Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: pittsburgh , pa
new tank setup, any thoughts, comments??
hello all , im new to planted tanks. Ive been in the hobby for close to ten years now, and like many other have decided that i hate fake plants and decorations, and want the look of a real natural looking tank, how else to acomplish this than by using real and natural plants and decorations.
I have a 30 gallon long aquarium. as for my setup.
I use a hob penguin emporer 280, and 2 aquaclear 50 powerheads on an rfugf.( ive been told not to run the rfugf, but i have no problem of it up rooting plants and the plate is only half length of tank, centered).
After a few trips to the lfs and home depot , put a custom light fixture I built on top that houses 2 24'' t5 power glow bulbs, putting out 1.6 watts per gallon.
As far as substrate, Im using a mix of seachem flourite, and seachem onyx sand, its actually a very nice looking mix of red black.
I got myself the full line of seachem liquid ferts( flourish, excell, trace, iron, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus), i wanted to go dry ferts, but this is just easier at the time. Ive only been using the flourish,excell and trace so far. The others say to use only if you see signs of need. although i was gonna start dosing the 3 macros once a week, just to add some more nutrients.
The tank had cycled for a week and i added 2 upright peices of driftwood( on the ends) and a nice big chunky peice( in the center). after that i added 2 agrentine swords. 1 java fern( attached to wood). 1 dwarf anubias(attached to wood). 1 anacheris(elodia). and one moss ball( i think its java moss rolled into a ball held with fishing line, lfs was selling for 1.99, thought it looked cool) it floats and is held down by a small peice of line attached to a sinker.
Its been about a week since Ive added the plants now. The anacheris has about doubled in size, lots of lush green growth. Ive noticed a few new chutes on the 2 sword plants(been told they grow much slower than the anacheris) and they look very good and green. As for the javafern and the anubias, no new growth but they look very healthy(been told they are the slowest of my growers).The odd mossball has also almost doubled, covering all the fishing line that was holding in ball shape.
Im planning on adding fish, next week sometime. maybe monday or tuesday. Im planning on going with malabar Dwarf puffers, they are one of the few truly freshwater puffers. I used to keep African cichlids, and love them but they would destroy all of my gardening work so far, so no africans. From what ive read dwarf puffers love heavily planted tanks. so they should go quite well i think.
So if anyone has any tips or comments for me, i would love to hear them. anything from setup, to plants, to fish. As i said im fairly new to the whole planted thing. I really love some other suggestions on some other plants i could add that would do well with my lighting. I would love to get some for color, someone recomended red temple plant and red ludwigia. my lfs can order just about any fairly common plant so let the suggestions flow. Ill try to upload some pics soon. after this post is up for a while, im planning on starting a tank journal. hope for lots of posts, thanks Dwarf puffer man!!!