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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-12-2019, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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My Planted Tanks: Progress

(I will continue updating in the future)

Tank #1
Using commercial substrate for planted aquarium. Just enough to make 1 inch deep substrate in 2 x 1 x 1 ft tank. Gravel as shown in the photo below also just enough to make 1 inch deep cap on top of the substrate.


1st day
Only Rotala Indica


17 days
Re-planted Rotala Indica (+ add more), Water lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes) & two unknown plants
Added Albino Bristlenose Pleco & Apple Snail for green algae problem


30 days
Re-planted Rotala Indica, Water lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes), two unknown plants & Anacharis
Removed Apple Snail + added 2 x Albino Corydoras
Albino Bristlenose Pleco increased to 6
Added driftwood & rocks


38 days
Removed some Rotala Indica because lot of it melting at the base
Anacharis growing well, Water lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes) also seems well
Planted a couple of Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange' & Bacopa caroliniana at the back which you can barely see them in the photo, located on the right & left respectively of the lonely off center Rotala Indica.


43 days
Added black gravel on the left-rear side to make that part higher little bit
Added two more Albino Corydoras
Anacharis grow longer
Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange' & Bacopa caroliniana grow taller


47 days
Rotala Indica almost non-existent
Anacharis grow longer
Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange' & Bacopa caroliniana grow taller


66 days
Anacharis now overgrown
The unknown plant, the taller one at the left-rear, is dying
Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange' & Bacopa caroliniana grow taller



Tank #2
Using regular garden soil & black gravel. This one I make ticker substrate, ~1.5 inch for substrate & cap.

1st day
Two groups of Rotala Indica back-center & left-front because I want to see how they fare with regular garden soil.
Java Moss patches on the driftwood
Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Red" at the center, near the driftwood
Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange' & Bacopa caroliniana on the back-right near the Anacharis
Anacharis on the back-right
Eleocharis Acicularis Carpet Plant - Hair Grass on the front (I'm having trouble separating them but managed to do it later)



Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Red"



Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange' & Bacopa caroliniana respectively



5 days
Added Water lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes)
Separated the Eleocharis Acicularis Carpet Plant - Hair Grass to small groups/patches
There are two plants on the right, in front of Anacharis. The bigger leaves is unknown plant but it doesn't survived anyway but hidden behind it is Ipomoea aquatica which actually semi-aquatic plant.
Experimenting regular grass but this ones are grow on wet soil. The taller hair grass in front of the driftwood.







9 days
Added more Water lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes)


Cryptocoryne Wendtii "Red" doing well


28 days
All doing well except Rotala Indica still having problem melting at the base stem.


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FUN! I think I rescaped my Spec V ten times in the last year. Its extremely fun to do and I have definitely been getting better at aquascaping each time I do it. Please keep up the progress
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Tank #1

89 days
Added Java Fern on the rear-left.










Tank #2

51 days
Added Java Fern 'WindelÝv' on the front-right.








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Looks like progress. One suggestion if your trying to get that hairgrass (not sure not great identifying plants) you may have to forgo or limit the water lettuce. The water lettuce is a great plant and absorbs alot of stuff but it blocks alot of light. I have it in both my tanks but remove about half every week ecspecially in my 10g with lower flow because it easily doubles in a week in that tank.
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Thank you for the suggestion. I'll do that. I'm also thinking replacing the lamp because it doesn't cover the whole tank.


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Thanks for sharing the progression! It's nice for a newbie to see that everything will eventually fill in!
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Thanks for sharing the progression! It's nice for a newbie to see that everything will eventually fill in!
I pruned the stem plants when they get tall & the cut stems was planted into the substrate. This is why the Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange' & Bacopa caroliniana are looking bushy than before. It's worth to note that both plants will produced side shoots at where you cut the stem.
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Recently I add wild guppies, ghost shrimps & few riceland prawn in both tanks.




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Not much but I improved the lighting. Can't really compare with previous pictures because previously I underexpose them when taking the pictures but both tanks are much brighter now.

Tank #1
105 days



Tank #2
67 days


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I'm thinking putting a small pump at the back, lower near the substrate, to create flow or circulation. I have Dophin PA500 that I can use for this. Do I need to do this?

Well, I want to do it but if doing this doesn't give any benefits to the aquatic life, so I would refrain from doing it. What do you guys think?


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https://youtu.be/lp2Rb4D1WiM

Well, I installed the pump. I believe Java Moss needs circulation. You can see my Java Moss not doing well. I only found BBA on it, not on the other plants.


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Tank #1
125 days



In Tank #2, I'm dealing with BBA algae on the Java Moss. Total blackout for a week. Java Moss looks a lot better but not great either. Anacharis & Ipomoea aquatica died in the process but I see new growth from both. My hair grass look pathetic too but hopefully it will recover. I have small patch of Java Moss in a terrarium which I hopefully it'll grow in case the ones in the tank doesn't survived. The white stones that I use to anchor the driftwood also gone since the driftwood doesn't float anymore.


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Pearling. So satisfying to watch.



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I have a bunch of Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange' & Bacopa caroliniana after trimming. How can I store them if I don't have extra tank? I hate throwing them away.

Bacopa caroliniana & Ludwigia sp. 'Dark Orange'


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