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Old 07-06-2013, 01:37 AM   #1126
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hi y'all
I want to start by apologizing for my crappy photos.

I started my tank at the beginning of April this year, I'm a total newbie, and after some trial and error I think it's finally coming along. It's a 54L / 15G tank, I have a Flamingo Swordfish 200 internal filter, the filter has charcoal and a sponge and a 50w heater. I do water change, about 30%, every 2 weeks give or take and splash in ferts when I remember.
And I have guppies, want to get rid of them and get a few cories and maybe some rasboras or barbs. Somebody gave me the guppies, you don't say no to free stuff
other occupants are, pond snails, trumpet snails, ramshorn and I even saw a few limpets the other day.

this is at the beginning before I got any fish.
FLORA:
Ludwigia repens (I think)
java fern
Saggitaria Natans
hornwort
duckweed



Moved some things about, took off the background because it kept peeling, painted the background black, and this is as it is now, I've added root tabs and am going to buy seachem ferts next week, the ferts I've been using don't seem to do much:/
FLORA:
cuttings of a Fine Leaf Indian Fern (floating around)
Vallisneria red (and almost dead, my water is probably to acidic)
baby tears
Ludwigia repens (I think)
java fern
Saggitaria Natans
hornwort
duckweed
and last but not least "mystery plant" ***hygrophila polysperma**



"Mystery plant" it came on runners that I cut up and spread around. Any ideas what it is? ***has been identified as hygrophila polysperma


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Old 07-06-2013, 02:59 AM   #1127
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Sorry. I can't help you with your mystery plant, but I want to ask what kind of substrate are you using?
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:09 AM   #1128
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Here's my 20 Gallon high tank, It's a progression of when I first started it to where it's at now. It's my first planted tank and has been running for about 4 months.

Substrate
Eco-Complete capped with Fluorite Dark

Lights
1 Fluorescent strip light, forget the wattage
2 CFL 23 watt 1450 lumens

Filtration
- Tetra Whisper Power Filter - PF10
- Aquaclear Power Filter - 20

Powerhead
Maxi-Jet Pro Water Pump - 400

Dosing
- Seachem Potassium
- Seachem Iron
- SeaPora Plant Food Supplement

Livestock
- 4 Odessa Barbs
- 5 Tiger Barbs
- 6 Cory Catfish
- 1 Chinese Algae Eaters
- 5 Siamese Algae Eaters
- 1 Clown Pleco's
- 1 L001 Pleco
- 3 German Blue Ram

Plant List
- Cabomba
- Vallisneria
- Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
- Elodea Canadensis (Canadian Pondweed)
- Echinodorus Amazonicus (Amazon Sword)
- Lysimachia Nummularia (Moneywort)
- Alternanthera Reineckii Var. (Rosefolia)
- Elocharis Acicularis (Dwarf Hairgrass)
- Anubias nana
- Limnophila aromatica
- Rotala Magenta
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:52 AM   #1129
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It's from Flamingo, it was either beach or caviar.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:11 PM   #1130
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Love returning to this thread.

Always great to see the great, lush scapes people have created without tons of fancy equipment.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:40 PM   #1131
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Wow! Do you feel like you've had any issues with your tank being overstocked? It looks great though!


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Here's my 20 Gallon high tank, It's a progression of when I first started it to where it's at now. It's my first planted tank and has been running for about 4 months.

Substrate
Eco-Complete capped with Fluorite Dark

Lights
1 Fluorescent strip light, forget the wattage
2 CFL 23 watt 1450 lumens

Filtration
- Tetra Whisper Power Filter - PF10
- Aquaclear Power Filter - 20

Powerhead
Maxi-Jet Pro Water Pump - 400

Dosing
- Seachem Potassium
- Seachem Iron
- SeaPora Plant Food Supplement

Livestock
- 4 Odessa Barbs
- 5 Tiger Barbs
- 6 Cory Catfish
- 1 Chinese Algae Eaters
- 5 Siamese Algae Eaters
- 1 Clown Pleco's
- 1 L001 Pleco
- 3 German Blue Ram

Plant List
- Cabomba
- Vallisneria
- Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
- Elodea Canadensis (Canadian Pondweed)
- Echinodorus Amazonicus (Amazon Sword)
- Lysimachia Nummularia (Moneywort)
- Alternanthera Reineckii Var. (Rosefolia)
- Elocharis Acicularis (Dwarf Hairgrass)
- Anubias nana
- Limnophila aromatica
- Rotala Magenta
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #1132
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I've added root tabs and am going to buy seachem ferts next week, the ferts I've been using don't seem to do much
I think you would do better getting ferts from Select aquatics (Calcium sulfate, Iron sulfate, Magnesium sulfate, Potasium sulfate) with the addition of KNO3. For KNO3 I use Spectricide's Stump Remover (100% KNO3) from Home Depot.

