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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-30-2005, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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30g first timer

Well I finally got some balls to post a picture of my tank. I like criticism especially because it's my first time. Here are the specs:

30g regular
Coralife Aqualight 96 watt x 1
60lbs Eco-Complete and about 10 lbs black gravel to add a little height
Fluval 204 filled with poly floss stuff
Pressurized CO2 at about 3 bps
DIY reactor

Plants (I'm too lazy to write the scientific names):
Micro-Sword
Ludwigia Repens
Cabomba
Ludwigia Arcuata (I think)
Anacharis (Just in there for fun, it's not planted)
Corkscrew Val
Crypt Wenditi
Baby Tears
Red Hygro?

Fishies:
2 Rummynose Tetras
3 Otos
2 male guppies
Butload of Amano shrimp

Decorations:
Wood x 1

Algae:
Not Yet. Well a little at first but I just increased CO2.

Money:
Spent a lot

Water Paramers:
KH: 7
GH: ??
PH: ~6.8 (you know how those cheap testers are)
CO2: ~30-35ppm
All the other stuff: didn't test for it, but plants are growing, no algae, I win!

Ferts:
Traces: CSM+B and Mg 3ml 3x a week
KNO3: 1/2 tsp
KH2PO4: <.1tsp
K2SO4: 1/2 tsp

I don't really test at all. I just use Chuck Gadd's calculator and look at how the plants are growing and how many fish I kill. I do consistantly test pH though just to make sure.

I'd like to know what you think so far. Actually it's a pretty piss poor first attempt but you know how your first time goes, I was just really excited to add plants and I really didn't think about where they should go. Oh yeah the anacharis shouldn't be there, its just floating with plant weights.
EDIT: I forgot, this picture is 3 weeks after setup.

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i cant see any picture...... and i can usually see the pictures....

EDIT: after i posted this i saw the picture... odd?
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Nice, healthy plants. Do you plan on having any hardscape?
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Very nice!

Picture this...

A group of rock on the left hand side, behind the H micranthemoides and in front of the Cabomba and a group of rock on the right. Remove a little bit of the L. repens to form a U-shaped aquascape.

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Nice, healthy plants. Do you plan on having any hardscape?
Yeah I don't have a very good source of driftwood around here, and all the rocks aren't to my liking. When I do find one I like I defenitely plan on putting it in.
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Seems like a nice collectoris tank, good work =)
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