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Old 06-03-2012, 05:29 AM   #1
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3 tanks, one bedroom 5/10/20L



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20g Long
The 20
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Specs:

-20gallon long
-Azoo Aqua soil
-Marineland 75w heater
-Finnex Ray 2 30''
-Eheim 2213
-Pressurized dual stage co2 regulator
-In line atomizer
-Aquaclear 30
-t5NO 2x18w lighting fixture

-Downoi
-Pogostemon Erectus
-Limnophila Aromatica
-Java Moss
-Java Fern
-Anubias(giant, nana, nana-petite, coffefolia)
-Dwarf Hairgrass Carpet
-Hydrocotyle Verticillata
-Lily
-Rotala Rotundifolia
-Blyxa Japonica
-Water Sprite
-Rosefolia (died)
-Some kind of Sagittaria
-Rotala Vietnam
-Amazon Swords (removed)
-Ludwigia

-Alpine Manzanita driftwood
-Various slate peices
-Ryuoh stone

The Journal(newest to oldest):


7/14/14
Lost the male ram a while ago, I think it was a constipation related issue. He looked pretty healthy then just died one day. Downoi is turning into a forest. Did a trim recently, aiming to fill out the back of the tank.






5/15/14
Added some downoi from petsmart which seemed to do pretty well. Great for the price of about 8$! Considering some people sell it for 5$ a crown. Took a couple visits to find a healthy plant though. Also added More cardinals to fill out the school. I believe I added 7 more. Just been messing around with the trimming lately.
4/5/14
Did a mini rescape. Moved blyxa behind the wood, removed slate. Moved around some anubias and some stone.
3/24/14
Added a piece of slate under the wood to add more depth. Moved some hairgrass to the right side to fill in the missing areas.
3/5/14
Got some plant trades for some trimmings. Now have blyxa japonica in the tank. Also got some alternanthera reineckii from petsmart that was grown emersed, going to attempt to fill the middle behind the anubias mound with this plant. The scape is starting to come together, did a major trim about 2 weeks ago so it will take some time to fill out the back area again.
12/29/13
20 is pretty full of plants at this point. Rotala Verticillaris growing like a weed. Hydrocotyle Verticillata having to be trimmed weekly.
11/4/13
Did a major trim yesterday and donated the plants to the lfs. Tank is coming along nicely and the fish seem to be enjoying the swimming space after the trim. Pogos are starting to really thrive in the tank and are coming out of the surface often. The lily I rescued from the store also has began to really take off.
10/15/13
Been a while since update, had a little bga outbreak and stopped that with anti-biotics, replanted all the stems. Tanks in need of a trim. Got some gold rams today!
6/29/13
The 20g is now co2 equipped. After some fiddling with the diffuser (in conjunction with the tank flow) and bubbles per second, the tank is growing astronomically well. The above photo was taken about 6 weeks after the addition of co2. Compare how far we have come below:
5/14/13
First day with co2.
4/21/13
This tank is doing great. Had a bit of a disease issue for a while and lost some embers and galaxies. Most likely it was costia or parasite infection. Treated with aqua cure pro and kanaplex. Removed and euthanized infected fish. The cherry shrimp population is up to around 40 or 50 now displaying a variety of colors, red, brown, pinkish, rili looking etc. Just letting it do its thing and letting nature take its course. The tank is also very heavily planted with a variety of stem plants. Added 2 siamese algae eaters about 2 days ago which seem to be liking their new home. I have been dosing liquid co2 now for about a week and the plants are responding well. (battling hair algae :O)
1/8/13
20 is doing well, trimmed the moss a bit. Looking for a cheap co2 setup :x
12/8/12
Cherry shrimp been breeding as they do, have about 25 now. Letting the tank get overgrown.
11/15/12
Shrimp breeding like crazy, tanks getting overgrown and pretty full. Moved the java fern to the front and the root system is nice looking. Tanks doing well, had to break up the large anubias into several peices.
9/14/12
Long time no update, this is how the 20 looks right now, pretty planted 10 ember tetra 7 galaxy rasbora 6 cherry red shrimp 3 oto cats. 21 different types of plants, assassin snails, filter baffle. Not dosing anything. Just light and substrate.
7/15/12
Got a lot more plants and rearanged everything. Added some moss to the wood via fishing line and moved a lot of the slate around. In between this time and the previous date I also leveled the tank(was getting on my nerves seeing the waterline off :O. Not sure if this is the final setup, kinda like it and don't so unsure.
7/6/12
Planted some more plants and weighed the driftwood down with some slate.
7/1/12
Our first plants went in and we began soaking the driftwood in the tank(didn't have anything larger to soak it in :I)
6/29/12
Filled the tank, it was a little cloudy but not too bad, poked around the soil to remove air bubbles.
6/28/12
Brought home the new tank and set everything up.


