Figured I would start a journal to keep track of progress in my tanks instead of what Iím doing now which is notes on various pads of paper or notes on my phone. I currently have 4 tanks set up; a 40 breeders dutchish~, a 14 gallon Crystal Red tank and a 10 gallon Bloody Mary tank and another 40 breeder for plant overflow and trying out new plants.
Iím pretty bad with taking pictures, especially FTS lol so bare with me. Any tips or suggestions are welcome with any of it!
40 breeder dutchish
So this tank has had it rough the past 3 weeks or so and all co2 related. First, my inline co2 diffuser started leaking then I broke my backup in tank diffuser and then when I got that fixed I ran out of co2 and at the same time apparently everyone in Arizona ran out of co2 to fill a paintball cylinder. Ssooooo now thatís fixed and we are 2 days in to co2 again. About half my plants didnít notice and the other half were very offended and starting throwing tantrums. To try to help I raised my lights about 10Ēs and turned two of them off. As you can see in the picture this tank is run using cfls. Here is the equipment:
40 gallon breeder 36x18x16
Black diamond blasting sand
27w cfl x4 6500k @16Ē from substrate
Smart power strip staggers lights on/off to simulate sunrise/sunset (love it)
Upaqua in-line co2 diffuser
Aquateck co2 regulator mini
24oz co2 tank x2
I have just replanted and reorganized the plants and still have no idea what Iím going to do in the front center but the plants are
Lobelia Cardinalis Mini
Hygrophila Aruguia, Monte Carlo, and a single Red Downoi thatís finally starting to show signs of life as the snails eat the old growth
Alternanthera Reineckii Mini, Erio Vietnam
Pogostemon Kimberly (hard hit during no co2) Ludwigia Peruensis (also hard hit)
Stourygen Purple (droopy but sending out new growth with co2 back) and Bacopa Carolinia
Not pictured is Ludwigia Senegalensis (hard hit and looking awful but has new growth.
Things look like crap now but hey what a perfect time to start a journal lol. Only going up from here. My focus with this tank is to have bushier growth with less plants so hopefully it has more of an impact for my eye from across the room. This tank was just me using up a 40 I had laying around and now I keep on wanting to make it more and more. I have a stand that Iím building now so I can eventually replace this with a 75 or greater and put this 40 in the stand underneath it. For now the stand will hold this 40 and my other 40 underneath.
Iíll post my dosing and more details later as well as my other tanks probably tomorrow.
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