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Old 09-08-2009, 03:08 AM   #1
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My first planted tank. Started 78 days ago.
Still learning to grow.

50tall glass (36 x 18 x 19)
Fluval 305 with sponge over intake
36 inch BLACK SOLAR T5 HO - 4 X 39W
Eco-Complete
Hydor Pressurized CO2
Confused dosing, getting EI schedule established
Flora:
Amazon Swords- look good (one leaf new or twisted, yellow leaf?)
Anubias Barteri- diminished brown spots, new growth, some black specks of algae, one leaf that looks rusted, make that two, yellow specks
Anubias Frazeri- good, new growth, one yellow leaf
Hygro Giant- significant die off when planted, current robust growth. Some removed.
Java Moss- improving
R. rotundifolia- robust, trimmings traded to LFS
R. wallichii- poor, removed
R. macrandra- Dead.
Ruffle Sword- two of three dissolved and remaining sample looks good. Vallisneria- die off when planted, much new growth, runners!
Wisteria- half or more initial stems completely lost, submerged leaf patterns then wild growth, 90% removed
Dwarf Hair Grass- never looked good, removed.
Hygrophilia polysperma- good
Cabomba- good
Hornwort- robust backup biomass, 50% removed
Anacharis- robust backup biomass, 95% removed
Ammania gracilis- good new growth with red stems
Micranthemum micranthemoides- dead.
Riccia fluitans- good
Hydrocotyle leucocephala- good
Fauna:
5 Scarlet Badis
2 Electric Blue Rams (two males in love)
2 Rummy Nose Tetras (only two at LFS, looking to web for more)
2 Otos
2 Corydoras
3 Red Cherry Shrimp
1 Amano Shrimp
1 Mystery Snail
6-66 Pond Snails
Here are pics of Day 1 and then Day 78:

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Old 09-08-2009, 03:35 AM   #2
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whoa that driftwood in the day1 pic is epiccc lol. any more pics of it? youve come a long way. its done nicely but i think we need more picsss
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Thanks so much for commenting!
Yeah that driftwood rocks. You can't really even see it now for all the plants. I have come a long way and feel proud that I've actually grown some aquatic plants! But, I so need to get a vision and part of that should be getting the driftwood back into view. Oooh, I forgot I had this pic. It's difficult to get a sense of scale in this pic, but the drifwood is huge. Here's what I wrote in my blog at the time:
"I acquired it from the local fish shop (LFS). The tag it came with identifies it as Malaysian Wood XXL. You can find the website listed on the tag here, although I don't see the XXL listed. I paid $55 for this piece. The price seemed quite reasonable. When I showed my wife the price tag she did not complain. It's quite large, about 24Lx13Wx18H. I anticipate some tannins."
I just changed water until the tannins dissipated for the most part. Also, they never really bothered me. The piece was slightly larger originally. The LFS worker suggested "chainsaw" and I was off! I think I was able to use a jigsaw or something smaller. Some of the piece is even buried in the substrate!



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Old 09-08-2009, 04:17 AM   #4
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Nice start! I also dig the DW...lots of nice spots to stick anubias/java ferns
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wow that is one nice piece of driftwood
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Time to get your scissors out!

I'm digging the DW too, its a nice piece, something like that is somewhere around $100+ around here.

One last thing, those two male Blue rams, they're most likely fighting and not in love. I've been there done that. I recommend getting a few females.

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You'd think! They did drive two females (non electric) out of the tank, just hated them. The two Electric Blue, neither fish exhibits any signs of being female and they just hang out together and that's about it. You'd think the EBs they were a mated pair. I wish. I can't even fantasize(?) they are. They look almost exactly the same. They dart at each other occasionally during feeding, but that's it. Very relaxed otherwise.
Scissors, you are correct sir! But first a vision and a little more learning!
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I'm digging the DW too, its a nice piece, something like that is somewhere around $100+ around here.

One last thing, those two male Blue rams, they're most likely fighting and not in love. I've been there done that. I recommend getting a few females.

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