Changing from a reef tank to a planted tank
Hey everyone on TPT, first I would like to thank those members who answer and give advice to us that are learning the details of a planted tank. Also thanks to the people asking the questions that I didn't know I needed answered.
Started reading posts about 6 months ago and decided to try a low tech dirted tank first. I had broken down my reef tank and sold all the livestock cleaned it completely and was ready to go. I added about 1.5 inches of nature topsoil that had been sifted, wetted down let dry twice, before wetting again and adding to the tank. Capped with about 1.5 inches of PFS. Filled with water and added plants over the next few days.
First picture is the fun part, playing in the dirt 11/24/17. Second picture after getting some plants in, no fish 11/29/17. (Missing second picture) Third picture is tonight, I have added 3 platy, 3 otocinclus, waited two weeks and added 6 rummy nose 12/16/17. Started dosing Thrive for the last two weeks, plants are growing with good color. Only had problem with the Cabomba losing bottom leave and coming up rooted. Need more plants
... (One of the problems, I should listen to myself)
That was my intro post on TPT. The tank did ok for a while, some plants slowly growing, others showing good growth and the Cabomba slowly fading. This went on for about 6 months, adding some new plants here and there, new fish, but I slowly lost the desire to do the weekly maintenance needed. Just wasn’t see the returns I wanted. Before I started this tank I spent a lot of time doing searches on TPT trying to learn as much as I could and continued after starting the tank. But it just didn’t seem to be working for me…
Sometime back in September I started reading peoples tank journals. I was seeing how some had success early on, but most had to go through some bumps to start seeing results. Then I came across two journals that I slowly read through.
120 Gal Dutchy Freestyle
Greggz 120G Rainbow Fish Tank
It took me about 3 months to completely read both journals and try to get an understanding of all the information within them. Somewhere along the reading I started getting the desire back. During December started applying what I was learning to my tank.
Changed my goals for my tank from a low tech to a high tech tank. Installed a CO2 system and now trying to get a better understanding on EI fert dosing (still need some work here) and got my maintenance back on track.
Need to work on my photo skills…
Thanks to burr740, Greggz
and all those who have added to your journals, it has gotten me to where I'm at now.
Will do my best to update my journal