40b - Octopus Stump
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 04-06-2014, 03:12 AM   #1
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

40b - Octopus Stump


Finally got my 40b up and running and retired my 29. Long time coming. Spent most of the last week getting it all set up. Ton of work, but I'm loving this tank. Looking forward to see it grow in!

FTS 4/5/14
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1396750312635.jpg
Views:	134
Size:	106.9 KB
ID:	301290

Equipment:
Tank: Aqueon 40 Gallon Breeder
Stand: Custom built
Light: 6300k Dutch BuildMyLED, 90 degree angle with manual dimmer.
Substrate: Safe-T-Sorb
Filter: Eheim 2217
Heater: Via Aqua Titanium 200w
Pressurized Setup: 5lb co2 tank, Milwaukee regulator and DIY Rex Grigg’s style reactor

Harscape:
Malaysian driftwood and found rock from the backyard

Flora:
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'ocipus'
Hygrophila 'Tiger'
Ludwigia Repens x L. arcuata
Rotala 'Green'
Rotala sp. 'Yao Yai'
Glossostigma Elatinoides
Blyxa Japonica
Heteranthera Zosterifolia
Limnophila Aromatica
Ludwigia Ovalis
Bacopa sp. 'Japan
Hygrophila 'Brown'/Hygrophila 'Thai'
Hygrophila Pinnatifida
Limnophila Rugosa
Ludwigia "Red" Hybrid
Staurogyne Repens
Hydrocotyle sp. Japan

Fauna:
5 otos
11 rummynose tetras
2 guppies
1 serpae
2 white skirt tetras
2 von rio tetras
Blue Ramshorn snails

To come:
Might get some MTS as well since I built up the substrate pretty deep in areas.
I want to get a pair of Bolivian Rams and a Honey Gourami as well.

Last edited by bennyjam; 04-06-2014 at 01:45 PM..
bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-06-2014, 01:09 PM   #2
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

Closer up pic of the wood.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1396786130400.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	143.8 KB
ID:	301442  

bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2014, 02:02 PM   #3
j-pond
Algae Grower
 
j-pond's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Gardner, MA
Posts: 101
Default

Looks very nice, love the driftwood.
__________________
J-Pond
j-pond is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2014, 02:21 PM   #4
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

Thanks! I got the big piece on the left for $20 at my LFS. Score!
bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2014, 02:59 PM   #5
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

Under the hood.
Rex Griggs reactor works way better than my ceramic diffuser ever did. Drop checker reading a nice pale lime green. :-)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1396792773585.jpg
Views:	59
Size:	78.7 KB
ID:	301466  

bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2014, 06:20 PM   #6
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

Pics of the stand build.
bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-09-2014, 04:48 PM   #7
Vepr
Planted Member
 
Vepr's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 184
Default

What are you running your manual dimmer at? I am about to start a 60P project and the final piece I need is a dimmer for my BML. I have been thinking of going the manual route but I have been looking at the reefkeeper and neptune. It sounds like BML has their own version on the way but they have stopped talking about it on the forums so they must have run into a snag.
__________________
Vepr is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-09-2014, 07:29 PM   #8
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

I had it at 60% for the first 2-3 days and now I have it at 75%. Yeah I was hoping that their automated dimmer would be released but ran out of patience.
bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-09-2014, 07:36 PM   #9
Ericj
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (53/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Pollock Pines, CA
Posts: 104
Default

Yeah, that stump is really eye catching at the center of the tank. And that is a beautiful stand, I'm so impressed with your work there as well! I think the MTS will definitely be a good addition for sure, with all the substrate you have.
__________________
Ericj is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-09-2014, 11:36 PM   #10
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

Thanks, ericj! Yeah, if anyone has some MTS they're looking to unload, drop me a pm.
bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-15-2014, 12:25 PM   #11
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

Things are progressing nicely. Glosso is taking off better than expected. Pearls alot at the end of the photoperiod. Already sending out runners. Some is growing vertical so I'm going to give it a trim tonight.
bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2014, 02:30 AM   #12
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

Quick update. Trimmed the glosso. Blyxa is growing really well. It's tall!
bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2014, 03:58 AM   #13
HybridHerp
Planted Tank Guru
 
HybridHerp's Avatar
 
PTrader: (12/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 3,730
Default

going to grow anything on that wood?
__________________
My 75 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/n7zp47m
My 10 gallon High Tech Tank:http://tinyurl.com/qyf7s5o
My 5.5 gallon nano College Dorm Tank:http://tinyurl.com/p54uupj
Mom's Spec V:http://tinyurl.com/qjt3rw2
HybridHerp is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-22-2014, 01:06 PM   #14
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

I've considered it. I'm open to suggestions. :-) I like the look of the wood and the contrast with the plants. I don't want to cover it up too much. Although I do have some bba growing at the top of the stump now. :-/. So maybe planting something on it would help. Not sure if there's any way to avoid that tho since there's probably like 200 par at the top of that stump.
bennyjam is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-02-2014, 01:04 AM   #15
bennyjam
Planted Member
 
bennyjam's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Posts: 218
Default

Pics taken Tuesday. Growth is good. Moved some stems in the back around based on growth. Bba is getting worse on the top half of the stump. Bba hasn't moved to plants yet tho. Think I have to figure out way to raise light up a few inches. I think it'll also help get more light to the left front of the tank. I turned the dimmer down to about 50%. Plants pearling like crazy at the end of the photoperiod. Anyone have suggestions for what I should attach/growon the wood?
bennyjam 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 10:31 AM.


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