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3rd try is a charm!

I am new to the forum but I have tried the planted tank thing a couple of times without success. Third time is a charm, right?

1st try: 5 years ago, 90 gallon high-tech resulted in a total failure when the solenoid controlling the CO2 opened fully during the night. I awoke to a tank full of dead fish. I was so discouraged that I took down the tank and sold it.
2nd try: 2 years ago, 8 gallon high-tech resulted in great growth until...you guessed it, solenoid failure resulting in the death of all my fauna. Clearly I am really bad with CO2 systems (or at least solenoids).
3rd try: current setup, 5 gallon low-tech, results remain to be seen and any advice is welcomed and appreciated.

The tank is a Fluval Spec V with Flourite substrate. I am currently using API liquid CO2 Booster daily along with Nutrafin Plant Gro weekly liquid fertilizer. I also purchased API root tabs, but I have yet to use them.

Flora: Anubias nana, Microsorum pteropus, Hygrophila corymbosa, Cryptocoryne wendtii

Fauna: 1 Synodontis nigriventris (Upside down catfish). My plan is to remove the catfish and go with just Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda).


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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-09-2013, 09:56 AM
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That tank looks pretty nice!
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Thank you. I have since added Java Moss and Hairgrass in anticipation of the arrival of my 16" Fugeray light. We shall see how the plants react to the additional light. I have heard that Java Fern may not respond well to strong light; we shall see.
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Have you grown then narrow leaf java fern before? Sorry dunno which one that is off the list, mine has root/tentacles coming out of some of the leaves and im starting to not like the look
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Make sure you don't overdo the fertilizer. Without a co2 unit I could lead to some serious algae. Also I'd think about getting a co2 unit with that finnex light.
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Have you grown then narrow leaf java fern before? Sorry dunno which one that is off the list, mine has root/tentacles coming out of some of the leaves and im starting to not like the look
The only time I have had roots coming out of the leaves with java fern has been when it is reproducing. Eventually, given enough time, little java fern plants will be big enough (1/2" or so long when measuring the rhizome) to disconnect from the parent and replant on a piece of driftwood or rock.
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Make sure you don't overdo the fertilizer. Without a co2 unit I could lead to some serious algae. Also I'd think about getting a co2 unit with that finnex light.
I am using a liquid CO2 supplement (API CO2 Booster); what are your thoughts? Would that type of supplement work well with the Fugeray? My only concern with doing a compressed gas CO2 system is that I have twice before had really bad luck with solenoids resulting in overdosing and killing all my fauna. Do you have a recommended CO2 system that has worked well for you that would be well-matched to the 5 gallon nano I am running?

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interesting. so a new rhizome will also grow from the leaf?
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Yes, if you see roots growing from your java fern leaves then you should notice a rhizome from which those roots are started. If you don't have a rhizome then it may be something else entirely...in which case I have no idea what it would be... Do you have a good closeup picture?
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Updated photos with Java Fern and Anubias Nana removed and Dwarf Hairgrass and Water Wisteria added. Also, Finnex Fugeray 16" LED Fixture upgrade.




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I think its exactly what youre talking about, i am going to try to seperate it tomorrow . I will try and take some pics, thanks
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Tank update:
In the past couple of weeks I have obtained a Bulk Reef Supply 6 stage chloramines RO/DI system and begun using a mix of RO and tap water along with Kent R/O Right for water changes. Additionally, I have added a paintball CO2 system (Aquatek) and drop checker (from GLA). I am currently running 6 bpm, but it looks like I will be increasing this slowly every day to reach "green" in the drop checker. Plants are doing good and I already have my first set of RCS babies (what is the scientific name for shrimp babies?).








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Here's to third tries! Glad to see your previous experience didn't discourage you from co2, sorry you had such a rough go with it.

Looks like you've got the equipment in order, I think you need like 200-300% more plants though! haha

Seriously good job though, can't wait to see your tank grow out!

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Thank you. This time I am making sure to pay close attention to what I am doing so that I can take any lessons learned and apply them to a larger planted tank in the future. I am thinking of a 58 gallon (36"x18"x18") if I am successful with the 5 gallon.


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