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Old 04-22-2008, 02:26 AM   #1
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First Planted Tank (55g) photos


Well, I have been planning this planting for a while. As my budget is limeted, I had to use what I had...
Ok, no talking, let's see the tank
Tank:
55 Gallon 48x12x18
Light:
36 in Nova Extreme T5 with 3 lunar lights
2x39W 10000K 8am-7pm
2x39W 6500K 12am-6pm
Filter:
HOT Magnum 350 NO boiwheel
Sponge filter
Substrate:
18 lbs Schultz Aquatic Plant Soil (rinsed out 10000000 times)
15-18 lbs Eco complete
Hardscape:
Malaysian Wood
Lava Rocks (collected in the desert)
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Rock collection:

The towels are 48*12, so I tried to put the hardscape together, well, I was told the 55 is really hard to scape... IT IS


I wanted a hiding place/cave for the fishies. I decided to make a coconut shell one.

We broke the coconut into two half, cleaned it out, let it soak for 3 days (tannin) and then My husband drilled lots of holes in the shell.

I put a bunch of Java moss on it and tied it with a fishing line. i used the same hole, so the fishing line can not be seen from outside. The holes are so close to each other that there is no harm for the fishies from indise neighter.

Then I tied some Java moss and riccia to rocks. I used the fishing line method AND the bath"sponge" too.


Then I placed them in the middle of the "old" tank.

Here is the full view of the OLD tank. I didn't like the background and the substrate.

Drained:

Schultz Aquatic Plant Soil is down:

Hardscape with Lava Rocks and the eco complete. I know it will mix together, so I didn't bother with tha layering too much.

My little river:

Planting is done:

Plants:
4 Sagittaria subulata dwarf
1 potted baby tears (Hemianthus micranthemoides)
2 potter Marsilea Quadriforlia (for foreground plant)
1 wisteria (Hygrophilia difformis)
1 Cardinal plant (Lobelia cardinalis)
1 Parrot's Feather (Myrophyllum aquaticum)
1 microsword
1 giant sword
1 Anubias nana
1 Anubias sp
2 Ludwigia repens
1 Hornwort
Java moss
Riccia
Filled:

Right side

River

Please let me know what you think
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Old 04-22-2008, 03:45 AM   #2
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looks great nice tank keep us posted
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Old 04-22-2008, 04:59 AM   #3
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looks really good. Cant wait to see it fill in more
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:51 AM   #4
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Excellent job on the hardscape! How did you make the incline so steep? Did you find the rocks locally?
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Old 04-22-2008, 01:32 PM   #5
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That looks awesome! Great job!
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Old 04-22-2008, 03:38 PM   #6
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First tank????? Who are trying to fool. LOL. Absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 04-22-2008, 09:10 PM   #7
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Thank you guys Yes this is my first planted tank, and I am not dosing CO2, that's why I put it into the Low Tech forum.
The lova rock were collected here, In Las Vegas, We drove there 2x, as the first time I did't pick the size I really wanted. I still have tons of them left.

Can't wait everithing to fill in. I still need at least one plant to hide my spongefilter I'll figure out what I should put there. Right now I have some algea on some of the plants from the old tank. I didn't have time to do the PP dip, so now the No1 goal is to get rid of the alge. I wanted to have some shrimp, but as I read they can't handle Excel what I'm dosing, so I should look for something else. Oto? SAE? I need to look for them in my LFS as I don't want to pay $$$ for shipping.
I am really courious how fast the plants will grow, I let you updated
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Old 04-22-2008, 09:27 PM   #8
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Great setup! I can't wait to see how it fills out.
Makes me want to go out and buy more plants for my tank. My first planted tank as well.
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:19 PM   #9
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Here is an update...
The tank has been running for 8 days.
Good part is: there were some 5 inches growth of the Wisteria, but still has all the leaves the 'emersed" shape and the Marsilea started to send runners. The Myrophyllum aquaticum grew a lot too, As it was yellow when I got it, I cut it back to 4-5 inches, now they are at least 8 inches.
Bad part is: my algae issue got worse.
I'll post it in the algea forum...
Here is a picture before pruning:

Sorry for the brownish line at the bottom, I stupidly did not set up a tripod but put the camera on an upside down plastic bowl... now you can see the edge of the bowl....
Here is an after pruning shot.

Same problem with the photo.
I pruned only the wisteria and I also took 1 pot of my emersed Marsilea Quadrifolia apart, and planted individual "runners(?)". I found the first submersed leaf:



I am picking up some Otos today amd I have 15 RCS comming on Thuresday, waiting for them with a feast of algae...
If you have time I would appreciate it if you took a look at my other thread with the algae issue
I keep you guys updated.
Thanks for looking!
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:21 PM   #10
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Welcome aboard!!! That's going to be one beautiful tank! Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:46 AM   #11
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You're using only 36 pounds of substrate in the tank?
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:42 AM   #12
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the tank looks amazing! good job. I really like the hard scaping with the rocks! the wisteria grows like gang busters doesn't it!
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:48 PM   #13
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Thank you guys for looking and comment

Yes 36 lbs, but one 10lbs bag of the SAPS in volume is the same as the 20 lbs bag of Eco. In volume there are 3 bags of substrate in the tank. (the SAPS is really light)
My otos are working on the algae
I reduced the light for 7 hours per day with a 2-hour resting period only 78W.
Not dosing Fluorish, today I'll spot treat the very infected plants with ecxel. Tomorrow I'll get my RCSs Can't wait... hope they are hungry too
My HM won't like the reduced light, but that is the only plant in the tank that requires high light, the other plants should be fine.
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:36 PM   #14
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angled shots look good. get more fish
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Old 05-01-2008, 02:40 AM   #15
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Those rocks have colored up nicely with the algae.
The only comment is to get a black background on that thing.
Otherwise, nice job. I think it will fill in quite nicely.

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