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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 04:50 AM Thread Starter
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New 55 gal planted

This is my first planted tank. Switched out the UGF and changed the substrate. Thanks to everyone on this website. You have helped a lot by posting here. I have read a lot of threads on this site. My photo isn't that great but you get the idea. It doesn't show the cave areas too good. Comments Please.

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wow, i really like this layout, I can't wait to see the progress of this tank but it looks pretty nice right now, and it reminds me of my 1st planted tank a long time ago I had a similar setup with the wood =)

what's the specs on this setup? just wanted to know a bit more about your setup in detail =)
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size

Thanks for the comments. It is a standard 55 gal long. 48 x 12 x 18 high.
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Looks good! How long has it been set up? I don't see any algae, so it's either new or really healthy! Do you have c02 etc?
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new setup

Well I planted it about 2 months ago, then found this site and discovered I had to switch out the substrate and get rid of the UGF. I got a canister filter (Rena XP2) right after christmas. Hooked that up for a month and then took out the UGF and did the substrate. I haven't had too much algae. I thought after doing the substrate it would be bad with everything stirred up. It has been a couple of weeks and algae on the glass has been a minor problem. I have some rubber lipped Plecos but they don't seem to help much. Any suggestions? I also haven't added my liquid fertilizer after doing the substrate switch. I have the Hagen co2 system and it seems to work pretty well.
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Anyone else have any comments?
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It's hard to control (hairy, stringy) algae with a critter. You have some fast growing plants that should help keep the algae in check once they start to fill in the tank. I would be selective and cautious about adding too much macro fertilizer too soon, although I don't think you can go wrong by starting with some CO2 and trace additions if you are using tap water. Do things to minimize ammonia and keep your nitrate/phosphate ratio at 10:1 (or a bit lower) and you should do fine.

I clean my glass once per week even if I don't see any algae. For the first time in a year, I had to use a razor to scrap a few pin-head spots of hard, green algae from the glass. You may want to consider that if you don't do so already.

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updated pic

Here's a new pic. The stem plants have been growing like crazy. I have had to trim them about twice a week. Added some ludwigia in the right and left corners and a daf sag. Other plants have grown too.

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Looks really nice. Your layout works well. I suggest adding more stem plants to the background. I personally like moneywort, rotalla, and stargrass.
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I see a lot of potential in your tank. I especially like the driftwood. Very nice pieces.
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Things have grown!

Here is my tank over time with the latest at the bottom. Sorry for the latest Pic. Something is not working right. I will take another one tomorrow. The foreground has really grown a lot.






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I see that this tank has been slowly growing, do you have DIY C02?
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tank looks good.......What fish do you have in there?

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Nice progression! It take the sword is getting a bit too tall (the bent leaves)?

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I just did a major trimming. The sword was shading out most of the tank. The bronze Wendis are growing straight up now too and I need to thin them out.

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I have lots of neons, 2 bolivan rams, gouramis, columbian flame tetras, guppies, otos, flying fox catfish, corys
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