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Well, I've finally got around to taking some new pics and thought I would share some of our tanks.

The first tank is a 10g low light featuring Regal, our male Veiltail, and his roomates, 6 CPD's. The plants of the tank are Rotala Rotundifolia and Macranda.

The second tank is our 6g Fluval Edge with a 10w Corallife 50/50 and two mr16 LED bulbs. The only inhabitant is Bow, the half-moon double tail Betta.

The third tank is the newest edition (started in february). Its a 29g featuring mongoose loaches, furcata rainbows, and several otos. As is the same with the two earlier tanks, the plants include rotundifolia and macranda and some bacopa caroliniana.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-27-2011, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Didn't have enough room on the first post so I figured I'd jsut reply : )

The final tank is a 36g bowfront home to Nuke, our shubunkin goldfish. The plants are rotundifolia and caroliniana.

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Very pretty. I like the plants too.
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I would like to more about this tank, ferts, lights. How do you get the red plant to be so full?
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Thanks for the interest.

The tank is an Aqueon 29g kit. I removed the standard balast in the hood and replaced it with a dual t-5 ballast with one 14w, 5000k and one 24w, 10000k bulb.

The water is r/o ph 7.4 kh and gh ~5. Substrate is Fluval Stratum for Shrimp (which I have found the be great for plant growth).

I dose weekly with 10g water changes Flourish NPK and comprehensive, no iron dosing. I have installed a diy co2 system running 2-1g bottles run through a 25gph powerhead and supplementary dosing of Excel.


As far as the rotala macranda, everytime I got an extra 4-5" on the plants, I would trim and replant. I've only done this about 4 times since the tank started and now I'm content with the bushiness and am selling the trimmings at a LFS.

Here is a picture of the tank when it was about a month old. It is now about 4 months old.


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Thanks for the interest.

The tank is an Aqueon 29g kit. I removed the standard balast in the hood and replaced it with a dual t-5 ballast with one 14w, 5000k and one 24w, 10000k bulb.

The water is r/o ph 7.4 kh and gh ~5. Substrate is Fluval Stratum for Shrimp (which I have found the be great for plant growth).

I dose weekly with 10g water changes Flourish NPK and comprehensive, no iron dosing. I have installed a diy co2 system running 2-1g bottles run through a 25gph powerhead and supplementary dosing of Excel.


As far as the rotala macranda, everytime I got an extra 4-5" on the plants, I would trim and replant. I've only done this about 4 times since the tank started and now I'm content with the bushiness and am selling the trimmings at a LFS.

Here is a picture of the tank when it was about a month old. It is now about 4 months old.


I found that macandra is a great plant for getting bushy. I am at the same point with mine. It does not take long to fill in when you get two new shoots for every one you trim off lol


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I removed the standard balast in the hood and replaced it with a dual t-5 ballast with one 14w, 5000k and one 24w, 10000k bulb.
Is that T5HO? You simply bought the balast and changed it out?
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No, its actually not ho. And yes, I simply removed the t8 bulb, unscrewed the fixture, unscrewed the wire screws and pulled the wire and mount off. Then I rewired (with a ground) the new ballast and screwed it back on. It sits a little off to one side but its hardly noticeable.
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No, its actually not ho.
I simply unscrewed the wire screws and pulled the wire and mount off. Then I rewired (with a ground) the new ballast and screwed it back on.
By grounding you rewired it to a 3 prong cord?
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Yes, the ballast I purchased at the Home Depot is a 3-wire set up. The stock wiring was +/- only. I had to purchase a new wire. Considering we are dealing with water and electricity, grounding is always a good idea imo.
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