My 55 gallon - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-06-2013, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Connecticut, USA
Posts: 148
My 55 gallon

Hello! I'm setting up a 55 gallon tank. I got the tank and stand from an ad on Craigslist.
It's going to be a community and female betta sorority.
I plan on having:
about 8 female bettas,
glow light tetras
black phantom tetras
zebra danios
some kind of rasbora
julii cories
possibly an angel fish
malaysian trumpet snails
maybe some shrimp

It will be heavily planted and there are so many different types of plants that I'm a little overwhelmed! Not sure what to choose!

Anyway, here is the beginning. I used organic potting soil and I'm in the process of putting down play sand as a cap. I have to wash some more, which probably won't be until this weekend when I can get outside and use the hose.

I'm really excited about this project!!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0984.jpg
Views:	48
Size:	56.1 KB
ID:	99714  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0985.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	45.7 KB
ID:	99722  

OrangeAugust is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-16-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Connecticut, USA
Posts: 148
Here are some pictures. Once I started putting the white sand around the rocks, I realized I liked the way they looked better against the dark soil, so I bought some black sand from Petco and I put that around the rocks.
I bought the rocks at a LFS, and the driftwood at a chain Petstore. I originally planned on having a piece of driftwood that looked more like a long branch, but this piece is actually really cool-looking with the textures and holes and everything. It took me a few minutes to situate the way I like it, but I'm pretty happy with it. I have some plants already so I may just start filling it up today and planting!
I think I will put one of the lily plants in the back right corner and one in the little nook of the driftwood.
I have some dwarf hairgrass that I will put in the foreground on the left side, and I think I will put the pennywort behind the right side of the driftwood. I want something smaller for the foreground on the right side- something creeping with tiny leaves. Also, some kind of moss for the drift wood.
Also, should I boil the driftwood? I don't know if it's possible, though, because I don't have a pot big enough...
Any comments?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_1042.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	51.9 KB
ID:	106650  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_1043.jpg
Views:	39
Size:	49.9 KB
ID:	106658  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_1039.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	52.7 KB
ID:	106666  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_1040.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	54.4 KB
ID:	106674  

OrangeAugust is offline  

tank journal

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome