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Old 07-05-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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Well I'm officially addicted at this point, I can't stop, already thinking up number 4!

First time using mts on this one, it was pretty easy to do and inexpensive. I used any dirt I could find, mineralized it for 3 weeks, 4 wet/dry cycles. I added redart clay powder ($2) from the pottery store, iron oxide (1$), greensand (8$), crushed jobe's organic (1$), and a sprinkle of peat on bottom.

I had this old 29 been running as fish only tank for about 5 years, when I got into plants I simply could no longer abide. I began using the tank to toss trimmings into until I figured out what to do. Then I noticed it was leaking from the top corner, so I found a 29 on cl for $15, already clean and good to go, I love cl sometimes

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I decided I would try using some branches from the neighbor's yard, not sure what they are
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I removed the front rim only because I think it looks better and also have peace of mind. I wanted to derim it but I just did on my 20 and noticed some bowing so it scared me out of a complete derim on 29. Also tried the awesome advice of using a cd case in the corner during substrate construction....what a great idea........also leaving the mts dry while you work with it........genius.......why does everyone make mud pie mess when they do this?.........just doing it dry saves a lot of hassle imo. Here is the mts fun time:
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The point of setting up these tanks for me is to practice aquascaping, figure which plants grow how and enjoy the hobby, so at this point I don't really have a plan I'm just wingin it having fun
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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So I filled it to about an inch above the substrate, and then drained it completely because I was using a cd case in a corner

This helps to settle the sub, expel air bubbles and such. Here it is after the first fill:
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First week or two:
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The wisteria and bacopa are only temporary, I get rid of all wisteria it grows too fast, and the bacopa I replaced with needleleaf ludwigia.

I got all of these plants for $10 from a failing lfs that was going under

Using diy co2 w/needle wheel mod powerhead atm, but I just painted and traded in an old 20# tank I got for $10 on cl, waiting on the cheap reg I ordered at the time these pics were taken
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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good job that's how i started with my first tank. It's a 20 long and has been set up for almost two years it started out as an iwagumi and is now being transformed into some kind of dutch with all the new plants i'm trying
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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I began this tank in May 2013, so I am still hoping everything grows in, but armed with my knowledge acquired from tpt, this tank has been the most effortless yet! So much easier when you have a clue about what you are doing when you start, as compared to my last two tanks I made SO many mistakes

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Is this hm?
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How bout the long grass in back by tiger lotus?
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Thanks for looking!
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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good job that's how i started with my first tank. It's a 20 long and has been set up for almost two years it started out as an iwagumi and is now being transformed into some kind of dutch with all the new plants i'm trying
Thanks, planted tankery is so much more fun and addicting than I realized!
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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Here's a better pic of the grass I asked for an ID on:
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It's all the way on the right, kind of a long flowing grass

Also, if anyone feels like hooking me up with some wisdom about needle leaf ludwigia I would be so grateful, I planted it on the very left side and I want it to become a tall "hedge" looking thing, it's been planted for about 2 weeks and it is starting to grow finally. I am guessing I let it grow up to the top then trim about halfway and repeat. Does needle leaf ludwigia have the potential to grow into that sort of tall bushy background plant? I want it to hide the equipment and make the branch on the left look less weird
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:24 PM   #7
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what is the clover looking plant you have in the foreground? i really like the look of it.

And your branch looks amazing!
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:16 AM   #8
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I believe the clover-esque plant is called hydrocolyte japan I'm guessing.

I am liking the branches more as they grow in, was thinking of calling it nature's slingshot or something due to the shape of the branches, . Once I can get them grown so dense I am hoping it will resemble less of of slingshot, but we'll see..

Guess I'll do an update:

Steady growth is occurring, got some gsa, gda and terrible brown hair algae for awhile, but luckily I've read enough to suspect CO2 issues.......it was.

Swapped out the diffuser for a cerges reactor.....wow, I'm impressed with this contraption, it's only been hooked up now for about 5 days but everyday things get better, improved color, lots of pearling, explosive growth........ makes me wonder how long I was CO2 limited for

Also put one layer of window screen to cut light. I swear sometimes "balancing" an aquarium full of plants and water seems as difficult as balancing an aquarium full of plants and water.........on a tripod

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Here's the hydrocolyte enjoying the cerges reactor, and some pic:

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The needleleaf ludwigia is a bit of a disappointment, its holding on but not growing like I want. Strangely this other mystery plant suddenly showed up and decided to grow very fast:

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Anyone feel like telling me what it is? I approve of it I think, whatever it is.

And finally a fts:

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Forgot I turned the backlight off when I took the pics....whoops, also seem to have forgotten how to use my camera......the colors are a little bland in these pics.....I swear in real life the color would explode your eyeballs tho

I kind of set this tank up just to try different stuff and practice trimming various types of plants to see how they behave, I've definitely done some trimming..

I'll have to see it grown in completely to be sure, but if it still seems awkward at that point then it'll be onward to the next adventure and curtains for this tank.

my goal is to get the hydrocolyte to form a sort of river outlined by anubius, get something to grow into a tall dense bush on the lhs back, and get the jf really thriving and covering up the slingshot branches

I'll let you know how it goes
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:36 AM   #9
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That plant would be guppy grass, a very fast grower.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:55 AM   #10
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Thanks for letting me know! It appears this plant might not be appropriate for what I'd wanted after looking it up.....It's said that it's not really plantable, no root structure and such......I find that true, it keeps coming up so....I guess I'll cross my fingers for the ludwigia to come thru then.

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Old 10-17-2013, 11:43 PM   #11
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Great Tank man! One day I want something like this.

I really like the moss around the branch and the Lilly looking plant that is attached to it.

I think you should have it spiral around the branches more, because it looks really cool with the moss and the "Lilly plant" around it. I snipped a pic of what I'm talking about. Just a suggestion. As it is right now, it looks really good though.

I'm a newbie so that is why I called it a "lilly plant" lol.

Keep up the good work.
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