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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-01-2016, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all!

We started our planted tank journey a few weeks ago, so I thought this might be a good time to get our journal started!

Oct 9-13, 2016
We purchased a 40 breeder and used pine stand from our LFS. Then ordered basic test kits, filtration, light, and other basics from amazon. Two driftwood pieces were purchased from another LFS.



Oct 13, 2016
Everything arrived today so we decided to get the hard scape done and put water in the tank. One piece of drift wood still floats (the other is attached to slate).


Oct 15, 2016
We have been dosing stability, so today we bought our first plants and fish. We plan to only plant the left side of the tank for now, until the other piece of drift wood sinks. We have anubius Nana narrow leaf and foxtail (I think). Current fish are 8 harlequin rasbora.



Oct 18, 2016
Added 24 neon tetras today!

Oct 28, 2016
We boiled the driftwood a few days ago and finally got it to sink, so today we added more plants. Crypt Wendtii, amazon sword, and crypt ludea.

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Overall tank specs:

40 breeder
Hardscape: driftwood
Substrate: BDBS (love it!)
Lighting: Finnex planted+ 24/7 (on 24/7 mode)
Filtration: Penn Plax Cascade 1200
Flora: Anubius Nana Narrowleaf, Foxtail, Amazon sword, Crypt Wendtii, and Crypt Lutea
Fauna: 8 harlequin rasbora, 24 neon tetra

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good progress. love the swarm of neon tetras. i would prob suggest getting purigen to help with the cloudy water.
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good progress. love the swarm of neon tetras. i would prob suggest getting purigen to help with the cloudy water.


Thanks!

I've been wondering about the purigen. I'll have to mention it to my husband. He handles most of the filtration stuff.


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That plant in the back left looks like Cabomba Furcata (Purple fanwort)
I just bought a bunch for my tank with the green version (Cabomba caroliniana) as well. Cool stuff!
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I bought purigen about a week ago and in 2 days my water was crystal clear. its astounding stuff and would highly recommend it.
i used the bag sold by sechem called "The Bag" and put about 250ml in it and threw it in my canister filter (eheim 2215)

if you get a different substrate bag make suure its holes are small enough, the one sold by seachem is 180 micron.

or just buy them pre bagged by the 100 ml
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That plant in the back left looks like Cabomba Furcata (Purple fanwort)

I just bought a bunch for my tank with the green version (Cabomba caroliniana) as well. Cool stuff!

You might be right! It was very new (and sold out fast) at the LFS when we got it. The guy couldn't remember the exact name at the time but was thinking it started with an "m", hence us thinking it is myrio. Either way it is growing like crazy, at least a couple inches since we planted it, and putting off babies. And it has turned more pink on top, which of course thrills our 5yo.

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I bought purigen about a week ago and in 2 days my water was crystal clear. its astounding stuff and would highly recommend it.

i used the bag sold by sechem called "The Bag" and put about 250ml in it and threw it in my canister filter (eheim 2215)



if you get a different substrate bag make suure its holes are small enough, the one sold by seachem is 180 micron.



or just buy them pre bagged by the 100 ml


Thanks! We'll look into it!


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Seeing your planted tank from the beginning looks like you all are having a whole lot of fun.

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New Update!

November 3, 2016

Tonight we added 3 amano shrimp, 6 nerite snails, 2 bunches of Rotala Indicia, and a moss ball. Everyone seems pretty happy!

We're still planning to add cherry red shrimp, maybe more amanos, corries, and gouramis.

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That plant in the back left looks like Cabomba Furcata (Purple fanwort)

I just bought a bunch for my tank with the green version (Cabomba caroliniana) as well. Cool stuff!


And yes, you are correct! It is a cabomba. Our LFS sells out almost as soon as they get it, every time. It has colored up well in our tank and grown probably 3 inches in less than 3 weeks.


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They say when it settles in it should grow an inch a day!
I also read that when it's time for a trim, to pull the bottom and replant the top. I haven't gotten that far yet, though. Looking good!
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We added more shrimp last night! Cherries have been really tough to find around here, so when we found them we got 25! The LFS hasn't even unpacked them, so they basically came straight fro. The supplier. As of this morning we lost one, but that's to be expected. Several came berried, so hopefully we start seeing some babies in the next month or so!



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We haven't updated this in quite a while, so here goes!

Since the last update we added 3 pearl gourami. I believe we have 2 males and 1 female. Not the composition I would have liked, but it's been ok. I can't wait to see them get bigger, they are already so pretty.

Our cherry shrimp seem to be slowly dying off. We started with 25+ and I can only routinely count 13-15. We haven't had any berried since we got them.

The plants, except the cabomba, are growing great! The crypts are both huge compared to when we got them. The swords are finally starting to grow. Their new leaves are longer and more narrow than when got them but they seem healthy. We were able to cut several of the anubius into two pieces and they are all bouncing back well. Several new leaves in the few weeks since we made the cuts.

We are looking to move the cabomba into a tighter bunch, closer to the crypts and putting something else in the back corner. Maybe Vals or another crypt or type of sword? Something that gets tall and adds a new color or texture to the tank. Any advice is appreciated!

Everyone in the house is still living the tank, except for the dog, he gets jealous. He's an 85lb baby though. Our daughters love to help feed in the morning and our oldest keeps a close lookout for the 2 baby shrimp (from the shrimp that were berried when we got them). Our cats probably love it the most though. One sits on the light whenever she gets the chance and the other thinks it's the greatest drinking bowl ever!

That's about it for now, thanks for reading!

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So again, it's been awhile!

Not much has changed in the fish department. We had 2 baby cories, so that was exciting! The cherry shrimp population still seems to be dwindling, too. Planning to add more cherry shrimp from a local member of this board. Plus planning to add an additional female gourami and a few more cories (hopefully tomorrow).

Plant wise everything is fantastic! Crypts seem to grow very well for us. Last week we added two new red flame sword plants. Hopefully they start growing soon and fill in well.

Other than that nothing new! We're very happy with how things are going (except our 2yo who just wants to see a "momo" aka nemo fish in the tank, she may get her wish soon, we may set up a small reef tank)!

As always, we'd love to hear your comments/critiques!


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