5.5 gallon grass tank - 12/05/12 update - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 3,247
5.5 gallon grass tank - 12/05/12 update

Tank as of 12/05/2012





-------------------------------------------------------------------------
After lurking this site for a while, I've decided to share one of my tanks.

Specs:
Tank size: 5.5 AGA
Substrate: Organic peat moss capped with Fluorite Black Sand
Lighting: 27 watt Sunlight Desk Lamp
Filtration: Tom Aquatics Rapids Mini Canister Filter
Ferts: Seachem line with Metricide whenever I change the water once a month or so. Or whenever I feel like it.
CO2: None
Flora: Eleocharis acicularis, Anubias barteri var. nana, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Limnobium laevigatum (Amazon Frogbit), Hygrophila sp. 'Tiger', Java Moss, Flame Moss
Fauna: 8 Danio margaritatus (CPDs), one Neritina natalensis sp. "Tracked", and multiple MTS

The majority of the plants started as small clippings. The crypts and anubias were pretty much just rhizomes when I dry-started the tank a year ago. The mosses and pearl weed were just one or two sprigs as well.


6/21/11 - Right before filling it up after about a year of a dry start.



10/18/11 - The tank as it is now.



Top view



This anubias used to be nothing but a bare rhizome.



CPDs



These guys used to be about the size of a grain of rice. Now their a little bit under an inch.



MTS



Another full tank shot. I should really trim the grass and the pearl weed back.

Last edited by Monster Fish; 12-06-2012 at 05:01 AM. Reason: Updated info
Monster Fish is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 06:06 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North NJ
Posts: 2,246
i think it looks fine. post up a video!
Newman is offline  
post #3 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 3,247
Quote:
Originally Posted by Newman View Post
i think it looks fine. post up a video!
Thanks! I should really post one I guess, to get the CPD's swimming in action.

RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline  
post #4 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 06:55 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
doncityz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Where Trumpet Snails Came From
Posts: 755
Time for a trim?
doncityz is offline  
post #5 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 3,247
Quote:
Originally Posted by doncityz View Post
Time for a trim?
I should give it a trim but I like the wild, overgrown look of the tank. I think Ill trim it this weekend.

RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline  
post #6 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 07:39 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
PinoyBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: WA, USA
Posts: 1,357
Looks amazing. It reminds me of a grass field (DHG) with bananna trees (the crypts). Doesn't need a trim; just mow the lawn a bit.

Currently out of the hobby
Forum lurking every now and then
PinoyBoy is offline  
post #7 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 02:07 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
diwu13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Willimantic, CT
Posts: 6,169
I assume you have multiple tanks. If that was your only tank I am amazed you waited a year for the dry start!
diwu13 is offline  
post #8 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 03:13 PM
Algae Grower
 
Penny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 102
I think this looks awesome, very lush!

6 gallon Planted Betta Tank
"Ammo" - lavender/cellophane super delta tail male

Penny is offline  
post #9 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 3,247
Quote:
Originally Posted by PinoyBoy View Post
Looks amazing. It reminds me of a grass field (DHG) with bananna trees (the crypts). Doesn't need a trim; just mow the lawn a bit.
Thanks. I wasn't sure how big the crypts were going to get when I first started the tank. When they got too tall, I had to ditch the lid to keep leaves from hitting the top.

Quote:
Originally Posted by diwu13 View Post
I assume you have multiple tanks. If that was your only tank I am amazed you waited a year for the dry start!
Yea, I only have one other planted tank at the moment and I was focused on that one for the longest time. I even neglected this tank for a while since I was busy with school and work when I first planted it dry. The only maintenance I did was pour water to keep the substrate saturated and remember to turn on the desk lamp. At one point, some of the emergent hairgrass was dying and dried out and covered with fungus.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Penny View Post
I think this looks awesome, very lush!
Thanks!

RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline  
post #10 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 3,247
I did a small trim and took a few pics. I also recorded a short vid of the tank.

Trimmed the grass. It was a PITA to remove most of the floating bits. I also thinned out the Hygro and trimmed the pearl weed.



The crypts. The one leaf in the middle is a nice bronze/olive green color while other leaves are bright green.



Added some mystery moss to the tank. Can anyone identify it?



Here's the vid I promised.
http://youtu.be/GU-4zR-Uul4

RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline  
post #11 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 02:42 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North NJ
Posts: 2,246
probably java moss.
tank looks great! looks like I'll be doing dry starts in the future for at least 1 year lol...
Newman is offline  
post #12 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 05:35 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
diwu13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Willimantic, CT
Posts: 6,169
Looks like java/taiwan moss. Can't really tell the difference between the two.

Is your filter getting clogged with all that "grass"?
diwu13 is offline  
post #13 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Monster Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Queens, NY
Posts: 3,247
Quote:
Originally Posted by Newman View Post
probably java moss.
tank looks great! looks like I'll be doing dry starts in the future for at least 1 year lol...
Thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by diwu13 View Post
Looks like java/taiwan moss. Can't really tell the difference between the two.

Is your filter getting clogged with all that "grass"?
I was thinking taiwan moss, but the fronds don't look right. However I did buy the moss from a seller in the SnS as a mixed mat which also contained Peacock and Flame moss.

Actually, the filter is fine. The only time the filter gets clogged is when one of the crypt leaves melt and I am too lazy to pull the melted stuff out of the tank.

RAOK Club #77|The Fraternity of Dirt #112
Monster Fish is offline  
post #14 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 07:13 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
TheJadeShrimp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bauxite, AR
Posts: 769
Very nice! I like it!

I am looking for some Dwarf Hairgrass myself. lol

Cassandra
Just my animals: 0.2 Cornsnakes, 0.2 Bearded Dragons, 1.0 Water Dragon, 0.2.1 Crested Geckos, 1.0 Tiger Salamander, 2.0 Anoles, 0.0.2 Red Eared Slider Turtles, 0.0.1 Map Turtle, 0.0.1 Hermit Crabs, 1.0 Hamster, 1.0 Rabbit, 0.1 Horses, 2.2 Dogs, 0.2 Cats, Chickens, Ducks, Oscar Tank, Planted Bowl, 2x 10 Gallon, 2x 0.5 Gallon, 5 Gallon, and Planted 25 Gallon Tank....Is that it?
TheJadeShrimp is offline  
post #15 of 56 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 07:42 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
diwu13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Willimantic, CT
Posts: 6,169
It doesn't really look like flame moss, but generally when I see flame moss its much thicker than that. I have a bunch of whatever that is so if you find out P: haha. I got mine and it was labeled as java/taiwan so who knows! All does the same thing anyway
diwu13 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome