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Old 04-15-2013, 05:36 AM   #1
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Hey Planted Tank community,

This is my first planted tank. Looking to learning and document my project. I would love any comments or suggestions.

Equipment:
9 Gallon Schuber Wright
Finnex Ray 2
Ehiem Classic 2213
Cal Lily Pipes
Mr. Aqua bubble counter and CO2 defuser
Cal "pearl" drop checker
2.5# CO2 tank
Up Aqua CO2 regulator


Substrate:
Fluval Stratum

Foral:
dwarf hair grass
dwarf baby tears
water lettuce

Fauna:
Dalmatian Molly
Apple Snail

Stage 1: Dry Start and Aquascape









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Old 04-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Planted Tank! Looks great so far. Not sure about the flat rock in the corner, but you are probably still trying out some arrangements.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! Nice Start!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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Thanks Wasserpest,

I'm not feeling the flat rock either, I'll probably just take it out. Maybe I'll post a picture of the hardscape materials I have so people can give more suggestions.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:49 PM   #5
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If you took the flat rock and buried it in the substrate so that it was standing up instead of lying down, that might be more interesting.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:25 PM   #6
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If you took the flat rock and buried it in the substrate so that it was standing up instead of lying down, that might be more interesting.
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I like that idea. Check back for pictures tonight.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:56 AM   #7
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I took a picture of the flat rock in a new spot but accidentally deleted from my phone. But take a peak at my rock and stick collection
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:10 PM   #8
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Update for the homies,

I am still unsure about the flat rock in the left foreground, my main issue with it is the color having so much more red in it. I am planning a risky re-scaping.

Has anyone pulled their plants out during a DSM for 30-60 minutes? I want to improve my hardscape, and maybe change some stuff around. Buying new plants and restarting the DSM wouldn't be completely out of the question, I would only be out a week.


You can see the rock in question in this picture. The drift would on the right, will eventually have some moss on top.


Arial view of DSM, about 5 days after planting. I just started spraying with "Seachem Flourish"


Just noticed that some of the dwarf hairgrass is turning brown, is this a problem, or might they just be adapting to new conditions. They were grown submersed so I thought they might not be used to DSM conditions.

Thanks for looking and help!
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The darker color of the flat rock does make it stick out. Hmmm... well; you could either take it out, get another similar rock to put in there, or add another rock of an even different color.
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sorry for the hiatus

I'v just been waiting for the dry start to finish up. I eventually got antsy and decided to fill the tank.

The flat rock is still in the tank but can still be taken out easily. I also buried the big rock and wood piece a little deeper.

Does the flat rock still bother everybody? I could add a similar rock (pictured a few posts up), but I think it is a little to big for the foreground, or I would have to bury it a little bit.






equipment added:
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2.5# CO2 tank
spiral diffuser and bubble counter

plants add:
Broad-leaf Ludwig
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:20 AM   #11
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I'm a firm believer in doing what appeals to you, not what appeals to me or anyone else. If you like it, that's all that matters! Either way I think it looks like a great start.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:23 PM   #12
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I'm a firm believer in doing what appeals to you, not what appeals to me or anyone else. If you like it, that's all that matters! Either way I think it looks like a great start.
Thanks Philly! I like that notion too. One of the reasons I like this hobby is creating my own under water landscape.

But keep the critiques coming PT community
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Lookin good homie!
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You have good tank and light, but your set up is very confuse . I do not understand what's ur main point. You should look other member's set up and learn how to do landscape
I hope you can build some cool fish tank in future
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:48 AM   #15
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You have good tank and light, but your set up is very confuse . I do not understand what's ur main point. You should look other member's set up and learn how to do landscape
I hope you can build some cool fish tank in future
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Thank you for the critique Jimmy, but could elaborate on why you feel it is "confused." I can try to explain what I was going for. I was going for mountain on the left, with some taller plants behind it. A dwarf baby tear carpet would cover up the left portion, hiding where the rock enters the substrate. On the right side where the wood is I want to add some type off moss, that is what I'v been looking into recently. Basically prairie with a rock mountain on one side, transitioning into a hilled savana with a tree.

I will read more in the aquascaping section

Looking forward to an expanded critique.
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