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Old 11-08-2010, 06:12 AM   #1
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Yoder's 29 Gallon Bow Front (56k Warning)


Current Setup

Equipment:
29 Gallon Bowfront
DIY CO2 With a Powerhead DIY Reactor (pressurized system on the way)
MTS Substrate with Tahitian Moon Sand cap
Dosing EI
A 24Wx2 T5HO on mounting legs (~20" from substrate)
Aquaclear 70 HOB Filter

Floura: (Subject to change after redo)
2 small Amazon Swords
A lot of Anachris
Some "Really tall grass" (grew from bulb, not sure what it is...)
Peacock Moss (on the way)
H.C. (on the way)

Fauna:
1 Blue Dwarf Gourami
32 Zebra Danios
4 Red Wag Platys
6 Neon Tetras
65 Peppered Corydora Catfish



Hello everyone, this is my first planted tank! I have kept fish-only tanks for a few years off and on, but never a planted tank. For me, it all started when I went to the store, and said "Hey, maybe I could try a LIVE plant..." If my wife only knew what that one plant started!

Anyway, here is my OLD setup...



It had regular aquarium gravel, and a fake plant background, and some fake caves with fake corals on them.

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:15 AM   #2
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This worked for a while, but after seeing the proper way of doing a tank, I had to change it up! I have been working on mineralized top soil for a few weeks now, and I think it's ready, so that means it's redo time!



Fish and plants in their temporary home... (It's all I had!)
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:18 AM   #3
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Cleaned out tank with Tahitian Moon Sand border, and Dolomite and Potassium Chloride dusted, ready for MTS.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:19 AM   #4
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MTS added (no pic oops!) and capped with T.M.S.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:20 AM   #5
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Added rock (too much?) and ready for water...

P.S. - If anyone knows how to get rid of that stain, I'm open to ideas! I tried vinegar, lemon juice, razor blades, KaBoom Cleaner, nothing...
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:23 AM   #6
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Water and plants added... So far so good, although I still think my rocks are maybe too big...
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:26 AM   #7
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My neons, corys, and a zebra danio...



My gourami...
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:30 AM   #8
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On the left, you can see my DIY CO2 Reactor (it's ugly, and killed a Cory but it gets the job done). After it sucked a Cory into the impeller, I decided to put a screen on the intake.

I'm ready for my HC and Peacock Moss to arrive (should be tomorrow), and fill in some of this empty space! Should I put moss on ALL my rocks, or just my small ones? Should I get a piece of driftwood? I'm such a newb...

Thanks for looking at my tank!
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:18 PM   #9
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Looking good, Yoder.

Yeah your new plants should help you fill in the foreground.

I think your rocks are big enough to be the focal point of the tank by themselves without needing drift wood. If you got any, I think you'd want a tall thin piece way in the background.

Moss on the big rocks sounds better. I don't have much experience with moss, but I imagine it would cover the small ones quickly and you'd be left wondering what was under the lump of moss =)
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:27 PM   #10
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Looks good. I like your rock placement a lot.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:38 PM   #11
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Thanks, I'd like to get one of those large rocks out, maybe even break up the remaining one, and add some driftwood eventually.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:22 PM   #12
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Looking good! Its getting there. A foregound carpet of some sort would go a long way toward breaking up the look of those big rocks. Just my 2 cents. Otherwise, its really a great start!

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Looking good! Its getting there. A foregound carpet of some sort would go a long way toward breaking up the look of those big rocks. Just my 2 cents. Otherwise, its really a great start!

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Thanks! I'm ready for my HC to get here and fill in that space.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:10 AM   #14
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My Peacock moss came today (from Herns)! Tied it down with a loofah my wife was kind enough to sacrifice.

Is it tied too tight? Do I need to adjust it periodically?







My Gourami again
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:51 PM   #15
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Ok, time for an overdue update...

I added a few more neon tetras, and an LFS near me had a bristlenose pleco, so I grabbed him up. I also added two new plants (feel free to ID them ) Everything seems to be growing in well. The Cory's tear up the HC, but it's growing slightly faster than they can wreck it, so I think I should be good there. I am considering removing the anacharis, it grows SO fast.









Also, I posted a video on Youtube.
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