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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2006, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Derek's 55gal attempt.....

Greetings!! Iíve been enjoying this site for a while now, and finally decided to become a paying member. Let me tell you a little about myself. Iíve been keeping tanks for about 15 years, Iíve been trying my hand at planted tanks for the last 18 months. All of my motivation was from seeing the beautiful tanks on this site. At first it was a sad attempt to grow plants in poor conditions. Then I learned about EI from from there things improved fast. I was able to grow nice plants in a 20 long, then upgrade to a 55 gal. My initial planting went well and grew in nicely. Here was the result of that effort:
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Unfortunately due to CO2 issues my success was short lived. I got some bad BBA along with grey slime. I addressed the CO2 problems quite recently and decided to replant my tank. Now that I can grow plants with some degree of success it is my goal to become better at aquascaping, to be able to create some of same beauty in my tank as I have seen on this site. I hope that is where your advice will help me!

Here are the tank stats:

55 gal long
130 Watt Coralife PC
Onyx Sand substrate
3.5 lb pressurized CO2 using Venturi reactor

Fauna (I will be adding to this):
6 Harlequin Rasboras
2 Julii Cats
2 Pearl Gourami
4 Amano Shrimp
1 guppy (my wifeís fish ďCornholioĒ)

Here is the full tank shot:

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Right side of the tank:

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Here is a plant I just bought. Does anyone know what this is? I thought it was some species of Alternanthera, but Iím not sureÖ

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I know the pics aren't great, but I took them in a rush this morning. So what do you guys think? I know it has to grow in, but do you have any suggestions on the locations of the plants?
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I think it looks good as is, and has a lot of promise.
I like the slightly off center center mass, with the stones oriented slightly to the left of the plant mass.
And the two ends impress me as related but not identical.
Like you said, will have to see how it grows in.
But looks like a nice combination of plants.
I'd suggest you toss in a couple of fast growing stems - some hornwort, wisteria, etc. - to stave off algae while your money plants get established.
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It looks like a good start to me! Keep us updated on how everything is growing!Oh and welcome to the site!

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Originally Posted by eds
I'd suggest you toss in a couple of fast growing stems - some hornwort, wisteria, etc. - to stave off algae while your money plants get established.

Yeah I was thinking I might want to go get some more fast growers. I just threw away a bunch of rotala purely becuase I was tired of it. Maybe I should have kept it for a couple of weeks. My LFS usually has some basic stems at least (none of my lfs are that good, I traveled 90 minutes to buy fish this weekend). The water sprite grows fairly quickly as well, so it should grow in by the end of the week.

Thanks for the comments!
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