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Old 10-15-2006, 05:31 PM   #1
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26 Gallon Puffer Playground Journal! (New pic 1/6)


Hello all, I am a newbie at all of this but I have done a TON of reading over the last few weeks and I thought it would be cool to start a little journal on the tank for a few reasons. First, I think it would be awesome to get feedback from other forum members on my tank and setup. Second, I love taking pictures with my D50 and this gives me a place to show them all. Third, it might help others to decide on certain plants by the way mine grow.

Anyways here are the stats on the tank!
  • 26 Gallon Bow Front (painted silver/black)
  • 1x65w 24" Odyssea CF Sunpaq 6700k/10000k Bulb
  • 1x15w 18" NO with 5000k Flora Gro Bulb
  • ~3.02wpg for the lazy people that dont like math
  • 8 Hours Photo Period (at 3wpg, 12 at .5wpg)
  • 10# Co2 Tank w/ Azoo Regulator + Solenoid
  • Hagen Bubble Ladder
  • Greg Watson Dry Ferts (every other day)
  • Seachem Flourish (3ml every other day)
  • Estimative Index Dosing
  • ~40% Water Change Weekly
  • Seachem Onyx Sand over tan fine gravel
  • Seachem Plant Tabs

I have 1 male betta in the tank right now. I am thinking about making this a cichlid tank though and moving him to my smaller 5 gallon hex tank.

For plants I have...
  • Water Sprite
  • Micro Swords
  • Amazon Swords
  • Rosette Cyrpts
  • Anacharis
  • Hornwort
  • Dwarf Sag
  • Ludwigia peruviana
  • Wisteria
  • Java Fern
  • Jungle Val

I tried to get mostly fast growing things as these are good for new planted tanks (and for newbies like me). I also ordered some flourish plant tabs to put under the root plants to help with growth. Its fun having all this setup in a small dorm room Here are some initial pictures when I first set it up a few weeks ago.

10/1/06


10/8/06 - New Substrate and new plants








10/14/06 - Final Planting/new CF light + Co2 Added







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Old 10-16-2006, 09:29 PM   #2
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saw the plants bubbling a little today

water change plus ferts today, a small amount of algea... i think i put too many phosphates in last time anyways
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Nice, looks great with those new bulbs and substrate!

I love the blue tint the bulbs give off, and thats a neat tank to have in your dorm. Cant wait to watch it grow in.
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Old 10-16-2006, 10:52 PM   #4
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Nice, looks great with those new bulbs and substrate!

I love the blue tint the bulbs give off, and thats a neat tank to have in your dorm. Cant wait to watch it grow in.
it is nice... i am gettin rid of the 50/50 light though that gives off the blue light, because i have heard they are not helpful for plant growing, i ordered a 6700k/10000k bulb so that should be a little less blue than the one i have in there but still not bad
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Old 10-17-2006, 04:58 PM   #5
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i have not had any problems with a full 10000K bulb, and i've found that 50/50 light actually looks good with a very light-colored substrate.
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:56 AM   #6
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i have not had any problems with a full 10000K bulb, and i've found that 50/50 light actually looks good with a very light-colored substrate.
it looks pretty good, too bad it doesn't grow that good, since adding the light it has definatly helped but not hugely... the new bulb should help alot (~36 more usable watts )
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:17 AM   #7
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got my root tabs, new 6700k/10000k light and hagen bubble ladder (too much fun to watch) in today! updated pictures will come soon, this thing is pearling like crazy now
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tank is looking good outside of some small algea problems, here are some glamour shots!

10/19/06
my betta trying to hide




pearl action on a rosette crypt








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Old 10-20-2006, 02:11 AM   #9
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Nice growth! It is coming along swimmingly....and what a stunning Betta~
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got the water tested today

pH: 7
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: .1ppm
Nitrate: 20ppm
GH: 180ppm
KH: 120ppm
Co2: 20ppm

Look good to me

Did a little substrate change today... seachem onyx... pix will be up soon as soon as this water clears up!
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what is the purpose of the bubble ladder?
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what is the purpose of the bubble ladder?
to make something fun to look at of course!

actually thats true, and it disolves your co2 into the water
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Big update today:

I couldn't resist the $7 seachem onyx sand on clearance at petsmart... Bought a 7kg bag and used some of it to cover the top of my substrate. I love the new look, it really gives great contrast with the bright green plants. It took awhile to brush all the sand off all the angry plants but I love the results (and the plants will too ) . I also stole some driftwood from my girlfreinds house and it looks great (see the new corner peices). I think it gives the tank a really nice natural look. Anyways I took some new pix and everything. Its really starting to shape up now if you look at the difference between this and the first picture















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tank looks great, the sand really makes a diff. and the plants look very healthy, cant wait to watch them all grow in!

updates looking sharp

oh and how'd you take that 4th pic, the pic of your tank with a weird angle?
I have a 46 gal bow and need all the help I can get with taking pics of bowfronted tanks!
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The tank looks really good with the onyx sand and I can't wait till the plants fill in. What a happy betta! :-)
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