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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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40 gallon dirt tank with john innes seed sowing mix

hi all
I have also began another post but thought id begin a thread in the tank journal section

Equipment
40 gallon aquarium
200w interpret heater
800lp/h internal filtert with venturi
200l/ph internal filter with venturi ( at opposite end to reduce dead spots)
around 1/2 a bag of john innes seed sowing mix
kiln dried silver sand
2mm black gravel
2 x 24w 6500k t5ho tubes



i began by laying the dirt in a large mixing bowl and skimming off the floating particles then i baked it in the oven for an hour or so at 250 degrees c

i then laid around an inch deep layer in the base of the tank Click image for larger version

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i then laid an inch of sand on the top of this and then around inch and a half of gravel at the front and 2 inches at the back for a total of four inches of substrate at the back and three at the front

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plants are due on tuesday i have 200 individual plants in total including

5 x Elodea Densa
1 x Aponogeton Crispus
5 Eleocharis Parvulus (dwarf hairgrass)
10 x mini Amazon Sword
5 x Bacopa Monnerii
5 x Twisted Vallisneria
10 x Sagittaria Natans
5 x Rotalla Indica

5 x Cabomba Caroliniana
5 x Cryptocoryne Wendtii
5 x Hygrophilia Polysperma
5 x Ludwigia Mullertii

5 x Vallisneria Spiralis
5 x Ludwigia Natans
10 x Mayaca Fluviatilas

5 x Rotala Macranda
5 x Hydrilla Verticillata
5 x Echinodorus Latifolius

5 x Echinodorus Paniculatus
5 x Eleocharis Vivipara
5 x Salvinia Auriculata
5 x Cryptocoryne Ciliata
1 x Nymphea Stellata

there are around another 80 more mixed stems aswell that depend on the stock that they have

i am thinking of having a driftwood focal point on the left off center

more to come when the plants arrive ....

40 gallon dirt tank
5 Gallon planted bonsai dirt tank
1 Bearded Dragon ''Spyro''
Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
1 Veiled Chameleon '' Yoshi''
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-19-2012, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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plants arrived today so i went to get some more driftwood for the aquarium

i boiled it for an hour then rinsed it 8 times just to get some of the tanins out of the wood

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here is the tank before i began the rock is not permanant its from an established tank and i will be using it to wiegh the driftwood down

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i then planted the tank and added root tabs to further enrich the substrate

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i added 5 neon tetras , 2 Bristlenose Catfish, 4 cherry shrimp and 5 Malaysian Trumpet Snails

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plants changed a bit there is now

rotalla macrandra
echinodorus latifolius
nymphea stellata
cryptocoryne ciliata
salvinia auiculata
hairgrass
hygrophilia difformis
sagittaria pusilus
vallisnera torta
sagittaria natans
eleocharis parviflorus
rotalla indica
bacopa monnerii
apogneton crispus
cryptocorne wendtii
ludwigia mullertii
vallisneria spirallis
mayaca fluviatillis
ludwigia natans

open to any suggestions from anyone and feedback

any ideas on any more fauna
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40 gallon dirt tank
5 Gallon planted bonsai dirt tank
1 Bearded Dragon ''Spyro''
Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
1 Veiled Chameleon '' Yoshi''

Last edited by EnigmaticGuppy92; 09-19-2012 at 06:55 PM. Reason: spelling
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