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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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Oceanic 50/wkd project log...

I wanted to replace my 29 with a tank with more depth. I had seen a 50 gal from Oceanic with a real nice stand about a year ago. So after trading in a bunch of plants to the lfs during the year for credit, I had enough to cut the price almost in half for the tank/stand combo! So off to the lfs I went about a month ago and bought this combination:

Actually it sat in the garage until about a week ago when the filter and heater arrived and I brought it inside. I really liked the look of this stand, with the smoky glass door. This is what it replaced:

I had a 10 underneath it, which also got taken down.

I set it up with a light dusting of peat in the bottom, and the well aged and full of mulm flourite from the 10gal tank on top of that peat. On top of that, I put 2 more bags of flourite mixed in with a bag of Eco. Basically, I used up what I had lieing around. I didn't use the substrate from the 29 because it was promised to a friend, and I didn't want to use a gravel/flourite mix, which is what it is.

Specs: CO2 pressurized; Hydor in line heater (love 'em); fairly low light - 2 x 55W ahs retrofits with a 6700K and a 9325K for a total of 110W. I wanted to make it relatively low maintenance, so it is heavy in Anubias, and Crypts. Here's a pic of the tank from Sunday night:

I actually am going for a central foreground area of petite nana, think it will look cool, and as low maintenance as it gets! I have R. rotundafolia, B. australis, and L. repens as the main 'fast growing' stems in there. Hopefully that will provide sufficient fast growth to keep algae at bay during the break in.

Plants: R. rotundafolia, B. australis, L. repens, C. wendtii, C. spiralis (thanks Bill ), A. barteri nana, B. japonica, A. reinickii, and petite nana.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-20-2005, 03:53 AM
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Looks like you're off to a great start, Bert.

I've been considering taking down my 40g and replacing it with a 50 or 65, but instead have been restocking my 125 with an assortment of stem plants. I still wish I knew what I'm doing wrong with my Blyxa japonica. I have great success with the aubertii (the one I got from you has been split into three), but the japonica seems to shed old leaves as quickly as it produces new ones.


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