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Old 01-18-2015, 02:18 AM   #1
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xenxes's Tetra 55g x2 - Green House Shelf


Equipment:
- 2x 55g Tetra tanks (48Lx12Dx20H)
- 2x Aquaclear 50
- 2x Aquaclear 30

Substrate:
- Garbage + Compost + Peat + Clay Mixture

Plants (Right Tank):
- Lilaeopsis Chinensis
- Rotala Wallichii
- Rotala Mini Butterfly
- Limnophila Aromatica
- Ludwigia Senegalensis
- Ludwigia Glandulosa
- Gratola Viscidula
- Hygrophila sp. Araguaia
- Proserpinaca Palustris
- Persicaria sp. Sao Paulo
- Sphaerocaryum Malaccense
- Barclaya Longifolia (temporary)
- Ammannia Gracilis
- Ludwigia Peruensis
- Nesea Pedicellata

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So this is happening. Been planning to add a water feature to my little green house to supplement the humidity for the orchids & carnivores. $/gallon sale @ Petco + existing 48" shelves = no brainer! Picked up a 55g today (only had one in stock); will check another Petco tomorrow for the other.



2x LED strips are already in place for night viewing (2 rows @ 10k spectrum, 2 rows @ 3k to add a little warmth). There's sufficient daylight to not have to worry about PAR rating. Also already had my old HOBs I plan to plant! May also pickup a few more shower caddies to fill in the ~10" undershelf space with some riparium growth.
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:45 AM   #2
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pretty cool stuff
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:17 AM   #3
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Picked up the other tank, and did a compost substrate like my 90g, mixed with some leftover coco coir and bark mulch.


Yummy black compost


Coconut peat

I forgot how buoyant the coco coir was, will take at least a week for the substrate to sink. Ohwell not in a rush, will do a little more work next week.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:36 AM   #4
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Looks awesome. Very bright. Should be interesting!
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:20 AM   #5
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Got impatient / more midnight tank craziness, added a 1" sand cap and flooded (tank on the right didn't get enough sand ), should clear up in a few days, right tank may take longer. No excess plants to put in. One filter is rattling loudly and needs some lubricant.
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Water has cleared but is *extremely* tannic


Added 4x riparium caddies along the back.

Going to let it marinade for another week before doing a water change.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:23 PM   #7
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But you're missing 2 more tanks for the top tier hehe.

looks great though, and I'm sure it will fill in wonderfully once the plants snd animals get at home In them.


Could I be so bold as to request a closer view of the HOBs?
love planted tanks, and have been experimenting for a long time with planted HOBs and shower caddies.
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I'm now subscribed to all of your journal threads. You really have a nice place. If I could have one thing in common with your home though, it would be that sunroom! I could go nuts with that much room for plants!!
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:13 AM   #9
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But you're missing 2 more tanks for the top tier hehe.

looks great though, and I'm sure it will fill in wonderfully once the plants snd animals get at home In them.


Could I be so bold as to request a closer view of the HOBs?
love planted tanks, and have been experimenting for a long time with planted HOBs and shower caddies.
No more tanks, I'm taking too much CA water as is

Here you go , from right to left riparium caddies:


Had to cut down the Canna "chiquita punch" since it grew to the ceiling







Just been throwing in misc plant clippings from the 90g, will ID when I see what establishes. Not enough plants to throw in the HOBs yet, but they'll fill up eventually. I like lindernia pariflora since they constantly shoot out these little white flowers, then a splash of red with a l. repens or gladulosa.

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I'm now subscribed to all of your journal threads. You really have a nice place. If I could have one thing in common with your home though, it would be that sunroom! I could go nuts with that much room for plants!!
Thanks it's a little attached green house (no HVAC), came with the house but I don't think should be too expensive to do, aluminum frame and plexiglass. I leave the ceiling fan running in here 24/7 (blow up in winter and down in summer). So can't have anything temperature sensitive, thinking just livebearers and RCS. May invest in 2x heaters, but it will probably get upwards to 90-100 daytime in here in the summer.
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Old 02-04-2015, 02:57 AM   #10
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When those planters fill in they will be absolutely gorgeous, and that's saying something since they look pretty cool now.

I don't know your thoughts on it, but I think a little moss around and in the caddies would work great as a fill in, and eventually emergent plants would shade it to cover and prevent algae.

Best of luck with the whole thing, thinking RCS would be an awesome start to a shrimp colony up there.
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Well they're sort of planted...


Right tank. If you can believe it ~$100 of plants went in here, most of that stuff is sphagnum moss (failed attempt to increase the substrate by another inch, all it did was tan the water yellow)


Left tank. Clippings from the 90g, again hidden in moss.


Here's the afternoon sun levels, coming in from the SW.

These tanks are going to be problematic due to the temperature swings in the greenhouse. 40's at night (put 2x heaters in), but today, outside it was 68F, in here it was 97F, I turned the fan on max and opened the windows, and it came down to about 85F. Makes you think whatever I put in here is going to boil, including the endler x guppies I pulled out the 90g.

Sacramento summers can get to 100+, that means 120F in here?...
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That is a very cool set-up. Looking forward to seeing it progress. Hopefully you'll get the heat issues sorted out.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:38 PM   #13
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Forgot about this for a while..

Now with more random pieces of plant trimmings from the 90g! Also moved 2x AC50s to the sides to give more flow.

And a 20lb CO2 cylinder on the left I need to fill and hookup one of these days. The seeds are planted, tanks just need a lot more time to settle down (substrate is still bubbling and uneven)



Left tank


Right tank


Cherry culls


Endler x guppies


Female looks preggers, wonder what patterns will come out
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:34 PM   #14
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CO2 went in today!



Matheson regulator built by AlanLe with dual needle valve output. Heat in here isn't a real issue, measured 100F in the green house today and HP/LP gauges did not budge.



Count a number of endler fry in the right tank, will grab some photos later.

Hoping CO2 + part sun = more dramatic plant growth
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That room is great

I have the same shelving unit but just have some small tanks on mine, good to know what larger size fits if I ever want to upgrade
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