Adding new UG

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Posted on 29th July 2010 by King7 in Landscaping

I ordered some more UG from S&S forum.  This time I got a 4 x 4 mat from someone that grew them emersed.  The 4 x 4 mat looks really cool when it arrived.  I really wanted to plant the whole mat into the tank as is but decided to cut it up.  Since the mat came with the roots wrapped around lots of Aquasoil, I decided to go with bigger patches and just plant the UG with the AS directly into my tank.  I’m hoping this will give the UG the best chance to adjust to the new environment.  People say that the UG don’t transition well going from emersed to submersed.  I don’t really have a choice here so I’m hoping for the best!  Side note, I started using 50% RO water and 50% tap water for the water changes.  I also add Prime and GH booster to the water.  Every morning I dose two pumps of the Brighty K.  (PH 6.5 ; Nitrite .3, Ammonia 0, GH 5, KH 3)

Full shot of the tank:

Left side of the tank:

The moss on the tree is slowly turning all green and filling in:

Close up of the new UG:

UG dying…


Posted on 15th July 2010 by King7 in Landscaping

Its time for an update.  I added more UG that I bought from a member on the forum.  However, they are dying 🙁  From talking to Kevin (from theshrimpjournal), he pointed out that UG are carnivorous and since my tank is new there isn’t anything for the UG to “eat”.   I got 10gals of water from my friend’s established fish tank and did a water change with it.  Hopefully it is not too late for the UG to recover….  On a good note, the moss on the tree is recovering nicely.

overall picture of the tank

A different view

You can see the bottom part of the UG slowly turning transparent…

Day 2…


Posted on 7th July 2010 by King7 in Landscaping

I finally got some UG from a member on the sfbaaps forum.  I also got some frogbits and Tonina Fluviatilis from Kevin over at theshrimpjournal to help with the algae during the initial cycling.

Just some pictures update (did a 5gal water change)

The top layer of the moss isn’t doing too well.  I think I left it out too long when I was setting up the tank.  (note to self: spray the moss with water next time)

The tree trunk

Utricularia Graminifolia (UG)

CO2 and Tonina Fluviatilis

Overall picture

My 6gal side project

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Posted on 6th July 2010 by King7 in Uncategorized

While I was researching for the ADA 60P, I came across multiple landscaping that I really wanted to try.  I really wanted to try a layout using rocks as the center piece.  Since you can only have one layout per tank, I really couldn’t do anything else with the 60P.  Long story short, since it took me sooo long to get the 60P started, I found a few good deals through local vendors and I got a $100GC to AFA for my bday.  I always wanted to have a mini tank at my cubical here at work…. so I ended up going home one day with a 6gal rimless tank!  The brand new tank only cost me $20 so now I have the opportunity to start another tank with the standard rock scape layout.  Since it took me so long to get the 60P started, I actually started both tanks on the same day.  Currently the two tanks are sitting side by side.  Hopefully in a month or so, I can move this tank to my work place.  I plan on breeding CRS in this tank.

Here are some pictures:

empty tank

hard scape

Going with the emmersed method

The two tanks side by side


TANK: Seastar 6gal tank

LIGHT: Archaea 27watt PC 10,000K

FILTER: undecided (debating if I want HOB or small canister)

CO2: undecided (I really want to go low tech and not use CO2)

PLANTS: Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC), Echinodorus Tenellus

SHRIMP: Plan on breeding Crystal Red Shrimp (CRS)

SUBSTRATE: Aquasoil – Amazonia II (3l normal, <1l powder)

STONE: Yamaya

Day 1


Posted on 5th July 2010 by King7 in Landscaping

So I finally got around to start the tank!!  After over a month of spending money and researching, I finally decided that it is time to jump in.  First I just wanted to say thanks to everyone on,, and  I didn’t post very much on the forums but I was on it everyday looking up new ideas or learning from other people’s experience.

I started off the day getting the filter setup.  My main concern here was the the fact the filter and the tank was on the same level.  To get it going I had to basically turn the filter in a horizontal position and slowly stand it upright again.  so far so good…  (btw, anyone know where I can get those metal elbow joint?  I bought those for $12 each and I really don’t want to pay $12 for another one)

Next, I started to work on the “tree”.  First I had to figure out a way to get the tree to stand up in the tank.  I thought about drilling through the rock and screw the tree onto the rock.  Considering that I paid $7.99/lb for these rocks, I really didn’t want to risk damaging them.  I found a way to squeeze a rock into a section of the tree so the rocks can hold it down inside the tank.  This rock later gets completely covered inside the tank by the Aquasoil. What a waste of a good looking rock.

Next was the “leaves” of the tree.  I started out by putting a net on top of the tree.  The net is there to help me hold down the moss and give the moss a structure and something to hold onto.  I had just enough Singapore moss to cover up most of the net.

So finally onto the tank… first I created a border with Amazonia II – normal

Then I added the Power Sand Special – M

Then Tourmaline BC

Then Bacter 100

Filling out the rest of the tank with Amazonia II – normal and powder and adding the rocks and tree

Filling the tank up with water

Here are some pictures to complete Day 1:

I was going to wait til next day to add CO2 (cause I was really tired and it was late), but I couldn’t resist

Lessons learned: Personally I think I put too much Aquasoil in the tank.  I used a full 9L bag of Amazonia II – Normal and most of the 3l bag of Amazonia II – powder.  Not sure if I like th slop look right now.  However, that might change once I get some UG and have it fill in as the carpet.  The tree could be a little lower.  Not sure what it will look like once the moss fills in.  Also, maybe the base of the tree could be more stable.  Currently it is fine, but I’m wondering when I start trimming the carpet plant later is it going to be a problem when I accidentally hit the tree.  Lastly, getting the aqua scaping down is a LOT of work!  There is definitely a skill set there.  No wonder people constantly “redo” their tanks.