55 gallon dirted tank
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Tank Journals


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-07-2012, 02:05 AM   #1
Sd760
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Sd760's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/50%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Humboldt co.
Posts: 500
Default 55 gallon dirted tank

Planted 3 big red melon swords couple handfuls of pennywort and a large amazon sword. Have like 9 4-6 inch stem plants I need help I'd ing but my main question is will the water clear up? It's my assumption that the plants will remove excess nutrients from the tanks water column. I have emptied and remptied several times. It's fairly. Lear just want my water to be clear as do we all. Lol.
Filter- xp3
Koralia nano powerhead
2 bulb nova extreme t5 fixture.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTapatalk1352257510.844045.jpg
Views:	71
Size:	39.2 KB
ID:	56659  

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTapatalk1352257528.210586.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	53.9 KB
ID:	56660  

Sd760 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 02:40 AM   #2
mitchfish9
Planted Tank Nation
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Oak Park, IL
Posts: 886
Default

It will clear up. But what did you use for the cap? and was the cap thick enough?

My gravel was supposedly too big to cap dirt, but my water is crystal clear now.

It looks like your tank will look great pretty soon
mitchfish9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 04:48 AM   #3
Sd760
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Sd760's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/50%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Humboldt co.
Posts: 500
Default

Awesome. Thanks.
Sd760 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 05:40 AM   #4
Matt1977
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 96
Default

Just have a look at your filter in a few days... Give it a good scrub as well.

-Matt-
Matt1977 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2012, 05:56 AM   #5
Sd760
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Sd760's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/50%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Humboldt co.
Posts: 500
Default

Will do. I have a ton of filter floss and ceramic filter media and sponge that come with it. Do u think that carbon would be beneficial in removing stuff from the water? Or any advice? It seems to be be a little clearer but then browner almost. The java fern looks perky and the melon swords look like there reaching towards light but it my just be me lol
Sd760 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 05:30 AM   #6
Sd760
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Sd760's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/50%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Humboldt co.
Posts: 500
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mitchfish9 View Post
It will clear up. But what did you use for the cap? and was the cap thick enough?

My gravel was supposedly too big to cap dirt, but my water is crystal clear now.

It looks like your tank will look great pretty soon
I used regular black gravel. Used alot 3 large bags. But I also used more soil than recommended. I plan on just being very cautious and probing around to release any possible gas build ups as recomened online.

Here's a pic nothing special. But very thankful for the water progress lol
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTapatalk1352442645.709893.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	84.4 KB
ID:	56802  

Sd760 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2012, 09:27 AM   #7
theericafish
Planted Member
 
theericafish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: CA/Bay Area
Posts: 246
Default

It clears up after a while. My 10 is dirted and it took a while before the tank was clear. Mostly a bunch of water changes helped. Lots of dirt gets stuck on the mechanical filtration(sponges pads, w/e) in the beginning and cleaning those off helps get it clear faster.

I actually never really probed around in my tank to release the bubbles, but they did release themselves eventually and no harm was done to the fish or inverts I have in the tank.
__________________
theericafish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2012, 05:45 AM   #8
Sd760
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Sd760's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/50%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Humboldt co.
Posts: 500
Default

Thanks. Ya it is clearing up.

Next question- I have all the fish which I wish to transfer into the 55 in a pressurized co2 29 gallon. Point is will this stress them out going from a regulated balanced aquarium into this dirted tank?

Any tips
Fish include
GBR
Angelfish
Apoctogamma
That I'm worried about
Sd760 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 12:52 AM   #9
Sd760
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Sd760's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/50%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Humboldt co.
Posts: 500
Default

Here's an updated pic
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTapatalk1352771565.885660.jpg
Views:	34
Size:	82.2 KB
ID:	56997  

Sd760 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 12:53 AM   #10
Sd760
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Sd760's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/50%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Humboldt co.
Posts: 500
Default

Some pretty explosive growth and color. Soil is pretty rad
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTapatalk1352771597.893757.jpg
Views:	34
Size:	51.9 KB
ID:	56998  

Sd760 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 03:29 AM   #11
Evilgrin
Planted Member
 
Evilgrin's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: LawnGuyLand, NY
Posts: 170
Default

I'd transfer them like any other fish I get from the LFS a slow drip acclimation so as not to shock them at all.

I just started up my first dirt tank a few weeks ago I used flourite black sand as my cap didn't rinse it first and Oh man was it filthy even after several water changes and about 4 weeks there is still a cloudiness to the water, it's almost crystal clear but not quite. Just make sure you clean the filter at least once a week till things get settle down I used filter floss to get the really fine particles out and it's worked so far but really slows down the water flow when it needs to be changed.

Feel free to check out my thread and let me know what you think.
__________________
Canon Pimp Club #066, SunSun Pimp #75, Fraternity of Dirt #114,
DIY Stand Build -
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=193599
55G Dirted Tank Journal - http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=195173
Evilgrin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 01:12 PM   #12
GMYukonon24s
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2009
Location: MICHIGAN
Posts: 3,123
Default

Nice plants!
__________________
110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies

MIAPG - Come join us - Plantedtank - MI - Greatlakesaquaria
GMYukonon24s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 01:18 PM   #13
wkndracer
Planted Tank Guru
 
wkndracer's Avatar
 
PTrader: (68/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Citrus County,Florida
Posts: 6,180
Default

GH, KH, TDS and temperature all being close values ignore pH shifts and transfer the fish.

As long as the temperature is matched I routinely swap fish with a flip of the net between tanks with 5.9/6.2pH and 7.4/7.6pH.
Temps the same, the TDS is very close and fish don't care about pH differences in any experience I've had here. Shifts (rapid swings or changes) in GH, KH, TDS and the resultant osmotic pressure that's the yada yada that causes our critters issues not pH changes per say.

Tank looks like a great start.
__________________
The Fraternity of Dirt
If at first you don't succeed,,, keep kicking it
RubberSideDownOnTheLanding,
2-75g planted, 5-55g planted, 5-20g planted, 110g w/30g sump, 8-10g, Refugium, doghouse/newbie
2012 update adding table top pleco pans & a 90g (Nutz)
wkndracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 01:41 PM   #14
StraightAddicted
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
StraightAddicted's Avatar
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Dothan, AL
Posts: 356
Default

Congrats on the growth of the plants, they are looking great. Can't wait to do similar set up to get more growth out of my plants. Just clean the filter weekly and 20 percent water changes, and it will clear up. Keep up the hard work!
__________________
The worst defeat in the world, is when you give up.
StraightAddicted is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2012, 05:33 PM   #15
Sd760
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Sd760's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/50%)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Humboldt co.
Posts: 500
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wkndracer View Post
GH, KH, TDS and temperature all being close values ignore pH shifts and transfer the fish.

As long as the temperature is matched I routinely swap fish with a flip of the net between tanks with 5.9/6.2pH and 7.4/7.6pH.
Temps the same, the TDS is very close and fish don't care about pH differences in any experience I've had here. Shifts (rapid swings or changes) in GH, KH, TDS and the resultant osmotic pressure that's the yada yada that causes our critters issues not pH changes per say.

Tank looks like a great start.
Thanks for the kind words and advice. I haven't switched the ish yet cause the temp is 71-73 and the high tech tank is 79-80 stable. Will be purchasing a heater today. Also any input on cleaning crew? I plan on putting 4-5 Cory's 2-4 angels 3 rams and some apicograma. Might be a little full but think some sae's or a [censored][censored][censored][censored]load of ottos will do the trick
Sd760 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012