My 25 gallon Planting Project. :D UPDATED 12/07/2009 - The Planted Tank Forum

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Talking My 25 gallon Planting Project. :D UPDATED 12/07/2009

I'm deciding to strip down my 25gal tank and start from scratch. This time I'm going to plant it
This is my first time planting a tank, so I'm always open to advice from those who know more or see that I'm doing something incorrectly.

The stats of my tank are as follows:

My Fish
1x X-Ray Tetra
1x Neon Tetra
1x Zebra Danio
1x Khuli Loach
1x Pleco (not sure what type)
1x Silver Danio

Equipment
Internal Dolphin F1200 Filter
Normal Fluorescent lighting
Thermometer
Magnetic wall cleaner

What's in the Tank
2x Large driftwood pieces
1x small driftwood piece
1x large orange rock
1x small rock
Weird moss on wood

I plan on purchasing a more powerful light soon, and I'm in the process of making a DIY CO2 unit.

Tank so far:



CO2 Unit of awesomeness


Im busy mineralizing my soil. Here's the topsoil i used in a bucket:

And here it is with water. I'm going to let it soak for about a day and a half

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1x X-Ray Tetra
1x Neon Tetra
tetras should realy be kapt in groups of like 5 or more :/

other than that nice set up so far


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Haha thanks, yeah I know. the last few died awhile back, haven't restocked in awhile. I will when I get this tank going
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looks like you can use some seachem purigen.

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what formula/mix did you use to make your mineralized soil?

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i LOVE the driftwood placement - looks very natural.

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looks like the driftwood tanins are doing work on your water.
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i LOVE the driftwood placement - looks very natural.
I completely agree with this, you should ad some dark green plants like java fern and anubias to finish off the natural look

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what formula/mix did you use to make your mineralized soil?
Well, I'm following AaronT's guide on minerilized soil, but I'm leaving out potash and dolomite because I cant find any. Instead im replacing it with some form of substrate my local fish shop has, just for the added nutrient boost. I'm going to place pool filter sand over the mineralized soil.

Thats the plan anyway, haha. I hope it works out

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i LOVE the driftwood placement - looks very natural.
Haha, thanks! I'm going to definitely keep the driftwood in the tank even when its re-done

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looks like the driftwood tanins are doing work on your water.


I completely agree with this, you should ad some dark green plants like java fern and anubias to finish off the natural look
Yup, them tannins are a pest, but hopefully I'll sort them out soon enough. Well, the plants that go into my tank at first are going to be whatever my local fish shop has, which usually isn't such a great selection....I'm probably going to have to resort to buying the plants I want online.
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UPDATE

well...kinda. Its been a day, so I emptied out the excess water and spread the soil out on a tarp.

How hardcore is my DIY tarp of black paper bags and bricks? haha
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hmmm... it is like I have seen this journal elsewhere... hey L.H.- I like the journal
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hmmm... it is like I have seen this journal elsewhere... hey L.H.- I like the journal
Haha, heya! Yeah, I came here for more info on planted tanks and noticed it was more active then MFT, so I thought "what the hay"
and thanks!
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South Africa huh? awesome good luck with the mineralizing. soil works great in my 75.
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haha thanks! Yeah I hope it works out. My family keeps giving me strange looks like "what the heck is he doing?"
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Yup, them tannins are a pest, but hopefully I'll sort them out soon enough. Well, the plants that go into my tank at first are going to be whatever my local fish shop has, which usually isn't such a great selection....I'm probably going to have to resort to buying the plants I want online.
I'd been slacking on the waterchanges for my 29, I didn't realize how badly the water had been discolored until after I changed out 75%

I soaked the piece of driftwood for 2 weeks before even putting it in the tank, it's still leeching tannins after a few months.
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Yeah mines been leeching them for awhile too. but I'm slowly noticing it slow down
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