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:24 PM   #1133
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I'd rather not have to order anything from abroad since the import taxes here (iceland) are horrendous.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:09 PM   #1134
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I'd rather not have to order anything from abroad since the import taxes here (iceland) are horrendous.
Oops!! Didn't notice you were in Iceland. Quite agree. I look for sites that don't have shipping fees.

If it is only seachem ferts you get I would get their Equilibrium and Nitrogen.

Perhaps doing an advance search in member would help you find other members in your area, whom you could buy ferts from.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:12 PM   #1135
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Just tore down my 55 gallon and moved everything to my newly acquired 40g from petcos $1/gallon sale. Plans for the 55g are still undetermined

40g:

6 serpaes
6 albino cories
2 GBRs
1 bolivian ram

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Old 07-08-2013, 01:45 AM   #1136
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great low techs everyone!

here's mine.

my 50g


just gravel and mts. i add nitrogen and phosphorous once a week along with some flourish now and then. haven't been changing the water at all lately. lighting is 2x21w t5no for 8hrs.

the 29g


i might get flamed for adding this photo here, but up until one week ago this tank was non-co2/non-excel. lighting is 2x24w t5ho suspended way up above the tank. substrate is play sand and mts. i was dosing fallowing the tom barr non-co2 method. nothing has changed in the tank yet except the bubbles.)

all i did to take myself out of the low tech category was add co2, more ferts, and lower my lighting a little.
So how far above the 29g tank did you have your t5ho lights?
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:56 AM   #1137
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Wow! Do you feel like you've had any issues with your tank being overstocked? It looks great though!
No problems yet ! I find my barbs to me nipping at the plants which is really starting to annoy me because they love to nip at my colourful plants which ruins them. Eventually i'll move them to my 40 and get a school os rasboras or something whenever i can get rid of my god awful pacu
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:03 AM   #1138
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Realized I could add my 40 gallon cube on here. wish I coul take an awesome picture of it like some of you do but you get the idea of what I have.


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Old 07-14-2013, 01:27 AM   #1139
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There's not really anything high tech about it. I dose 7ml of Flourish and 10ml of co2 booster once a day. I also feed the fish twice a day, do a 50% wc once a week, and clean my filter once a month. Pretty low maintenance. I might even check the water parameters once every six months. I'm basically growing some plants under a light in tap water.
sounds low tech to me! will have to post today, am yet to check water, if i can drink it it must be fine
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:49 AM   #1140
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Kind of hard to get the details in there.. I'm no photographer. Low tech setup, pretty much self maintaining. Have never had spikes of any kind even with deaths (most of which are cleaned up "in house"). Little bit about my setup..

55 gal
Eco complete, fluorite, small gravel mix
All shelters and rocks homemade with slate, river rock and aquarium silicone.
Three pieces of mopani wood still leaching tannins after two years.
Coralife 4 way with two 65 watt 6700k and two actinic blue (for occasional looks at night only)
Cannister filter with wand and hob both rated for 70 gallon ea. Use only sponge, poly fil and ceramic bio
Use root tabs every four months or so.
Do 40-50 percent water changes every three weeks. Never vacuum gravel except an occasional hit directly under filter intakes.

Plants, too many to list all but a few are..
Five varieties of anubais
Crypts
Red and green tiger lotus
Amazon swords
Moneywart
Japanese Moss ball
java moss
Etc

Some of the inhabitants
Opaline guarami
Harlequin raspboras
Neon tetras
Black neon tetras
Black skirts tetras
Glow light tetras
Albino neon tetras
Emperor tetras
Danios
Albino bn pleco
Four varieties of cory
Nerites
Amano and cherry shrimp
A ton of Assassin snails

I don't use co2 or even excel unless there's an outbreak of some kind. Will dose with potassium occasionally if it looks like an algae bloom is forming.

That's about it.. Thanks for looking.



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