amphirion's 6 gallon project... - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2011, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
amphirion's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 558
amphirion's 6 gallon project...

here's what i've got so far. going to be raising a few Rhinogobius zhoui which have a reputation for being compulsive diggers so a normal planted tank will probably not be the best way to go. i've lined the bottom with sand, and got the rock work up.

planned flora:
Anubias nana 'petite'
Fissidens fontanus
Utricularia biloba (on driftwood, partially emmersed)
Utricularia nephrophylla (on drifftwood, partially emmersed)

planned fauna:
Rhinogobius zhoui
Rhadinocentrus ornatus 'Teewah Creek'

and here's the tank so far:

the whole thing:
amphirion is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2011, 10:51 PM
I ♥ BBA!
sewingalot's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: WV
Posts: 12,768
I love the rock layout. The planned setup sounds very intriguing. I am actually curious to see where this goes, so hurry up and plant it.

Without Algae, death of mankind would be inevitable.
sewingalot is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 01:00 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
chumlee's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New jersey
Posts: 583
That hardscape looks awesome. I just set up something similar in one of my family members tanks with the rock piles and sand with gravel, but it's not going to be planted unfortunately.

Fluval EBI Pimp #1
Ehfipimp #449
Custom Built PC
Canon Fanboy
Razzi - Check out my photos
chumlee is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
amphirion's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 558
thanks very much for the comments.
i started cycling the tank to get things running while im waiting for the wood to arrive. please excuse the cloudy water---im in the process of cycling the tank, so it's going through a massive bacterial bloom. no fishies are harmed though---because im using the fishless technique.

from what i understand having a heavily planted tank will aid in a faster cycling time, or possibly even skipping it. unfortunately, i dont think i'll have enough fast growing plants in the tank to get away with that.

also got my anubias nana petite...i might need to get some more.
here's some more pics....because i aim to please, lol.

whole tank (so far)

left side, heavy corner emphasis:

right side, heavy corner emphasis:

from the left side of the tank:
amphirion is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 05:05 AM
Planted Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Melbourne, FL
Posts: 204
What a fantastic idea! It looks great.
SpankyMR2 is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2011, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
amphirion's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 558
stuff happened---like the tank started leaking---had to fix it. XD

well, i had to rescape---the rock structures are for the most part the same, give or take, i like this layout better though....throw in a piece of manzanita into the mix....

i really really loved this branch, but i couldnt figure out how to place it, such a friggen pain because it was to large. so i had the crazy idea of placing it in a way that would allow aquatic epiphytes to grow on it----so this is what happened:

yeah, it still looks friggen awkward, but that's because the plants havent grown and established themselves on the woodwork yet. give it a chance! I SWEARS IT'LL LOOK GOOD!

eh, throw some java moss on the naked branches:

Utricularia biloba hanging out on the top:

Utricularia nephrophylla is naturally found as a true epiphyte but also exists within the axels of bromeliads, hence it's tolerance to grow aquatically--at least to a point. other portions of it are growing on other parts of the wood as well.

how you might wonder why the heck did i place these two obscure plants in the tank---here are two reasons:
U. biloba:

U. nephrophylla:

im also a carnivorous plant enthusiast---it's my feeble attempt to combine both hobbies. worst case scenario, i can take the wood and plants out, considering the rockscape stands quite well by itself, but i need the plants right now to help deal with nitrate levels. thanks for looking.
amphirion is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-15-2011, 04:08 PM
Wanabe BKK Herder
Betta Maniac's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: IHella<3Oakland
Posts: 2,159
Ok, this is just freaken cool.
Betta Maniac is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
amphirion's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 558
welp....i decided not to keep the wood in there...too much going on because of its size, it's not manageable to work with....but that's not to say that im going to throw it out. the utric setup still exists....

amphirion is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 04:48 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
karatekid14's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: OR
Posts: 837
I love the tank!
karatekid14 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 01:29 AM
Wannabe Guru
AquaStudent's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 1,271
wow it's been a year since an update! I'm really interested in the Rhinogobius zhoui and wanted to know if you ended up getting them.

I'm thinking of getting some for my 5g (or possibly 10g depending on if I transition).
AquaStudent is offline  

biloba, gobies, nephrophylla, rhadinocentrus, zhoui

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome