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This all in effort to get familiar with each other. How about posting our current setups to see and appreciate our choices, preferences and accomplishments? And a picture of course is worth a thousand words. I know we most probably have a few Journal threads. This is more of a current (or last) stage image with a few lines of the background on the setup. I'll start with a few of mine in the next response.
Ok, so this is a quick snapshot of my history on planted tanks since I got bit by the bug
1. My first ever planted tank. No real layout in it, I did not have the knowledge or stuff to do one yet. It was more about learning the basics of a planted tank and grow some beautiful tanks. This one was a 80G acrylic bowfront. Plants included were green cabomba, rotala rotundifolia, L. arcuata, Blyxa japonica, glosso, sag, P. stellata, riccia and some moss. Maintained for entire of 2008. This picture is just before I tore it down completely
2. This and next few are my initial attempts towards a aquascape. All these were in a couple of 22G rimless tanks I built and maintained since beginning of 2009 thru early this year. This is the first one in the line where I was learning to trim stem plants. Abandoned this layout kind of in the middle to venture out to a new layout. This is the end state picture. Plants are R. rotundifolia, anubias nana 'petite', red lotus, 4 leaf clover, DHG, java moss, L. aromatica and some HC
3. This was running in parallel to #2. Was trying for a island effect. Plants include glosso, R. wallichii and P. erectum
4. This one is the most successful setup I had till date and was created after I tore down #2. Plants are L. aromatica, myrio mattogrossense, flame moss, taiwan moss, subs... (can't spell that whole word), eleocharis belem, anubias nana and narrow leaf java fern.
5. This is my first tank here in IL after moving earlier this year. It is not a display tank, just to hold my plant collection. 55G
6. This is my current display tank. I wanted a tank like the ADA 180P, but not that much volume so I got a custom made 6' tank with 100G vol. I set it up in October and is just growing in right now. I did not have enough plants to start with so although it is growing it still looks pretty sparse after 2 months. This pic is just after planting. Haven't taken a shot since then since it does not look much different. Just eleocharis sp. 'japan', HC and bunch of crypts (undulata red and green, green gecko, parva).
Would luv to see some of your setups as well
Here is my very first planted tank and it's progression. I didn't take many pictures only a fts once in a while.
It is a 55 gallon. I set it up around late august. I would like to remove my filler stems on the left and try growing more of a dutch style tank on the left half, and try a full scape on my next tanks.
Stock Hood, a couple plants I bought from my lfs. Seachem Flourish and excel.
Purchased a new lighting system(Went by WPG and bought the biggest and brightest...DOH) 6x48in 54w t5ho, I only use 2 bulbs for a 6 hour lighting period now. Purchase a pressurized co2 system, EI fert schedule, bought some new plants from the s&s(didn't plan any plants, just bought a couple packages)
Nothing Really Changed just growing out plants, and seeing if I could do it.
Small Little rescape no hardware changes. This is currently what my tank looks like, I have my quarantine tank under my stand.
I am currently setting up a 29 gallon, and a 4 gal nano tank. I am also restocking the fish in my 55 gal. I am getting some cardinal tetras.
Nice! It is always a good idea to grow out different plants first and understand their compatibility, growth rate, demands etc, before composing a layout with them.
I love cardinals and in fact added a whole bunch in my current tank, but they keep dying 1 or 2 at a time every few days without any apparent issues in the water. And I like your pleco placard
Just set up the 12" Mr Aqua cube. Looking for advice.
Nice playful setup! Are those anubias? My suggestion would be to place a few small river rocks around the base of the wood and cover some with moss.
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