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Old 03-28-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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18 & 29 Gallon Dirt Planted Tank Journals


Of my five tanks, two are dirted right now. I'll use this thread to keep track of their progress. Right now I just have videos. I'll add photos here eventually. Feel free to comment with any questions or suggestions for my tanks. Thanks!

18 Gal.

Dwarf Hair Grass
Corkscrew Vallisneria
Amazon Sword
Wide Leaf Sagittaria
Rotala Indica
Java Fern
Hornwort?

5 Neon Tetras

29 Gal.

Amazon Sword
Jungle Vallisneria
Wide Leaf Sagittaria
Java Fern
Anubias Nana
Red Tiger Lotus
Rotala Indica
Banana Lily

5 Serpae Tetras

Videos:

New 18 gal. Aquarium - First Dirt Planted Tank

Starting The 18 Gallon Dirt Tank Part 1

Starting The 18 Gallon Dirt Tank Part 2

18 Gallon Dirt Panted Tank: New Plants!

29 Gallon Dirt Planted Aquarium - How To Dirt A Tank

18 Gallon Dirt Planted Tank- 4 Week Update

New Fish - 29 Gallon - Serpae Tetras

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I picked up three Cryptocoryne species today, and four more banana lilies. Crypt wendtii went into the 29, Crypt undulata went into the 18, and there was one not labeled. I think it might be bronze wendtii. Most of that went into my 80 and some into the 29.

Also got a pair of black mollies (into the 29) and one Red & White Mickey Mouse swordtail (into the 80), to replace my male pineapple swordtail that died while I was away last weekend.

Photos coming soon!
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What did you cap your soil tanks with? (Didn't watch the videos)
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What did you cap your soil tanks with? (Didn't watch the videos)
The 18 gallon has a mix of sand and gravel capped over the dirt. The 29 has mostly gravel with a thin layer of sand over it. I've heard that using sand over dirt can cause problems but I prefer the look of sand so I just used a bit over the gravel cap in the 29.

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More pics and new fish!

Pair of Triple Red Apistogramma Cacatuoides


Gold and Cherry Barbs


I got three Salt & Pepper Cory Catfish.


Angel Fish I picked up from my niece.


Also got two Sparkling Gourami.


Mmmm... I wonder how many more aquariums my wife will let me get...
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