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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-16-2017, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Tim's 29g Planted Tank- Journal

I've had quite a few of misc. posts since joining, so I thought I'd start a journal here and document my tank. This forum has been really helpful, so I hope what I post here can help someone like me out as they get along in this hobby as well.

So, here we go!

My first tank (~2015)- Where it all started...
Fluval Edge 12g
-I thought this tank was big when I first got it as a stepping stone into to the hobby. I quickly outgrew it. I began to dabble with some plants using stock lighting and had pretty good success (with the help of Flourish/Excel).

Learned a few things from this setup:
1) Rock gravel substrate looks gross from the other side of the glass when all the fish debris (read: poop) starts to accumulate in the rock.
2) You don't necessarily NEED an expensive setup to grow plants. This used the stock LED light that was on all day and then switched the the blue light at night.
3) Cleaning this tank from the small square opening in the top was NOT worth the flashy look of the tank.



Guess I tried to clean it up



Then I upgraded to a 29 gallon:

-A fresh tank looks sooooo CLEAN. But I really messed this one up.
-Determined to not have the rock substrate issues noted above, I settled on white substrate (National Geographic brand- Petco). Although it's a fine substrate, I have since learned that while it looks incredible when new, it shows debris very quickly and will never look that clean again.
- I was so proud of my "planted tank."
- The baby tears did NOT go well.



Check out Gandalf! (Platinum Angel)- He's (she?) is still thriving, fyi. This was, like, a REAL fish!




Then diatoms started...- everything must die, apparently.
- Here's what happens when you don't let a tank cycle properly and just decide to throw caution to the wind and go against every piece of advice on the internet.
- Fish were dying, algae was bloomin' and diatoms were thriving.



MORE DIATOMS- and struggling plants.



HELLO Seachem Phosguard

Got Diatoms? Let me introduce you to Seachem Phosguard. A few round of this stuff and things are starting to come together again.
- I also started experimenting with wood I had found on the beaches around here (boiled, of course).



Sometimes you just can't stop changing things up
- Adding BIG plants and soaking Spiderwood after giving up on boiling it a million times to get it to soak up water.
- What I learned here is that the runners on plants can sometimes be cut off to plant on their own. Nature win (read: buy one get 3 free!)




NEW SUBSTRATE
Gave up on white substrate and decided it was time to rip the bandaid off and replace it with Flouride Black.
- Switching substrate is NOT for the faint of heart. I washed the substrate a gazillion times and didn't have any issues with clouding.
- Kept about 30-40% of the original water and didn't change the filter at all in the process.
- "Only" lost my three Otto's.




A few days later...
- Adding some new plants that should be here for the long haul. Really excited for the pearl weed to grow.
- It's looking quite busy/full in the tank but I'm hoping everything fills out nicely. Whatever grass that is in the center should become a nice focal point.



Night time with the 24/7 LED doing it's thing. (Night time is the best time)
-One of the things I like about the Finnex 24/7 is the way different plants (and fish) look at different times of the day.



And here we are in the AM "red" lighting




UPDATES BELOW

1) Updated growth photo a few weeks later. I've started dosing Seachem Iron and Potassium.




Picked up a C02 paintball kit from a member here. Running a 9oz bottle, so we'll see how long one tank lasts...


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30" Finnex Planted+ 24/7
Fluval 206 Canister
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I found that i have to add "?.jpg" at the end of my Google Photos links in order to get them to show up. Once I did that, it worked fine.
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Are they working now? I can see them in my view but I want to make sure they're public.

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Are they working now? I can see them in my view but I want to make sure they're public.
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Can't see the last 2 pictures. However I can tell you that your Platinum angel is a male.

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See if that works. I'll figure this out. I don't know why google photos has made this so difficult...

How can you tell the Angel is a male?! That's awesome to finally know!

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Added a new AM & PM photo.

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See if that works. I'll figure this out. I don't know why google photos has made this so difficult...

How can you tell the Angel is a male?! That's awesome to finally know!
Shape of the fish, angel on forehead, and on the front long fins, how they have a right angle where the fin connects to the body

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Updated with a new picture as of today. I can see my (green) pearl weed are struggling a bit. The Angelfish also picked out a few stems before they had a chance to root. I expect everything to have decent roots at this point, so hopefully leaves start growing more. And the grass in the middle is definitely growing! Anybody know what plant it is? It just in with the "bunch plants" at my LFS.

I have a CO2 kit arriving soon. Hope it helps the pearl weed.

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C02 has been added to the mix. Using a 9oz GLA paintball setup from a local member here that was a pretty good deal. We'll see how long the tanks last. Likely swap out the 9oz for a 16oz or larger.

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Hair algae has begun to run amok. Trying out 48 hours of no added light or CO2.

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I found water changes to be a good combatant for my algae issues. But the black out will also help a lot!! I don't know if the water changes were the actual difference but the hair algae just disappear as it equalised, plus the physical removing of algae.
Man I hate algae such a nuisance! Good work mate love the tank, and thank is a beautiful angel!


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Did a small water change this evening and cut back quite a few of the plants. Really sad to see so many go away but I'll likely get the opportunity to find some new plants now at least.

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Check out this really nice new growth after starting Thrive fertilizer! Really happy with this stuff.
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Great looking tank thank you for sharing.
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