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Freshwater1's 30 Gallon Aquascape: "Intricately Simple"

My 30 gallon tank has gone through many phases throughout the years, and I think this phase will be the most fun and rewarding. This will be my first planted tank that has no rooted plants in the substrate. This means that this tank will have plenty of Anubias, Microsorum, Bucephalandra, and possibly some moss. I have found that I have less time to devote to maintaining this tank, so I am in the process of rescaping it to be lower maintenance. It will not be lower maintenance in terms of doing water changes, cleaning the filter, or checking up on the CO2 system. Instead, it will be lower maintenance in terms of trimming and general plant upkeep. Within the next week, I will be receiving some tiger wood, as well as many plants. I already have dragon stone ready to be placed in the tank. I will also be removing the Eco-Complete substrate, and it will be replaced with black sand. I'd like to have a nice group of Corydoras, and after having the Eco-Complete for ~7 years, a new look is past due. Stay tuned!
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With all of those low-tech plants, it sounds like you won't need much (or any) in terms of CO2.

Any thoughts on the substrate you'll be using?

Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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With all of those low-tech plants, it sounds like you won't need much (or any) in terms of CO2.

Any thoughts on the substrate you'll be using?
Probably true, but he doesnt have to run 30ppm either so co2 couldnt hurt if done at the right level. Somewhat is correct though, true low tech plants like those dont require inject co2.

Similarly interested to follow along!
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My 30 gallon tank has gone through many phases throughout the years, and I think this phase will be the most fun and rewarding. This will be my first planted tank that has no rooted plants in the substrate. This means that this tank will have plenty of Anubias, Microsorum, Bucephalandra, and possibly some moss. I have found that I have less time to devote to maintaining this tank, so I am in the process of rescaping it to be lower maintenance. It will not be lower maintenance in terms of doing water changes, cleaning the filter, or checking up on the CO2 system. Instead, it will be lower maintenance in terms of trimming and general plant upkeep. Within the next week, I will be receiving some tiger wood, as well as many plants. I already have dragon stone ready to be placed in the tank. I will also be removing the Eco-Complete substrate, and it will be replaced with black sand. I'd like to have a nice group of Corydoras, and after having the Eco-Complete for ~7 years, a new look is past due. Stay tuned!
Sounds exciting. A tank with no plants in the substrate is basically what I have, just anubias, java fern and bucephalandra so it will be interesting to see how yours turns out. Looking forward to it!
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Time for tank pictures. I performed the rescape last weekend, and the tank has been doing well since. I am running pressurized CO2, but only at about 1 bps. As mentioned, these plants don’t require pressurized CO2, but it should help with plant growth for a more lush appearance (it is a GLA system that I’ve had for about 6 years). I am utilizing the PPS-Pro (doubled the phosphates) fertilization regimen for daily dosing. The Finnex Planted+ 24/7 is dimmed to ~30% (30% white, 30% red, 20% green, 30% blue). As for the substrate, I am using Imagitarium black aquarium sand, and I love the appearance of it. Believe it or not, this is my first time having sand after being in the hobby for 14 years. It is refreshing to do something different.

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Other tank specifications:

Stock:
• Cardinal Tetras
• Assassin Snails
• Amano Shrimp
• Cherry Barbs
• X-Ray Pristella Tetras (underrated fish)
• Sterbai Corydoras (have two; will be getting more eventually)

Plants (may add more in the future):
• Microsorum pteropus
• Microsorum pteropus “Windelov”
• Microsorum pteropus “Needle Leaf”
• Microsorum pteropus “Narrow Leaf”
• Microsorum pteropus “Philippine”
• Microsorum pteropus “Trident”
• Microsorum pteropus “Durin Besar”
• Microsorum pteropus “Thunder Leaf”
• Anubias nana "petite"
• Anubias nana
• Anubias nana “Pinto”
• Bucephalandra sp. Brownie Blue
• Floating plants

Filtration: Eheim 2215

It’ll take some time for the ferns to adjust to my water’s parameters, but I think it’ll be much more grown in by New Year’s Day.
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