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Neatfish 08-31-2012 03:29 AM

Start of my first planted tank
This thread will be for my first planted tank. I already got all the stuff to get this done except co2. Equipment: 29g tank with hood, t8 light, big bag of Eco complete, root tabs, dwarf hair grass, bacopa, aquatop cf400-Uv canister filter, 29g wood stand. Tomorrow I'm going to get the stand built and by the night it should be ready to plant. I been reading for months about this stuff now it's time for hands on. I welcome any tips to help me have a nice planted tank. Maybe a nice piece of drift wood in the middle with some moss growing off it like a tree. I'm going for that carpet look maybe some tall grass toward the back.

Neatfish 08-31-2012 06:15 AM

Nothing to add?

pejerrey 08-31-2012 06:19 AM

Start heavily planted and with the co2 up and running. Yes, while it cycles.
6hrs light in the beginning.

Did I already say start heavily planted and with co2 from day one?


Django 08-31-2012 10:50 AM

I had mixed results with my 18" F8 on a 10gal tank. Of course, it was the one that came with the canopy :frown:. Now I have a dual 24" F12 last used in 1990 on there and it's working much better. More expensive to run - 20w x 2 vs. 15w x 1 F8.

Another piece: 10 gallon tanks are 13" high.

Neatfish 09-03-2012 12:24 AM

Update: The stand is built it was a pain to put together nothing was connecting together right. Got the hood and light put together. Tank is now on the stand. Next i need to put together the filter add eco complete get it planted fill it up with water. Yup it's been a fun day getting mad that nothing was lining up good.

Neatfish 09-03-2012 12:24 AM

Update: Got the filter put together and it took me a hour to prime the dam thing. Eco complete and plants are in the tank filled it up with water and tetra safe start. Now the heater is warming up the water. Don't worry I will get pics soon.

QQQUUUUAADDD 09-03-2012 12:40 AM

Why do you need the root tabs when you have Eco?

Neatfish 09-03-2012 12:54 AM

Because the more help the better I'm guessing.

Neatfish 09-03-2012 02:26 AM

Update with pics:

AirstoND 09-03-2012 03:20 AM

Let the aquascaping begin!

Don't forget the background. You say you're going for the carpeted look, ever consider a blue-white background, in addition to some hardscaping/mosses?

Consider getting cories, otos, trumpet and nerite snails to control the new tank diatom and algea blooms and start nutrient/waste management cycle.

caykuu 09-03-2012 06:15 PM

You should post this thread under "tank journals". Perfect place to start a "making-of" for new setups like yours. :)

Neatfish 09-03-2012 08:10 PM

I don't know how to move this but if a mod can that will be fine. Maybe I'll do a white back ground.

Neatfish 09-05-2012 03:01 AM

Here is some new pics.

pejerrey 09-05-2012 06:55 AM

Are all those the plants real?

Hmmm, you may not have enough plant mass to have a long photoperiod without have an algae explosion.
Just be conservative with the light. It's the driving force.

-may the light be with you-

PinkRasbora 09-05-2012 07:54 AM

Are those just bubbles on the glass?

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