Since my last planted tank I've graduated school, and started a business. Unfortunately I had no time for the hobby and everything went into storage. Fast forward to a week ago...
Was driving home and found what I believed to be a 30(?) gallon hexagon tank on the side of the road. It was good condition but spray painted black on three sides. I used to hate tanks that weren't square, and probably will even after this is done. But hey, its free, I've got nothing to lose. Of course nothing is that simple, I dig up all my old aquarium stuff and find that the regulator is broken. I order a replacement and it comes a couple days later, but the low pressure creeps up to 60psi after 3 hours. I've already made a stand, picked up some plants and filled the tank, so I end up ordering a US made reg that came with free next day shipping. GG Amazon, they delivered on a Sunday, on Mothers day. Jeff Bezos is bae <3
I love tracking growth progress. I hope I end up liking the Hex but the fact is, this tank will probably just be a growery for the next tank. Damn addiction already itchin'
30 Gallon Hex "Recall"
Substrate: Play sand and screened gravel. A couple interesting rocks from my property (I need to get more!) and of course, a nice chunk of manzanita.
Light: 75w fishneedit MH
Our local shops carry very few tropical plants compared to 8 years ago. Its kinda sad, but I had to work with what they had. I will need to find a plant source or do some trades here in the future.
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, HM, pogostemon stellatus "octopus", Staurogyne repens (from one of those sad cups) Some random pieces of Java moss and 3 tiny sprigs of hairgrass that hitch hiked on the HM.
Fauna: None until tank stabilizes and several water changes.
Photojournal is updated below. For extended updates see reply threads!
HM and lilaeopsis taking its time. Pogostemon is not.
S. repens showing good growth. Really easy to grow and is incredibly green.
Digging the contrast created by BDBS
HC finally taking off!
My mystery plant loving the co2 bath
I call him "Hoover"
Oto cat Jacuzzi time?
Chillin' on a Sunday
no stems no seeds!
Any yellowing was from plant stretching/choke out
A little peek at one of my other projects that came to completion this month.
Camera is down for a bit so I haven't been able to update. Went ahead and took a pic and video with the phone.
I've finally got some control on the HC and let the other stems go. The "forest" look is something I'm really enjoying right now with the tall tank.
Tank continues to be a pleasant surprise. Very little maintenance required other than staying on top of the HC trimming, and cleaning the prefilter sponge. I haven't dosed any Nitrogen and Micros for over a month now, only P and K. Have definitely noticed a redder color to the plants as a result. Tank gets topped off every other day and water changes are once every 3 weeks. Fish are fed every 1-2 days.
Youtube video of the tank in the raw
, filter tubes and everything.
I may have to turn this into a fern/shrimp tank as the height would be really great for a stack of java ferns and moss, with cherry shrimp darting around. At first I didn't think much of the hex but now I've come to embrace it. The 40b is moving slowly along the prep phase... the rocks have been collected (maybe 100 lbs worth) and I've got a nice emersed starter of UG and DHG in the grow tent. Lighting has been acquired and substrates have been reformulated and refined - I just need a friggin stand. Time to hunt down a cheap design or read up some more on wood framing.