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fastfreddie 09-10-2009 02:18 PM

Fred's 15g Small update 3-5-10
 
I started a new tank Thursday 9/3/09. Let me know what you think!!

I still need a lot of help with the scape (particularly the left side.) Any suggestions would be appreciated. Right now I'm only using one bulb in the Coralife fixture, but I may add the second 14w 6700K bulb as I add some stem plants. I have Alternanthera Reinecki on hand but I'm not sure how it will look in the tank. I'm dosing with EI method currently at about the same rate I dosed my ten gallon tank.

Here are the specs so far:
I put a price beside everything I had to purchase. Most everything was already on hand. I've spent about $90.00 so far.

Equipment
15 gallon Aqueon $35
Rena XP 1
Hydor in-line heater
24" Coralife T5 NO - 1x14W 6700k (for now)
Milwaukee MA957 @ 1 bps via GLA diffuser

Hard Scape
Pea gravel $19.10
Slate-like rocks - free from Steak and Shake parking lot (in the area beside the building where the bushes are. They passed the vinegar test)

Plants ($35 so far)
Anubias Nana
Anubias Nana Petite
Java Fern
Needle Leaf Java Fern
Java Fern Trident (one plant)
Cryptocoryne moehlmannii
Crypt- unknown
Hygro- also unknown exact ID



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hbosman 09-10-2009 02:54 PM

Very nice! I like it alot.

Old Salt 09-10-2009 03:37 PM

Good looking tank.

Coltonorr 09-10-2009 06:24 PM

Fred...
Wow, that looks sweet!!
When that fills in, its going to look great!:proud:

fastfreddie 09-10-2009 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hbosman (Post 906089)
Very nice! I like it alot.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Old Salt (Post 906096)
Good looking tank.

Thanks guys! It still needs a lot of work, but I'm happy with the start.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Coltonorr (Post 906167)
Fred...
Wow, that looks sweet!!
When that fills in, its going to look great!:proud:

Thanks a lot man! I can't wait to tighten up the scape a little more.

FYI everyone: 85% of the plants in this tank came from Coltonorr here. He grows some awesome plants and it was his low tech 29 that got me wanting to do this tank. He was generous enough to answer about 50 pm's of questions and ship me an awesome plant package! :icon_lol:

sewingalot 09-10-2009 09:59 PM

What a transformation. This is totally different from your other scapes. I like the triangle shape.

oldpunk78 09-10-2009 10:43 PM

dude! that's an awesome start. the only thing i can think of for the left side is maybe some wood sticking out of the stems (and more stems).

fastfreddie 09-11-2009 02:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sewingalot (Post 906264)
What a transformation. This is totally different from your other scapes. I like the triangle shape.

Thanks! The triangle was kind of an accident. The view of the tank is mainly from the left side. It's in a corner of our guest room, so I usually pass by in the hallway. I wanted to keep the left side kind of open, but it's way too bare right now.

Quote:

Originally Posted by oldpunk78 (Post 906285)
dude! that's an awesome start. the only thing i can think of for the left side is maybe some wood sticking out of the stems (and more stems).

I'm between adding wood to the left or building another terrace on the left with more rocks. What do you guys think? And is alternanthera going to be too red in there? I'm afraid it will look totally out of place. I guess the only way to find out is to try.

sewingalot 09-11-2009 11:38 AM

Rocks! I love rocks and I can't use them successfully. Live for me! I am thinking yes, the alternanthera may be too much. Then again, it could be a nice contrast. Move it over and snap some pics. :)

vtkid 09-12-2009 03:28 AM

low-tech huh, lookin good.

hydrophyte 09-12-2009 03:57 AM

Steak & Shake called, they want their rocks back.

I do like those rocks they are a nice contrast with the Java fern.

I wonder about using a finer gravel(?).

monkeyruler90 09-12-2009 10:26 PM

very nice man, i like the scape! definitely looks great!

monkeyruler90 09-12-2009 10:27 PM

and dang, where did you get all the petite?

Dollface 09-12-2009 10:33 PM

This post inspired me to clean out my 15g long. I'm surprised there arn't more of these on the forums, the dimensions are awesome.

Coltonorr 09-12-2009 10:48 PM

Hey Fred,
I think the other plant I sent you was C. wendtii 'florida sunset' but the only way to really find out is to grow it emersed.


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