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Old 03-09-2012, 03:58 AM   #1
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17gal second tank


My first tank was a 6g Fluval Edge. I got to gain a lot of experience with different things but now I want a bigger tank.

I was going to make this a low-tech tank but got caught up in the bright lights and co2 craze.

So I present to you my second tank.

Equipment:
17.4 Mr Aqua
Truelumen 24" 8k led light
Truelumen 24" 12k led light
GLA Atomic Paintball CO2
ADA Amazonia normal and powder
Hydor in-line heater
Fluval 206 canister

Flora:
Ludwigia Repens Hybrid
Anubias nana petite
Hygrophila corymbosa 'kompact'
Hygrophila Pinnatifida
Downoi
HC
Staurogyne Repens
Alternanathera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia'
Ambulia
Cabomba Purple
Needle Leaf Java Fern
Ludwigia Lacustris Hybrid
Bacopa Caroliana
Limnophila sp Vietnam
Myrio Mattogrosense
Myrio Red
Limnophila Aromatica
Erio japan
Marimo moss ball

[Week1]






[Week2] No growth and started to develop fungus.


[Week 6] I took everything apart and started new because of several reasons.



Emersed plants planted



[Week 7] Explosive emersed growth! My secret: miracle grow in the spray bottle. I found that misting the plants 2x a day kept them very happy.




I'd be happy to hear any comments or suggestions! I'll be flooding the tank this weekend and planting the rest of the plants!
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:43 AM   #2
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Looks awesome! Kind of have me wanting to try some emersed plants. Cool trick with the miracle grow in the spray bottle, lol. Out of curiosity have you been adding Co2? I don't know if it would help, but if I had a setup like this I'm not sure I could keep myself from covering it with saran wrap and just gassing them with Co2 during the light cycle, lol.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:42 AM   #3
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Looks awesome! Kind of have me wanting to try some emersed plants. Cool trick with the miracle grow in the spray bottle, lol. Out of curiosity have you been adding Co2? I don't know if it would help, but if I had a setup like this I'm not sure I could keep myself from covering it with saran wrap and just gassing them with Co2 during the light cycle, lol.
Thanks! Miracle grow really does wonders. I figured it works on houseplants... why not all plants?

Pulling the saran wrap to spray the plants 2x a day seemed to provide enough air exchange. So no added co2.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:54 AM   #4
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The water is a little cloudy. This is my first tank with Aquasoil. So I wasn't exactly too careful in filling the water or doing my first water change. I uprooted a bunch of HC and the downoi. Now the soil is kind of ugly in that area. The koralia is there just for now until I put the fluval 206 in.

I tried to fix it but its not as nice as when it was emersed. Thats for sure.



I'm getting some algae on the HC in small spots but I put in 2 amano shrimp to do battle with algae.

I'll post pics of the GLA atomic paintball regulator tomorrow. Its a sweet piece of equipment.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:53 AM   #5
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Wow i have actually never seen that technique before, very cool!
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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Beautiful tank! just wow! keep up the good work!
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:38 AM   #7
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This looks wonderful! You have some great growth on those plants. Keep up the good work!
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:13 PM   #8
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Thanks guys!

I used old media to filter the tank. I thought it had fully cycled since my ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite read zero last night. I just check this morning and ammonia is still at zero but nitrate and nitrite spiked. I'm doing a water change but I hope the amano shrimp survived the night. =(
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:21 PM   #9
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beautiful tank! what is the red plant between the rock and the driftwood in the middle?
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beautiful tank! what is the red plant between the rock and the driftwood in the middle?
If you're talking about the big bunch in the middle, Ludwigia Repens Hybrid.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:38 PM   #11
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I love your tank. Amazing growth and great set up. So, how long has this been since you have water in there? I am really curious about the transition. Was the HC uprooting caused by strong water (when doing water change)? or other just not fully established yet.?
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:14 AM   #12
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I love your tank. Amazing growth and great set up. So, how long has this been since you have water in there? I am really curious about the transition. Was the HC uprooting caused by strong water (when doing water change)? or other just not fully established yet.?

The new setup was growing emersed for about 10 days. Roots were growing in about a 1/2-3/4" down so it seemed established enough. Then I put water in just this past sunday. So far the only bad thing is the algae growing on the HC. I'll need to turn the photoperiod down.

And they were uprooted because of the water change. I was filling it with too much water at a time and it picked up the soil. Otherwise it would have stayed down.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:44 AM   #13
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Your tank looks awesome. I am about to embark on a similar journey right now with teh same tank. I just got in my ADA order. I am thinking of trying DSM and i love the idea of miracle grow in just one week your plants went nuts!
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Gorgeous arrangement. How's it coming?
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