Hi, my name is Michelle. My husbands name is Jeremy. We both use this account to post but mostly its me. We both have had tanks all our lives from everything to gold fish bowls to saltwater reef tanks. But this was our first time focusing on a freshwater planted tank. So, this is our journal for our 55gal. We purchased this tank off of craigslist full set up plus alot of equipment for $100.00 (what a deal!) I am by no means any sort of photographer so these pics aren't fancy.
We set this up on 2/2/12.
(02/09/2012) Post #6
(02/16/2012) Post #17
(02/21/2012) Post #18
(02/23/2012) Post #21
(02/28/2012) Post #27
(03/03/2012) Post #34
Most recent shot:
(please imagine it without the big rock on the DW)
Substrate: MTS (1.25 inch) and Black Coal Slag (2 inches)
Lighting: 108w 6500k T5HO Pink Aquarium Light
Flitration: HOB Canister (came w/tank) and HOB Aquatech 30-60 (this will most likely come off after tank starts to clear)
Co2 pressurized w/20oz Paintball tank (setting this up tonight)
Pic #1 - Laying the MTS and cap
Pic #2 - Next, we ordered the driftwood. Which ended up being a bit larger than we had expected. But after some modifications (we took a hacksaw to it) we ended up with a look we are pleased with. You can also see the Peacock Moss tied on to the DW, that was not fun! The rocks on top of the DW are to weigh it down till its water logged and will be removed.
Pic #3 - Water and plants in!
Pic #4 - Plant/fish shot. We planned on doing a fishless cycle. But, we had 2 albino tiger barbs (named Orange and White - Go Vols!!) that desperately needed to be rehomed out of our 29gal because of a tiger barb (aka Dot) that has gotten a little too big for her breeches. Their lower fins had almost been nipped off! They seem to like their new home and are still swimming happily this morning.
Pic #5 - More plants! We still have to get a background. Most likely we will go with the basic black tape on kind.
Pic #6 - Right end tank shot. Water is still a little cloudy and the shot quality isn't that great but here ya go!
Pic #7 - Left end tank shot.
Pic #8 - I'm so ready for those rocks to come off the DW.
Pic #9 - One of my fave plants!
Plants: (keep in mind I'm not great at the identifying these guys yet)
Limnophila sp Vietnam 'mini'
Ludwigia Hybrid 'Red'
Ludwigia x Lacustris Hybrid
Ludwigia sp Rubin
Rotala Singapore mixed w/ R. Colorata
Aponogeton Undulats (I think)
Red Tiger Lotus
Dwarf Baby tears
Fissidens fontanus (Not for sure on this, won a small bit of it in a mixed RAOK. Just attached it to a rock and we shall see.)
Subwassertang (Very small amount)
Crypt? (small - unsure of what variety yet or if it even is one)
Cherry Barbs x 7
German Blue Rams x 2
Kribensis x 2
Oto x 2
Gold Algae Eater x 2
Black Ghost Knife
Upside down Catfish
Julii Cory x 2
Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed it. Comments and suggestions welcomed!