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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis Parvula) Window Box

This is the HG in the window seal..
the first pic is day 1 and the second pic is day 4

Day 1

Day 4.
Im noticing roots and more blades already!!

14 Days into Dry Start with Fissiden Fontanus Moss

This is the 3rd Saturday, the 14 day and start of the 3rd week of the DSM with Fissidens Fontanus attached to driftwood, I employed 4 methods of attachment in the various pieces of driftwood.

#1 Glued the Fissidens directly to the wood with tiny drops of superglue gel
#2 Tied the Fissidens to some pieces with sewing thread
#3 Simply laid some fronds onto some pieces of wood
#4 I used the blended up fissidens and rubs it onto other pieces of wood

So far all methods appear to be doing pretty well, Today i can actually see small growth in spots with bright tips. The blended pieces seem to stick very well when allowed to dry slightly. No doubt that i could have flooded the tank in 7 days without floating pieces.

Tied down
 Glued and Blended
 Laid down

Friday, September 28, 2012

Shrimp and plants arrived fro AzAquatics

OK today i got the order placed with Az aquatics

The list was
10 Olive Nerite snails
10 Black Forest Shrimp
7 Hydroctolyle Tripartita (the small version)
1 Pennywort Hydroctyle Verticillata

PROBLEM!! they only sent 7 shrimp and 3 were DOA!!
Thee was NO Hyrocotyle Tripartita!!
Instead they sent 8 1 Pennywort Hydroctyle Verticillata!!
So i Acclimated the few shrimp that survived and called them asap

Peter at Az was cool but at first he tried to explain away the pennywort issue as if they were the same plant, but he finally caved and agreed to sent me the true Dwarf Hyrocotyle Tripartita, and replace the 10 shrimp lost.

I will add that those shipping days were HOT 100 degress and all ice packs were warm on arrival.
Until Next Week when the new order arrives.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Emmersed Setup

Ok another side project to keep some plants that i may or may not use during initial 60P setup. I am also working on a Nano tank that may be up in a few weeks so i needed somewhere to put the plant orders that have arrived other than my holding tank. Basically a spare parts setup to propagate plants.

So this is my Build
Tube = $11.00 Walmart
Shoe boxes = $.99 Walmart
60w Cabinate Flourescent (Using 15watts) = $8.00 Walmart
Peat = Free from extra garden supplies

Total Cost $20.00

Plants so far
Fissidens Fontanus Fissidens fontanus

X mas Moss Vesicularia dubyana 'Christmas'
Vesicularia dubyana 'Christmas' moss image

Dwarf Micro Sword Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
Image of Lilaeopsis brasiliensis - buy Nature Aquarium Plants online

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Going Dry Start with Fissidens

The Fissidens seemed to do ok during the heat wave being placed at the very bottom.

Anyway with the time on my hands i decided to start the DSM method to get the Fissidens to attach to the driftwood.

Soo here we go, cant see the Fissidens on this pic due to moister

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Otto Cats with Acclimator Box

Ok, I got side tracked after going on vacation and finally completing my layout. I wanted to wait until this HEAT WAVE cooled off before adding any livestock to my Holding Tank.

Today I picked up some Ottos for .75cent each from PetSmart.. A steal of a deal!!
Oh i also got a cool acclimation / breeder for $14.00.. I always wanted something like this, its perfect and works very well.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fissidens On Deck

Today I got the Fissidens 3 pak and All looks great, Minimal Color loss, Great texture and healthy looking. I dropped them in the holding tank at the bottom under some shade to keep them cool.
Will also run fans while im on vacation.

Care instructions referred to me is as follows:

Temp: 25C
1 second for 1 bubble
Lights 5-7 hours per day
No Ferts
Local Nutrients from fish poop etc.

Arrived in Good Condition!!
 Day 1 one from Mail