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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    3 week update - 3 weeks since the HC and Christmas Moss was planted, 2 for the Eleocharis Parvula Amazed by the HC growth. Moss is beginning to grow in, but it is slow. Wondering how long before I give the HC a trim.
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    Water change the other night... resulted in some extreme pearling, even from the Eleocharis Parvula. Water column just saturated with tiny bubbles.
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    So we're 10 days in from planting the HC and Christmas Moss, and 4 days in from planting the Eleocharis Parvula. I know I could up the CO2 as the drop checker is still too dark green, but I've had to drop it back as the shrimp and a few of the fish were struggling. It may be a case of building...
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    Rainwater & CO2

    Am I right in thinking that I have to be a little more careful with CO2 in my tank given I am using rainwater? Presumably the low hardness means that co2 stopping and starting can cause larger ph changes? And the low hardness in rainwater makes the ph swing for the ideal CO2 concentration larger?
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    The Eleocharis Parvula arrived yesterday, so planted up the left hand end of the tank today. Solid Parvula along the back and down from the left corner, but merges into the HC. The HC is growing well, but I do have a certain amount floating each morning, that isn't always replantable, so hope...
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    How many shrimp should I aim for in my tank?

    Cool thanks. I shall start in a while with 20 (+ the 5 Amano) and see what happens. I won't rush to add more.
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    How many shrimp should I aim for in my tank?

    It's had water in it for a month with just 5 cardinals and the 5 amano to help cycle. A proportion of the substrate (added 3 weeks ago) came from the old tank.
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    How many shrimp should I aim for in my tank?

    So the tank is: 80cm x 40cm x 45cm - about 144 litres volume (120 litres water allowing for substrate and hardscape) Planting is a carpet of Hemianthus Callitrichoides and Eleocharis Parvula (the EP to be added in the coming week) Currently has 5 Amano shrimp - several years old, left from my...
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    The pearling is lovely, but I'm not sure it's helping the HC to root!!
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    72 hours after planting - growth on the HC No growth on the Moss yet, but it's Christmas moss, so a slow grower - however it is beginning to green up from the shade it was after being glued to the bonsai - and it's producing a rain of bubbles, so I'm sure things will happen.
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    I can change the CO2 to come on earlier, so will just keep an eye on the livestock. Perhaps I've been harsh on the 1-2 grow pot - it wasn't bad by any means, just slightly less green than the normal pots. I've seen plenty of ropy looking pots in shops, and it wasn't that bad, but it clearly...
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    Thanks for the comments - very helpful Yes the lights are still at 60% so I think I'll leave them there for now, until I get the rest of the plants in and they start growing properly. I think I can already see signs of the HC (Cuba) growing, and it's only been in for 96 hours. I was buying...
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    While the auto water change does its thing, and there's almost no current in the tank, spotted this perfect column of bubbles coming off the HC.
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    The HC is pearling like mad, and the lights are only set at 60%... I guess that's a good start.
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    Custom Oak Aquarium - Mount Worthington

    Plants have arrived - actually pleasantly surprised with the quality. Only found one pot of 1-2 Grow Hemianthus Callitrichoides and to be honest, I think the quality of the normal pots was better. Anyway, moss was cut up and stuck all over the bonsai, and the MC has been spread across most of...
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