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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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My Tank so Far.

This is my planted tank, and I am very proud of it. I notice that I am still really not able to make a theme out of it. I just like to let it grow. and I trim back whenever possible.

About 2 weeks ago, I just added a bag of schultz aquatic plant soil, and so far I am satisfied due to the fact that I had to deal with 1/3" diameter peagravel that was butt ugly.
so now, I have about 2.5"-4" of gravel in the tank.

Tank Size: 55g.

Tank inhabitants are
3 Tiger Barbs (they are aggressive, but only to eachother)
1 Cloud Gourami which I named Kumo (Japanese for cloud)
1 Giant Gourami (Don't see how it is giant, only about 2")
4 Fancy Guppies (3 female, and 1 male)
1 sailfin Mollie
1 glo-light Tetra
2 brilliant Rasboras
1 Chinese Algae Eater
1 Otto
1 Raphael Catfish
4 Neon Tetras


Seems like a lot, but it doesn't look like it really.


The thank has a laughable 2 2liter DIY c02 setup that is connected to a power head.

Tank Equipment:

1 aquaclear 70 heater
1 Fluval 204 canister filter (Never cleaned )
1 aquaclear canister filter (Never cleaned )
1 power head, regularly clean
1 t12 dual light fixture, whole setup cost me around 30 bucks.

Plants:
Some wisteria
Ludwigia
Crypts
Java Fern + Java Fern mounted on Bogwood.

and for the rest of the plants, I have lost and forgotten their names.

I have a moss wall that is taking forever to grow. Other moss grows like weeds, what gives?


Ok, I know I am an incredibly lazy planted tank owner.. am I just lucky? or is impending ecosystem failure in my future?

The fertilizer I use is for Tomatoes. I figured that if I only put a few pinches a week, I should be fine.

Idk, I am shattering a lot of rules...

Thank you everyone who has sold me/ RAOK plants to me. They are really doing well I think.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 01:46 AM
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They call it a giant gourami, because they do get pretty large. You have a baby :P

http://www.cichlids.com/uploads/tx_u...34__Small_.jpg

You'll find the raphael and chinese algae eater get pretty large, too.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-12-2009, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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They call it a giant gourami, because they do get pretty large. You have a baby :P

http://www.cichlids.com/uploads/tx_u...34__Small_.jpg

You'll find the raphael and chinese algae eater get pretty large, too.
Ah petsmart said they only get 4"...
Hmm...
I love the chinese algae eater.
The raphael, now I can see some problems there.

I just added a black background to the tank, and I was amazed on how much light is being kept in the tank now. Its great.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2009, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Man, I was really hoping to get some kind of feedback here..
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2009, 08:14 AM
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Ah petsmart said they only get 4"...
Petsmart is notorious for bad information. Provided he lives long enough, your fish will get to looking like this fellow:



When they say giant, they do mean giant.

Neat fish though, the LFS here has one by himself in a massive show tank.

Anyway, if you've had good luck so far with what you've been doing regarding the plants, all the better! You've got low-light and hardy plants, so they should continue to do well for you.
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is there a plastic bollte aculy in the ank itself or am i looking at it wrong??
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2009, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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is there a plastic bollte aculy in the ank itself or am i looking at it wrong??
yeh, that would be my DIY i dont have much money co2 diffuser attached to a water pump thing.
It seems to work, but you're right. Its ugly as hell.
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