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Wasserpest 02-19-2006 04:08 AM

WP's 10 gal - Seasons of a Planted Tank (256k!!)
 
Most tank journals start at the beginning... this one starts at the end. I enjoy watching sequences of planted tanks developing over time. This is mine.

Oct 2003 - Here is how it started, with the purchase of the tank and some "Black Beauty" substrate:

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/3102413b.jpg

A lonely Oto and a clam were the first inhabitants.

Dec 2003 - Five dwarf pencils and later a blue ram joined the club. Glosso is spreading under 20W light, the original mountainscape is covered up by Java Moss, things are going too well:

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/3123022b.jpg

Jan 2004 - Decided to start over. A more massive Mountainscape, and Flourite instead of the Kitty Litter and Black Beauty:

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/4010407b.jpg

Feb 2004 - Almost immediately I am in algae hell. Was it the Flourite, or the lack of fast growers? Fluffy brown algae covers up everything.

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/4030127b.jpg

April 2004 - For four months, I stare at my tank and try to figure out what's going on, while telling others how to fight algae. With 1 part CO2, 1 part NO3/PO4, 3 parts water changes, and 5 parts patience the algae finally recedes:

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/4041717b.jpg

May 2004 - Things are coming together, the Java moss wall is lush, and it's time to pull out some of the collectoritis plants:

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/4051017a.jpg

July 2004 - Java moss wall is being replaced with a Christmas moss wall, which looks nice after 4 weeks. Much more compact than the fuzzy Java moss. Tank is being overrun by Cherry Shrimps.

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/4071240b.jpg

Oct 2004 - Pulled out the moss wall since it isn't going with the mountainscape theme. Not happy with aquascaping, but finally got plants to grow.

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/4102911b.jpg

Jan 2005 - Bragged about balanced tank. Aquascaping phase starts:

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/5010413b.jpg

August 2005 - Reduced plant variety to mostly green, slower growing plants. Enjoying tank quite a bit.

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/5081420b.jpg

Jan 2006 - Will post a most recent shot of the tank soon. Things are going well. Added 3 male and 3 juvenile Endlers (thanks Bill!) to keep dwarf pencils some company. Christmas moss tree is growing well. Removed Hagen ladder (eyesore), CO2 goes into HOB filter. Dreaming of rimless tanks with glass lilies growing in them.

Feb 2006 - Here is the tank today. Instead of pulling hair algae, scraping diatoms and cursing bba, I spend time with scissors to remove moss and pearlweed that doesn't grow where I want it. Finally, I reached the aquascaping phase!

edit: I maxed out the number of pictures... for the final picture, see post 8 below.

Jdinh04 02-19-2006 04:31 AM

All I can say is WOW, your tank has been through so many stages!

esarkipato 02-19-2006 02:15 PM

Cool progression, wassser. I'm curious what you have for hardware: co2, lights, and filter?

That battle with the BBA sounds like it was rough.

Also interesting to see that you gave the tank a good year of maturing before putting too much time/effort/$$ into 'scaping! That's pretty patient!

Wasserpest 02-19-2006 03:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by esarkipato
Cool progression, wassser. I'm curious what you have for hardware: co2, lights, and filter?

Check out my signature! ;) 2 13W AHS deluxe kits with 7100K bulbs. kH10 pH~7.2, autodosing.

Quote:

Originally Posted by esarkipato
Also interesting to see that you gave the tank a good year of maturing before putting too much time/effort/$$ into 'scaping! That's pretty patient!

Back then I was figuring out which plants would do well for me. Still think that it's a good approach to first let the tank grow in, then later reduce the fast growers and do the aquascaping.

BSS 02-19-2006 10:33 PM

I really liked the original mountain scape look. But, as is typical, the mountains soon become hidden. Is that a Jave Fern wendelov (sp?) in the middle top of the tank. It has a real nice look.

Wasserpest 02-19-2006 11:02 PM

Yeah, it's tough to keep the mountains visible in a tank as small as a 10 gal. Sometimes I remove 50% or so of the Windelov Fern (that's what it is) but it grows back quickly. Cutting as we speak. :)

valleyvampiress 02-20-2006 12:23 AM

Wow, lots of steps and time to get where it is now. Talk about patience! I am looking forward to the day when I will not have to combat algae anymore.

Wasserpest 02-20-2006 04:21 AM

Feb 2006 - Here is the tank today. Instead of pulling hair algae, scraping diatoms and cursing bba, I spend time with scissors to remove moss and pearlweed that doesn't grow where I want it. Finally, I reached the aquascaping phase!

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/6021904b.jpg

Here is the Christmas Moss tree. Hope you like it! :)

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/6021903b.jpg

Happy gardening!

PeteyPob 02-20-2006 06:00 AM

very nice! love how you got the java lace looking real healthy!

Wasserpest 02-20-2006 09:27 PM

Thank you! The fern likes it up there. However, it's covering up the mountainscape... I'll probably pull it one of these days, and replace it with a less vigorous plant. Growing out some narrowleaf JF right now. Or maybe just attach some moss to the "mountains".

Wasserpest 03-26-2006 02:45 AM

Just a quick, happy update... things are growing well, I removed all but a tiny little bit of the Windelov Java, the Christmas (moss) tree is growing ;)

http://www.plantedtank.net/imageh/im...2/6032305a.jpg

Bills Endlers seem to be happy. A singapore/wood shrimp has joined the crew... this one I bought intentionally small, after my last one lived only less than a year and died - assuming from advanced age.

mrbelvedere 03-26-2006 03:22 AM

Nice 10 gallon. I tried to model my ten in a way reminiscent of yours, but it just ended up being a place to put my clippings and grow my epiphytes. Someday.........

jeff63851 03-26-2006 03:48 AM

Nice Tank! Is all that Java Moss covering up the Mountain? I like the way it looks. Makes me wish I had some moss in my tank...

Wasserpest 03-26-2006 05:02 AM

I think this is what's called "Weeping Moss". Java moss grows kinda all over the place in all directions, while this one looks a little like a conifer/pine tree. Can't be sure, but I think I removed most Java moss from my tanks, and just kept this weeping one and christmas moss.

unirdna 03-26-2006 05:10 AM

Blown Away, Wasser! Some of the best moss growing/scaping I've seen. I could stare into that little beauty for hours.


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