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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-25-2005, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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My first planted tank

Hi guys, here's a few pic of my first planted tank. It's 3 weeks old now and things are going well. I am running a Penguin 170 Bio-wheel, 100W heater (79F), Hagen CO2 reactor with an extra 500ml pop bottle in-line, dual 30W T8 Superlux grow lights. I have about 3" of gravel (1-3mm in size), the first inch is mixed with laterite I just added two clown loaches, three chery red shrimp and three bumblebee shrimp. I will be adding a small pleco soon...undecided on which type of pleco so far. I have two albino sailfin plecos in my 125 Malawi Mbuna tank but they can get up to 18-20" so I'll probably use something like bristlenose plecos.

By the way, since adding the loaches, my bumblebee shrimp are MIA, I only see the cherry red shrimp. Do loaches eat shrimp?

The plants from left to right are: watersprite, elodea, windelov, hygro difforma, cabomba, asst. crypt., palaefolius sword. The rocks are a mixture of picture stone, zebra rock and some local rocks.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...1_crunched.jpg

One of the clown loaches struck a pose for this pic.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...2_crunched.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...3_crunched.jpg

The two plants in the center of the first pic (Hygro Difformus and Cabomba) were justed added the day of the pic but the others have grown substantially in 2 weeks. I fertilized the day after adding the plants initially, then weekly since then (Leaf Zone aquarium plant food).

Let me know what you think.

Bill
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-25-2005, 09:37 PM
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Beautiful tank. Love the background. Those rocks are great looking. I just bought me some red and green Cabomba. I hope they look as good as yours. Have you made a cave for the loaches? Those rocks would work great. Also have you thought of using a foreground? Great tank. Looks very promising.
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That's an interesting question about the loaches actually. I only added them yesterday but they are playing hide and seek with me. I take it they like to have a dark place to hang out? I have experience with rock caves since setting up my 125 Malawi Mbuna tank.

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Loaches can be quite shy, especially in low numbers, and when first introduced. Give them time and they should warm up to your tank.
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