I have been wanting to start a journal thread for a while but have been busy with the start of the semester and quite frankly too lazy to do it. This tank is my second planted tank, but I consider it my first serious venture into keeping one. My first tank was just a shrimp and macranda factory.
This tank was set up as a gift for my mother around christmas so it is about a month and a half old now. I say gift but it turned into my own little toy.
She thought it would be nice to have a small tank for the living room and good for her feng-shei. Well, I went and bought a 50 gallon for her. Careful what you wish for!
Here are the specs:
4 x 55 Watt AH Supply Bright Kit
4.4 WPG (or 7.13 if you think their conversion is correct)
2 6700K bulbs in front
1 50/50 bulb on the back right
1 9325K bulb on the back left
20lb CO2 tank with JBJ Regulator
Filstar XP3 Canister Filter (works fine and is quiet)
Brown Turface as substrate
1/2 tsp KNO3 and 1/8 tsp KH2PO4 3 times a week
10 ml TMG 3 times a week
1/4 tsp Mg and Ca on weekly water changes
Isn't much except a peice of wood my cousin gave to me which I don't really like that much to begin with. I would have never imagined I was too poor to buy some rocks. Oh well.
Here is what you really want to see, the pics:
This is the tank on the day I set it up:
Looking back, I do think I probably should have had more plants in it to start out but all I had on hand were plants I stocked up in my 30 gallon. There was definately plenty of macranda. Green dust algae formed on my glass pretty quickly after I set the thing up probably because I didn't have enough plants.
Here is a pic after I added in plants from the December SFBAAPS plant swap a few days later:
Most of the plants I got at this swap were grown to amounts which eventually filled in the tank. SFBAAPS is a wonderful resource. I eventually removed the dwarf lobelia since it didn't look good after a while of growing vertically. You can see my two pearl gouramis sparing off in the pic.
Here is another pic maybe 2 weeks after start up:
Most of this period was just waiting for plants to grow out plants. I got the algae problem somewhat under control at this point. A few plants were added and some were moved around. I put in a 1x1 sq of hc at this point. The macranda obviously is growing like nuts. I actually brought the stuff to two swaps and traded some away and it was still growing to the top periodically. I removed the sunset hygro shortly after this picture was taken.
I actually neglected the tank for a while since I was busy in school so not so many pictures in between, but here is the tank just a few days ago about 7 weeks in:
I removed the HC and just let the HM grow in. I wanted something that would give more cover to the cherry shrimp I have in the tank. I moved the macranda to the front which slowed the grow down to a manageable level.
I need to move the rest of the macranda to the front. The left side, the P. Stellatus doesn't look good after you move it or replant the tops, at least for me. It was look great prior to that though so I hope it looks better in the next shot when new stems grow to the surface and I leave them alone.
There is still some work to be done. Not sure what I will do with the hygro. It is absolutely crazy. It seems to look larger every few minutes I look at it. I have a few areas to clean up and wait to fill in.
There is some hair algae growing in the hairgrass on the side and HM in the middle but it is a problem I am not too worried about. I just remove clumps of it every few days.
I got this tank at a very low cost but I am regretting it now. The dimensions are 48" x 12" x 21". 12 inches of depth is really little to work with. There isn't really a foreground to this tank at all. I did the best I could with it though.
Comments would be appreciated.