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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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My first planted!

Okay, So I've been out of the game of staying up on my forums for quite some time.. Just haven't had time.
But this past weekend I endowed quite the quest and looking for any pointers that ya'll might have. I started my first planted tank.
I started this whole 6 hour off impulse tank build by watching DustinsFishTanks, and I was like I'M DIRTING A TANK, DAMMIT. So, that's what I did.
I got Miricle Gro Organic potting mix, good 3/4s of an inch dirt than sand and gravel on top. After about 20 water changes I threw on a filter with polt-fil to polish it.
I went to the LFS and I got what I believe to be:
(amazon swords, java fern, camboma, and water sprite?)
So here's a pic of the tank as of this morning, if anyone could point out some tips, if I'm doing something wrong, or you love it, let me know!

Lighting: 2 cfl 26W 6500k bulbs in those clamp lights.
Livestock:6 harlequin rasbora's, 10 white cloud mountian minnow's
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 06:38 PM
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did you cycle? if not keep an extra close eye on ammonia
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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the filter is fully cycled. it was one of the two I had on my cichlid tank for over a year. And yeah, I'm keeping an eye
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Very nice!

I like the black rock on the sand.

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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Could anyone help figure out what these plants are for sure? and make sure I planted the ones that need to be, and tied the ones that need to be tied?
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The first pic looks to be moneywort, you can probably pull down a few of the stems and stick in the substrate to cover some more ground.
Second is either cabomba or myrio and looks good, when it gets taller just top it and replant.
Third is some kind of hairgrass...it usually likes higher light and CO2 but may be fine.
Fourth pic kind of looks likes mondo grass(not a true aquatic plant) but I could be wrong. Might be a val or sag.
Last pic is java fern and you have done it right. In the background is an amazon sword.
Your tank looks good, and I like the hardscape. Only thing I would do different would be to move the hairgrass from front center to the right side. Then I would get some rotala rotundifolia for behind the rock. It would add some pinkish color and break up all the green. All in all very nice start.

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2. Limno aquatica, most likely
3. Giant hairgrass

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post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-01-2013, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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appreciate everyones replys! I have done some more work to the tank, adding more plants. I even started using DIY co2! so far, It's coming along.. but some problems are occurring.

"Second is either cabomba or myrio and looks good, when it gets taller just top it and replant."

that plant is currently turning black in patches? what would that be?
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What are your water parameters? pH and Gh?
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the first doesn't look at all like my moneywort. i think it may be Lindernia Anagallis. i think the second one is cabomba and i believe they grow best in warmer water (80+) could be why it is dying, i'm not an expert though
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okaywell my kh is ~300 ppm.. my gh test must be out of wack.. it didn't seem right. is this bad? maybe my kh test is faulty as well?
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Cabomba never did well in my old tanks. I was told that was because of high pH (7.8-8.1) and high GH (10-12 degrees). They "prefer" softer, more acidic water.
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hmm, interesting. Appreciate it coleman! another note.. all my plants seem to be at a standstill.. is this normal for a new tank?
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updated pics.
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