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Fosty's 38 Gallon Journal

This is a tank that I've had for a few years now, but I've just upgraded many things and recently planted it. All the fish so far are "transfers" from other tanks. I'm still working on getting things balanced out and getting the plants healthy before I add anymore fish.



Equipment List

Aquarium
-All Glass Aquarium 38-Gallon
-36"L x 12"W x 18"H (914mm x 305mm x 457mm)
-38 Gallons (144 Liters)

CO2
-None Yet (Maybe Pressurized CO2 For Christmas)

Lighting
-96 Watt Compact Fluorescent Bright KitFrom AHSupply.com
-About 2.5 Watts Per Gallon
-One 36" 6500°K Bulb
-12 Hours Per Day

Filtration
-Rena FilStar XP2

Heating
-Hydor 200-Watt Inline Heater

Hardscape
-Locally Collected Driftwood Attached To Slate

Substrate
-Mix Of Flourite, Profile, "First Layer" Pure Laterite, Flora-Max, Plain Gravel, and Playsand
-"Layered By Gravity" (Sand On The Bottom)
-2-5" Deep

Fertilization/Chemicals
-Plantex CSM+B And Flourish Excel Whenever I Remember


Fauna

Invertebrates
-Ramshorn Snails
-MTS
-Common Snail

Fish
-1x Gold Gourami (Trichogaster trichopterus)
-1x White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)
-2x Harlequin Rasbora (Rasbora heteromorpha)
-2x Common Hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicla)
-2x Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus siamensis)
-1x Oto (Otocinclus affinis)
-1x Zebra Oto (Otocinclus sp.)


Flora

-Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
-Crypt Wendtii Red (Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Red')
-Crypt Wendtii Green (Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green')
-Pygmy Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus)
-Amazon Sword (Echinodorus amazonicus)
-Red Vals. (Vallisneria spiralis 'Red' )
-(Lagarosiphon madagascariensis)
-(Limnophila aromatica)
-(Ludwigia brevipes)
-(Myriophyllum mattogrossense)
-(Rotala rotundifolia)
-(Potamogeton gayi)
-Moss (Vesicularia sp.)
-Fine Leaved Ambulia(Limnophila indica)
-Pennywort (Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides)


Pictures

October 23, 2005

As you can see the P. Gayi and Lagarosiphon madagascariensis on the right side really need a trim. Other than that, things are just starting to take hold.

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Wow, what a jungle!! The plants look like they're growing great! And this is with just Excel?? Nice.

The P. gayi...ah what a cool plant...I have no clue what happened to all of mine (I think they didn't settle well with my water when I moved here).

The driftwood layout looks really natural.

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I like the left side, Ive never seen wood positioned like that before but I like it. The right side needs to be introduced to Mr Scissors very soon though...LOL
No problems with the lower portions of those plants and the shading Fosty ?
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Thanks for the comments!

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The right side needs to be introduced to Mr Scissors very soon though...LOL
I just got done hacking away at the P. Gayi and Lagarosiphon madagascariensis in that right corner. I had no idea how much of it there really was. I probably got rid of about 7/8 of the plant mass in that corner and there is still plenty there. I actually had a piece of Lagarosiphon madagascariensis that was over 4 feet long !

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The P. gayi...ah what a cool plant...I have no clue what happened to all of mine (I think they didn't settle well with my water when I moved here).
It's really easy to grow for me. If you want to try some again just check out my thread in the swap n shop.



BTW, does anyone know the trick to getting hairgrass to take off? It growing really slow right now, but its not dying.
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It's really easy to grow for me. If you want to try some again just check out my thread in the swap n shop.



BTW, does anyone know the trick to getting hairgrass to take off? It growing really slow right now, but its not dying.
I may try the P. gayi later...you grow it so well I'm sure you'll have more in the future.

Hairgrass...give it a haircut...literally and lots of nitrates. I have my CO2 pumping in my tank (when I had it), but you don't have pressurized yet, so you may have to go on patience

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