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Old 01-08-2012, 12:50 AM   #1
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55 Gallon Planted Soil High Light Plant


Welcome to my 55G tank thread...

Opps need to fix the title to 55 Gallon Soil High Light Planted Tank..

I had good success with soil in the past with my 33GLong.. So I am testing it on a 55.. however.. I am not sure how long the nutrients will last.. since I am doing Walstad method with high lights.. and CO2...

2 x 6500k 54 HO T5
Pressurized Co2 1.5-2bps
Miracle's Choice Organic Potting soil mix (the orange bag) Capped with playsand and black fluorite.
5ML Iron Dose every week
Osmocote tablets mixed in soil with red clay chunks.

Thinking of doing EI dosing when my tank matures a bit more..

However an issue within the first couple months is.... anaerobic gas in the substrate... No matter how much I stir.. I keep getting it... It's killed off couple of my fish already to, I've found .. gotta do a water change right after stiring or i risk fish death.. within few hours.. (certain parts of my tank I don't have plants with real heavy roots like crypts or tiger lotuses so I have to constantly stir those areas...)

Ok when I first setup my tank I noticed.. a slight unleveling of my tank.. so far nothing has happened and nothing has been done.. but I might get some wood shims...



When the water cleared up :


Bought a few plants got a bit too much...






Ignore the sponge..






Current tank :

A bit messy not sure how to scape it lol

Plant list:
Hygrophila difformis
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
Green/Brown Crpyts.
Sunset Hygro
Hygrophila polysperma
Dwarf Hairgrass
Dwarf Sag
Blyxia
Glosso
Red Tiger Lotus
Rotala rotundifolia
Pellia
Riccia fluitans
Ludwigia arcuata
Ludwigia broadleaf (palastrus)
Amazon Sword
Jungle Val
Water Lettuce
Bacopa Australis
Samolus Parviflorus
Ammania Gracilis
Pogostemon H
Narrow Leaf Java Fern
3 Unknown plants..

I guess that's all for now :P

Thanks for looking
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:58 AM   #2
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It's so nice, I hope to have a planted tank soon, but I think all of my fish will rip up the plants. =/ Great work on yours. I like the "messy" look, it's natural!
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:12 AM   #3
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It's so nice, I hope to have a planted tank soon, but I think all of my fish will rip up the plants. =/ Great work on yours. I like the "messy" look, it's natural!
thank you lol

I have experimented with different types of scapes I like the messy / jungle look the best for some reason hehe
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:55 AM   #4
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Small update..

Things are growing.. I want to crank my CO2 but I need to refill it soon so keeping the BPS low atm..


I have the airstone running.. this is at night.. when co2 is off


Nerite snail.. been living with assassin(s) for over 2years (from my old tank) they get along great lol


SAE


Albino Cory seem to always wonder off alone...


Panda Cory seem to always wonder off alone...


I have a few cardinal tetras.. but they ALWAYS hide
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:26 AM   #5
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Small update....

Added first piece of driftwood.. it's not sinking though... so I am using a rock to weigh it down...
Looks like they love the algae on the rock lol.. and did a miny rescape...



One of my angels..





Month ago:


Full shot 2day view....Yea.. the breeder net and breeder trap will be gone soon...hopefully.. so distracting lol
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:55 PM   #6
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Added a extra bulb so 3x T5 HO 54W 2x6700k 1x 10000k... The camera doesn't like the extra bulb makes it look like I have algae on my walls near the bottom.. for some reason..

Full shot :


Mr. Oto... :P


Banana plant getting big..


Side view.


Left Side. Close shot



Middle . Close shot


Thats all for now..
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:20 AM   #7
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Video update time!!!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4h7I...watch_response

Also check out my banana plant flowering:
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #8
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Growing a micro-sword carpet! Seems slow though.. I bought one as a sample.. to see if it would grow.. it grew slow so I got few more..

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Old 03-06-2012, 12:34 AM   #9
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Wow excellent tank!! The plants seem to love it. I always had a liking for a aquarium affected by a little collectoritis.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:53 AM   #10
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Miny update!
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this is amazing !!!! what did you end up doing about the anaerobic gas in the substrate ?
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:51 PM   #12
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this is amazing !!!! what did you end up doing about the anaerobic gas in the substrate ?
Nothing at all.. I just let my roots take hold of the substrate.. everything is fine.. i just pushed it.. dont smell anything
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:21 PM   #13
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Looks great! Happy to read the gas concerns are behind you.
Most don't experience losses because the bubbles leave to tank so quickly having little surface area to exchange into the water.
It's never nice to be special in that way (sorry for the critter loss).

The sooner you can quit poking the better (imo). Random releases from time to time won't cause any issues that I've ever seen.

The picture in the 'mini update' looks really nice
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lovely tank, K!

....now just need a tank and some light and I'll hopefully get some beautiful growth like you
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Very lush I really like it


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