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Old 01-26-2014, 05:45 PM   #1
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12g planted living room tank


Hi everyone!

I've been lurking for a while, you guys have the most amazing tanks and advice. Decided to join the ranks and start my own tank journal.

I used to have a 5g which was a pain to keep running (mostly because I overstocked). Decided to get something bigger, went for a 12g 50x30x30cm rimless.

Starting setup:

- Aquaclear 20 filter
- Halogen desk lamps (great plant growth but run too hot)

Current setup:

- Aquaclear 20 filter
- Finnex fugeray 20" LED
- Nutrafin co2 natural system
- Glass/ceramic co2 diffuser

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Setting it up on Jan 2, 2014



flooding



flooded!



plants in, went for a fish-in cycle with 3 guppies (sole survivors of my 5g masacre )



So far:

Seachem onyx sand substrate
Anacharis (most of it melted away)
Moneywort
Cryptocoryne lutea
Narrow Leaf Giant Hygro
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:47 PM   #2
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Week 2 - Jan 9, 2014

Rescaped with some drifwood, added in c02 system, started dosing ferts



Tank was still cycling, unfortunately my male guppy didn't make it. He left behind his legacy getting the two females pregnant.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:49 PM   #3
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I like the tank, Did you build it yourself? Cool with the bracing. That Malaysian wood adds a lot of character to the tank, def a cool piece.
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:55 PM   #4
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Week 3 - Jan 24

Went away for a week on a business trip, wifey did water changes (still cycling) while I was away.

Was able to get my hands on some plants that I can't find locally: Dwarf hairgrass and scarlet temple (or shirley johanson as my wife called it).

Came back to very nice surprises:

Cycle, done!



Lot's of new growth



AND guppy fry!



Unfortunately they were born when I was away, only 2 made it
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:56 PM   #5
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I like the tank, Did you build it yourself? Cool with the bracing. That Malaysian wood adds a lot of character to the tank, def a cool piece.
Thanks! I got the tank from my local LFS, they build them to spec. The wood I had to hunt for a while!
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:59 PM   #6
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Yeah cool tank. I also love that wood hardscape
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:00 PM   #7
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Nice. I know how you feel about "hunting for wood" Took me a year to find enough pieces to fill my 75g as I like the thiner intricate Malaysian style. Nice choice of DHG for the foreground will look nice when it spreads.
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:01 PM   #8
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Jan 26, 2014

Swapped out the nutrafin co2 ladder for a diffuser (ladder was too big, snails kept interrupting the bubble flow)



Quite surprised on the amount of bubbles, not even an hour later most of my plants pearled.



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top view:





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Yeah cool tank. I also love that wood hardscape
Glad you like it!
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:37 AM   #10
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Feb 4

My plants exploded after changing the co2 ladder for a diffuser, shocked by how a small change made such a huge difference:



I'm still battling with hair algae tough, I've been manually removing and doing water changes. Pond snails seem to be helping out too, but the battle is far from over.



Any tips on getting rid of hair algae? Also, now that I changed my c02 diffuser I'm also seeing more green algae that I have to clean. I guess its new tank syndrome?

Time for a trim and rescape!
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:26 AM   #11
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Siamese algae eating fish, they work great for hair algae. However, I believe your tank is a little to small for them. BTW, I think your tank looks amazing!!!
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:18 PM   #12
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Rescaped today!

Changes:

- Swapped out the large driftwood for smaller pieces
- Moved plants around and grouped them by species
- Added corner sand
- Trimmed, trimmed and trimmed some more









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Old 02-28-2014, 11:38 PM   #13
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I really like the rescape. Looks great.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:25 AM   #14
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Great clean look. Love the contrast of colors and features.
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