So I figured I'd start a journal for you all to see the progress of my 29 gallon tank. This will be my first attempt at live plants in the aquarium, so I'm excited.
Just some background to introduce myself. My name is Andy, I will be entering my senior year at the University of Delaware where I am studying plant science (yeah I know, so I should be able to grow some great plants in the aquarium, right? haha we'll see!) with a concentration in crop science and a minor in soils. I live in a rural area in Maryland, and farming is my first passion. I've had some great success with keeping fish in the past, but gave up on it when I started college. Now that I'm in my senior year, class load has lightened up a bit, so I can now take on a planted tank.
I got this 29 high quite a few years ago for a birthday present, kept some live bearers in it for a while, then they all died off, and the tank has basically sat empty for a few years now.
So for the rebirth of this tank, I am thinking an Amazon theme. I am going to try and create a tree root/mangrove look with some Manzanita wood. For fish, I'm thinking a couple of schools of tetras, some cory cats, and a few dwarf cichlids. But this tank is a long way from fish at this point.
The tank is a 29 gallon, high (30"x12"x18") with a canister filter. I will be going low-tech on this tank--no CO2 injection. Lighting will be ~10 hrs/day from a Current Nova Extreme 48 watt T5HO.
Size: 30"x12"x18" (LxWxH)
Capacity: 29 US Gallons (110 liters)
Filtration: Whisper 30 Canister Filter
Lighting: Current Nova Extreme T5HO, 48 watts; 8 hours/day
Substrate: Eco Complete with Flourite sub-layer; fine sand in foreground
Carbon Source: API CO2 Booster; 5mL/day
- Anubias barteri var. barteri
- Bacopa australis
- Bacopa caroliniana - Lemon Bacopa
- Ceratopteris thalictroides - Water Sprite
- Helanthium tenellum (Echinodorus tenellus) - Pygmy Chain Sword
- Hygrophila corymbosa - Giant Hygro
- Rotala rotundifolia
Vallisneria spiralis - Straight Vallisneria
- Cryptocoryne spiralis - Spiral Crypt
- Otocinclus vittatus (x3) - Oto Catfish
- Paracheirodon innesi (x10) - Neon Tetra
- Hyphessobrycon megalopterus (x6) - Black Phantom Tetra, 4 female, 2 male
- Parotocinclus jumbo (x1) - Pitbull Pleco
- Corydoras pygmaeus (x6) - Pygmy Cory
- Pterophyllum scalare (x2) - Green Leopard Angelfish
On to some pictures. Sorry for some of the bad quality which is due to the glare from the window. I guess I will have to take pics at night from now on.
The tank as it has sat for about 5 years. That is Fluorite as you see. I will keep the Fluorite as a sub-layer under some Eco-Complete.
Rocks going in
Eco-Complete in (stuff reminds me of Oreo cookies lol). It's about 3" thick on top of the 1" of Fluorite. So all together I have about 4"-4.5" of substrate for my plants.
SAND! They have a lot of nerve calling this stuff sand (VERY fine stuff); I added water to it and it practically turned to liquid! Oh well, the cories should like it!
3/4 shot (I'll be moving the thermometer once I get my hands on a new one)
Maybe a good home for some dwarf cichlids
Manzanita wood. It's not final--but it's the general gist of what I'm trying to create.
So as of right now, I have the wood in the tank soaking to leach the tannins and water-log them. It should be about a week or two before they sink, then I can finish the hardscape and start cycling the tank.
Thanks for looking
I'll keep you posted.