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BlueJack 05-07-2011 07:23 AM

Ikebana Inspired Tank -20 long-
 
Hey Everyone,

This is my first attempt at a planted tank and it's proving to be very fun! I got this Blue Jack Dempsey when he was 1/2 inch long. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for checking this out, cheers!

I most recently changed this tank to reflect the Ikebana style of arranging plants. Thanks for checking this out!
*Update November '11*

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...icture1313.jpg

Tank Specs:

20 Long
Eheim 2213 (Best money I've ever spent)
Aquaclear 30(Filled with polyester filter floss)
Aquaclear 101 powerhead (80gph)
Azoo drop checker
6 watt UV sterilizer
Flourite Black Sand
Diy 3 24" T8 Bulbs
DIY CO2
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/me...18-setup-2.jpg

Fertilizers every other day: 1/4 tsp Spectracide Stump Remover (Potassium Nitrate), 30 drops of Fleet Enema (Potassium Phosphate), 1/8 tsp Morton Salt Substitute (Potassium), 4ml Flourish (micro's)
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/me...7288-ferts.jpg

Plants
Echinodorus Amazonicus
Aponogeton Crispus
Anubias Barteri petite
Anubias Barteri nana
Hygrophila Difformis
Hygrophyla corymbosa "stricta"
Ceratophyllum submersum
Elocharis acicularis
Alternanthera reineckii

I had a glass nano diffuser...it lasted a good 2 weeks before I broke it :mad:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/me...ture7287-1.jpg

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/me...ture7284-2.jpg

Added some Hornwort I pulled from a pond (did the h202 sterilization dip) and boiled some driftwood
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/me...ture7285-3.jpg

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/me...ture7281-5.jpg

dp12man 05-07-2011 09:31 AM

You may be new but doing a great job. Just keep on trucking.

Nice tank.

I just got a 40 gallon breeder going wish I went with a 75. Same depth but wider and Jack will like it more.

BlueJack 05-17-2011 07:25 AM

Changed the lighting. Now running 2-6500k & 1-3100k. Also added 2 black skirt tetras. Hopefully they'll bring out my shy blue jack more often.

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...Picture048.jpg

Geniusdudekiran 05-21-2011 12:19 AM

Maybe it's just me, but that is a HUGE snail!

BlueJack 05-21-2011 11:48 PM

He is indeed. But somehow, he manages to squeeze his way into my aquaclear filter box. I'll be watching my tank when oddly enough,a snail comes floating by, ejected from the overflow. GERONIMO!!!

MikeP_123 05-22-2011 03:29 AM

Haha nice tank and beautiful fish! Sick taste in music =D Sublime allz dayz

BlueJack 05-22-2011 04:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeP_123 (Post 1396330)
Haha nice tank and beautiful fish! Sick taste in music =D Sublime allz dayz

^ Like button

BlueJack 05-22-2011 10:53 PM

One thing I love about this hobby is there's always room to fiddle around with stuff. I changed my lighting AGAIN, then decided to mess around with microsoft paint and draw up some graphs.

Now I'm using the Zoomed UltraSun(6500K)+Zoomed FloraSun(5000k)+GE Aquarays (9325k). Here's a couple spectrum graphs I overlapped

UltraSun(6500K)+Zoomed FloraSun(5000k)
http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...n_ultrasun.jpg

Flora Sun + GE Aquarays
http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...y_florasun.jpg

Ultra Sun + GE Aquarays
http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...n_Aquarays.jpg

UltraSun(6500K)+Zoomed FloraSun(5000k)+GE Aquarays (9325k)
http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...un_Aquaray.jpg

Here's the spectrum for photosynthesis
http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...osynthesis.gif

This is the disaster .jpeg with everything overlapping each other. lol
http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...is3bulbmix.jpg

BlueJack 05-22-2011 10:55 PM

Here are some new pics

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/.../bluejack2.jpg

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/.../bluejack5.jpg

BlueJack 06-04-2011 10:45 PM

I wanted to add some color to the tank so I got some Alternanthera reineckii. I hope I can keep it red! Also got some hairgrass. Let's see how it grows in.

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...1/grass20L.jpg

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/.../grass20L2.jpg

Jack Daniel's is goooooood :proud:

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...Picture002.jpg

TwoStrokeKing 06-05-2011 02:12 AM

Nice Tank fish seem happy!!

BlueJack 06-30-2011 04:40 AM

Things are coming together

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...Picture117.jpg

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...Picture104.jpg

Cleared out some space and planted some needle leaf ludwigia...they're sooo tiny

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...Picture116.jpg

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/...Picture121.jpg

Plant keeper 06-30-2011 04:42 AM

wow nice tank. i miss my EBJD. :(

dubvstudent 06-30-2011 04:12 PM

Nice tank.

That dempsey is getting big, has he started digging yet?
They can be bad for that once they start to mature. Of course, that is more of a breeding behavior and sense he doesn't have any potential mates in there it might not be a problem for some time now.

BlueJack 06-30-2011 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dubvstudent (Post 1433046)
Nice tank.

That dempsey is getting big, has he started digging yet?
They can be bad for that once they start to mature. Of course, that is more of a breeding behavior and sense he doesn't have any potential mates in there it might not be a problem for some time now.

Not yet, but I'm waiting for that to happen. He's very calm and peaceful, unlike any cichlid I've ever had. It's probably because he's still a juvenile.


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