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KC's 29g DP Tank

Current Tank Specs:

- 29 gallon glass tank
- Handcrafted stand and canopy
- Pool filter stand substrate
- Found driftwood
- Two 26w 6500k CFLs
- Aquaclear 70 filter
- Petco 100w heater
- Petco power head (unsure of details)
- DIY CO2 (two 2-liter bottles, diffused via power head)

Current Flora:

- Java moss
- Windelov java fern
- Amazon frobit
- Crypts (C. wendtii green and red)
- Jungle val
- Water wisteria
- Water sprite
- Pygmy chain sword

Current Fauna:

- 5 otocinclus (Otocinclus vittatus)
- 7 kuhli loaches (Pangio kuhlii)
- 2 dwarf puffers (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

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February 6th, 2012: Introduction to the tank!


Here's a full shot of the tank. It's nothing too special yet. I apologize for the glare from the window.



The beautiful stand was made by my talented pap out of scraps from his woodworking shop. It's Frankensteined out a few different types of wood. He's not happy about the piece that goes horizontally under the drawers, but it was the only piece of scrap that fit. I don't mind it at all.

The drawers are very nice and hold food and other small supplies. The cabinets beneath them are designed to hold two buckets and larger tools/supplies.




My first project was a lighting upgrade! My dinky light that came with the aquarium hood just wouldn't cut it, so I dug out an incandescent hood from an old 10 gallon tank in my mom's attic. I hacked it up myself to fit (kinda) over my hood and screwed two 26w 6500k CFLs in there. It just kinda lays there for now, but my dad is working on a DIY light to hold 3 bulbs.






I received my AC 70 filter just last week! I was so excited! I chose this filter because puffers are known to be quite messy, so my filtration will be generous. I hooked it up by myself and chose to leave the carbon out in favor of a chunk of filter floss (rinsed polyester batting from my craft room). I love it!




I also set up a DIY CO2 bottle. I used one to start with. I will add another next week and refresh them on alternating weeks to keep the CO2 steady. Nothing too fancy here. Just a bottle with standard air tubing (and a check valve) that I put right in to the filter intake.






Also this week, I did my first scape! I purchased a small pack of plants from someone on the puffer forum that I frequent. I'll be able to get more soon! See the first post for the current plant list.



The forest:


The hidden cove (even though it's not hidden yet):


The mountain:


The... I don't have a good name yet:



Are crypts supposed to lay down like this, or is it because I just got them and they aren't feeling at home yet?






That's all for now. I'm waiting on an order of ferts from RootMedic. They should be here before the weekend, and I couldn't possibly be more excited!

I'm also on the lookout for inexpensive plants from my wishlist. Hornwort, water sprite and wisteria for now.

Thanks for looking. Any and all comments, questions, and critiques are more than welcome. This is my first adventure and I want to make sure that everything is as perfect as I can make it!

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I just realized how bad the water looks. It's perfectly clear! It just looks weird from my power head. I have it set to spew bubbles for Mabel. She loves them.

(Plus all of the crap that I need to vacuum up!)

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looks cool...when are you getting the puffers?
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Looks good so far. If you are still looking for more water wisteria (hygrophyla difformis), let me know. I may have some in a week or so.


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Thank you both for the feedback! I really appreciate it. I know that I can get better! I'd really like to fill in the back especially with some thick stuff for the puffers to hide in (and maybe to cover up the unsightly plumbing)!

Hedge: Hopefully this spring! It all depends on how soon I can get my hands on some taller plants for the back and have them grow in nicely. The general rule for keeping more than one DP is that if you can see the back of the tank, it's not planted enough! That's partially why there isn't a background yet.

Cableguy: I am still looking! Do you think that a nice bushel of that would look good at the right side of the tank in front of all the plumbing?

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Thank you both for the feedback! I really appreciate it. I know that I can get better! I'd really like to fill in the back especially with some thick stuff for the puffers to hide in (and maybe to cover up the unsightly plumbing)!

Hedge: Hopefully this spring! It all depends on how soon I can get my hands on some taller plants for the back and have them grow in nicely. The general rule for keeping more than one DP is that if you can see the back of the tank, it's not planted enough! That's partially why there isn't a background yet.

Cableguy: I am still looking! Do you think that a nice bushel of that would look good at the right side of the tank in front of all the plumbing?
It would look good. That stuff will grow like a weed in your tank too. You can also look into some other stem plants as well. Myrio mattagrossens is another good one that will fill in the back nicely. Hygro sp. angustifolia would look good. Pretty much any Hygro you could get your hands on. You can also look into taller crypts and stuff like that. There are a ton of plants you can do. Shop around a bit and keep your eyes open wide. Lol. Start looking at all the taller tanks on here. Good luck and keep us posted.


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Got some Jungle Val from "travisk" and I couldn't be more excited! The plan is to put that at the back of the tank as a background. When that fills in, I'll see experiment with different papers for the back of the tank and see what looks nice.

Cableguy, I wrote all of those down so that I can watch out for them! Tell your wisteria to grow so I can snag some of it!

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Got some Jungle Val from "travisk" and I couldn't be more excited! The plan is to put that at the back of the tank as a background. When that fills in, I'll see experiment with different papers for the back of the tank and see what looks nice.

Cableguy, I wrote all of those down so that I can watch out for them! Tell your wisteria to grow so I can snag some of it!
Lol. For sure.


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I got home from dinner this evening and took a seat in front of my tank to feed Mabel and take nightly inventory of the goings-on in there.

Lo and behold, what do I see? A dozen little java fern plantlets staring at me! That's right... the java fern at the far right of my tank, in front of the heater and below the power head, has teeny tiny plantlets sprouting on her fingertips. I am SO excited!

But it doesn't stop there... oh no. Two new leaves poking their little heads out of the sand in the middle of my two crypts! The other leaves are starting to perk up, too.

It has been roughly two weeks since I've had everything planted in the tank, and 4 days with CO2. Everything is greener, growing nicely, and my water is crystal clear. Mabel loves to play in the moss, too.

My ferts and jungle vals should be here this weekend. My next update will be a bunch of pictures with the vals in their new home!

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Wait until the java fern plantlets reach about 2 inches. The leaves I mean. Then pull them off gently and tie them to something. Then trim off the mother leaf. If you don't, it will rot away anyway.


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Trim off the places where the plantlets were, you mean?

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Trim off the places where the plantlets were, you mean?
You should be able to pull them off pretty easily. If the leaf that you take them off of is turning brown, then you should trim the leaf off, if not you can leave the leaf. If you wait long enough, they should come off without a problem.


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Do you need any java fern, then?

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Do you need any java fern, then?
Lol. I just pulled a bunch of plantlets off of a 2 year old plant I have today.


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