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A Tale of Two Tanks

For my first post on the planted tank, I felt it would be appropriate to show the progression of my two planted tanks.

This 29 gallon was my very first tank. It took a lot of trial and error but this tank is now balanced and requires very little effort on my part.

Current Setup:

Filtration: AquaClear 70
Lighting: 36watts T5NO
Dosing: LeafZone Weekly
Inhabitants: Zebra Danios, Golden Danios, platies, Nerite Snails
Plants: java fern, Anubias, Water Wisteria

Initial Setup July 2012

May 2014

MTS set in about a year later and I purchased a 20 long. Initially I stuck with mainly low light plants like my first tank. More recently I decided to experiment with some more demanding plants. So far I've had mixed success.

Current Setup:

Filtration: AquaClear 50
Substrate: Seachem's Onyx Sand
Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240
Lighting: 36watts T5NO
Dosing: LeafZone Weekly, Half dose of Excel Daily
Inhabitants: pristella tetras, Cories, Nerite Snails
Plants: Java Fern, Anubias, Water Wisteria, marimo moss balls, Narrow Leaf Saggitaria, rotala rotundifolia, Crypt Wendtii Bronze

Initial Setup July 2013

November 2013 - Added some water wisteria and banana plants that ended up dying due to inadequate lighting. Upgraded my lighting to from T8 to T5NO in January. Unfortunately, due to the height of the tank, I started to get a lot of hair algae.

May 2014 - Added a bunch of rotala, wisteria, a crypt wendtii bronze and a circulation pump. Hopefully this will cure my hair algae problem. Wish me luck! Any suggestions or comments are welcome.

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