first planted 15 gallon tank
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Tank Journals


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-15-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
aliclarke86
Algae Grower
 
aliclarke86's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: yeovil, england
Posts: 18
Default

first planted 15 gallon tank


Hi

i have been keeping aquariums cold and tropical for about 3 - 4 years now but have never done anything with plants really, i am attempting this on a budget so have re used my first ever aquarium to try and model something of an aquascape of a nearby beauty spot.

I look forward to all feedback good and bad as like i said i am a beginner and have maybe not picked to easyest plants to grow

Plants:
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Alternanthera reineckii
Hygrophila corymbosa
Vallisneria nana

here are some pics

initial setup


planted first small amount of plants (i think i will be adding a few more?)


1 week in and added co2 (this was added right after planting) the hc has improved and i have not seen any browning as of yet.
The other plants have been trimmed of dead/dying leaves unfortunately they did not turn up in the best condition.
aliclarke86 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-15-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
A.D.D.i.c.t.
Shrimpin' Ain't Easy
 
A.D.D.i.c.t.'s Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 335
Default Re: first planted 15 gallon tank

Awesome first planted tank! I would play with the layout of the rocks a bit more if possible. The one on the far left could be more dramatic. If it was me, I'd continue to study iwagumi layouts for continuous inspiration. Can you also detail the setup of your tank? Substrate, lighting, filtration, co2, etc.?
Looking good!

the addiction continues...
__________________
DBP Club!
Finnex Club Member!]
~~~~~~~~
Jumping Into the Deep End: DBP 3 Gallon Long
Avatar photo by Naska
A.D.D.i.c.t. is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
aliclarke86
Algae Grower
 
aliclarke86's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: yeovil, england
Posts: 18
Default

Lighting i have 2 x 24w t5 tubes one 10k white and a red one, CO2 is a very cheap 16g kit that is putting out around 1 bubble a second, substrate i have used TetraPlant Complete Substrate as a base layer with Oliver Knott Brown soil over the top and filtration is a small hang on filter pumping about 500l/h this was all available at my LPS for around 100. Plants where sourced elsewhere as the plants for sale at LPS never look to happy.



this is an image of the area i was trying to capture as i have great memories here from when i was young. As you can see it doesn't have a huge amount of harsh angles and although i have taken inspiration from iwagumi i guess i have made sacrifices to try and portray a more accurate image of the area that initially gave me my inspiration. All said i can see that it maybe is not as striking as it could be.
aliclarke86 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2013, 04:09 PM   #4
A.D.D.i.c.t.
Shrimpin' Ain't Easy
 
A.D.D.i.c.t.'s Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 335
Default

If your scape reminds you of that place, then you've accomplished your goal. Especially as it grows in it will change and evolve and look more like your photo. I love the way the Oliver Knott soil looks, wish I could get it here in the states easier. Keep us posted!
__________________
DBP Club!
Finnex Club Member!]
~~~~~~~~
Jumping Into the Deep End: DBP 3 Gallon Long
Avatar photo by Naska
A.D.D.i.c.t. is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #5
Barbgirl
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (13/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Fort Knox
Posts: 401
Default

Looking at your picture real quick, the drop checker is upside down :]


I really like the rolly hill kind of scape. Sometimes having a not so dramatic scape is nice and I find it more peaceful.
__________________
*I'm Barbbb girl, in a fishy world! No more plastic, It's fantastic!*
Barbgirl is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
aliclarke86
Algae Grower
 
aliclarke86's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: yeovil, england
Posts: 18
Default Re: first planted 15 gallon tank

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barbgirl View Post
Looking at your picture real quick, the drop checker is upside down :]


I really like the rolly hill kind of scape. Sometimes having a not so dramatic scape is nice and I find it more peaceful.
Ooops thank you like I said im very new to this

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
aliclarke86 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2013, 08:06 PM   #7
bluestems
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
bluestems's Avatar
 
PTrader: (10/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Issaquah, WA
Posts: 757
Default

Looks good, and it does look reminiscent of the inspiration scape. The added bit of moss between the left two stones, and the dwarf hairgrass will really help add to the feel.

fyi- plants will have a bit of "melt" especially when transitioning from emersed growth but they should bounce back.
__________________

my little eden
7g nano, a work in progress

cherry shrimp vase

3g semi-emersed bowl

bluestems is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2013, 08:14 PM   #8
aliclarke86
Algae Grower
 
aliclarke86's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: yeovil, england
Posts: 18
Default Re: first planted 15 gallon tank

Quote:
Originally Posted by bluestems View Post
Looks good, and it does look reminiscent of the inspiration scape. The added bit of moss between the left two stones, and the dwarf hairgrass will really help add to the feel.

fyi- plants will have a bit of "melt" especially when transitioning from emersed growth but they should bounce back.
My girlfrind is very keen on getting some moss in there aswell and will doing next payday thanks for the tip on the melting too

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
aliclarke86 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-15-2013, 08:34 PM   #9
bluestems
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
bluestems's Avatar
 
PTrader: (10/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Issaquah, WA
Posts: 757
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by aliclarke86 View Post
My girlfrind is very keen on getting some moss in there aswell and will doing next payday thanks for the tip on the melting too

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2


This isn't moss right here?



If not, moss would look great there
__________________

my little eden
7g nano, a work in progress

cherry shrimp vase

3g semi-emersed bowl

bluestems is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-17-2013, 03:16 AM   #10
GMYukonon24s
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2009
Location: MICHIGAN
Posts: 3,124
Default

Interesting layout!
__________________
110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies

MIAPG - Come join us - Plantedtank - MI - Greatlakesaquaria
GMYukonon24s is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-17-2013, 07:03 AM   #11
PinkRasbora
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PinkRasbora's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Newport, MI
Posts: 512
Send a message via MSN to PinkRasbora
Default

really nice rocks o.o
__________________
~Pink's Tank:~
14 Gallon Tall Aquarium
Picture link Soon
PinkRasbora is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-17-2013, 08:52 PM   #12
aznartist34
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 551
Default

Finally, someone that did their research before they started a planted tank. Saved the need for needless threads.

That's an interesting layout. I would think keeping that hill in shape will become a hassle once you start adding more plants and inhabitants. You can try to tie some moss onto stainless steel mesh and kind of put them down in patches and eventually it will grow in and form a grassy looking carpet to achieve those rolling hills.
aznartist34 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-18-2013, 12:16 PM   #13
aliclarke86
Algae Grower
 
aliclarke86's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: yeovil, england
Posts: 18
Default Re: first planted 15 gallon tank

That is not moss it is some Hygrophila corymbosa thst was left over and had no where to place it so it went in the back but that is where I plan on starting the moss.
Thankbyou every onr for your comments any help is appretiated. One question I would like some advice on is how long I should be keeping the lights on. Currently I have them running 10 hours. Is this too long?

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
aliclarke86 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-26-2013, 10:06 AM   #14
aliclarke86
Algae Grower
 
aliclarke86's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: yeovil, england
Posts: 18
Default update


Small update. I am realizing that my substrate is a bit large for the HC and the roots are not holding on very well so some has come loose. Added a fair amount more.plants all from LPS but I don't know what they are apart from the hair grass. Still no moss I just haven't got around to ordering any. Aznartist you are correct as you can see the hill is not anything like it was
aliclarke86 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-27-2013, 07:28 AM   #15
Master503
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PTrader: (51/96%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 620
Default

Hi. What kind of CO2 system are u using for that tank??
Master503 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012