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NcRoW14 12-03-2012 08:28 PM

My First Planted Nano
Ok folks, so it's taken a few months of planning & preparation with a few hurdles along the way, but I've finally got my very first planted tank up and running!!!

Hurdle #1: De-rim Fail on a 5gallon!

I still have the tank. I'm planning on cutting it down and making a very shallow reef tank out of it.

Hurdle #2: Baby Emmitt came along!!

Okay so he wasn't a surprise, but I WAS hoping to have the tank up and running before he got here. I just didn't work fast enough!

Hurdle #3: Me, myself, & I. Really I was my own biggest hurdle. Every time I decided on the substrate I wanted, I read something else and changed my mind. Every time I decided on plants, I'd read and change my mind. At one point I almost decided to buy a 90 bowfront from a friend and just start big. (Glad my wife decided against that one for me lol.).

Well anyway, the final solutions are as follows:

Miracle Grow organic potting soil base (rinsed thoroughly & floaters skimmed out)
Quikrete Playsand cap

Rotala Wallichii
Rotala Indica
Limnophila Hippuroides
Blyxa Auberti
Hermianthus Callitrichoides

golfer_d 12-03-2012 09:40 PM

well congrats on the baby....that's a bit more rewarding I would think!

oliver77 12-04-2012 10:47 AM

that's a super cute baby!

sorry about that derim mishap.

where is pic of the up and running tank?

NcRoW14 12-04-2012 12:28 PM

So finally without further hesitation here are some progress pics!!

Getting cloudy!

Dust is settling!

Nearly there. Getting Seaman (my betta) ready and acclimated for his new home :bounce:

NcRoW14 12-04-2012 12:31 PM

Betta is In!
Seaman exploring his new home!!

Critiques, comments & suggestions welcome!!! However, one more post to follow. Got home last night and saw something pretty upsetting!!:frown:

NcRoW14 12-04-2012 12:37 PM

Bad News
So I don't think my light is strong enough for the Indica at this point. They are melting and I'm not sure what to do about it!!!

Here is my light.... Check out this thread for more pictures of it...

and here are the best shots I could get of the "melting plants". Any suggestions?????

Look in the back left. That's my rotala indica wilting away.

A little closer shot.

GMYukonon24s 12-04-2012 01:02 PM

Congrats on your baby.

NcRoW14 12-04-2012 02:46 PM

Thanks Golfer, and yes, I'd say slightly more rewarding :) !!

Thanks Yukon!!

jimmytruong87 12-04-2012 04:00 PM

your led light release a lot of heat

NcRoW14 12-04-2012 04:10 PM


Virtually no heat from the LED. That's the driving force for many people (particularly in the marine aquaria world). LED or light emitting diodes are generally adhered to an aluminum heat sink. basically it's an aluminum block with "fins" or slots cut into it. the surface area of the aluminum absorbs the head emitted from the LED and transfers it behind the fixture instead of like all other light sources directly toward the water's surface...

NcRoW14 12-04-2012 06:34 PM

Anyone have suggestions for the melting Indica's?? I hate to lose them already....

jimmytruong87 12-04-2012 08:14 PM

If it is not about heat, then it should be ph of water. You just set up it, so it will not be normal around 6.8-7.0. You need to wait in few weeks. new leaf will come out soon

NcRoW14 12-04-2012 08:17 PM

Thanks Jimmy. So don't pull out the plants right? Should I trim it down some or just let it go?

I'll check the water chemistry tonight and post back with results...

STS_1OO 12-04-2012 08:20 PM

I'll add the following:

1. Plants often melt after being introduced into a new tank. They'll grow back assuming all other factors are good

2. Check the LED Par sticky to see if your light is listed there and figure out what PAR level's you're getting. But it does look as if you don't have enough lighting (from a casual point of view).

3. Those LEDs look very blue to me but im on a crappy computer so I can't say for sure.

4. Add root tabs. In a nano with low-to-medium light plants, all you should need are root tabs and proper lighting for rooted plants. Some column ferts wouldn't hurt.

5. Most importantly, congrats on the cute baby!

jimmytruong87 12-04-2012 08:51 PM

You also keep turn on filter in 3-7 days, water will be normal soon , use root tabs. You must not trim it

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