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Evolution of a 55 Gallon **update: 16-12-05**

Hey guys (first post)

Although I've been keeping fish since I was knee high to a grasshopper this is my first ever planted tank. Hope you enjoy watching the evolution!

Specs:
55 US Gallon
48" x 13" x 21"
2 x 65w CF (6700K and 8000K)
Penguin 350 Bio Wheel Filter (I know)
2 x 2 liter DIY CO2 bottles

Substrate: 50/50 flourite mix sand bottom layer; sand top layer
Fertilizing: None. Potentially starting EI soon

pH: 6.5
kH: 3.5
CO2: 33ppm

Plants: Hygrophila Difformis, Hygrophila Polysperma, Hygrophila Corymbosa, Ludwigia Repens, Riccia Fluitans, Sagitarria Subulata





























Comments are welcome, suggestions appreciated, and advice encouraged

- Andy

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nice tank
like the planting of riccia
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Nice job! It looks very well thought out. What did you use to attach the riccia to the rocks?

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Thanks guys/gals (delete as applicable)

I used Hairnets to tie the riccia down. I think I did an alright job. Will have to redo a couple of pieces I'm sure. I'm having a few problems with getting the riccia to pearl consistently. I posted a thread in the planted section asking about it, if you have any advice? https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21642
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when the riccia grows a little more upp it wil pearl if you have enough light nutrient and co2?
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I'm assuming I do. The light isn't great, but i think it's sufficient. I should probably does some nutrients, but, it's pearling in sporadic places so I guess everythings fine. Just don't understand why ALL of it isn't pearling.


Oh, and excuse the excess riccia floating on the surface!
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I'm assuming I do. The light isn't great, but i think it's sufficient. I should probably does some nutrients, but, it's pearling in sporadic places so I guess everythings fine. Just don't understand why ALL of it isn't pearling.


Oh, and excuse the excess riccia floating on the surface!
maybe those indivuduals not paerlin dont get sufficient light?
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I'm pretty sure that it's getting the same amount of light as the stuff that is pearling.
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Okay, time for an update. Couple of plants have traded places, some new plants been added, waiting for some plants to grow still, but hey, it's evolved enough to post some more pics.








Next week I'll be relpacing the Hygro Poly on the left and the Wisteria in the center. Tired of how wild it gets and the ariel shoots. The vals in the center are new. Don't love them but I like them enough to keep them for now. I'm on the lookout for a nice java fern that will grow all bushy (like George's), and wanna place that to the left of them. I got some Rotala Indica from Walt (thanks mon), it's growing nice. I like it bunched together real dense like:





Riccia is pearling wonderfully since I moved the floating riccia from the surface. Oh, and gotta love these phantom tetra. I only have 5. Wouldn't mind adding a few more:




Glosso I planted today. Man, what a chore. But my DIY tweezers worked great! (Hope it pays off)




Hygrophila Corymbosa pearling after giving it more light:





..and this is how it's grown since I posted about how it was looking to erect and not bushy enough... it's getting there:




Next week I start EI dosing. Need to get a PO4 test kit. Yikes. No idea where to get one from. The dwarf sag is growing pretty nicely, seeing a few runners coming up here and there. The ludwigia repens is growing out. I attemtped to make a carpet, :*) it looked alright I guess, but that plans changed now cuz of the glosso.

No signs of algae still!

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Your tanks has really come along, I like that foreground, IMO, you need to add a little color


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Hey Andy - that's one great looking first attempt! Wow! You've been doing your homework.

I recognize that slate. Had a good bit in my old tank, with riccia on it too. Works good huh? And I like the caves it looks like you are making out of it - the fish have got to love that.

Yer doin' a great job! And don't buy any test kits at the LFS we PM'ed about. It'll cost you an arm and a 'dillo there.

Looking good!

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Nice tank....

Where is Tiger Lotus....???

keep us posted man...
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Thanks guys

Kamla - The tiger lotus is going in early next week

Scolley - Yeah, the slate is a nice cheap alternative to something like driftwood. I'm getting kinda sick of looking at it though. I can feel the Aquascape Gods calling me to driftwood! The slate caves are neat though, I'm gonna add a couple more - just have to get around to smashing some slate pieces to a nice size!

Bigstick - Yeah, more color will be good. Next week I'm adding some Rotala Macranda and Alteranthea Reineckii (yes, I know I massacred the spelling of that one). That'll replace the hygro'.

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Nice work, I love it.
Where did you get the rocks, my LFS doen't seem to have them

Actually the real question is : What kind of rocks are those?
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Nice work, I love it.
Where did you get the rocks, my LFS doen't seem to have them

Actually the real question is : What kind of rocks are those?
It's natural slate. Don't buy it from your LFS, they'll rip you off.
Look up places in the yellow pages, something like 'natural stone' or 'garden supplies' that kind of thing. I bought it for 20 cents a pound. Ended up getting about 30lbs for 7 bucks or something.
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