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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2020, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Sean's 9.6 gallon planted aquarium

Hi all

This is my first time posting on the site after lots of lurking and reading. I have been keeping fish for most of my life and decided to take a tank with me when I went to college.
The substrate is ADA Amazonia and it is dosed with Flourish every day and Easy Green twice a week.

The submersed plants are
Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus
Wisteria
Staurogyne repens
Monte Carlo
Micro sword
Crypt wendtii
Crypt parva
Ludwigia repens

The emersed plants are
Pilea "Aluminum"
Pygmy date palm
amazon sword
some kind of anubias

The only equipment is a light and a heater and the stock is 5 sparkling gouramis, 2 amano shrimp, and a bunch of snails

I have to move the tank to and from school multiple times a year so I tried to keep the hardscape and substrate light and minimal

Here are some pictures of the tank's development over the past few months
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2020, 11:50 PM
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Oh boy! those plants sure filled in good! What emergent plants do you have and do you fertilize them?

Aquariums are a great destressor when you've had a hard day studying aren't they? Appears like you have made it work real well with your busy schedule and needing to move the tanks several times in a year!
Thanks for sharing !


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Not much has changed since January other than adding a new emergent plant and some growth in the others. The tank actually almost got stuck at school because they announced during spring break that we weren't coming back. Thankfully, they allowed me to come get it.
Here are some shots of the tank now and some of my 65 gallon below those.
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Really lovely tank! Love the emergent plants! Good you were able to recover the tank, stay healthy out there!

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That is an amazing tank, considering it is mobile! That would have been tragic to have lost it over break! If you're like me, you'll have lots of time to fiddle with it this month!
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Haha yes I will. I think that I went a bit overboard with the plant selection so its a jungle in there. Its wisteria in the back and pogostemon in the front mostly, which I like because the wisteria grows out of the tank in the back and the pogostemon looks pretty in the front, but the pogostemon shades the plants in the front. The carpet is a mixture of monte carlo and micro sword, though I'm not sure if that's what it actually is. Also, here's a picture of a frogbit that got very large.

Also, sorry for the upside-down and sideways pictures. Any idea why that's happening?
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Hi all,
Here is an update on the 9.6 gallon planted tank. I started getting sick of how overgrown the tank was so when I had to move the tank to remodel my room, I decided to just give it a major trim. I removed all of the wisteria because it was putting down lots of roots and generally taking over and I removed the enormous anubias that was growing out of the tank. This is the first time that I've been able to see the back in ages. I'm hoping that the pogo fills in the back and the Staurogyne repens and other foreground plants grow better.

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