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Red face My Learning Curve - 75 Gallon tank -- pic heavy

I have been planning on doing this journal for 3 months. Today is the day.

I get long winded so you have been warned..

I have had tanks before in my life, but never planted. I thought you could just stick some plants in your tank and walla... they would grow. So with each plant and each problem I learn something everyday. Especially from everyone on this site.

Almost everything in this tank was a ROAK or used. Except the Eco-Complete and gravel cap and the rocks.

I do not have eye for Aquascaping so be nice, i am nervous about showing....but do let me know what does not look right. It still is very much a work in progress.

OK: No CO2, just excel and flourish
Standard 75 Gallon w/ canopy and stand- which i hate the bottom because it has only one opening in the back in the middle and everything has to fit through there to reach up the back.

Lighting: 48" Current Power Compact w/ moonlights & (2) 65W 6500/10000K Bulbs towards the back and 1 T8 32Watt Sunshine bulb for the front.

Filter: Two XP3's.. Only one is on currently. I had a HOB and a Magnum in some of these pics. But those have been removed.

Substrate: Miracle Gro only about 1/2"... 6 or 8 bags of Eco-Complete and capped with Black Gravel from the LFS. It was going to be just Eco but when I put everything in and then the Miracle Gro went into the water and I freaked out and ran to the LFS and grabbed the gravel. lol

Flora: I am not sure of all the names.. I have them written down somewhere. I will edit..
Corkscrew & Jungle Vals. i dont know the name but there are normal ones too.
Hydro Willow
Hydro C(K)ompact?
Sunset Hydro
Rotala Rotu something..
Christmas Moss
Crypt ?
Nana Petite
Regular Nana
Tiger Lotus
Water Lettuce

Fish: I am waiting on some Blue Rams which was the whole reason for this tank. My father breeds Flowerhorns and he currently has 6 pair of Rams and is trying to breed them.. I will have them..oh yes i will... All the fish were given to me except the Otos. Like i said my father is a fish nut. Now when he visits he brings something fish related... Yaaaa me !! All these fish were bred by him.

4- Black Swordtails - 2 females and 2 males
3- Orange Swordtails - 1 female and 2 males
3- Angels 2 females and 1 male Marble, Pearl and Black--- Marble and Black have spawned and are currently making plans to do it again.
6- Guppies 3 each
2- Oto's 1 male and 1 female
MTS - too many
does planaria count? I feed them too..

The driftwood I have is HUGE, but I like it.

Pic 1 -January 2011 --- Excuse the blurryness- cell pic..
I started this at the end of January- Fishless cycle.

Notice the round filter--- You all said get a filter pad that comes from a cycled tank.. where there it sits. too funny...

All these plants were ROAK... They all died.. well they melted and I thought that meant dead. Garbage can... now i know to wait..

Pic- February 15th 2011- First purchased plant package and was from this Swap. Awesome package and he gave me so many plants.

Pic- March 5th or 10thish- Now I have the wood stump and some fish..
added more Compact and two crypts. Lots of Algae had set in... Learned all about that quickly..

Pic- End of March 2011-

So far that's it. My Tiger Lotus is still just growing on the gravel... and the tall stems are stunted..

here are some of the fish:

Male Angel

His Sister

Black Swords

My prego Oto

something tore apart this plant:

Well that is it so far... I will update this with more pics as it grows in and as I learn more about different plants and fish and water and algae and geezz... so much fun...

Thanks for looking!
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That pic of the Black Swords made me LOL by the look of their eyes! Looks like everything is growing well.
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The Black Swords look like they have those google-eyes that kids toys have Its a nice start. I'll look forward to update pics.
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Looking good! Nice work!
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They really do look like that too.... Took me a bit to get used to it too... lol.. Now they are one of my favs... Their fins are totally translucent. neat... I have never had Swordtails before.
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