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Old 01-21-2009, 05:26 AM   #1
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First properly set up Planted Tank journal.


First the Specs:
Tank: 20H
Filters: Aquaclear HOBs (20 and a 50 I think)
Substrate: Inert coarse black sand (similar to 3M)
Hardscape: Manzanita and petrified wood.

Plants...so far: Fissidens Fontanus on wood and stones, a few stems of Sunset Hygros, some kind of lace fern in the rear, and plain java fern under the branches.

Fish...so far: 9 Corydoras Sterbai, 1 Gold ram, 1 Bristlenose pleco(non-albino).

here are the photos, any suggestions are warmly welcomed!!

My first experience painting the back of the tank w/out a tank full of water and fish, using the heating unit in my apartment to dry the paint.

Manzanita pieces used. I used plastic ties to put them together but unfortunately didn't have the luxury of time to "really" experiment or even take a picture of it.

Filling up with Water. Again, didn't have the luxury of time to experiment with sloping the substrate...or even focus properly on my camera..sorry for the blurry picture. I had just ordered two bags (30lbs) Flourite Black Sand to be added on top of the existing plain black sand (23 lbs in the tank right now).


End of Day ONE, the next post is the following day.

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Old 01-21-2009, 05:32 AM   #2
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Default Day Two

Today the fish and plants are going in, I didn't have any issue with the black sand clouding the water. I moved all the water in the 10 gallon where the fish and plants has been living along with the fish and plants into their new home and luckily no major issue whatsoever.

Here is what they look like right after going into the new 20H.


A shot of them happy Sterbais purchased from a wonderful member of this forum.

Oh, forgot to mention in the specs that the lighting is the Coralife T5 24 inch.
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Default Day 5, which is today

A buddy of mine gave me some trimmings from his tank, so I added the ferns and planted a few stems of sunset hygros. I'm sorta experimenting with the Sunset Hygros. I've planted some in my 55 Gallon high light DIY CO2 tank that's been cloudy, as well as this low light 20 gallon high w/out CO2. Want to see which one grows better.

I've got a question regarding the Fissidens, I've had them since 2007 but they never took off. There are growth, very slow growth, but they're never that beautiful bright lush thick looking like the pics people use to sell their plant in aquabids out of southeast asia. There are always new sprout coming out that's bright green for maybe a few days and then they just turn dull dark green/brownish, however they never died and rarely broken into little pieces all over the tank.

Here is today's pic after the new plants added.

BTW, I really dig the petrified wood, been looking for them forever, and never found them in NYC until a few month ago. I scored them from the worse regional chain pet shop in the northeast for 99c/lb, they probably didn't know what it was and priced it wrong. Me being lucky and affordable things are extreme rarities here in NYC.
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some shots of the inhabitant.
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Default amazing sunset hygro growth

okay, this is a low light tank with no ferts no CO2, even the substrate is brand new inert black sand. I planted a few tiny "stems" of them sunset hygros that was pretty much "stems only" 4 days ago and now they look like this.
I'm impressed with this plant now.
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Someones been eating it ?
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A shot of them happy Sterbais purchased from a wonderful member of this forum.
Those are my favorite fish!
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Someones been eating it ?
no one's been eating it. It was just plain stems I refuse to throw away, and now they're plants. So real fast growing oens too.
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guess what showed up in the mail today!!They're going to the 20H.
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Nice tank. I love those cories!!!
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Default my first time using proper plant substrate

since I already added those 3M black sand in. I decided to use Flourite black sand for this tank. I rinse them for about 3 hrs and realize one bag would be enough. I emptied the tank half way and removed a few plants(the ones tied to stones) out of the "will be buried" area, and I started to create the slope. Here is what it looks like.
Now that the new substrate is added I covered the intake tube with floss and sponge(I've destroyed a few power filters in the past due to sand). I refilled the tank with water that was removed earlier so I don't freak my fish out any more than I already did. And HOLY COW it's cloudy, I'm crossing my fingers for my fish, hopefully they're not gonna go belly up tomorrow. Here is what it looks like now.
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Oh BTW, Seachem Flourite black sand is way more "gray" in color compare to the 3M black sand.
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I am really digging this scape. Did you ever notice how the Y on the top piece of driftwood (to the right of the second filter) has a raised spot that kind of looks like a bird perching there? :> That Gold Ram is beeeeuuuuutiful! I am mega jealous over the Corydoras Sterbai. Score on the petrified wood! Congrats on the new set up.
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I am really digging this scape. Did you ever notice how the Y on the top piece of driftwood (to the right of the second filter) has a raised spot that kind of looks like a bird perching there? :> That Gold Ram is beeeeuuuuutiful! I am mega jealous over the Corydoras Sterbai. Score on the petrified wood! Congrats on the new set up.
thanks for the comments, friend.

if you didn't mention it I would've never notice the Y, now I'm going to stare at it and see if I see a bird perching as well. I had more gold rams arrived a few days ago from the same breeder, but unfortunately it was so cold the heat pack failed...talk about 100%DOA. I really scored on the Sterbais from a seller in this forum, great price and quality, these guys came in a leaked bag and they were near death, I had to skip acclimation and just dunk them into my QT.

Now I'm patiently waiting for the cloud to settle, I miss the black sand, now it's gray dust everywhere...
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guess who came out to play.

the tank is not as cloudy today but still not as clear as before the flourite black sand was added.
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