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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2018, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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Dirted 29 Gallon

Hey yall!

I'm finally getting back in the hobby after years of being tankless, so I thought it would be fun to do a journal. I got the tank and all the equipment, except the light, from a friend. Right now, I have a Fugeray Planted+ for lighting. This is my first time using LEDs so i am very excited to see what results I get. I have an old HOB filter that will probably need to be replaced soon, along with the heater.

When it comes to substrate, i have about 2/3" of dirt capped with half black and half normal gravel. That definitely wasn't how I thought it would look but I don't hate it. I ordered a grab bag of plants so I am not entirely sure what I have. I believe I have the following:
  • 3 assorted anubias
  • Java Fern 'windelov'
  • Jungle Val
  • Amazon Sword
  • 2 assorted crypts
  • Myriophyllum tuberculatum
  • Christmas moss
  • DHG
  • Bacopa caroliniana
  • Dwarf Chain Swords

If anyone could help me identify some of the other stem plants in there, that would be awesome! My driftwood is still leeching tannins so the pics are not good quality. I added some carbon and did a water change to help with that. I'll do another tomorrow and see if I can get some better pictures.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2018, 04:00 PM
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That wood and dirted bottom(depending on what dirt you used) will more than likely leach tannins for months to come. I wouldn't run carbon right now. Just let it do its thing along with the water changes.
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So far the water has cleared up slightly. I know its going to be while before the tannins stop making my tank look like tea but I'm hoping for about a month lol. If anyone can help identify some of the stem plants in the back that would be awesome.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 02:00 PM
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For the tanins, I found that Polyfilter in my pump worked very well. It's not cheap though. Have subbed to see how this goes over time.

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