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acropora1981 05-30-2010 03:42 PM

16 Gallon Planted South/Central American
Well I wrote a big thing about my tank with pics and videos but I'm new so it deleted it. Thanks for deleting my first post, it only took a half hour to write it.

I have a tank, and its nice looking. It has stuff in it. When the forum lets me post, I'll post it again, maybe.

Stemwinder 05-30-2010 03:54 PM

Oh, man. That's frustrating. Sorry dude.

nemosreef 05-30-2010 05:14 PM

Sorry to hear that. That really sucks. I will be watching for updates.

acropora1981 05-30-2010 08:14 PM

Thanks for the support. I think I still need like 3 more posts before the system lets me post pics and linked materials.

For the sake of fun, I'll list the tank parameters:

16 g Bowfront Tank
100W Stealth Heater
Eheim Liberty HOB Filter
Seachem Fluorite substrate
Tropica Master Grow Fertz.
65W 6500k PC Light, Coralife
Spray-Painted Black Back
Eheim Auto-Feeder

Anubias nana x 2
Java Fern x1
Pineapple Swords, 2F/1M
German Blue Rams 1M/1F
Cardinal Tetra's x 13
Schwartzi Cory x 2
Gold Ansicstrus Pleco x 1
Cherry Shrimp x 3

acropora1981 05-30-2010 08:24 PM

Ok lets try this is the tank a few weeks ago, before I changed substrate to fluorite, which I did last week. It looks just like this still though basically:

And a video....

So there ya go...this tank is basically an experiment; I've been into reefs for about 15 years, and I'm a marine biologist. I just started my own custom aquarium/maintenance company so I need to get this whole planted tank/nature aqarium thing straightened out so I can offer it to my cleints!! To that end, I've just purchased a 10lb CO2 tank, regs/solenoid/bublecntr/needle valve/co2 reactor, and I'm going to grab today: hemianthus c., blyxa japonica, dwarf hair grass, l. aromatica and taiwan moss.

PS, the sponge filter in the back was used to cycle the tank, and has since been removed.

nemosreef 05-30-2010 10:52 PM

The tank looks like it off to a good start. Love the driftwood.

AesopRocks247 05-31-2010 12:48 AM

nice, i like the rams :)

acropora1981 06-01-2010 04:43 PM

Thanks! I'll get more shots of the tank when the HC becomes established...right now it looks like a hot mess...

acropora1981 06-16-2010 03:39 AM

Avec le CO2!
Well here is a tank update a few weeks after CO2 introduction. Pretty sure the HC didnt make it this round; it was infested with algae when i got it, now its mostly just algae.

I introduced some malaysian trumped snails. I also tried a sort of zebra striped snail, but it chewed holes in my crypts so i removed it!

acropora1981 06-20-2010 01:09 AM

better pic
Couple days later, the limnophilia is really starting to look great ...very dr. seuss lol

acropora1981 06-27-2010 11:26 PM

Things are progressing. There is some BBA, but not a terrible amount. I'm anxiously awaiting my drop checker(s) to arrive in the mail so that I can start to gauge how much CO2 is actually in the water. If I were to wager a guess, I'd say 'not enough' lol.

Navigarden 06-28-2010 07:55 AM

The way this is growing in is looking awesome! Keep up the good work!

jinx© 06-28-2010 08:58 AM

Little overstocked IMO but it's looking good otherwise. :proud:

acropora1981 06-29-2010 07:06 PM

thanks :)

lauraleellbp 06-29-2010 07:16 PM

I really like it!

And I love the Dr Seuss reference- totally fits! :hihi:

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