Here it is. The story continuing from my thread here
My 25 gal, 1st planted tank, all the way back in 2008. Thread is here:
My DIY 45 gal thread is here:
I read it again after a few years, i just ignored the comments :p ehehe Also go to last page for good pics.
So I eventually moved to high tek, diy setup. I had two shop lights pumping 2.9 w/g in my 45 gal tank with diy co2 bottles. I was really happy as everything was growing. Then I saw that there were holes in my plants and my anabius turned white. Later on I found out nutrients were also important. So I ended up buying dry ferts and dosing EI method.
The tank was going really well, loved it, regret not taking pics though. After a little while I got hit with the two worst things to hit a planted tank, U. gibba and Cladophora algae. I battled these two things for a whole year. They killed all my plants and destroyed my tank. In the end, through succession, my tape grass took over the tank along with clado. Both the algae and the carnivorous plant preferred healthy plant conditions meaning normal plants couldnt out compete them. Nor would high co2 or blackouts do anything. After a year I tore out the entire tank, threw out all my tape grass (buckets worth) and washed my tank and gravel in close to boiling water. I dried the gravel, threw it outside in my balcony in -10c weather for a few days and started over.
I tried scaping but it didnt work. I wanted wood and different levels of elevation. In the end I got rid of the mopani because it took up too much space and didnt look good. My lvl floor didnt work out either, Im not sure, they werent high enough and I just dont know how to do it.
So I loaded the tank with a few plants, didnt even spread them apart in the beginning. Went well and from there on forward its been like that since. My plants take over the tank and theres no space to scape. I feel bad throwing away bags of plants away. I sell them at low prices but as soon as someone hears "high light", no one bites.
So previously I used to take pics at random times. Recently, I take pics every month, I have a huge folder with mini folders for each month. My old HD crashed at lost a few months of pics.
My old setup at its prime. Dont know the name of the nice stem plant in the back left.
Old tank before teardown
New tank setup
Difference in water temperature
So it begins....
May 13, 2012
throwing away buckets worth
May 27, 2012
June 17, 2012
July 1, 2012
July 30, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
Sep 3, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
Dec 8, 2012
Jan 1, 2013
Feb 5, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
And a few random images from the timeline