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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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So my 29 gallon has been set up since November of 2011. It's my only tank right now. At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I had a 10 gallon previously in which I had successfully grown a couple plants with no effort. Doing the same thing in a 29 gallon didn't work so well. I started out with the 1 t8 bulb that comes with the hood. Not so great. Nothing died but nothing really grew. Had that for a few months, started lurking on the forums and learning about lighting, ferts and co2. I've taken incremental steps to improve my setup since then. First I got a new light, then ferts, then DIY co2, and then recently pressurized co2. Presurized co2 has made a huge difference. DIY was such a hassle. I'm glad I did it though because it was a good process to go through. I recently got a bunch of new plants and did a bit of a rescape. I thought it would be a good time to start a journal. Here's a picture of my tank right now.

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Substrate: Eco-Complete
Filter: Eheim 2217. Also have Marineland Maxijet 400 powerhead for some added flow.
Lighting: Odyssea T5HO 2x24 watt. One ZooMed UltraSun bulb and one ZooMed FloraMax bulb.
Pressurized Co2: 5lb tank with Milwaukee MA957 regulator, ceramic glass diffuser.
Currently using EI dosing

Flora:
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'ocipus'
Hygrophila 'Tiger'
Ludwigia Repens x L. arcuata
Rotala 'Green'
Rotala sp. 'Yao Yai'
Blyxa Japonica
Java Fern
Amazon Sword
Melon Sword
Sagittaria subulata
Water Wisteria
Brazilian Pennywort
Water Sprite
Crypt Wendtii

Fauna:
6 Rummynose Tetras
4 Serpae Tetras
2 White Skirt Tetras
5 Von Rio Tetras
3 Guppies
5 Otos
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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a few pictures that illustrate how far the tank has come. The early shots look like a barren wasteland *cringe*. They go in order from newest to oldest.
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What kind of moss is that on the driftwood?

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Re: bennyjam's 29 gallon

Just java moss.
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Just java moss.
Ok thanks

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Re: bennyjam's 29 gallon

Updated picture one week after putting new plants in. So far so good. And my new otos are doing a bang-up job on any algae. Prob gonna build a Rex grigg style reactor as soon as I have the time.
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Looks awesome! Did you keep the crypt clippings?

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Yeah its in the left front area. You can't really see. Melon sword is in front of the wood. New growth is red. Gonna look good once it grows out.
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Nice! The tank looks amazing.

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Thanks! Can't wait til it fills out.
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Updated pic! all the new plants are coming along nicely.
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Latest and greatest pic. I cleared out the water sprite in the background. Glosso is filling in nicely.
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Re: bennyjam's 29 gallon

Weekly pic. The ludwigia is going off right now. The plan is to let everything grow out and then trim and rescape. The only plant that isn't really isn't showing much growth is the baby tears. Not sure what's up with that.
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Wow it's growing quite nice. How long did you let it cycle?
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That is growing in nicely. I have some dwarf baby tears that are rooting/growing slowly in my tank. I think it is just a slow growing species is all.
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