|08-17-2012, 03:25 PM||#1|
Max's Planted Turtle Tank
I got interested in planted tanks a while ago after stumbling across an image of a gorgeous aquascape using what I now know to be Java moss and stones in an ADA tank. I was fascinated by the dramatic effect it had and I decided I wanted to give it a shot.
I have been reading about all of the plants and hardware and this forum has given me a lot of knowledge and inspiration. I am looking forward to becoming a part of the community.
My pet turtle Huckleberry was getting too big for his tank so I picked up a 29gal tank and stand on craigslist for $20. Being an engineer, it was only fitting that I build my own wet dry filter to keep up with the enormous amount of bio load (read poop) that Huckleberry produces. My goal is to harbor enough beneficial bacteria to keep up with the turtle and rarely/never have to empty the tank to clean it. I used a 5 gallon bucket with a 600gph pump and a DIY pvc overflow with an aqualifter to maintain siphon. So far, it works pretty good but I am still tweaking it a little.
Next, I hit ebay and ordered a bunch of plants from Aquatic Magic.
Star Moss (which from what I read later doesn't do well submerged but we'll see)
and Aponogeton Natans
Dwarf Hair Grass
I went walking by the river and found a great piece of driftwood. Feeder minnows and ghost shrimp in there until I am confident that the water will not kill more expensive fish (who are hopefully fast enough to avoid the turtle).
I have some old paintball tanks and fittings that I have collected over the years and I plan to build a co2 system next. Then I'll start thinking about lights but for now I am sticking to low tech with an incandescent turtle basking light and light from the window.
Hope y'all enjoy it! Here are some pics I took last night after planting the first of the plants to arrive, Xmas moss, Flame moss, and Dwarf Hairgrass. Will update with better pictures when the rest come in. Feel free to offer advice and suggestions!