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Rookie's 55 gall adventures

Here is my entry!
I am a rookie, had my first tank ever this summer, in august.
I then had 0 knowledge or anything, so, so far my knowledge is based on try-error and Internets.

so this tank is a 55gall 4 feet long.
Filtration is a Eheim 2215
300W heater
Started with 2*T8 - No Co2 - No Ferts

Now i have 4 t5ho + massive co2 + EI dosing + Koralia Nano.

i started with weird scaping, rocks, wood, not really nice, in fact.

Plants were Blyxa Japonica - Cabomba Caroliniana - Egeria Densa


I then added some Ludwigia Repens Ruben - Hygrophila difformis - Rotala indica ( dying almost instant )


I then add to move my tank to my new home, lost most of livestock, lack of planning.
I stepped up my co2 injection and results appeared

I rescaped,added plants, Hygrophila Scarlet - Bacopa Monneria - Tiger Lotus - Rotala rotundifolia - Aponogeton boivinianus



came back from vacation to find that huge amount of plants over-grown



remove aponogeton, wayyyy too big, like 4 feet leaves



Got fed up with the heavy planting and decided to go to a more "dutch" approach




Here is what it was looking yesterday, i added ammania bonzai, staurogyne repens, althernantera reinickii mini, rotala pearl, eleocharis sp:



Livestock as yesterday :
12 rummynose
24 cardinalis
2 GBR
2 apistogramma baenshi inka 50
1 apistogramma cacatuoide ( female died )
6 ottocinclus
2 nerite
few ponds snails


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Lol how long was ur vacation? That made me laugh so hard.
Thanks for sharing.


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ahahah, i left for 10 days, the "before" picture was not the day i left, it would be a maintenance nightmare!

a friend of mine came to feed/fertilize during these 10 days
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tank is still growing nicely, switched to Thrive+





Bump: FTS :




Bonus apistogramma :


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what lighting?
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4 t5ho.
fluval life spectrum 6700K
7h a day
complete blackout room the rest of time
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Nice Tank! I wish mine looked like that when I first started 2 years ago. May I suggest "layering" the plants, so the bottom of taller stems is not visible. The AR mini is looking really nice! Maybe a bit more color, ludwigia red, and rotala macrandra look nice. Here is my 55g, nice to see a fellow TPT member using one, its not common cause of the narrow front to back dimensions. My tank demonstrates the "layering" that I am speaking of.

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i was going to speak about the fact it is a bit too narrow.
i am considering doing a massive thinning to have a bit more of a visibility, exactly like yours, thanks for the input.


my blyxa is really getting huge and place-consumming.
behind it the walicchi is not behaving like i'd like, i will replace it with the pogostemon erectus i have in "grow out location in front"

i have a spare 10g i will start using as a growout tank for plants.
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i was going to speak about the fact it is a bit too narrow.
i am considering doing a massive thinning to have a bit more of a visibility, exactly like yours, thanks for the input.


my blyxa is really getting huge and place-consumming.
behind it the walicchi is not behaving like i'd like, i will replace it with the pogostemon erectus i have in "grow out location in front"

i have a spare 10g i will start using as a growout tank for plants.
Pogostemon erectus is slow grower for me, are you experiencing anything different? Also, blyxa tends to stay more compact IME under reall hight light, like 100+ PAR, it also turns a nice bronze color

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Pogostemon erectus is slow grower for me, are you experiencing anything different? Also, blyxa tends to stay more compact IME under reall hight light, like 100+ PAR, it also turns a nice bronze color

so far it is also a slow growerm le stem i have split in 5 as soon as i planted them, i will wait before trimming it to have a nice bush

Bump: did a mega trim yesterday also, to give room


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new clearer picture!
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Great pics! Looking great!
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That's a beautiful looking pair! I love the coloring of this species! I can't wait to get some Apistos!


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Great looking tank. When you say massive Co2, do you mean injecting Co2?
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