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    My 2nd Cad Light 15 Gallon tank

    A few weeks ago, i came across an add on Kijiji for a 15 gallon Cad light( already have one up & running & like the foot print), a Eheim 2211, lily pipes & a Zoo Med 18 inch LED fixture with the asking price of 150.00 i was able to get it for less, a deal too good to pass up., it must have been my lucky day, everything is in excellent condition, so much for my lucky day Grin
    Tank is all prepped & waiting to accept some plants to call it own.
    Lighting - 2 x Chichors "A" series LED FixturesFilter - Eheim eco 2234 - VIV glass lily pipe set
    Skimmer - Eheim 350 skimmer
    Heater - Hydor 200 ETH external heater
    CO2 - built by me 2 - stage regulator, SS in tank diffuser
    Substrate Tropica planted soil.
    Plants will be_ Tropica 1 2 grow Eltine Hydropiper 141 TC,Tropica Echinodorus tenellus 067 & Tropica 1 2 grow Rotala 'Bonsai' 033E TC.
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    After mulling things over, i decided where i want to go with this build,and that is doing an all Tropica equipped tank, substrate,plants & fertilizers.
    First off i decided to spray paint the back of the tank with Rust-Oleum specialty Frosted glass.
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    At this point it still needed a few more coats.

    After a few more coats
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    The substrate is added, Tropics soil topped with Tropics soil powder.
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    Then the hard scape, Iwagumi style with Seiryu stones
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    With all the accessories ready for planting
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    At this time the tank awaits the arrival of it`s plant inhabitants.
    Will update as the tank progresses.
    Thanks for following

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    Great pictures, purchase and Scape! Looking forward to watching this develop!
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    Whoah

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    I was finally able to get my plants , thanks to Marlon @ Big Al`s Ottawa, unfortunately i was not able to acquire the micro tennellus & has substituted it with Eleocharis acicularis 'mini' , will also be using Gratiola viscidula in the middle back of the scape.
    I have planted the tank and will use the dry start approach for a few weeks to give the plants some time to root and settle in.The bit of browning is from a bit of the hydropiper i had planted on June 23 rd.
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    Thanks for looking

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    I'll be interested to see the progression of your tank. Keep the pictures coming as it goes.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Celidh Click here to enlarge
    I'll be interested to see the progression of your tank. Keep the pictures coming as it goes.
    Will do

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    Update: My efforts at the dry start with the E. Hydropiper failed, the other plants did well.
    The Hydropiper started browning out & died, i decided to flood the tank.
    At this point i`ll let the substrate cycle and have one more go at this plant.
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    I was able to get some more H.Piper,not daunted from my dry start failure, i tried it again fully submersed.
    The plant is doing well, & despite the suggestion of a slow grower it has proven the opposite in my experience this time.
    First picture taken on Sept 9 th.

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    Taken today
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    Wow, that absolutely looks amazing!!! Loving the progression pics. Maybe someday I'll get comfortable enough to try some things like that with my tanks.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by kdwhale Click here to enlarge
    Wow, that absolutely looks amazing!!! Loving the progression pics. Maybe someday I'll get comfortable enough to try some things like that with my tanks.

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    Thank you, I hope you do.
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