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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-19-2018, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone !

I'm starting my first planted tank journal to keep track of my progress and share knowledge about keeping a high tech planted tank !

Here are the specs:

Tank: 36" x 12" x 16" (approx. 29 gallons)
Substrate: Amazonia aquasoil
Lights: Finnex Planted+ 24/7 36in
Filtration: Eheim Classic 350 and SunSun HW-403B with 9W UV Light + Eheim 350 Skimmer
CO2: CO2 atomizer
Ferts & water parameters: EI dosing,
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  • KNO3: 5ppm 3 x week
  • KH2PO4: 0.5ppm 3 x week
  • K2SO4: 1.5ppm daily
  • TNC Trace Mix: 0.2ppm Fe daily
  • Easy-Life EasyCarbo: 4mL daily
50% water change each week, half RO water half tap to reach a kH of ~4-5.

Plants:
Limnophila hippuridoides
Pogostemon erectus
Ludwigia palustris
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala 'Bonsai'
Rotala 'Vietnam H'ra'
Bacopa caroliniana
Ranunculus inundatus
Hydrocotyle tripartita
Staurogyne repens
Marsilea crenata
Helanthium 'Quadricostatus'
Gratiola viscidula
Vesicularia dubyana 'Christmas'
Taxiphyllum 'Flame'
Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo'
Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba'

Fauna:
Amano shrimps (~8)
Otocinclus affinis (4)
Corydoras aeneus (2)
Neritina natalensis (3)

This is one week after the end of a 4 days blackout (bad case of BGA)
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-25-2018, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Time for a weekly update ! (photos are under the moonlight setting)

Plants are growing well, I extended the photoperiod from 6 to 7 hours. Also added some Alternanthera reineckii mini, we'll see how it grows ! Rotala H'ra is showing a nice pink coloration as it gets closer to the surface, however the rotala rotundifolia is not growing as fast as I expected, I might have to move the Sunsun intake to optimize water circulation and CO2 across the tank

For now I'm focusing on getting a nice and steady growth, replacing plants and moving them around to see which combination works best. I also added a CO2 drop checker to monitor my concentration.
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Tank is looking good! Startups and the little growing pains they come with are always fun. Once things settle down life gets a bit easier (I think...)
Definitely a nice selection of plants.


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I agree completely ! So far I'm pretty satisfied with the results, plants are growing well without algea, except for some GSA here and there, so I started dosing twice the amount of KH2PO4. I removed the Ranunculus inundatus and Gratiola viscidula to make room for new plants (Rotala Macrandra and Ludwigia sp Guinea, pretty excited ). Also removed the Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba' which was doing poorly.
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Tank is looking very good - nice amount of growth!


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Rotala never fails to impress. Great scape!
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10 days later !

Everything is going great so far ! There is still some green spot algae on old leaves and the Monte Carlo carpet is in bad shape, maybe the leaves are not getting enough light ? Added Nesaea Crassicaulis, I've never tried to grow this plant before, but it looks a lot like Ammania Senegalensis. Also added Helanthium 'Quadricostatus' to fill in some empty spaces.
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