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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-06-2009, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Pro's First Planted 55g LowTech Setup (lots of pics)

This is my lowtech low cost 55g setup. this is also my first planted (or atleast a tank with plants).

Perfecto 55g tank (painted the light oak trim and background flat black)
AquaClear 110
AquaClear 50
150W heater
2x Red Steel Shoplight fixtures from home depot
4x 32watt 6500k bulbs from home depot
DIY yeast co2 two 2L's
DIY powerhead/gravelvac diffuser 1bps
DIY Glass lid
Flourite Dark substrate
No fertz

3x Pepper Cory's
2x Bronze Cory's
9x Neon Tetra
6x Glolight Tetra
3x Cherry Barbs
6x Herleaquin Rasboras
1x Gold Algea Eater

2x Ghost Shrimp
2x Red Cherry Shrimp
1x Crystal Red Shrimp
Random snails, you know the deal.

PLANTS: im not too good with plants i only know a few. correct me if im wrong.
Echinodorus Bleheri:

Bacopa Caroliniana:

Java Fern:

Some giant red vals that grow like crazy:

dont know what this is:

or this:

or this:

all i know is this is some kind of crypt that doesnt do well at all in my setup:

if anyone can help my name some of those plants it would be great. sorry my cemera isnt the greatest.

Heres some full tank progress shots
Dec.18/08 w/playsand

Dec.21/08 switched to flourite dark


Jan.28/09 had no co2 for a few weeks. upgraded the gravel vac.


i want to hear your comments people, positive or negative what can i improve? ill keep this journal updated.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-13-2009, 06:49 PM
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I had read that a diy Co2 system is best for tanks up to 30 gallon. But finding their are exceptions to everything with planted tanks. Just keep an eye on the consistency of the Co2 and plants for algae.
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