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Old 06-02-2015, 01:33 AM   #1
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My first planted nightmare.


Well I decided to setup an old 55 gallon tank I've had for years about 2 years ago. This would be my first planted tank and like most I thought I won't get too crazy with it. Well I learned so many lessons on this tank.

Lesson 1: always clean kitty substrate until you feel like you couldn't clean it anymore then clean it some more.



Lesson 2: Salt water bulbs don't look good with freshwater plants.



Ok so now we are somewhat on the right track here with the right bulbs and starting to use Excel and Flourish.



Lesson 3: trim your plants or your tank will turn into a jungle that looks terrible.



Well at this point I had been traveling a lot and not taking as good of care of the tank as I should have. I ended up giving away a ton of plants and just kind of restarting.

I changed over filtration to canister and added pressurized co2 then replanted with the help of a forum member Trey.



About a week after replanting I'm already seeing good growth.






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Old 06-05-2015, 02:41 AM   #2
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I lol'd so hard to ur thread name :P

Its really cool to see someone having the balls to go with kitty litter, and making it work. Another thing is I really love the way u hardscape. The arrangement of things look very well. I'm also very surprised I like ur tank cuz I don't like Molly's, yet urs a very cool and fit in with the colors. I really like it!!!

Keep up the god work
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Old 06-05-2015, 03:35 AM   #3
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I lol'd so hard to ur thread name :P

Its really cool to see someone having the balls to go with kitty litter, and making it work. Another thing is I really love the way u hardscape. The arrangement of things look very well. I'm also very surprised I like ur tank cuz I don't like Molly's, yet urs a very cool and fit in with the colors. I really like it!!!

Keep up the god work

Thanks! The litter actually works really well growth wise once you get past the mess. Man it's still kicking up dust years later. I'd assume if you clean it beyond recognition from the start it wouldn't be all that bad.


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Old 06-09-2015, 07:17 PM   #4
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Growth is coming along very nicely. The Wisteria grew up on the left side in a week from two pinches I planted. I have a feeling I'll be giving some of that away very soon. Also started dosing Excel to slow down some green algae growth. Oh and the other thing I wanted to mention about the Swordtails someone spoke of they a very underestimated plant cleaner in my opinion.





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Old 06-09-2015, 07:42 PM   #5
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Alternanthera Reineckii Mini has quickly become one of my favorite plants.





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Old 06-09-2015, 09:04 PM   #6
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i love Alternanthera Reineckii Mini a lot! because i like some red in my tank instead of just all green plants.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:10 AM   #7
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i love Alternanthera Reineckii Mini a lot! because i like some red in my tank instead of just all green plants.

This is my first tank adding red plants and I love how it breaks things up a bit. I also have Ludwigia SP Red in there as a background plant.


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Old 06-25-2015, 10:45 PM   #8
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Everything is starting to come along pretty nicely!




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Old 06-25-2015, 10:59 PM   #9
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Lol but loved the progression of the tank, and it looks nice now.great progress.

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Lol ed by loved the progression of the tank, and it looks nice now.great progress.

Thank you! A 55g isn't the easiest to try and make look nice but with this style I don't think it looks too bad. I was battling algae there for a little given the amount of lighting I'm running but I've gotten it under control I think.


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Old 06-25-2015, 11:04 PM   #11
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You gotta be doing a lot of things right, Donald - Congrats !
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haha seeing the first picture to what you have now is awesome. great progress.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:43 AM   #13
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haha seeing the first picture to what you have now is awesome. great progress.

Haha. That first picture was one of those moments where you stop and think well that wasn't a very good idea lol.


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Can't believe how much the reds "pop" in that tank. I like the negative space as well, adds a lot more depth. It looks rad!
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Can't believe how much the reds "pop" in that tank. I like the negative space as well, adds a lot more depth. It looks rad!

Thanks! I figured making that bow with the open middle would be the only way I could make a 55g look like it had any depth.


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