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01-22-2012 07:52 AM
Patriot Thank you for the comments. The tank looks way different now, I will add more pictures tomorrow.
01-18-2012 07:51 PM
Gtdad2 I really like the look of it. Gonna be a shame to tear it down!
01-01-2012 08:55 PM
flipside25 Your 15 Gallon looks pretty good too man. Massive plants
12-25-2011 05:24 AM
Patriot
New and Improved!!



I had recently just tore down my two other tanks because I wasn't allow no more than one 35 gallon aquarium in my dorm room. I spent all day tearing down the 20 and 6.6 gallon tanks and adding most of the content to the 15 gallon. The fish so far seems to like their new home with all the plants instead of the big giant driftwood that was in the middle of the 20 gallon. There is no way that I'll be able to get them out now with all the plants. It doesn't even look like the same tank anymore.


The penguins are exploring their new homes on empty stomachs, they haven't eaten at all since I started the breakdown of tanks.

I shrimps are checking out their new jungle home. They always seem to love the ferns too.

Got both ottos chilling together most likely looking for some food too. I tried feeding them zucchini but they didn't like it some much. My store doesn't sell cucumbers.

Her and her belly had me thinking that she was pregnant for some time now but it turns out that she is just fat maybe. She has been more active than the other female. You can see the males head poking out at the bottom.

I did learn how fast crypts grow roots after trying to move one only after being in dirt for a week. Man did those roots take off, I felt bad for keep trying after I realized why the plant was holding on so well. i did get it out without damaging the roots which were huge compared to the older ones.
12-19-2011 12:45 PM
Patriot


I added a few things to the tank including plants and equipment.

As for the equipment I added a mini Japanese canister filter just to polish the water. It isn't very strong but it does help move water and such. I didn't put in the bio media that came with as it's no use in a plant only tank. I just stuffed it with polyfil, also the internal exit tube has a sponge around it just like the inlet pipe for that extra buffing. You can the tiny spray bar in the upper left side.


I also moved the bubble ladder from the 20 into this tank to make better use of the diy CO2. I also got tried of the bacteria growth forming on the air stone. It only took about 3 hours for that stuff to reform after cleaning it. The ladder seems to work well enough for this setup.

That all the hardware added...next could be new lights once I move.

Plants added:

I added two banana plants that weren't looking too good at the store. I got them because I wanted to see how much dirt would help. Because my cap is so thick I will have too lower it so that the tubers can reach the dirt.



The lily pad wasn't this red or unfolded when I got the plant. I guess getting out of that pet store environment helps a lot.


I added some Wisteria to fill in and absorb some of the extra nutrients floating around. I produced many more stems out of this plant as it was already rooting along the nodes.


The crypt did melt one leaf but that was all, now there are smaller leaves growing in. I can't wait to see how much it grows in the next 3 months.


The leaves of the hygrophila are turning red which I'm guess is from me putting a bit too much iron in the soil. I never knew the leaves would absorb the iron as such. I can't find anymore pictures of this happening.

Also I need to start upping the WC's because there is still too much nutrients in the water. GSA is forming on the anubias leaves, lower glass, and substrate despite not dosing any ferts. Hopefully the fast growing wisteria eats up whatever the water changes leave behind.

I might be forced to combine all the hygrophila from the grow out tank in here because I was told that I'm above the 35 gallon limit in the dorm. So I'll be breaking it down sooner.

Does anyone know if the yellowed portions of the anubias leaves would turn back green?
12-11-2011 08:52 AM
Patriot

I added what I believe to be micro swords from my 20 gallon since I wasn't doing much growing in there at all. Hopefully it does something in this tank. I also added Cryptocoryne usteriana red, at least thats what it looks like and some other plant that can be an Echinodorus or Aponogeton species. I am expecting crypt melt so I won't be freaking out on here asking what happened.
12-11-2011 07:15 AM
Patriot Well that's good to hear, good thing I didn't pick up any rotala then.


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12-11-2011 06:33 AM
cableguy69846
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The fixture I have is a t-8 so I wanted to make sure it was good enough before I'm force to buy a t-5


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It should be good for lowlight plants as long as the tank is not too deep. You may even be able to get away with medium light plants as well. I have had crypts and java ferns growing under T8 lighting and they did well.
12-11-2011 06:29 AM
Patriot The fixture I have is a t-8 so I wanted to make sure it was good enough before I'm force to buy a t-5


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12-11-2011 05:50 AM
cableguy69846
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Is it possible to grow good plants under a t8 light fixture


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On the right tank, yeah. Or with the right light setup? Do you have a setup in mind?
12-11-2011 05:44 AM
Patriot Is it possible to grow good plants under a t8 light fixture


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12-11-2011 05:37 AM
cableguy69846
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I will put livestock in once I get resettled in at my new base. If I do get something now its going to be cheap and easy to care for so I can give it away before I leave.

I'm in the Air Force as a Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, I fix and troubleshoot Jet Engines.

Hopefully I find some root feeding plants to go in it.
Got ya. I don't blame you for doing plants only right now. Much easier to deal with and move.

That is a lot of big words. Lol. Sounds interesting though. I wouldn't mind working on a big engine like that. Do you actually get wrench time, or is everything you do computer?

Crypts will be great for that. Any carpet plants in mind?
12-11-2011 05:26 AM
Patriot
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Not bad. Any future plans for livestock?

What branch of the military, if you don't mind me derailing for a moment.

Crypts should love that tank. All the good stuff in the dirt should send them into a growing frenzy.
I will put livestock in once I get resettled in at my new base. If I do get something now its going to be cheap and easy to care for so I can give it away before I leave.

I'm in the Air Force as a Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, I fix and troubleshoot Jet Engines.

Hopefully I find some root feeding plants to go in it.
12-11-2011 04:08 AM
cableguy69846
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I wanted to practice so when I get to my next base I would know what to do. I also didn't want a tank sitting there empty. I will do ferts and DIY CO2 for the moment. Hopefully some time in the next 4-6 month I'll have Pressurized CO2.
Not bad. Any future plans for livestock?

What branch of the military, if you don't mind me derailing for a moment.

Crypts should love that tank. All the good stuff in the dirt should send them into a growing frenzy.
12-11-2011 03:58 AM
Patriot I'm going out today to see if I can find some swords or crypts to try....never had them before.
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