5g

Specs:
-5g craigslist tank
-13w 5700k cfl bulb
-Finnex fugeray 16''
-Azoo aquasoil
-Aquaclear 20
-25w Heater
-Petrified wood
-Stainless steel mesh
-30~ Blue velvet
-MTS
-Pond snails
-1 horned nerite

-Riccia
-Mini xmas moss.
-Xmas moss
-Peacock moss
-Fissiden
-Flame moss
-Anubias micro
-Anubias nana petite

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12/29/13
Also been a long time since an update on this tank. It has changed a lot and I've added moss from the 20g and driftwood that was previously in the 10g. Really low maintenance tank and after about 6 months the blue velvets finally started breeding and I now have shrimplets.




4/21/13
A lot of the mosses died in this tank, had no cleanup crew for the glass and had huge brown algae blooms. Picked up some nerite snails(1 horned, 1 spotted with heart shaped spots ). The Blue velvets had shrimplets and I'm assuming there is about 10 in there. Letting the tank do its thing til the shrimplets reach a larger size.
1/9/13
New contributions to the scape: anubias mirco and anubius nana petite. It's coming together.
1/9/13
Purchased some new moss off craiglist from a tpt member. (haven't got his name yet :P) Moss carpet is coming along now, just have to wait for things to grow.
1/8/13
This is our new project. Planning on xmas/other moss carpet with ss mesh. Stocking ideas are oebt or tiger shrimp. Possibly dario dario.


Here is our first attempt at a freshwater aquarium! Please, let us know what you think! ^_^

Our 10g!


Our tank video:

Specs:


-2 5100k cfl bulbs
-MiracleGro Organic potting soil
-Topfin 50w heater
-10gallon
-Aquaclear 20
-Eheim 2211
-Finnex fugeray 20''


-amazon swords
-ruffle swords
-java moss
-a variety of anubias
-anacharis
-java ferns
-duckweed
-ada driftwood
-ryouh stones
-azoo plant grower bed
-ludwigia
-rotala
-salvinia minima

-7 neon tetras
-2 amano shrimps
-1 oto meowmeows
-50+ assassin snails
-50+Cherry shrimp

The Journal(newest to oldest):


12/29/13
Been more than 8 months since an update on this tank! Tank has been redone with aquasoil and is now a cherry shrimp/assassin tank. Its planted with trimmings from my 20g and has new driftwood and ryouh stones. The shrimp have been doing great, started with about 5 and now have 40+. Moved the assassins over after the tank redo and they have been doing fine also.




4/21/13
The 10 is still alive and kicking! Lost one neon to constipation/overfeeding issue. It was a female food hog. I am now feeding less and they seem to be responding well. Lots of floating plants in this tank taking over, so far I'm liking the look and the nitrates are noticeably reduced. Have about 70+ assassin snails in this tank which are being fed algae wafers and flakes and seem to be thriving. Possibly going to sell some of them to lessen the population. Dirted tank is really awesome but the gravel does get a bit icky, mts might solve that issue but with the amount of assassins they would be instantly consumed :x.
1/13/13
Changed the scape on the 10 to give the neons more room. Trimmed the plants and moved the driftwood back a bit.
1/8/13
Replaced the stock hood with a glass top and light fixture with two screw in cfl bulbs. Added a ton of plants I picked up from someone off craigslist. Neons ottos and amanos are still doing fine. The male amano went missing for a week but showed up out of the blue just when I thought he'd left for good. Having some issues with fungus on the wood and black beard algae. Not so much since I got the new fixture though, it cuts back the light a bit.
12/5/12
First tank is doing good still, assassin snails breeding like crazy, have at least 40 now and feeding them algae wafers. Neons got pretty big, swords growing, some algae issues but nothing major.
7/16/12
Update on the 10g. Moved one of the swords to the 20g tank, anacharis is growing like crazy and managing to keep the duckweed under control. Also have tons of baby assassin snails. Might sell them to my local fish store The anubias second on the right had some algae problems and one of the leaves is falling off. Ruffle sword not doing too well also. Other than that all is good and the fish are happy.
6/22/12
Added small branch driftwood around the tank to even things out a bit. Made a moss tree with one of the branches behind the large driftwood. Trimmed some of the sword leaves that were dying off. Ended up turning the driftwood around and moving some plants around to provide a better feel to the tank.
6/14/12
Added anubias coffeefolia to the front center of the tank. Moved the heater to a new location because it was causing the duckweed to gather inbetween it and the filter(made a mess ). Java ferns growing a ton!
6/8/12
Weekly water change. Moved the heater to a less visible position and moved the moss onto the driftwood. Moss tree!
6/2/12
Neons getting bigger and tank still growing well, Also added 2 oto which seem to be doing well.
5/26/12
Tank starting to become grown. Added 3 java ferns.
5/10/12
Added 3 Amano shrimp! 2 females with eggs and 1 male.
5/4/12
Clear Water after water change.
5/2/12
Water a bit brownish due to leached tannin from the driftwood.
4/24/12
Added 4 neon tetras around this time.
4/18/12
Removed faux drift wood/added moss/more anacharis.
4/2/12
Day 1 After filling the tank(water a bit murky due to the dirt still seeping though the gravel).

