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37g Planted Tank [56k]

Here is my planted 37g. This is my re-entry to the hobby. I had several tanks when I was young, but they were never anything more than severely neglected algae farms that had a few plants in them.

This tank I have tried to devote a lot of research and effort into maint and care.

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37g Marineland
30" AquaticLife t5HO with 1 Geissman Midday and 1 Geissman Flora
Eheim 2215 with Do!Aqua Lily Pipes
Paintball CO2 with a regulator from thatpetplace / Mr.Aqua Diffuser
Tahitian Moon sand with root tabs
Seachem ferts till the bottles run out, then I'll switch to dry

Flora:

L. Aromatica
Fissidens Fontanus
Kompakt Corymbosa
Purple Bamboo
Bacopa of some kind
Java Fern
Pennywort
Unidentified plant (the one in the center of tank with long slender red leaves.)
Rotala Rotundifolia
Misc Pearling algaes... :/

Fauna:
Tank is IMO overstocked, but am budgeting for a new larger tank in the coming months

Temp. home for 2 adolescent dojo loaches
4 Albino Cory Cats (2 adults, 2 babys)
8 Harlequin Rasboras
5 Neon Tetras
5 Oto's
1 extremely docile betta
2 Ghost shrimp
4 Baby amano shrimp
5 misc Nerite snails

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Current State:








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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-06-2011, 12:43 AM
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Wow thats a crazy hardscape! Your corys seem to really like it

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I Love corrys! those rasboras are pretty sick!

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wow, your L.Aromatica looks awesome.


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I've been debating ripping out that rotala to make room for more L. Aromatica trimmings.
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Nice setup and pretty plants. I noticed that a small power head can be helpful in planted tanks. It is good to have constant movement other than just the filter. I just purchased a UV sterilizer which has a small power head and I like how it makes the leaves on the plants move.
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I had a lot of dead spots before the powerhead addition. I think it has to do with the doaqua pipe. it shoots the water straight down to the opposite corner then straight up 90 degrees from there, leaving the other half of the tank with zero flow. tons of mulm was accumulating on everything. the koralia nano has resolved all of that.
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Awesome driftwood. Great Job
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About that rotala vs L.A. any opinions? both are healthy, but that L.A just has more of a presence.
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8-4-11 update

Just an update,

The Rotala was removed, it was just getting way too unruly. L. Aromatica now takes up its space.

I recently have been fighting back some nasty bba, so a lot of plants have gotten a major trim.

Ignore the wood in the upper right corner, just growing out some fissidens for another tank.









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would love some feedback!
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Is that a little planter? That thing is awesome. I love your plants it looks fantastic wish i could be more helpful with scaping and what not. But I'm a newb. I like your kompact if I'm not mistaken. And what's the bushy fern looking plant to the left. That things huge now.
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I think it's funny how Oto's always hang out together, mine seem to line up on the filter intakes.

Your tank looks good and I like the Fissidens Fontanus.


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Beautiful tank, well done


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The little planter is a piece I picked up from mordalphus here on the forums recently after seeing it in another users journal. I don't know the name of the plant in it, I think its a hygro of some sort but it is responding very well to being in there now that it isn't getting smothered by bacopa and aromatica.

The hygro kompact grown like a weed. I am trimming that stuff almost weekly.

The fern is an unknown java fern. Very odd plant. I frequently get gigantic leaves that are three pronged instead of one pronged. I'll take a photo next time it mutates on me.
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