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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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1st Planted Tank 13 Gallon

Hey guys and girls!

Recently sold off my 20L reef tank and sump and bought a sweet little rimless 13 gallon and started my first ever planted tank.

I am learning more everyday but just want to see what you guys think I am doing right and what I might need to change. I am particularly interested in what you guys think about my layout and lighting. It is my old reef light that I changed over to 6500K bulbs.


Some quick stats:

13 Gallons
4 T5 HO (2x 6500K, 1 ATI Purple Plus, 1 420nm Actinic)
20 Pounds Black Sand (Leftover from reef tank but thoroughly rinsed and disinfected)
2 Stones a friend gave me. I am saving up for some better looking black rock
Manzanita Wood

Kept at about 78F
No Ammonia
No Nitrite
20ppm Nitrate
7.2 pH
KH= 240 (pretty hard I know)
GH= 180 (Again, pretty hard water. Not sure if this is good or bad...)

Fish:
4 Neon Tetras
3 Rummy Nose Tetras
2 Otocinclus
2 Green Cory Cats
2 Yellow Mystery Snails

Plants:
1 Anubias Barteri spp.
1 Anubias afzelii
Bunch of Vallisneria spp. (not sure the exact species)
1 Giant Hygrophilia
2 Crypt. spp. (Long leafed)
1 bunch Crypt. Wendtii Green
1 Hermianthus (I think "cuba" was sold as dwarf baby tears)
Java Fern
Java Moss

I am running a homemade CO2 yeast setup, I also have a couple flourish tabs in the substrate. I dose API Leaf Zone and Flourish Excel every other week.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 05:18 PM
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Nice setup!

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 02:08 PM
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Any updates?

110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 03:53 PM
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Wow i love those branches and the slope u did there.
great start! can't wait to see how this filled in.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 04:28 PM
I v(^o^)v shrimp
 
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you have baby tear, it is very hard to grow( need bright light and co2), more java moss tie on branch
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