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Old 10-06-2012, 02:13 AM   #1
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Low Tech Dirted 26g bowfront "Cave into Darkness" *Updated 3/6 Pg 4*


Hey guys. This is my first planted tank, and first tank in general, so I'm excited because of how much this tank has evolved and how much improvement I can still make. It still needs a few more plants, but overall I think it looks pretty good finally after dirting it a couple months ago.

Please tell me what I can do better


Plants:
-Narrow leaf ludwigia
-Amazon sword
-dwarf sag
-rotala indica i think
-crypt wendtii green
-limnophila sessilfloria
-stargrass
-trident java fern
-anubias nana
-hygrophila difformis
-hygrophila tiger

Fish:
-5 pristella tetra
-5 bloodfin tetra
-5 amano shrimp
-2 otos
-pair of GBR
-10 rummynose tetra

Substrate and fertilizers:
-MGOPM capped with plain old black gravel
-Ocasional dose of flourish comprehensive and iron

Equipment:
-Coralife T5 NO 28 watt fixture
-fluval 206
-aqueon 100w heater
-no co2
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:36 AM   #2
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That's a beautiful tank
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:13 AM   #3
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If that is your first planted tank, I can't wait to see the second one! Good job.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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Thanks guys I really appreciate the kind words
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:19 PM   #5
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Thanks guys I really appreciate the kind words
Your welcome I bet your fish love it in there.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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Gorgeous!

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Old 10-07-2012, 12:53 AM   #7
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If that is your first planted tank, I can't wait to see the second one! Good job.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:42 AM   #8
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nice clean tank!
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:33 AM   #9
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If that is your first planted tank, I can't wait to see the second one! Good job.
I wish I could have a second tank lol. I'm a sophmore in highscool and if I even thought about another tank they would probably kill me haha. I really want to upgrade to a 30 gallon however, as I HATE the dimensions of the 26. It is way to high for a lowish light planted tank. However i managed to make it work somewhat.

And thanks again for all the compliments on my tank guys. I thought a planted tank would be a ton of work and really hard. But this tank has been awesome with very low maintenance. And once I got the fluval filter going the tank has looked incredibly clear. I'm also getting hygro tiger pretty soon so I can fill in the tank a little bit more.

I do wish that I would of used black diamond instead of the cheap black gravel where it appears the black is fading away
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:40 AM   #10
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Looks great and it should fill in beautifully. Very natural. Bravo.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:34 AM   #11
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as a number of folks have already posted that is a really nice looking setup!

Smaller (imo) is much harder to pull off than large tanks.
Is the wood arch the real deal or manufactured?
If that's real it's an epic scaping piece and a great find.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:57 PM   #12
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as a number of folks have already posted that is a really nice looking setup!

Smaller (imo) is much harder to pull off than large tanks.
Is the wood arch the real deal or manufactured?
If that's real it's an epic scaping piece and a great find.
It is real malaysion driftwood! It is weird too because I got the peice before I knew anything about aquascaping or planted tanks. It is probably too big for my tank, but if i put it all the way to the back right of the tank it looks pretty good.
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:12 AM   #13
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Just some pictures of the wood and the tank at different angles. These were also taken a few days ago.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:08 AM   #14
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3 month old kitten starting to explore the rest of the house.... This is going to be interesting.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:55 PM   #15
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Crazy growth and a couple more plants. Looks like a jungle but I like it like that. Needs a trim pretty soon though
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