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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Byakuya's Plastic Jank to Plant Tanked Journal

Byakuya's 40 Gallon Tank


[November 6th, 2012]

Tank Specs:

-TANK: 40g (36x12x20)

-FILTERATION: AQUATOP EF-200 Canister

-LIGHTING: 4x 6700[K] 23W CFL (Clamp Lights w/ Reflect-All Spray Paint)

-SUBSTRATE: Petco Gravel (Get at me plants)

-HARDSCAPE: Driftwood and Rocks were collected locally.

-HEATING: 150w Heater (heated to 76-78 ° [F])

-CO2: Coming soon...


FAUNA:

- Hypostomus plecostomus [Common Pleco.]
- Hasemania nana [Silvertip Tetra]
- Albino Ancistrus [Albino Bristlenose Pleco.]
- Corydoras sterbai [Sterbai Corycat]
- Pimelodus pictus [Pictus Catfish]
- Mikrogeophagus ramirezi [Blue Ram Cichlid]
- Neocaridina denticulata sinensis [Red Cherry Shrimp]

FLORA:

- Ophiopogon japonica [Mondo Grass]
- Cryptocoryne wendtii [Red Wendtii]
- Cryptocoryne sp.
- Cryptocoryne Nurii
- Microsorium pteropus "windelov" [Crested Java Fern]
- Trichomanes javanicum
- Echinodorus argentinensis
- Anubias barteri var. 'round leaf'
- Anubis barteri
- Hygrophila angustifolia
- Hygrophila corymbosa 'kompakt'
- Egeria densa [Anacharis]
- Pogostemon erectus

~Byakuya

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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My tank's story:
I started this tank on October 15th, 2011. It was originally a turtle tank for two eastern painted turtles that I had raised from egg hatch. This was the original aquascape for my turtles. Only plastic plants:

I slowly added more and more to the tank. Finally this summer (2012) I got back into aquariums. Did a 75% W/C. Rescaped everything, and gave away my 2 year old turtles to a friend with an outdoor pond. This opened up a lot for me. While my turtles were never aggressive to fish, they were food crazy monsters who ate live plants like they were snacks. So I could now plant my tank. That time span puts me to where I am at today. Stay tuned and enjoy as I update you on my tanks remake from trashy to beautiful!


Pictures of Fauna and Flora; Sorry about the glare; it changes the actual appearance of the tank.
My pleco and the swords

Swords I think

No clue what this plant is.

No clue what this plant is.

No clue what this plant is.

Anubias!

No clue what this plant is.

No clue what this plant is.

No clue what this plant is.

No clue what this plant is. Some type of java fern? I got it in pretty lousy condition D:

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Looks good, i will help with the plants as much as possible ....but i could be wrong !

1) Argentine Sword
2)Hygrophilia corymbosa
3) Mondo Grass (not fully aquatic)
4)hygrophila angustifolia
5) Anubis Barteri
6) Crypt of some sort
7)Same as above
8)
9)Java Fern Windelov

Im sure someone will correct me if im wrong on any of these. Tank looks great though :-)

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Fank you! i found some of the little plant tags, so I got the crypt names and such!

Be sure to check back later, ill be posting a story of why I named the topic the way I did!

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2 looks like hygrophila corymbosa 'kompakt' (there are many varof h. corymbosa), 4 is also a h. corymbosa, but var angustifolia
3 looks like cryptocoryne crispatula 'balansae'
6 and 7 both look like var of cryptocoryne wendti
8 is bolbitis maybe?

looks like a good start.

just a word of advice, you have 2 types of h. corymbosa, and that plant love potassium. dose tons of K, or youll see pinholes developing in the leaves as a sign of K deficiency.
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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My questions:
What is this?-


What are some carpet plants that are easy? (Mosses?)

What are some easy to grow background plants that will grow fast? (I want to get rid of the two plants that are meant for terrariums)

Thanks for the help so far!

-- Also: I updated the first post! check it out
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 03:26 PM
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Very nice!

Water Wisteria is a fast growing stem plant. Good background plant.

Bacopa is also another good one.

These plants need at least moderate light to do best.

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Very nice!

Water Wisteria is a fast growing stem plant. Good background plant.

Bacopa is also another good one.

These plants need at least moderate light to do best.

thanks !

I like that water wisteria! I am going to get that and some pogostemon erectus (:

Also I am going to be ordering some ferts when I figure out what I want

I will update with pictures soon!
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Great tank! I like all the plants. I'm glad someone else chimed in on the plant IDs - many of them had me stumped!
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THERE IS A SNAIL IN MY TANK >:O!@#!@

What do I do with it? I didn't put him in there >
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THERE IS A SNAIL IN MY TANK >:O!@#!@

What do I do with it? I didn't put him in there >
I think it's a given that if you have a planted tank, you will get snails. Most of them get there from hitchhiking on plants.

You have several options:

1) Toss it
2) Crush it against the glass and let the fish eat it
3) Let it be (there will likely be more)

Watch you overfeeding. I've learned that the more you feed, the more snails multiply.

I have snails in my tank on purpose and on accident. I toss the pond snails and I keep the ramshorns.
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Thanks he disappeared.. so for now I am not going to worry about it!

Update FTS:

New flora:
-the anubia on the rock; will get ID later
-pogo. Something; it is on the right side, light yellowgreen grassy stuff

New fauna:
- blue ram cichlids (male/female) they are super cool!

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Nice tank. To go from the "plastic jank" to a nice looking planted tank is a job well done, keep up the good work.The anubias is an Anubias barteri from what I can see.
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@fishboy; thanks yeah I really love the look of planted tanks. So finally having one of my own makes me super happy!
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Update #2 for today.. my shirmp came in and I got a new crypt

Ill add pictures when I get it all arranged!
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Some more images . A shrimp, a tetra, a cichlid,and an angled tank shot!

Does anyone know the name of the plant behind the tetra? It came with my shrimpy shrimps!







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