I have had this tank setup for 1.5 years. It was my first planted tank. I really learned alot and went from a very low tech, low light tank to a high tech, high light tank. About 6 months ago, I had this tank exactly how I wanted. Then, for some reason, it crashed. I don't know what caused it. I kept trying to do what I could to keep it going but the effort was futle and I decided to start from scatch.
I really believe something was up with my substrate. I don't know what, I just couldn't get things to root. I wanted to replace it but I decided to just rinse it over, and over, and over, until it was crystal clear water. I am using many old plants to start and see what happens. If all works, I will probably change things around quite a bit.
I just want a viberant, somewhat generic tank for my home recording/production studio room. I am not really focused on hardscape, and may take all of it out at some point. At the beginning, it is just to seperate things out visually. I am planning to have a large assortmant of colorful and healthy plants. I want that to be my visual appeal, not the hardscape. It will be a dutch inspired junglish tank.
Aqueon 29 gallon tank
Aqueon Submersable heater
Ehiem 2215 Classic Filter
Coralife 9watt UV sterilizer
Coalife 36 watt T5 Fixture X 3-108 watts total
Flourite Red, Black, Black Sand mix with some black gravel
"Weed CO2 Grow Setup" that was left at a friends house from a shady roomate.
GLA Diffusor and Drop Checker
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I rinsed all my old substrate for a few hours, getting rid of over a years worth of gunk from not enough water changes, overfeeding, and other beginners mistakes. I bought some new driftwood as well as reused some old. I really wanted to keep my HC "pond" so I moved it to the corner for more planting room. Nothing is really set but I just wanted a fresh start.
I set this up about 2 hours ago:
I will probably adjust many things, just wanted to get a new start and healthy plants again. Hopefully it isn't something else or I am just going to start from scratch lol.