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Old 06-09-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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My 5 gallon planted tank journal


Hi this is my 5 gallon planted tank that i recently started.
it's my second planted tank. my first one was a 3 gallon tetra cube. my 3rd one is still in dsm mode. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=346226. well here it is.

Started 5/25/13

Equipment:
  • ordinary 5 gallon tank 16x8x10
  • Eheim 2211
  • Boyu glass diffuser Archaea Super Diffuser
  • 5lb co2 tank w/Milwaukee regulator (shared with my 17 gal)
  • Archaea 36w power compact Finnex Ray 2 16"
Hardscape & Plants
  • ADA Powersand
  • ADA Aquasoil
  • API First Layer Pure Laterite
  • Seiryu stone
  • Drift wood
  • Java Moss
  • Blyxa Japonica
  • Glossostigma elatinoides
  • Dwarf Hairgrass
  • Hydrocotyle tripartita
  • some type of Ludwigia (help please)
  • some type of rotala (help please)
  • Wisteria
  • Pogostemon Erectus
Most Current Picture As Of 7/16/13



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Filled the tank with the power sand & aqua soil. placed the driftwood in and planted the glosso.



Added a Seiryu stone.



Dry Started it for 2 weeks. just so the glosso rooted well.



After 2 weeks i planted the Blyxa Japonica and other plants BTW thanks C.T.I. for the Blyxa.



Time to fill !!!



There it is. Hope everything doesn't die and it fills in nicely.





Update 6/20/13









Update 6/29/13













Update 7/1/13



Update 7/5/13









Update 7/16/13








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Thanks for looking.

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Old 06-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #2
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That looks like it'll fill in real nice! Is that going to be a moss tree
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:47 AM   #3
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That looks like it'll fill in real nice! Is that going to be a moss tree
thanks. ya it was gonna be a moss tree but i took it out. didn't like the look and it was blocking precious light.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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haven't updated in awhile. made a few changes. took out the ugly tree. added a dhg section in the middle and added some pogostemon erectus in the back right corner. glosso is finally cooperating and is starting to growing sidewards.


Blyxa japonica is rooting well


and i added some frog bit. i like the roots



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Old 06-29-2013, 10:30 AM   #5
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Kind of a major update.
i tore down the tank and started over. this time with a DIY under gravel filter. heres some pics.







Here it is right after set up


Day 3 (BTW changed my light to a finnex ray 2 16")


Day 5

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Old 06-29-2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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your tank looks amazing!
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your tank looks amazing!
Thank you. Sugarcube
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:22 AM   #8
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one week since i started this new set up and its starting to take off
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Looking great! You've done a really nice job with a small amount of space. It looks/feels bigger than 5g.
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Looking great! You've done a really nice job with a small amount of space. It looks/feels bigger than 5g.
Thanks! Ya I should've gotten at least a 10. This tank is way too small for this addiction.
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Ludwidgia repens x acuata.
Nice colors.

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Ludwidgia repens x acuata.
Nice colors.

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That's the one on the left?
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4th of july update



Got some CRS!!!




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trimmed some things down. growing back fast


Got some sakura reds




They're friends

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Cute!
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