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Smile Brian's 29G Hi-Tech Planted tank

Figured I'd start one of these, I can't stop looking at other people's journals here!

This is my first tank (ever). My entire family, my fiance's family, relatives etc ALL have tanks. None of them are planted. I felt it to be a challenge to see if I could do it, and bring something new to the table for myself and for my relatives to learn and enjoy.

Tank:
  • 29 Gallon Aqueon
  • Nice little stand I picked up from petco
  • Cabinet my mother ordered me for christmas that perfectly fits below the tank (looks great IMHO!)
  • Modified said cabinet with holes in the back and made clearance for the C160 to fit on the bottom of the cabinet inside. The top shelf is quite small but very good for my ferts, nets and water testing equipment

Equipment:
  • LCD Timer for my light (two ballasts) and Co2 selonoid)
  • Odessey 96 watt (4 24watt T5HO bulbs). This sucker has 2 ballasts!
  • Marineland c160 (I'm not using the carbon packets that came with the filter, so just the bioballs and sponge media)
  • 200Watt heater (tank is at 77F)
  • Fluval co2 drop checker. (Going to be replacing this for a glass one, this one sucks!)

I setup the tank on 2/11/2012:

Plants:


Pre-substrate goodies from ADA:


Penac W & P sprinkled in:


Added Tourmaline BC and Powersand S (ADA):


Structured my rock layout and substrate formation and started planting my HC:


Dropped my diffuser, so I had to run an airstone for a day ... but this is the day after setup:


Co2 tank setup and doing it's thing for the first time:


Tank filled, and so we begin!


DAY 3

Micro sword trying to get down to that substrate! I popped him down so the roots could wiggle in there:


Dwarf Hairgrass showing improvement. It was mostly brown from shipping but will be trimming it soon:


Day 6

After a week of high nitrites and ammonia I had to do a water change, algae broke out a bit but it wasn't too bad. Scrubbed the rocks and the glass the best I could and did a 40% change. pH was fine but I lost three snails . I Dosed 75% of my ferts this day, and only ran my lights at 48watts with co2.

Day 7, First week mark

Ammonia right now is .25, pH is a decent 7, nitrite is still spiked however.

Water is still a bit cloudy, but my other snails are indeed moving around



Snail chugging along:


Middle microsword plant looks ok - HC looks ok, there definitely is a small amount of algae I missed from yesterday's emergency water change.


HC with a little bit of algae on it ... I think I would benefit from having cherry shrimps, but with my water levels the way they have been ... I'm afraid I'd kill them


I think this may be the reason to my algae issue ... (proximity of light distance to water surface):

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Really nice start, I was having algae problems too, until I lifted my light 16 inches above my open top tank. Now it's minimal. And don't worry about RCS, they're pretty hardy shrimps, and you can get them from a member on here for pretty cheap.
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looking nice i like micro swords very vesitile plant keep up the good work

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Can't wait to see this one fill in.

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Really nice start, I was having algae problems too, until I lifted my light 16 inches above my open top tank. Now it's minimal. And don't worry about RCS, they're pretty hardy shrimps, and you can get them from a member on here for pretty cheap.
Headed out to home depot today to get a wall mount hanger for mine!

Still having high nitrites though

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[Day 8]

HC is still living, a few of the planted bunches are turning a bit dark green which I find odd. I dosed my full regular ferts today but switched my lights from full to half power periodically throughout the day. Snails are sluggish, a few are upside down but not dead. Hmmm.
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Day 8 (cont.)

Just got back from home depot and successfully raised my light so it's not right on the water anymore!

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looking good will look nice when its filled in

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5 Gallon planted bonsai dirt tank
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Normal Leopard Gecko ''Shadow''
Super hypo tangerine baldy carrot tail leopard gecko ''Moon''
2 whites tree frogs ''Ying and Yang''
1 Royal Python ''Neptune''
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looking good will look nice when its filled in
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Week 2 update
Just added this little guy. Has the entire tank to itself, and is bouncing around like crazy! (Which I'm guessing is a good thing). It's extremely small so I'm guessing it's a baby (it's about 1cm in length)



(Extremely hard to photo him/her when they're flying around my tank!)

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