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Old 06-03-2012, 05:30 AM   #2
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Looks pretty righteous man! Keep uploading pictures of the growth down the road!
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Looks pretty righteous man! Keep uploading pictures of the growth down the road!
Thank you so much! We've added more photos!
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I like the look so far, those must be some happy tetras. Much better than my first "attempts"

All those tanins might be coming from your dirt. I have a 20 gallon im working on now that turned to tea after water changes. Try adding a little purigen in a nylon bag to your filter. Clears it up beautifully.
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Looks good! Looking forward to more progression pictures of growth.

I really like these tank journals - certainly makes me wish I took more photos along the way.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:01 PM   #6
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I like the look so far, those must be some happy tetras. Much better than my first "attempts"

All those tanins might be coming from your dirt. I have a 20 gallon im working on now that turned to tea after water changes. Try adding a little purigen in a nylon bag to your filter. Clears it up beautifully.

Thanks!

Yep, our neons are happy little dudes. They school merrily all day long.

Yes, we had tanin problems when we added our dirt. We also had problems with the dirt and bark floating to the top. Next time, we plan on soaking our dirt longer, so hopefully that will help. To clear up the water we did partial water changes everyday for a few weeks. It was a hassle, but we've decided to steer clear of synthetic additives as much as possible ^_^.

Good luck with your 20 gallon! I hope to see pictures. We're making plans for a 20 gallon too!
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:30 PM   #7
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are u trying to cause a problem for urself? i dont think u examined ur heater very well... i have the same one its not fully submersable.. not meant to be underwater all the way.. theres a "maximum water line" printed on the heater itself..
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are u trying to cause a problem for urself? i dont think u examined ur heater very well... i have the same one its not fully submersable.. not meant to be underwater all the way.. theres a "maximum water line" printed on the heater itself..
Actually that looks like a Top FinŽ Submersible Aquarium Heater to me. I think that the water line is a "Minimum" water line.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752191
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Nice looking aquarium. If your are like the rest of us, you are already thinking about your next (bigger) one.
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:04 AM   #10
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nice tank, but that seems really soon to be adding fish...maybe not. are you sure the tank is fully cycled, have you been testing?
(also, those amazon swords will get HUGE in time, watch out for that)
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Actually that looks like a Top Fin® Submersible Aquarium Heater to me. I think that the water line is a "Minimum" water line.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752191
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ok now i feel dumb lol the rubber part on top was covering half of the text >.< now im in my place lol
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Good looking tank
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Actually that looks like a Top FinŽ Submersible Aquarium Heater to me. I think that the water line is a "Minimum" water line.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752191
I believe we have a similar model to the one in that link. Have had no issues with the heater so far but it is usually on only during the morning and I try to keep an eye on the temperature. Reviews lead me to believe any heater can be faulty so its definitely something to watch out for. Fried fishies wouldn't be a good day for me :'(

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Nice looking aquarium. If your are like the rest of us, you are already thinking about your next (bigger) one.
Appreciate the compliment! I really want a 20 long at the moment. I would like to keep the existing tank going though so I'm looking for a 2 tank stand. Nothing seems to be sturdy enough or fit what I'm looking for style wise. May build my own! :O What plant are you growing on your substrate? I was thinking for the 20 I wanted to go for the carpeted effect.

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nice tank, but that seems really soon to be adding fish...maybe not. are you sure the tank is fully cycled, have you been testing?
(also, those amazon swords will get HUGE in time, watch out for that)
The tank cycled pretty quickly with the plants that were from an existing planted tank at our local fish store. Before we had fish there were pond snails and I think rams horn snails that came on the plants(as eggs). They were thriving on algae that was growing due to excess nutrients in the water much before we added fish. We've been checking the water throughout the process with the api test kits. The tank was 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and between 2.5 and 5ppm of nitrate when we added the fish, so pretty close to ideal water conditions.

During the cycling process we observed a spike in ammonia and nitrite which the snails seemed to have no problem with(not that I wanted to expose them to toxic water, but didn't have much of a choice). The pond snails breathe air also so I don't think the water quality had a huge effect on them.

As for maintenance we are doing ~30% water changes every friday and trimming plants if needed. The shimp seem to enjoy eating some dead leaves so if theres not too many I just let them be. Going for a more natural balanced eco system(as natural as fish in glass tanks can get at least :P). At this rate the water change happens around when the nitrate reaches about 5ppm.

I'm hoping the swords continue doing well, I've already planted some of the "baby swords" that grew almost entirely in our tank(off the stems that come out). They are growing really fast. Planning to grow enough to have a decent amount of plants to move to the 20g whenever that happens. Always good to save some money!

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Good looking tank
Thank you Your 75 looks good! Wish I had room for a bigger tank... someday...

Excuse the lengthy post
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Nice tank
I'm started my own planted tank about a month ago, so it's fun to read journals from other newbies. I'll be following yours.
BTW, how many watts on your lights?
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