Alright so here we go....
First off these are my first two planted tanks, ever. I would like to do this in order for me to keep track of growth, dosing, problems, and how I solved them with the help of others for me to look back on as well as others to learn from.
So, here we go...
Filter: Hydro I sponge filter/AC 70 turned all the way down till I can get a smaller one.
Lighting: 18" Marineland Double Bright LED about an inch from the top of the water or about 13 inches 11 inches from substrate
Substrate: 1.5 inches of Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil capped with 1 inch of a mix of black blasting sand and black gravel.
Ferts: Homemade Osmocote Ice Cubes pushed under dirt about 4 inches apart, and also was thinking of dosing some dry ferts Micros/Macros about 2 X a week.
Plants: Anubias Nana, C. Wendtii, C Lucens, C. Beketti, C. Undulata, some Hornwort and some Java Moss
Fauna: 1 BN Pleco, and soon to have around 35 RCS to add in.
CO2: None at this time
I started this tank on 10/23/2011, added all the substrate and had the filters establised already from prior tanks I took down then. Got it all filled up, Planted, and add the BN I do to keep the cycle going till shrimp come in.
Filters: Eheim Pro 3 2075, and AquaClear 110
Lighting: Coralife T5HO 2 X 54w 48" (1 x 10,000k and 1 x 6700k) On legs on top of tank, so about 20 inches from the substrate
Substrate: Black Blasting sand
Ferts: Osmocote Root Tabs and Dry Fert dosing EI of KNO3, PH2PO4, and CSM+B as per instructed for 60-80g tanks but cut in half since I am not heavily planted.
Plants: Anubias Nana, Anubias Lancelota, Java Moss, Jungle Val, Hornwort, C. Wendtii, C. Lucens, C. Undulata, and C. pontederiifolia
CO2: PB setup with 20oz tank and ceramic diffuser running around 3 bps.
Fauna: 6 Black Calvus, 14 Cyprichromis Leptosoma "Kerenge Island", Neolamprologus Multifaciatus, 4 Zebra Nerite Snails, 4 Albino BN plecos, and a few Ramshorn Snails.
This tank was setup for almost a year and recent switched out the PFS substrate for the Black sand and planted it on the same day as 10g 10/23/2011.
There is a start to my journal at least and will continue to update as I go along. Hope you all enjoy and can lend a hand when needed as I go through this learning experience hope to end up with a lush tank that looks half as nice as the ones I see on here!
Here are a few pics of the tanks as of today.
The 10g thats within the stand for the 75g
Here is the 75g
One anubias nana flowering
Thanks for looking and any/all comments or critique welcome. Like I said tho, my first time at aqua scaping with any live plant so go easy on me lol.