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Old 08-31-2012, 03:29 AM   #1
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Start of my first planted tank


This thread will be for my first planted tank. I already got all the stuff to get this done except co2. Equipment: 29g tank with hood, t8 light, big bag of Eco complete, root tabs, dwarf hair grass, bacopa, aquatop cf400-Uv canister filter, 29g wood stand. Tomorrow I'm going to get the stand built and by the night it should be ready to plant. I been reading for months about this stuff now it's time for hands on. I welcome any tips to help me have a nice planted tank. Maybe a nice piece of drift wood in the middle with some moss growing off it like a tree. I'm going for that carpet look maybe some tall grass toward the back.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:15 AM   #2
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Nothing to add?
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:19 AM   #3
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Start heavily planted and with the co2 up and running. Yes, while it cycles.
6hrs light in the beginning.

Did I already say start heavily planted and with co2 from day one?

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Old 08-31-2012, 10:50 AM   #4
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I had mixed results with my 18" F8 on a 10gal tank. Of course, it was the one that came with the canopy . Now I have a dual 24" F12 last used in 1990 on there and it's working much better. More expensive to run - 20w x 2 vs. 15w x 1 F8.

Another piece: 10 gallon tanks are 13" high.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:24 AM   #5
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Update: The stand is built it was a pain to put together nothing was connecting together right. Got the hood and light put together. Tank is now on the stand. Next i need to put together the filter add eco complete get it planted fill it up with water. Yup it's been a fun day getting mad that nothing was lining up good.
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Update: Got the filter put together and it took me a hour to prime the dam thing. Eco complete and plants are in the tank filled it up with water and tetra safe start. Now the heater is warming up the water. Don't worry I will get pics soon.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:40 AM   #7
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Why do you need the root tabs when you have Eco?
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:54 AM   #8
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Because the more help the better I'm guessing.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:26 AM   #9
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Update with pics:

















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Old 09-03-2012, 03:20 AM   #10
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Let the aquascaping begin!

Don't forget the background. You say you're going for the carpeted look, ever consider a blue-white background, in addition to some hardscaping/mosses?

Consider getting cories, otos, trumpet and nerite snails to control the new tank diatom and algea blooms and start nutrient/waste management cycle.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:15 PM   #11
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You should post this thread under "tank journals". Perfect place to start a "making-of" for new setups like yours.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:10 PM   #12
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I don't know how to move this but if a mod can that will be fine. Maybe I'll do a white back ground.
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Old 09-05-2012, 03:01 AM   #13
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Here is some new pics.







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Are all those the plants real?

Hmmm, you may not have enough plant mass to have a long photoperiod without have an algae explosion.
Just be conservative with the light. It's the driving force.

-may the light be with you-
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:54 AM   #15
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Are those just bubbles on the glass?
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