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Old 03-09-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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45g Tall Semi-Planted Community/Shrimp


Hey all, this is my jump back into aquariums after about a 5 year break. My first tank was a 25g that had had a variety of community fish but no plants. This time around I'm going for a more natural/self-sustained setup.

About 2 months ago I purchased a 45g tall tank from Petsmart (Petsmart and Pets Unlimited are my only local fish stores). A few weeks ago I finally got the first of my plants that I'm going to use the dry start method with. Things haven't really taken off since then but I think I was over watering. The past week things have looked better but no real growth.

Tank when I first brought it home...
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Tank after putting in driftwood and substrate. Black/blue mix gravel on the right, Fluval Stratum on the left side.
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HC/Cuba planted for the foreground.
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Micro Sword planted on the left side and back of the driftwood.
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Tank is currently sealed with plastic wrap to keep the humidity up (typically hangs around 80%). I've stopped misting and lowered the water that is in the tank to stop the melt on the HC. Also I've removed the drivewood to get rid of and stop the fungus growth.

Questions/comments/concerns are always welcome!
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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Equipment:
- SunSun HW-303B Canister filter with dual sponge on the intake and a 13" spraybar
- DIY co2 with an UP Inline CO2 Atomizer
- Hydor Inline 300 Watt Heater

Lighting:
- Marineland SingleBright LED - 36"
- Marineland DoubleBright LED - 36"


Anticipated inhabitants:
- School of Harlequin Rasbora
- School of Tetra (exactly which TBD)
- Cory catfish
- Oto
- Red Cherry Shrimp

Thinking of standing the leftmost wood up with the narrow end on top and putting moss on the top to make it tree like. I thought about going with the wider end on top but I'd be worried about light making it to the bottom of that side of the tank in that case.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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2013-03-20 Update

Main tank:
HC is finally starting to grow in. Had to re-position one piece and the root was about an inch long which is promising. Hoping to flood the tank after the long weekend at the end of the month. CO2 tank arrived today. A small 2.5lb tank that will fit nicely under the cabinet. The regulator (according to CanadaPost tracking) will be here tomorrow. The last of my plants should be here the first week of April

10g tank:
I picked up a 10g tank to use a quarantine tank and got that going. Got the tank on Monday and set it up, gave it a dose of declorinator and cycle (I know I know). I threw 5 Harlequin Rasbora's in last night and this morning all was still well. Ammonia and Nitrites were reading 0 and Nitrates had a slight reading. I'll be testing twice a day to make sure there are no unexpected spikes. I was going to hold off another few weeks before getting this tank set up but the GF was getting antsy (as was I) so I figured if I went with it now the quarantine time would be over once the main tank is up and running.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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2013-03-21 Update - Pictures!

Main Tank
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Closeup of HC and Micro Sword growth
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Quarantine tank
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Quarantine tank parameters:
TDS: 214
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: ~10
GH: 150ppm - 8.5
KH: 120ppm - 6.75
PH: 7.6
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:11 AM   #5
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Update: 2013-04-07

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Tank is as planted as it's going to get for the time being. Ended up ditching one of the diftwoods as it was being troublesome and was taking a lot of effort to sink it. This should leave me with more room for plants now so it could be a win-win in the end.

Plants:
Aponogeton Wonder Bulbs
Willow Moss
Lindernia rotundifolia
Hygrophila 'Compact'
HC
Micro Sword

Fish:
4x Otos
5x Harlequin Rasbora (will be added this weekend)

I've also been battling a bit of algae but it's nice to see that starting to die off so hopefully it'll be smooth sailing here on out.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:29 AM   #6
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Hey bbergeron, welcome back to the hobby

Tank is looking good, but I have a suggestion for the quarantine tank. I've read online that bright coloured gravel can sort of have a stressing effect on the fish.

Just a thought though

EDIT: I just realized that you live in NB. You could probably find some AWESOME driftwood and stones out there. Just make sure that if you find any wood, that it's not a softwood, and you treat it by boiling it and using salt. Also, with stones, be sure that it is inert, and it won't affect the water chemistry in any way.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:07 PM   #7
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Thanks Mau5.

As far as the blue gravel, it was the left over I had from the main tank. I'll keep that in mind if I start noticing stressed fish. Thanks for the tip!

As far as driftwood I saw lots last summer while out kayaking. Unfortunately it was over the winter that I decided to get back into aquariums so it wasn't a good time to be looking outdoors for some. This summer I'll be sure to keep my eyes open though!
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