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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 06-27-2016, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Let's Make this into Something!

I've garnered some inspiration from this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_XeStXhua8

Have:
Tank / stand (29gal)
Filter / media (AC 50)
Heater

Need:
Substrate
Lighting
Livestock
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 06-27-2016, 10:27 PM
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I liked the video too.
Originally I wanted pea gravel but ended up going with sand. If there was an up side to sand I dont remember what it was.
Not sure if you like LED but the Finnex Stingray is nice. Not sure if that would be too much light.
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post #3 of 41 (permalink) Old 06-30-2016, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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How does this look for plants:

1 x Dwarf Lily Plant , Nymphaea stellata
2 x Ancharis narrow Leaf, Egeria Nanas
2 x Cryptocoryne spiralis
2 x Java Fern, Microsorum pteropus
2 x Cryptocoryne Wendtii red
1 x Amazon Sword, Echinodorus bleheri
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Looks like someone did their homework.
Those are good in my opinion.

But I have managed to kill egeria densa a couple times.
One of my tanks is cursed the other is fine.
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Looks like someone did their homework.
Thanks appreciate it. This will be my second attempt at a planted tank. My first attempt was a 10 gallon that ended in massive algae and dead plants failure, but I had some good learning moments along the way. I've also had some (not so successful) experience with marine aquarium fish and corals.

Looking forward to the next steps in the journey and whatever successes and failure may come!
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post #6 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-02-2016, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Fish stocking plan (in order of introduction):

6 x cherry barbs
6 x cory catfish
6 x neon tetras
1 x dwarf gourami

Hardscape plan:
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Jealous of that gorgeous stand! You might want some more stem plants to help suck up ammonia etc faster, as I'm seeing a lot of root feeders on your plant list (& I love crypts).

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post #8 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-02-2016, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Jealous of that gorgeous stand!
Thanks! I actually built the stand using old pallets.

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You might want some more stem plants to help suck up ammonia etc faster, as I'm seeing a lot of root feeders on your plant list (& I love crypts).
Ok I'll look into that...

Substrate: 40lbs Caribsea Peace River
Lighting: I already had this 30" fixture I just needed a lamp - 1x24W 6500K
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Revised plant list:

2 x Micromeria brownei (creeping charlie)
2 x Egeria densa (anacharis)
2 x Bacopa carolina

1 x Cryptocoryne wendtii red
1 x Cryptocoryne undulata
2 x Cryptocoryne retrospiralis

1 x Nymphaea stellata (dwarf lily)
1 x Microsorum pteropus (java fern)
1 x Echinodorus bleheri (amazon sword)
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Substrate looks nice.
Reused the old light fixture, smart IMO.
How are you gonna cycle the tank?
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How are you gonna cycle the tank?
Ghost feed, drop some fish food in every few days...
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Measured parameters:

Temp: 78 dF
PH: 8.0
Ammonia: .25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
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How are you gonna cycle the tank?
I also decided to pick up some pure ammonia from Ace Hardware...

Ammonia: 2-4 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
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Plants are ordered!

Cycle is started, added 3/4 tsp 10% ammonia for ~4ppm per this handy dandy calculator: Calculator. Also a small pinch of flakes and a small pinch of pellets for some nutrients.

Lights are off, filter is running with sponge and bio-balls, air stone with low-moderate output, temp around 80 dF, plants hopefully here for the weekend...
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Tank is pretty cloudy right now so photos are not that great...
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