Cali's 36 Gallon Bowfront - Lowtech Journal - w/ ADA Driftwood - The Planted Tank Forum
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Cali's 36 Gallon Bowfront - Lowtech Journal - w/ ADA Driftwood

Decided to might as well start a journal as I look forward to adding and discovering new things to my tanks and the hobby. This was my first tank i set up.

Tank was officially started 12/7/15 ( First tank after getting into Hobby, thanks to plantedtank forums)

Current Picture 2/2/15:

Substrate: 1 22lb bag of EcoComplete, 1 15lb bag of Seachems Flourite. Treatment: Seachem's Prime and Stability with water changes.

1 standard 24watt T8 Flourescent 24inch strip
1 Sunblast 24watt T5 HO 12inch strip

Temperature at 77 Degrees +/- 1 Degree

Pitiful at best, with the exception of some crypts and a sword i have growing that are doing good. Lots of cheap weeds to stock the tank were added, as well as some java fern to start populating the wood( hasnt been tied down)

Current Livestock as of 2/1/15 is:
5 Neon Tetras, 5 Glowlights, 2 Cherry Barbs(male), 2 Pea Puffers(both female), 1 Platy,1 Cory Cat, 1 Oto cat, unknown # fugitive feeder pond snails

Progression up to now since setup:



2/1/15 - Gamechanger - Game day (literally)
I bought some ADA Driftwood from my LFS - Neptune Aquatics in San Jose.
Boiled it and soaked it for 4 days.

Heres the piece just before i made some final adjustments in cutting some branches that were a tad bit too long.:

Note: I didnt clean out the tank at all before or after adding the wood or do my weekly waterchange today, so bare with me if its filthy.

The Final masterpiece after having added the piece, and played around with the position and making it fit:

Next challenges are to get the residual Tea colored Tannin water that is sure to follow in a few days, as well as destroy this hair algae thats growing on my leaves. Anyone have any ideas on the best way of doing either?

Purigen and lots of Carbon for the tannins, and less light for the hair algae? More Oto cats?( they keep dying)

Thanks for the views! Hope everyone enjoyed the progression so far.

Last edited by Cali; 02-02-2015 at 11:02 PM. Reason: edit
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