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Cool turbowagon's 29G planted tank photojournal - UPDATE 10/19: New pics!

At last the day has come! On Friday, I finally had the time and gathered all the equipment to transform my 29 gallon into a real planted tank!

Here are some "before" pics. That ugly aquarium gravel has got to go. I've had the apongetons for over a year, but all the other plants are only two weeks old. I can't believe those Apons grew under my previous lighting and no ferts, but somehow they hung on.




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the transformation...

I started out by creating a quarantine tank out of my Griot's Garage car wash bucket and some old equipment I had from the previous tank.



I decided to try the OceanVisions background, which goes on like window tint. I highly recommend this product! It went on really easy, and the clarity of the background is very much improved from my taped-on background I had before.



I copied Momotaro's idea of using the intermatic timers, but I wasn't quite as meticulous. Here's a shot of the cabinet:



Rex made me a reactor and it's working out great:


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Now for the substrate. I boiled some Peat and put down a patchy layer:



I added one bag of Eco-complete, then I put down a layer of mulm I vacuumed from the old gravel. Then I finished off the substrate with 2 more bags of Eco-complete:


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Time to add the plants! I filled the tank halfway and began planting. I also added three small pieces of driftwood:



Then I filled the tank the rest of the way and turned on the filter and heater:




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The fish are happy to be in their new home:



Toonces is glad they're back too:



The first night in the new tank:


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The next day I decided to add some more fauna. Now the tank consists of:

- 1 blue gourami
- 1 neon dwarf gourami
- 1 cherry barb
- 3 cory cats (1 albino, 1 peppered, 1 emerald green)
- 4 otos
- 5 rummynose tetra
- 2 german blue rams

The otos are doing a great job keeping the diatoms in check, and the rams seem to have adapted well.

I will be using the following dosing schedule (thanks to Tom Barr, Rex Grigg, Greg Watson, and WolfenxXx):

50% water change weekly
1/4 Tsp KNO3 3x a week
1/16 Tsp KH2PO4 3x a week
1/16 Tsp K2SO4 3x a week
2.5 mL Flourish 3x a week
2 mL Flourish Iron 3x a week

Two days after the setup, the water conditions are:

- pH 6.4
- Nitrates 20 ppm
- Phosphates 1.5 ppm
- Temp 78 F
- CO2 injection at 2 bps when lights are on
- 12 hours of 65W lighting

I'm still waiting for my gh/kH test kit to arrive, so I don't know the hardness or CO2 concentration for certain yet. Tomorrow WolfenxXx is sending me a plant package, and I can't wait to add some more diversity to the tank! I'll be sure to post some more pics when the new plants come in. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the pics.

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Very nice Now I'm wishing I had a co2 reactor set up in mine.. Bah
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Thanks! You can a reactor from the man himself.

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Very nice tank. The Eco-complete substrate looks so much better than the gravel.
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Looks very nice! And great job with the photo-diary.
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LOL, you have a perch for your cat nearby. I love moonlights. Can you put in a white LED? I have the blue and some whites and prefer the white to really watch nocturnal fish behavior, which is my fav. time. Very nice job and journal as well.





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Lol, is that a driving cat? Heh . . . .

GREAT job with the pictures, and the tank. I wish you the best of luck with your rams, they are great fish!

Hey, how's the dosing coming? I dose 1/2 TSPN K2SO4, but is this very necessary? I just heard that it's impossible to OD potassium, I figure "why not". I've also found that 1/4 TSPN KNO3 doesn't QUITE cut it, if you want nitrates upwards of 20 ppm.
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Lol, is that a driving cat? Heh . . . .
You got it!

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LOL, you have a perch for your cat nearby. I love moonlights. Can you put in a white LED? I have the blue and some whites and prefer the white to really watch nocturnal fish behavior, which is my fav. time. Very nice job and journal as well.
I have the Coralife blue moonlight that clamps right to the fixture. I might try a white light in the future. The moonlight looks so cool if you have a surface current at night. It creates a nice shimmering effect.

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Thanks for all the nice comments. I have a huge of plants that's in the mail! I don't know if I'll have room for everything! I'll probably give away the Apons in my tank to make room. If anyone wants them, I'll ship them out for free; just shoot me a PM. RAOK for reading my journal.

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