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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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55 Gallon adventures Aug 24th update with final layout + centerpiece fish

I started with plants last July, I've come a long way.

Here is the beginning..




Then things started to grow (shocking!)




Then I let it go too far and the plants took over..


and eventually the light barely reached the bottom


And now.. I cut it all back, and added some fresh new clippings. Excited for everything to grow in again (may have overdone it on the clipping!) and hoping my new clippings work out well for me.

initial cut back


current with new clippings


Currently in there is:

giant hygros
stargrass
java moss
java fern (reg. and windelov)
watersprite
hygro polysperma
bocopa caroliniana
amazon swords
Rotala sp. Singapore
Myriophyllum mattogrossense
Hygro corymbosa
Hygro corymbosa compact
dwarf sags
Ranalisma rostrata
and some type of crypt.. possibly a wendtii of some variety

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-13-2011, 12:09 AM
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dang man that filled out nicely.
how long was the growth period to reach that last pic before the trimmings?

nice!!


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I received those hygros at about 3-4 leaves per plant before Christmas. They were huge by Feb. I cut them every waterchange. Even today, they are back up at the surface and needing another trim.

The crypt out front thats massive also came before christmas, and it is now over a foot wide.
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Here we are again, as of a few days ago.

I have changed it again since this however, I will post new pictures in a few days again.


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Lighting, co2, ferts?
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post #6 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-27-2011, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Using a single t5ho Hagen GLO light, no CO2, but daily excel. Using ferts + trace.

Went through a disastrous algae outbreak and it choked out almost everything. Here is the tank a few weeks into recovery.

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post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ok folks.. Major rehaul. Here;s the progress.

Got this in the mail last week


80lbs of Eco-Complete
My milwaukee regulator
and Some misc things.. such as the NLS fish food on top, some other stuff I didnt bother posting.. such as my airline tubing, etc.. However, I think they sent me the wrong airline. I ordered the blue stuff for CO2 and they sent me clear stuff.

And here is a before picture of the tank last week


So I'm completely tearing this tank totally apart.. Hoping no more than 2 hours. Longest part is going to be catching the fish and taking out the sand.

OMG.. naked tank!


All the sand and plants.. Getting the sand out by hand was maddening


Wheres the fishie? THERE they are! Along with some bigger plants and driftwood. They were mad.


Awesome thing was, throughout the whole thing I got to leave the filter on. Was tricky to get the sand out without getting any sucked up the filter but I was really worried about shutting the filter off and messing with my bacteria. Luckily.. It stayed on the whole time so I'm hoping I don't have a major ammonia spike.

OK Folks.. Hold your breath.. actually, don't bother, it's not that exciting.

I like the look of the eco-complete but boy I hope it makes a difference. What a PAIN to try and plant stuff in. It's so light, the bigger plants basically hauled themselves out a few times. I hope to god it packs.. or something.

dun dun dun...


And now for some close ups..







ohi snail



Ok.. So I trimmed that limnophila sessiflora, ended up throwing a lot of it out though. Ohwell, it grows fast.

Still don't know if I like the layout.. I might have to play with it for awhile before I end up ever liking it.



Those rummynose look some good against that black substrate...


And now with pressurized Co2

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post #8 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question for folks reading....

I have noticed a haze set over my plants in the past few days. Just like a film. It's gross. The water also doesn't look very good.

Is this from the eco-complete? It's kind of hazy in there... Going to do a reg water change tonight anyway, but I just thought someone else who used eco-complete may have something to say.

This has been running with eco-complete since last Monday, Co2 got set up yesterday.
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I have been using eco complete for 4 years now and have never had that type of problem. I do not think that it is the eco complete causing it.

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Beautiful redo, congrats on the pressurized CO2.
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post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-21-2011, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

After a w/c I think it was just that "blackwater extract" that the stuff was bagged in, I noticed the water coming out was like an ice tea color.

Seems well now.
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Ok Folks.. Last update, including my beautiful little wild caught columbian angels I picked up as "centerpiece" fish.

enjoy.

Final update for awhile until something exciting happens.

I'm happy with how the tank looks, and I think I can officially say no more fish will be added to the set up.

I hope the angels don't decide they want to eventually eat my cardinals. I guess we'll see what happens. There is a bit of arguing between them, but other than that nothing major.

Full set up

Left side

Right side


Peruvians







Thanks everyone for following this thread!

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Beautiful tank and new adds. The angels will need to be much larger before they start snacking on your Cardinals. If they are well fed they may not consider them food at all.
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Very nice tank.
Makes me realize even more,that I suck at aquascaping. So,,it's nice to see pictures that can help to inspire .
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Thanks.

I am hoping they stay away from my cardinals. I have successfully kept them housed together in the past, but as we all know every fish is different. For right now, it's peaceful. If I see stuff start disappearing, I will know where they went..lol
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