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this is my first post here... it is my first planted tank...and happy birthday to my tank......(they grow up so fast...)

day one. 2009-06-13

(dont know the HG have to cut for the first time.)

1st month. 2009-07-24

(green water....under 11 hours lighting...did one trim. HG looks better.)

2nd month. 2009-08-03

(green water gone...9 hours lighting, turn off one blub. did '0' WC. and put 2 died guppies to speed up the bio-cycle)

3rd month. 2009-09-02

(all planted is doing fine under DIY CO2)

4th month. 2009-10-07

(photo taken by iphone. ...added an eheim 2217.)

7th month. 2010-01-01

(new year! bought some new plants from King ED, re-planted the HG. added a 5lb CO2 tank and a inline diffuser, replaced a 2X24w T5HO with the 2X18w T5.
red plants will grow better under higher light. freaking red, but then, the windelov leaves will grow smaller.)

9th month. 2010-03-04

(changed some plants. got them from my friends's tank. added 2 more timmers to control the lighting and the CO2. found out the windelov is doing better in low temperature. turn off the heater. the temperature in between (21-24).)

11th month. 2010-05-17

(chaned some plants. love the water fern...very beautiful..)

1 years old. 2010-06-19

(how is it....)

Up to today. the tank is running under:
Fluval 305 + Eheim 2217
18W T5 X2(colormax + 6700k) on 12:00-13:30, 20:00-21:15 (back light)
18W T5 X2(6700K+6700K) on 13:30-20:00
24W T5HOX2 (6700k+6700k) on 14:00-18:00
CO2 @ 2 bubbles/second with inline diffuser connected to the outpipe of the 305
doning 1 WC 1 month or even no WC. just tap it off.
doing some KH2PO4, KNO3, K2SO4 compand, amazon iron. etc.. once a week.
 

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HBD tank... lol :D

Your tank looks solid. Nice to see the evolution from day 1.

How did you suspend your lighting like that? Can kind of see your contraption in the last pic.
 

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Wow! That's gorgeous! I also have a 29g planted, but it's very low tech... only 1 coralife light and no co2 (the one in my display pic)... I hope to have a set up like yours one day!
 

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WOW, that is awesome

can I ask what you used for your DIY co2 recipe?
for me.
1. find two "hot sauce bottle"--the one they use in some chinese restaurant (like this:http://www.catering-suppliers.com/product_pictures/1149588747.jpg)
(better than the cola bottle)
2. buy two check value. use one for each bottle....
3.sugar+yeast (sugar needs boil)
4. small diffuser..
5. make sure no leakage ( most important...)

for diy co2.. do not use too much of light...or too long...
and turn on the air pump at night.... my suggestion....

hope it can help you...
 

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nice pictures of your tank. it looks great!

:D
HBD tank... lol :D

Your tank looks solid. Nice to see the evolution from day 1.

How did you suspend your lighting like that? Can kind of see your contraption in the last pic.
Absolutely LOVE your tank and how it has evolved over the year. Thank you very much for posting!
Very impressive!!
Its very lush and green...very nice!
Thanks for you reply...
 

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Nice tank! Looks great, whats the plant emersing out of the tank? I think I have the same plant but its not coming above the water
 

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Nice tank! Looks great, whats the plant emersing out of the tank? I think I have the same plant but its not coming above the water
do you mean this one...i dont know the name...but it the same one in the King Ed Display tank...
 

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Yeah that one, I have the same plant but its not emerging out of the water
I think it has something to do with his suspended lighting.

Plants naturally compete for lighting. IMO if they aren't emerging it's because they're more than satisfied with lighting conditions.
 

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Thanx
more food for thought for me to digest as i've been trying to adjust / tweak my recipe...

but why boil the sugar solution? bugs or something?
cheers

3.sugar+yeast (sugar needs boil)
4. small diffuser..
5. make sure no leakage ( most important...)

hope it can help you...
 

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I think it has something to do with his suspended lighting.

Plants naturally compete for lighting. IMO if they aren't emerging it's because they're more than satisfied with lighting conditions.
thats right...but you can cut all the leaves below the water,and only left the new one...then it will forced to grow up.
 

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Thanx
more food for thought for me to digest as i've been trying to adjust / tweak my recipe...

but why boil the sugar solution? bugs or something?
cheers
make higher concentration...it lasts longer...
if you have a small tank...why not using metricide instead...
 

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the plant is a Hygro species. Probably giant hygro. I had some once upon a time ago that grew out of the water all the time... but it never flowered.
 
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