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My pathetic tank! 56k Warning ( Updated )

This is my first tank and I just planted it yesterday. Looks pretty pathetic compared to some of the beautiful tanks here. I hope to learn alot by browsing these forums..

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This is my first tank and I just planted it yesterday. Looks pretty pathetic compared to some of the beautiful tanks here. I hope to learn alot by browsing these forums..

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The background on your tank doesnt help with the overall look. Try switching to straight black. It helps create depth and contrast. You tank is very under planted. You will be much happier with the look if you plant more or wait for things to grow out.

I'm sure you will be boasting you a great tank in no time.

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This is my first tank and I just planted it yesterday. Looks pretty pathetic compared to some of the beautiful tanks here. I hope to learn alot by browsing these forums..
It looks like a great start! What are your water perameters? have you done any tests? And what kind of lights are you using?


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I don't have all the test kits necessary for the planted tank yet.

It's a 20 Gallon Tank
Lighting is a 28w Dual bulb Coralife 1 -full Spectruc and 1- 6500k
Plus my old 18" regular fluorescent is also on the tank.

I have been looking at all the pictures here and I have noticed that a black background is the way to go..I'll be changing that in the near future.
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with your lighting, you'll have algae in no time.
start slow since you only have a few plants, or add more plants

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Agree with Bigpow. Do a search for "fast growers". IMO you need to get some Hygro poly, water sprite etc in there to outcompete the algae. After a few weeks, once you have the tank growing, you can think about a plan for aquascaping. But in a new tank, get the plants growing first.
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I have gone and changed the background to black, it looks ten times better. I'm also in the process if trying to track down some fast growing plants, it's proving to be rather difficult as there doesn't seem to be a lot of plant retailers around me.

I'll post a picture later with the new background

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ask around for:
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-duckweed (if you have too)

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The gravel looks a bit large. I would suggest switching to coarse sand or one of the plant substrates like Flourite. A lot of the members here can send you fast-growing stem plants.

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Here is the tank with the black background.

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Looks a lot better.

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Pull your java fern out of the substrate and tie it onto your driftwood.


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Wow!!! The black background makes it look like a whole new tank. Your on your way to becoming a pro.


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Welcome to the Planted Tank Parker

Gravel...as allready mentioned, is a bit large but if you like the look, you can add sand to the tank which will find its way to the bottom and make a better base for the plants to root in. It will fill in the spaces and push the stone up to keep the look.

The more plants you add the better off you are... look in the swap and shop here at the forum, there is always some fast growing trimmings hitting the garbage cans that you can usually get pretty cheap.

Read up on CO2 here also...its very beneficial for the plants and algae prevention.

Good start... any questions just give a shout and help is on the way. Best advice... do lots of reading here to help you on the new venture.
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I have taken your guys advice and changed of the substrate. Donít let me do that again! ha! I have also added a few more plants. Criticism is always appreciated, good or bad.

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