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post #1066 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 03:17 PM
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Your tank looks great, but I think the reason your Java Ferns are not growing is because the rhizomes appear to be buried which is not good for those kind of plants.
The Narrow are just above the gravel, but the regular Java Fern is on and in the driftwood on the left , you just can't see it because nothing but the rhizomes are left . It is a mystery to me .
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post #1067 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 03:26 PM
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Your tank looks great, but I think the reason your Java Ferns are not growing is because the rhizomes appear to be buried which is not good for those kind of plants.
looks like his anubias is in the substrate as well.
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post #1068 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 04:01 PM
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Here's my low light, no C02 tank. Been up and running for about 2 weeks now.

Specs...

Tank - Marineland 29 gallon
Lighting - Coralife dual T5NO 2x18 watts
Filtration - 2x Marineland HOB filters (one Penguin 150 and one Penguin 200)
CO2 - none
Fertilizers - Dry macros and liquid traces. KNO3 1/8 tsp 2x week, KH2PO4 1/32 tsp 2x week, Flourish 1/2 capful 2x week.

Flora
Cabomba
Pennywort
Ludwigia (not sure what species, guessing that it's repens)
Frogbit
Dwarf sag
Moneywort
Rotala (I think rotundifolia)

Soon to come - sword, java fern, wisteria, maybe some moss on the driftwood

Fauna
20x neon tetra
4x julii cory
5x otocinclus

Soon to come - pair of dwarf cichlids (either GBRs or Apistos)


FTS


Right side


Left side
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post #1069 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 05:40 PM
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Low Tech, Low Light Planted 55 G

Hello TPT...

Here's a pic of one of my 55 Gs. Nothing special as far as fertilizers or lighting. I add a little liquid fert to what the fish produce, just once a week when I do my large, water changes.

Just have a couple of 32 watt florescent bulbs from the hardware store. The plants are Anubias nana and nangi, Pennywort, Brazilian water weed, Java and a bit of Singapore moss.

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post #1070 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 08:17 PM
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looks like his anubias is in the substrate as well.
It is just above the substrate as well . :^)
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post #1071 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-16-2013, 01:14 AM
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Updated Pic

Figured I would give an update of my Jungle. Lots of growth with just Metricide and ferts.
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post #1072 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 02:21 PM
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First two completed planted tanks

I recently got back into fish.

I decided this time to try to do planted tanks.

Here is a picture of my 46G and my 37G.

I initially started out with T8s but clearly that wasn't enough light. Now I am running a fugeray 36 and a 24 inch T8 on my 46G, and a Ray II 30 and Aqueon LED with 1 white and 2 colormax on my 37G.

46G is my community tank with 1 male betta, 2 male endler guppies, 3 GBRs(had a 4th but male just killed female after she ate eggs ), 6 Gold white clouds, 3 male cherry barbs, 3 female cherry barbs, 2 male albino cherry barbs, 6 green neon tetras, 6 dwarf neon rasboras, 6 orange von rios, 5 marble hatchets, 2 silver hatchets, 6 green cories, 8 otocinclus, some ghost shrimp left(originally 30), some cherry shrimp(30+ in an attached finnex breeder).

37G is my betta sorority tank with 10+ females, 3 angels, 3 julii cories, 2 bamboo shrimp, 3 mollies, 6 cardinal tetras, 6 gold barbs, 1 albino bristlenose pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco, 2 golden wonder killifish, 1 kuhli loach, 2 flying fox.


Plants I tried a bunch, small amounts of others. If you have any questions I can answer. However a lot of plants didnt' work.

