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Old 09-12-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
chautrung
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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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