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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-15-2010, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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A Sulawesi Garden [5.5g]

Note: formerly known as "An Aquatic Tahitian Moon Garden".



MARCH 20- APRIL 1, 2010







Lighting (the sun)
10w GE Daylight 6500k Spiral CFL

Equipment
DIY CO2
Whisper Air Pump
Hydor 50w Heater

Substrate
Tahitian Moon Sand

Plants
Amazon Frogbit
Banana Plant
Dwarf Baby Tears
Four Leaf Clover
Java Moss
Minor Duckweed
Narrow Leaf Chain Sword
Rotala Indica
Water Sprite
Wisteria

Animals
Fancy Guppy (fries)
Trumpet Snails


Fictional Story
Once upon a time, far far away; there was a small lonely black moon. No one knew if there was life on this so called moon, but astronomers named this forsaken moon after Tahiti, an Earthly island famous for its black sand beaches. After several years, a team of astronauts was sent to explore Tahiti and bring back some samples they were to collect. Upon setting foot on the black moon, one of the astronauts, Eden Marel gasped at the incredible sight. The moon's surface was a radiant black sand with a few speckles of white impurities here and there and small bodies of crystal clear water filled with life. It was like an odd tropical environment! She whipped out her collection tool and began to harvest some of what there was to take.

The ride home was painstakingly long and when she finally came back to Earth, she gave the researchers their share of her collected specimens and hurried to Petsmart to buy a fish tank and to Target for a lamp. She dumped a layer of the black sand and the water she had collected while on the dark Tahitian moon. Next, she planted the plants and released the aquatic life. She screwed in a 10w light bulb and adjusted the lamp, so the light could be close to the water. She tried to closely replicate what she had seen on that lonely black moon and thus this is how this Tahitian Moon Garden came to be. The End.

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APRIL 4-11, 2010




Lighting
15w GE Daylight 6500k Spiral CFL

Equipment

DIY CO2 w/ Hagen Elite Mini
Hydor 50w Heater
Aqua Clear 20

Substrate

Eco-Complete

Plants

Ceratopteris thalictroides
Echinodorus tenellus
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Hygrophila difformis
Marsilea drummondii
Nymphoides aquatica
Rotala indica
Taxiphyllum barbieri


Animals

Fancy Guppy


Went on another exploration, discovered a different substrate further along the moon. Replaced the Tahitian Moon sand with a substrate that seemes more nutrient enriched. I am hoping the Dwarf Baby Tears can develop into a nice carpet.

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Algae yes, but now going away due to Excel.

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Very nice.
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That has filled in very nicely...I love the jungle look on the left side
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Nice tank.

38gal. Tetras Forest.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ml#post1418057
10gal. Jungle Low Tech.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...pdate-6-a.html
10gal. Planted Aquarium, 38gal. Planted Aquarium.
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The Great Tree withered away as the evil spread its putrid poison into the pure water; the Fauna cried as she died, for The Great Tree provided life and shelter to all those she protected. The lesser Flora watched in horror and in great sadness as The Great Tree became no more, only her barren trunk was left as a sorrowful reminder of their mother.

Fauna and Flora began to fear that the evil would spread its noxious poison, and soon the fear became a reality. The evil began to extend its influence on to other flora which was the beginning of The Great Infection. Green thread-like growths would attach themselves to the lesser Flora, and soon several of the lesser Flora became infected just as their mother had been.

The Fauna watched helplessly as the flora began to fall victim to the evil they had dubbed Algae. As days continued to pass on, the evil continued to spread its poison onto the defenseless flora…

What would this once peaceful world come to? Will it all end and completely fall victim to the dreadful enemy? Is its fate completely sealed?










And no, I don't plan on breaking down the tank. I removed the moss on the tree cuz it had been covered in some algae so I am treating it. Some of the plants have algae on it which is the "the great infection". And the guppies are just swimming around doing nothing about the algae so they are "watching helplessly".
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A video of my 5 gallon tank:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0pOL1QdNts
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post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-04-2010, 12:34 AM
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it looks nice and the guppies look vibrant!!! however I think you might have too many guppies in there especially when the babies grow bigger...keep in mind that you don't have 5 gallons of water in there anymore...after adding the substrate and all the plants you might have around 3.5 gallons of water in the tank ...otherwise everything else looks nice...makes me want to have guppies again


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A video of my 5 gallon tank:

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Yea... I know. But I don't want to kill them or give them away cuz I'm sure people will use them as feeder fish. Though, I'm kinda guilty of it too... I fed some of the very small fry to my bettas. I wasn't really expecting the babies to survive for long. When I first had guppies in my 10g back at home all the babies would die before getting any bigger than a thumbnail. I even fed the babies specifically hoping they would grow into adults, but to my dismay they always died.

But for some crazy crazy reason many of them are surviving this smaller and much crowded tank and becoming adults! O_O I do not even feed the babies specifically, so I'm guessing they are surviving off of microscopic things and soggy food that the adults didn't get.

Or maybe it's because these tanks are planted while the ones I used to keep back at home were just plastic plants mostly and the filter intake wasn't covered so I might have produced some fry goop.

Not sure, it's a mystery for me at least.
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That java moss looks GREAT.

I have Tahitian moon sand, lol. I like it, its kinda rough but whatever.

Ha ha, he he! DAncE whEn yoU're HAPppy! He he he! DAnce, danCE, DANCe!

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Thanks, this is what it looks like today:




VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oetx0p7_IGM

FLORA
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Ludwigia repens
Echinodorus tenellus
Echinodorus vesuvius
Lemna minor
Marsilea drummondii
Nymphoides aquatica
Rotala rotundifolia

FAUNA
Trumpet Snail (Melanoides tuberculata)
Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda var. Red)
Zebra Nerite (Neritina spp.)
Fancy Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)
Pond Snails
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Bought a 5.5g and got rid of my 5g bowfront. I do not like bowfronts, they make taking pictures and catching things harder...

Just a quick shot, sorry for the glare, didn't clean up.
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Is the last pic of a new tank (5.5g)? If you ditch the nutrafin bubble ladder and run the co2 hose into the filter intake, it'll probably work a lot better.

Interested to see how this one turns out.
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Well I have a sponge covering the intake cuz of babies guppies and shrimps. But I probably will ditch the ladder since it is too tall for the 5.5g with the amount of Eco-Complete I have in there.
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