I have started doing partial EI dry dosing for a few weeks now and just last week started metricide.
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post #1073 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 04:29 PM
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Crypt Undulatas, Pennywort, Marrimo

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post #1074 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-17-2013, 05:24 PM
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post #1075 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-22-2013, 04:26 AM
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Very nice setups, wished my tank looked as good as everyones. Keep up with the photos

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post #1076 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 04:17 AM
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Equipment!
-75 gallon tank
-4 bulb shoplight 32w 6500k t8's
-Eheim 2217
-Hydor ETH 300w
-Koralia Nano 425
-Pool filter sand (Flourish root tabs)
-Flourish Comp., Nitro and Aquavitro Activate

Plants!
-Anacharis
-Pennywort
-Cryptocoryne Wendtii (Brown)
-Dwarf Sagitteria Sublata
-Wisteria
-Anubia Barteri var. nana
-Vallisneria spiralis
-Amazon Sword
-Amazon Frogbit

Critters!
1 Opaline Gourami
2 Zebra Nerites
5 Horned Nerites
Amano Shrimp
Cherry Shrimp
MTS, Bladder and Ramshorn snails

The first of many
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post #1077 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 06:40 PM
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This is from immediately after finishing planting, last Friday, but here's the three 30cm cubes on my dresser:






So far so good, no melting, no signs of anything bad. Just some growth happening and seemingly happy plants settling in.
My first planted tanks with more than just shoddy LED lighting and a few anubias on driftwood.
I'm in the process of trying to figure out a setup for my 4 male bettas. It looks like you only have filtration in one of the tanks (the middle) or are my eyes bad and I just can't see it in the other two?
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post #1078 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 08:31 PM
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First day of my 95 gallon wave dirted freshwater dirt tank. Converted it from saltwater.


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post #1079 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 10:12 PM
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Equipment!
-75 gallon tank
-4 bulb shoplight 32w 6500k t8's
-Eheim 2217
-Hydor ETH 300w
-Koralia Nano 425
-Pool filter sand (Flourish root tabs)
-Flourish Comp., Nitro and Aquavitro Activate

Plants!
-Anacharis
-Pennywort
-Cryptocoryne Wendtii (Brown)
-Dwarf Sagitteria Sublata
-Wisteria
-Anubia Barteri var. nana
-Vallisneria spiralis
-Amazon Sword
-Amazon Frogbit

Critters!
1 Opaline Gourami
2 Zebra Nerites
5 Horned Nerites
Amano Shrimp
Cherry Shrimp
MTS, Bladder and Ramshorn snails

The first of many
Any issues with algae? How long is your light period? Tank looks MINT, love that driftwood.

temporary tanks for the time being...
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post #1080 of 2017 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 01:24 AM
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Hey guys, been lurking a little while, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed going through all 72 pages of this thread. Saved multiple pictures for inspiration for when I eventually start up a 20 to replace my tenner!
Right now I've got two tanks, both I consider low-tech.
The first is a standard 10 gallon.
Lighting: Marineland aquatic plant led(New!)
Filtration: aquaclear 20
Heating: Fluval M 50 watt
Substrate: Flourite black
Flora: Java fern, needle leaf java fern, java moss(java java java..lol), anubias nana petite, cryptocrine wendtii, a couple stems of bacopa, and a few stems of....I don't remember.
Fauna: 1 Male betta, 3 dwarf cories(started with 6, the other three didn't settle in well.), and an invincible olive nerite I've had for 5+ years.
I'll apologize now, most pictures I'll be posting are probably going to be taken from my iphone(And probably instagram'd, but no filter), until/unless I hassle my roomie into teaching me how to use his camera.


And the second is a 5 gallon marineland crescent
Lighting: 13 watt Fluval compact florescent 6400k
Filtration: Whisper 10 that came with the tank, with an aquaclear 30 sponge in it. (bleh)
Heating: 25 watt marina heater
Substrate: Fluval plant stratum
Flora: Java moss/fern, bacopa, anubias nana petite, a stem of hygro difformis, and more of that mystery stem plant.. I's growing quite well in this tank.
Fauna: Single male betta

Both tanks get excel every few days, flourish and trace on weekly water changes. Not much rhyme or reason in these two, set them up with stuff I'd brought with me when I moved down to Nashville. But I like 'em.
Here's an old 15 of mine from a few years ago, kept betta simplex in it
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