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Ikebana Inspired Tank -20 long-

Hey Everyone,

This is my first attempt at a planted tank and it's proving to be very fun! I got this Blue Jack Dempsey when he was 1/2 inch long. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for checking this out, cheers!

I most recently changed this tank to reflect the Ikebana style of arranging plants. Thanks for checking this out!
*Update November '11*



Tank Specs:

20 Long
Eheim 2213 (Best money I've ever spent)
Aquaclear 30(Filled with polyester filter floss)
Aquaclear 101 powerhead (80gph)
Azoo drop checker
6 watt UV sterilizer
Flourite Black Sand
Diy 3 24" T8 Bulbs
DIY CO2


Fertilizers every other day: 1/4 tsp Spectracide Stump Remover (Potassium Nitrate), 30 drops of Fleet Enema (Potassium Phosphate), 1/8 tsp Morton Salt Substitute (Potassium), 4ml Flourish (micro's)


Plants
Echinodorus Amazonicus
Aponogeton Crispus
Anubias Barteri petite
Anubias Barteri nana
Hygrophila Difformis
Hygrophyla corymbosa "stricta"
Ceratophyllum submersum
Elocharis acicularis
Alternanthera reineckii

I had a glass nano diffuser...it lasted a good 2 weeks before I broke it




Added some Hornwort I pulled from a pond (did the h202 sterilization dip) and boiled some driftwood



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post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 09:31 AM
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You may be new but doing a great job. Just keep on trucking.

Nice tank.

I just got a 40 gallon breeder going wish I went with a 75. Same depth but wider and Jack will like it more.
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Changed the lighting. Now running 2-6500k & 1-3100k. Also added 2 black skirt tetras. Hopefully they'll bring out my shy blue jack more often.


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Maybe it's just me, but that is a HUGE snail!

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He is indeed. But somehow, he manages to squeeze his way into my aquaclear filter box. I'll be watching my tank when oddly enough,a snail comes floating by, ejected from the overflow. GERONIMO!!!

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Haha nice tank and beautiful fish! Sick taste in music =D Sublime allz dayz
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Haha nice tank and beautiful fish! Sick taste in music =D Sublime allz dayz
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One thing I love about this hobby is there's always room to fiddle around with stuff. I changed my lighting AGAIN, then decided to mess around with microsoft paint and draw up some graphs.

Now I'm using the Zoomed UltraSun(6500K)+Zoomed FloraSun(5000k)+GE Aquarays (9325k). Here's a couple spectrum graphs I overlapped

UltraSun(6500K)+Zoomed FloraSun(5000k)


Flora Sun + GE Aquarays


Ultra Sun + GE Aquarays


UltraSun(6500K)+Zoomed FloraSun(5000k)+GE Aquarays (9325k)


Here's the spectrum for photosynthesis


This is the disaster .jpeg with everything overlapping each other. lol

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Here are some new pics




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I wanted to add some color to the tank so I got some Alternanthera reineckii. I hope I can keep it red! Also got some hairgrass. Let's see how it grows in.





Jack Daniel's is goooooood


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Nice Tank fish seem happy!!

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Things are coming together





Cleared out some space and planted some needle leaf ludwigia...they're sooo tiny




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wow nice tank. i miss my EBJD.

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Nice tank.

That dempsey is getting big, has he started digging yet?
They can be bad for that once they start to mature. Of course, that is more of a breeding behavior and sense he doesn't have any potential mates in there it might not be a problem for some time now.
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Nice tank.

That dempsey is getting big, has he started digging yet?
They can be bad for that once they start to mature. Of course, that is more of a breeding behavior and sense he doesn't have any potential mates in there it might not be a problem for some time now.
Not yet, but I'm waiting for that to happen. He's very calm and peaceful, unlike any cichlid I've ever had. It's probably because he's still a juvenile.

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