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Old 09-12-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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Bringing the 56gal planted tank back to life




Above is what the tank used to look like a few years ago, but after the discuses died it was turned into a low-tech planted goldfish tank. The goldfish have now moved on to their new home. I miss the old planted tank so I'm starting it up again; glad I didn't get rid of the co2 tank and metal halide fixture.

Some specs about the tank:
56gal tank
Rena xp2 filter
250w metal halide + 2 54w compact fluorescent (switching to LED soon)

Tank residents:
Panda guppies
Cardinal tetras
Albino bristlenose plecos
Red ramshorn snails

Shortly after the goldfish moved out; the only plants that survived the goldfish were the swords; added a few more plants.


Added even more plants; moved one of the swords.


Panda guppies moved in.


The tank now. Still a work in progress. The plants are growing nicely and the pandas are popping out babies left and right. Need some nice red plants to add some colors; I'm thinking Ludwigia Repens "Rubin" and Alternanthera reineckii.


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Old 09-20-2014, 05:14 AM   #2
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Upgraded to LED and all the plants seem to love it; they're all pearling like mad. More plants are on the way for a slight change to add more color and texture. Stay tuned!





This Limnophila sp. 'Guinea Broad-Leaf' is finally growing; got a good amount of it to start but it did not handle shipping/acclimating well; most of it melted except for two tiny shoots. Can't wait for it to dense up.


Ludwigia inclinata "curly/tornato" also taking off! My favorite of all the plants in the tank.

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Old 09-20-2014, 08:21 AM   #3
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What an inspiration your tank is. Please, keep us updated with the plants + LED!
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Old 09-26-2014, 08:54 AM   #4
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Another update! Can't wait until the plants are tall enough to hide the filter intake in the corner. More plants added and also more fish (blood red albino sailfin swordtail juvies). I'm super excited about the swordtails; hopefully they'll do well.



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Old 09-26-2014, 12:35 PM   #5
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Great lookin tank I used to love my 56 gallon when I had one. Only issue was how tall it was!
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:18 PM   #6
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What an inspiration! Love the Ludwigia Inclinata! Need to find that!
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:12 AM   #7
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:38 AM   #8
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Gonna need a major trim this weekend!
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:20 AM   #9
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Love the tank, makes me want a taller one...

I see that it's filled in enough to cover the equipment.
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:54 AM   #10
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Thanks! I think tall planted tanks look more dramatic than shorties. A little less maintenance too since it takes longer for the plants to reach the surface
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:25 AM   #11
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Is it just me or do plants seem to grow way faster when you're a little busy and don't have time to trim? LOL

Did a quick hard trim today to help get some light to the lower plants. The L. inclinata "curly" is looking fabulous but needs a good trim as well. Anyone looking for this plant? let me know ; )
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:44 AM   #13
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Nice tank, and I'm loving that "curly" ludwigia. If you happen to have any friday, I'd love to get some!
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:17 PM   #14
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I don't see that many people rocking swords anymore but man are you rocking them.

Also, love that curly ludwigia.
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Old 11-05-2014, 01:39 PM   #15
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Thanks! I glad I didn't throw them out when I decided to redo the tank.
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