Weekly (or more frequent) picture/video updates on the progress of my projects.

  1.   Can anyone ID this plant for me? Thanks!

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    Can anyone ID this plant for me? Thanks!

  2.   My apologies for the lack of updates. Been really busy. 
Here’s a teaser picture update from my cell phone.

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    My apologies for the lack of updates. Been really busy.
    Here’s a teaser picture update from my cell phone.

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    CO2 tank is empty… hope algae doesn’t go crazy before I can get a refill.

  4.   Think I’m done… (the plastic container is there for when the jar needs to be moved for water changes— so that the sand doesn’t shift around). Hopefully the glosso can grow like this!
What do you guys think?

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    Think I’m done… (the plastic container is there for when the jar needs to be moved for water changes— so that the sand doesn’t shift around). Hopefully the glosso can grow like this!

    What do you guys think?

  5.  

    So… I’m about to start working on a Christmas present for one of my best friends. He’s a fellow hobbyist and really loves Pokemon… so what better gift than an aquatic plant jar with some Pokemon figurines in/around it?

    Please excuse my horrible paint skills but that’s pretty much how I envision it to come out.

    The jar will contain a section of sand in the ‘front’ and a section of aqua soil in the ‘back.’ Glossostigma will be planted in the aqua soil. I will also be putting sand in the saucer, along with some small river rocks (rounded/smooth). It’s possible I may also put some aqua soil in the back portion of the saucer and throw in some Lysimachia nummularia (maybe some in the jar too?).

    Will probably be putting the shellder inside the jar… and the krabby in the saucer portion, on top of some pebbles. I have quite a selection of figurines to choose from… but I like the feel of those two in this project the most. Might throw vaporeon/totodile/wartortle in there somewhere (he likes those 3 more, I think). 

    Will post more as this comes along.

    Suggestions/feedback welcome! What do you guys think?

  6.  

    Message to and from Hydor

    Me: This is a warranty/replacement request for the Hydor ETH 200 In-Line External Heater 200w 1/2” hose. I have been using this product for 1.5 months (ordered online on October 8th) and a problem with it just arose. I normally keep the dial at 80 degrees on my 17 gallon tank, and it was normally within the temperature range of 77~79. In the last 24 hours, however, the unit does not activate even with the tank water temperature down near 65 degrees. I have to dial it up to near 90 degrees for the unit to activate. Is this problem resolvable or would I need a replacement. Should you require any more information, please let me know. Thanks.

    P.S. I have been using the 200W 5/8” hose unit for a year now (on another tank) and never experienced any problems with it.

    Hydor: Hello, 


    You can send it back to us for warranty repair/replacement. 

    When we receive it, we will open it up and inspect it. If it can be easily fixed…(fuse replacement, etc) we will fix it and send it back to you. If it is deemed that it cannot be fixed and falls within our warranty guidelines, we will replace it and ship it to you at no charge. Our warranty does not cover neglect or misuse. 

    If you would like to send it to us for warranty, please include a copy of this email, copy of the receipt, and ship to: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Going to throw in an old submersible heater I used a few years back. If it works well enough, I will send the in-line heater over to Hydor for inspection. 

  7.  

    For reference: 

    • Red - Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea
    • Orange - Ludwigia glandulosa
    • Light Blue - Ruellia brittoniana ‘Katie
    • Light Green - Spathiphyllum sp.
    • Violet - Pilea cadierei
    • Deep Purple - Alternanthera ficoidea
    • Yellow - Asclepias curassavica
    • Pink - Oplismenus hirtellus ’Variegatus’
    • Maroon - Cyperus alternifolius var. gracilis

    Cannot really spot the Spathiphyllum sp. because the other plants are overtaking it in height. One leaf can be seen in the second photo behind the Ruellia brittoniana ‘Katie

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    Day 57 (December 10, 2013) Update

    Glossostigma has really filled in in the foreground. A trim is due. Most of the stem plants have died back because the riparium plants are blocking out light.

    The riparium plants are doing REALLY well, with the exception of Spathiphyllum sp.— it’s a really slow grower and it might mean the death of it since the plants around it are starting to block out its light. The Asclepias curassavica is already past 20 inches (51 cm) of height. I want to trim it back but it’s flowering right now and I wanted to see that first.

  9.  

    Was away from home for a few days. Shocked to find that my heater is no longer working properly. Temperature is set for 80~82 degrees fahrenheit. Came back to see that my tank water temperature was down near 60 degrees. Time to claim that warranty.

    fyi: I am using a 

    Hydor ETH 200 In-Line External Heater 200w 1/2” hose

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    Day 38 (November 21, 2013) Update

    Pardon the photo quality of the submerged portion— hard to shield the lighting from the Kessils. Updated the riparium specs which you can find on the right-hand side of this tumblr.

    Tested the water parameters:

    • pH @ 6.6~6.8
    • Ammonia @ 0 ppm
    • Nitrite @ 0 ppm
    • Nitrate @ ~10 ppm

    Things look good.

    Added fauna Corydoras pygmaeus and Hemigrammus rhodostomus (Rummy-nose tetra). Both are pretty shy. They usually hang in the back of the tank amongst the plants.

    Riparium portion is doing well. Pinched plants already have new shoots going. Basketgrass is looking really good. A small portion of Joseph’s coat is getting droopy. 

    Planted a cup of glosso as best I could a few weeks ago and it’s growing. Did a trim of it today because it was growing vertically. Hopefully this encourages more horizontal/creeping growth. Might have to lower the height on the lighting to make it more intense.