|07-02-2014, 01:59 AM||#1|
Umar's 20L - Collectoritis exists!
Hello beautiful people of TPT!
The tank featured here was part of another thread from over a month ago, but I felt it got lost since I was doing updates on 4 other tanks. I've decided to dedicate this thread to this tank only, since so much keeps happening plant-wise.
Here are the details:
Tank: Great Choice 20L from Petsmart
Substrate: 15 lbs. Floramax black mixed with about 8 lbs Floramax regular and gravel
Filter: Double Sponge Filter (for shrimp) and Top Fin HOB rated @ 100 GPH
Light: 3x26w CFL hooked to generic Walmart Fixture. Bulbs rated @6500 K and 1600 lumen + Current Satellite (NOT +)
Fertz: EI dosing Macros and Micros. Osmocote+ and clay root tabs in substrate.
CO2: 2x 2 Liter DIY Co2 (mix is half tablespoon yeast, 1.5 cups sugar, and half tsp. baking soda). I get 3-4 bps easily and reactors are changed every 7-10 days.
Flora (this will take a while...):
Ludwigia Sp. Red
Ludwigia Red Plaustris
Ludwigia Repens x Arcuata
Ludwigia Pink ovalis
Ammania Bonsai (True Rotala indica)
Pogostemon Helferi "Downoi"
Alternanthera Reineckii "Mini"
Alternanthera Reineckii Roseafolia
Alternanthera Reineckii Variegated
Red Melon SwordBacopa Monnieri
Pearlweed - NOT HM (its better and carpets easier)
Crypt Wendtii Brown
Crypt Nurri Pahang Mutated
Hygro Sp. Brown
Windelove Java Fern
Rotala mini butterfly
rotala pearl type 1
dwarf water lettuce
Micranthemum umbrosum "monte carlo"
About 100 shrimp. I bought 5 PFRs from Nick (Speedie), about 7 others from a LFS. Then Supreme Reds from Speedie and NeilSheh as well (about 18). I also picked up a few high grade Sakura Red females at the LFS because of a sales promotion.
I fell in love with planted tanks in March, about 3 months after I started keeping fish. The idea of a vibrant planted tank intrigued me, and after I stumbled upon this website, it was game over. People like Mr. Tom Barr, crazydaz, OVT, hyzer, and many others showed me that you could keep a good amount of plant species in a tank and still make it look good.
Therefore, I spent the most of April and May buying plants from all sorts of sellers and set this tank up on May 18.
I then doubled my co2 by adding another 2 liter reactor and added another 26w CFL. The results were astounding.
The tank now:
Downoi and Blyxa
Monte Carlo carpet - 2 weeks in:
S. Repens and Crypts:
Shrimp on Peacock Moss (mixed with sneaky stem growth)
The whole aquarium rack:
Feel free to comment and ask any questions! I love these forums and the people that use them. Here's to regular updates!
|07-02-2014, 05:01 PM||#3|
2 regulators: the aquatek paintball regulator and another one from Hong Kong that I couldn't pass up because of the deal.
and....a Finnex Ray II! Hopefully the increased PAR won't be giving me algae headaches, but I wont be putting the light on until the co2 is set up and ready to go.
|07-03-2014, 12:35 AM||#6|
|07-28-2014, 05:21 AM||#7|
Well, a lot has changed in terms of equipment between my last update and this one.
I bought an Aquatek Paintball Regulator with solenoid for this tank. The needle valve is a bit finicky but it seems to be doing the job well -lots of pearling happening in this tank.
Also bought a Finnex Ray II 30 inch. Great light, but as claimed by many before me, it washes out reds. So, I'm supplementing with 2 CFL bulbs (the primary reason was for coverage and intensity though). The Great Choice 19w 5000K bulb on the right lamp adds a great red hue to the tank and the left bulb is a GE 6500K 26w.
I added a bunch of new species too, courtesy of Bartohog (give him your business guys, he's a great guy!):
- Weeping Moss
- Persicaria kawagoeanum
- Bacopa salzmannii
- Ludwigia "pantanal"
- Ludwigia sphaerocarpa
- Didlipis diandra
- Proserpinaca palustris
- Crypt metallic red (maybe affinis? Someone needs to confirm this for me - it's located on the left, next to the moss, behind the Blyxa)
- Ludwigia lacustris
- Ludwigia arcuata
I also bought 2 AR mini tissue culture packs from Petsmart and that's what you see on the right foreground :P
Yeah, I know, I have a problem XD
I also got a new camera: a Sony HX50V. It's a point-and-shoot but man oh man, is it an upgrade. I'm blown away by the possibilities and so far I've only had it for 3 days
The PFRs started breeding like crazy once I added 2 large Indian Almond Leaves, but I noticed that a majority of the saddled females are low quality...gotta do some culling and I would appreciate it if someone gave me tips on that (will the shrimp gain coloration after successfully breeding and molting multiple times?).
Here are pics:
Post-trim - about 6 PST today
Najas grass (I know, it looks incredible grown in high tech ;P)
L. Arcuata x Repens
Thanks for stopping by!
|09-05-2014, 08:11 AM||#8|
Haven't done an update in a long time. The tank was rescaped in a way that allowed me to grow the stems the best way possible for ANOTHER rescape.
TL;DR: I bought an enormous manzanita branch, sawed it into individual, usable pieces, and those will be going into the tank in a couple of weeks with the new scape. I'm aiming to use the wood to partition stems and the fore, mid, and background species ala Tom Barr.
Time to shut up and post pics hehe:
|09-05-2014, 11:33 PM||#10|
It's coming along - I just need to get the manzanita prepped and ready (it's going to go through the white fungus stage first though).
In about 4-6 weeks, I'll need the members' help here to choose the layout of the wood/hardscape.
|09-29-2014, 06:22 AM||#12|
So, as promised, I did a rescape on the tank.
The dilemma was to use more manzanita, but my collectoritis itch won out in the end - I wanted my favorite stems to be in there.
The scape is 6 days old and the plants have to fill in more. Then I guess I'll learn to do some actual aquascaping and learn how to trim properly.
|09-29-2014, 06:39 AM||#13|
Lovin the colors on your tank! So that's 3 CFLs + the Finnex Ray II? I'd be scared of putting that much light on my tanks, but you've got your CO2 all locked down!
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|09-29-2014, 11:35 AM||#15|
Looks good mate! reminds me a little of mine. Plus mine is also 5 weeks or so...
900 x 450 x 450 Planted Aquarium
Eheim Classic 250 and Internal 2012
4 x 39W Fluval Life Spectrum T5HO
150W Metal Halide + 30W B/W LED
DIY CO2 and Flourish Fertz