co2. The pH was 5.8, down from 7.4.

    What else can I do to stop the algae attack?
    The tank is 26g. I'm dosing 1/2 teaspoon of ferts. Too much/little?
    If I have no inhabitants to watch how do I know if it's too much co2?

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    I like the first setup! Very dramatic with the white sand and the black background, not too sure about the Belem, and I would have used a different moss on the wood IMHO...

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    As for figuring out the co2 levels in your tank, get a drop checker, helped me make sure I didn't gas my shrimps!

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    Z's 26 Bow

    If it were me, let up on the light, and keep consistent WC's. Get a "tube brush" and use it to spin up the thread algae, usually is rather easy but may snag some moss with it.

    Also probably don't need the ferts just yet. Don't worry too much about if co2 is too high yet, get the plants healthy. But otherwise add livestock in dark cycles without co2, that way they can adjust and deal with the new environment and then the increasing co2. Never add new livestock during light period IMO on a heavily dosed co2 tank.

    Good luck

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    Thanks Rory. As always your advice was exactly what I was looking for.
    I will drop my light from six to five hours. I want to wait for live stock like you suggested but the algae was frustrating. I will continue to hold off on the shrimp until April at the earliest. And I will hold off on the ferts.

    Lisa thanks for the honest feed back. For now I'm going to stick with what I have to see how it grows in. If it does not give the desired look I can start anew. That is half the fun in this hobby

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    I bought this tank back to life. I am using the lace rock that was previously in this tank for another project. I'll post an update at a later time with all the new specifics. Here is a picture for now.

    Last edited by Zackariah; 12-18-2016 at 11:01 PM.

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    This look is really cool. I prefer this look more than your last one more for the awkward "tree" towering over the middle of the tank and messed with the 2/3s rule for picture perfect look. Don't get me wrong the last one looked nice just needed to fix the "tree". I really like the white rock accent to the black substrate, and mossy river look of the tree and plant leaves. This Feels like I am on the edge of a river somewhere.

    What are you going to put in it?
    What happened to the last layout?

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    Thanks TJ honest opinions are the best. I prefer this look too. The tank crashed when my regulator broke. I got a 210g that I'm putting together. I need the lace rock for that layout.

    Here is an updated picture. I put a tree back in. Lol now you have me rethinking it. lol



    My plans for this tank at this point is to add willow moss to my tree and I'm probably going to replace the Phoenix fern(grows to high) in front with blood vomit.
    As far as fauna. I'm not 100% on what I want with this tank. It's going to temporarily hold some cardinal tetras, sae, and panda Cory's. I'm moving them from my 70g so I can start my shrimp colony in the.

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    Zackariah. Lol... The tree looks good. As for your future plant choices as long as you stay true to the theme I am sure it will look great....after thinking of suggesting that you move the tree to the right 1 or two inches it gave me a great idea.
    The tank would be called "kids on a hill"
    Your tank has inspired me. Thank you for your beautiful tank.
    I am not familiar with SAE fauna. I am partial to cardinals as they are so beautiful and have a great complementing look to black and greens.
    Sorry to hear about the tank crashing. Glad you are rebuilding though.

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    Any updates on your tank, Zachariah?

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    SCAPE Member Sr. SCAPEr Zackariah's Avatar
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    I guess I updated elsewhere.


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    Ah thats probably why I didnt. See. Look really cool. Looks like the tree is in the spring growing.new leaves. Oh cardinal tetras how I love their color.

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