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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-14-2011, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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30 gallon Half Moon

Hello to all, this is my first post on the forum!
i have finally got to where i feel enough has been done in my reef aquarium and now wanted to invest in a nice planted aquarium. i got started in fish keeping with a 20 gallon guppy tank that i have now planted, but its not satisfying to me, i now want a fully aquascaped, amazing freshwater tank.
On black friday i got a 30 gallon half moon (that is semi-cylinder) and ordered two dual lamp 20'' fixtures from aquatic life. Because of the odd shape of the tank, i decided to hang the fixture as opposed to set it on the frame mounts.
For the substrate, i went with a mixture of eco-plant substrate and black flourite sand.
For now i am going to use a DIY Co2 system as well as some flourish root tabs and the liquid flourish stuff.
As for plants, i plan on planting a carpet of Dwarf Hairgrass as well as others such has ludwigia, wisteria, a ruffled sword, myrio.. etc.

I also plan on documenting the early life of the tank by shooting a time-lapse over an 8 week period, so i will share once that time has come and passed.

-Ethan





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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-14-2011, 01:31 AM
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Hello to all, this is my first post on the forum!
i have finally got to where i feel enough has been done in my reef aquarium and now wanted to invest in a nice planted aquarium. i got started in fish keeping with a 20 gallon guppy tank that i have now planted, but its not satisfying to me, i now want a fully aquascaped, amazing freshwater tank.
On black friday i got a 30 gallon half moon (that is semi-cylinder) and ordered two dual lamp 20'' fixtures from aquatic life. Because of the odd shape of the tank, i decided to hang the fixture as opposed to set it on the frame mounts.
For the substrate, i went with a mixture of eco-plant substrate and black flourite sand.
For now i am going to use a DIY Co2 system as well as some flourish root tabs and the liquid flourish stuff.
As for plants, i plan on planting a carpet of Dwarf Hairgrass as well as others such has ludwigia, wisteria, a ruffled sword, myrio.. etc.

I also plan on documenting the early life of the tank by shooting a time-lapse over an 8 week period, so i will share once that time has come and passed.

-Ethan





Wow, I would love to hang my fixture like that!
But my wife would hang me!
Great looking tho.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-14-2011, 01:33 AM
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Welcome to the forum! Cool looking tank, I've never seen one like that. I'm also looking forward to the time lapse.

I would suggest that while you are running DIY CO2 you should use only one of those fixtures. It is a tall tank, so after you go pressurized (it will happen) you can raise them a bit from their current position and use both. Check out the lighting section stickies for some really good info.

DIY CO2 is a really good way to start, but varying CO2 levels can be hard in a tank with a lot of light.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-14-2011, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the forum! Cool looking tank, I've never seen one like that. I'm also looking forward to the time lapse.

I would suggest that while you are running DIY CO2 you should use only one of those fixtures. It is a tall tank, so after you go pressurized (it will happen) you can raise them a bit from their current position and use both. Check out the lighting section stickies for some really good info.

DIY CO2 is a really good way to start, but varying CO2 levels can be hard in a tank with a lot of light.
thanks for the info hyzer! and ya, i was worried about light penetration to the bottom because the tank is about 27 inches tall. With both fixtures on, im getting 72 watts.

and thanks Big O!

i am in the process of trying to find a nice piece of driftwood, one tall enough to look good in the tank. i contacted ADG about it and im waiting to hear back from them.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-17-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Well ADG wouldn't contact me back, but i found another place to order from http://www.manzanita-driftwood.com and i got a nice looking piece on the way.

I will post pictures as soon as it comes in!

-Ethan
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-24-2011, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Went in to petsmart the other day just to look... and came out with a plant called Frill.


Dont know much about this plant but i did find out a more common name of it may be Foxtail.
I do know that for just the few days its been in my tank it has began to grow very well with my DIY Co2, high lighting, and some flourish excel.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2012, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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its been a while, but after many complications i finally got my tank up and going!
bought locally from a driftwood saleswoman. got a great piece of wood.



I ordered my plants earlier this week and planted them all yesterday. I think they look great and it is all gonna look really really good when it is all grown in. my moss hasnt came in yet. and i am still planning on doing a time lapse, it is set up right now.




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This is really pretty, do you have an update?
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2012, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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update:
after trying and trying, the lighting just simply wasnt enough to penetrate all the way to the bottom of the tank. most of the plants died and what didnt i salvaged for other tanks. I turned this tank into an artificial plant tank, though still with the beautiful driftwood and white sand. It still looks really good!
I ended up focusing on my planted ten.
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