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Old 01-25-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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19ginger90's First REAL Planted Tank Journal (UPDATED PICS 4/25/11)


Hey guys! So, I've been working on getting all of my equipment put together for my first real planted aquarium. I've been gathering the parts whenever they show up on craigslist, ebay, or on sale. Started this whole process in June and I'm just now almost ready to start putting together all my hard work. I've managed to save a ton of money by waiting for the deals, but I've got to say, waiting is really hard! Just thought to kick off my journal, I'd start with a list of all my equipment. Comments and constructive criticism are really appreciated

Tank:
-Aqueon standard 55 gallon aquarium (48”x12”x20”)

Stand:
-DIY made out of an IKEA Malm queen headboard set to match existing furniture
-http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60179877
-secured with tons of thick plywood
-the particleboard top was replaced with plywood and covered in birch veneer to match
-the “nightstands” roll in and out to get access to the canister filters inside

Top:
-Marineland glass tops (2x24”)

Light:
-Hagen GLO Double Linear High Output T5
-1 Hagen GLO LifeGlo lamp 54W
-1 Coralife 6700k Plant lamp 54 W

Filters:
-Eheim Classic 2215 with 2217 impeller
-Perfect/SunSun HW-302 Outside filter

Substrate:
-4 bags of Eco Complete
-1 bag of Mr. Aqua fertilized substrate
-added to help lower the PH

CO2:
-5# CO2 tank
-Concoa regulator
-Parker needle valve
-DIY inline reactor
-Clippard solenoid (from Yikesjason)
-stainless steel check valve
-bubble counter
-drop checker

Heater:
-Hydor ETH 300W inline heater

Ferts:
-Root Medic Root Tabs in substrate
-Aquariumfertilizer.com Macro Micro Dry Ferts

Thanks for looking!
-Kristin

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Old 02-01-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Okay, I just put the substrate in and have the driftwood in place. I'm okay with the driftwood as it is, but I'm very open to any sort of comments. I need to pick up some rocks to finish out the hardscape. The next step tonight is tying some of the plants to the driftwood and filling the tank. But please, comment so I know what needs to be changed. Or just let me know if you like it

Oh, and there will be a black background behind it so you won't see the wall.





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Old 03-07-2011, 04:34 AM   #3
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So I really made some progress with the tank this weekend. I finally got the plants planted! I added black lava rocks to the hardscape too. Most of these plants were RAOKs and some of them were/are in poor condition, but I'm sure they will perk right up. I really have no idea what's all in there in terms of plants but here's a list of what I know I have:

-Amazon swords
-Anubias nana
-Crypt parva
-Glosso
-Java fern
-Java moss
-Sunset hygro
-Jungle Vals maybe
-some sort of corkscrew crypt

Anyways, completely ignore the rock holding down my driftwood. I epoxyed the heck out of it and stuck it to some of the lava rock from my backyard, but the rock was too small and it still floats with it. Also, some of the pieces unglued themselves from the big piece so they are being held together by green thread. Probably going to have to reglue everything to a bigger rock.

















I'm really proud of everything so far. It will look so much better in a few weeks when things have grown in more and I can get a good carpet growing. I'm going to add more foreground plants for a thick carpet, maybe baby tears or more glosso. Thoughts on this? I'm also looking for suggestions on a taller background plant. Please PLEASE let me know what you guys think; I'm dying for any sort of feedback!
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:02 AM   #4
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Looks great! I really like the CO2 cylinder holder. Did you make it yourself?

On a side note, why so much excess tubing? Any reason for not cutting it?
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:11 AM   #5
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Thanks! I did make it myself, from scrap wood in my dad's shop. No reason in particular about the tubing, but I will always know where to find extra if I need it
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:33 AM   #6
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I'm looking forward to seeing this one grow in, there is a great hardscape and lovely plants in there already. You can totally This is going to show what a girl I am, but I love that leather purse you have hanging up!
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:21 PM   #7
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Very Nice. Awesome job with turning the Ikea bed frame into the aquarium stand.
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Really nice setup, I wish I had the equipment and ambition to set up my 55g regular!
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:21 PM   #9
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Thank you for all the nice comments! What a way to wake up in the morning Keep them coming!

Yeah, I'm kind of an IKEA freak; so naturally I had to convert it to match the rest of my furniture.

Oh and the purse is fossil- love it!
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:50 PM   #10
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The Anubias on the bottom left shouldnt be in the substrate or the root will rot .
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oh ok I've attached it to the driftwood next to it. I'm curious though, does it always rot under substrate? I've had this under gravel for a year and it did fine...
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looking good!

i had an anubias with roots under the substrate for bout 6 months it didnt die, but it did noticeable better since its been attached to the DW
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Thank you! So do the roots ever bury themselves in the substrate?
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Very nice Ginger, I really like the stand!
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Thank you FDNY!

So I guess I pretty much do not know how to run the pressurized CO2. If I crank it up, a ton of huge bubbles come out of the outflow pipe. If I have it low, I can't visibly see anything coming out which could mean the reactor is doing its job, but I've unhooked the airline and I really can't feel any "CO2" coming out. My drop checker (the liquid indicator type) says yellow or very high, but I'm doubltful. I'M SO CONFUSED!
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