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Aquadise's 29 gallon Journal

Hello Everyone, this is my first aquascaping journal, so please don't be too harsh.

This journal all started with Petco $1 a gallon sale! With all the recent uproar about the sale, I decided to join in the fun and bought myself a 29 gallon, cost me about $34 tax, but it was sure worth it.


How could this day get any better?! Lesco finally got in an order in of Soilmaster Charcoal. Probally because I have been bugging them for so many months now and they finally order me a pallet.


Beautiful...


Added some peat...1/2" thick


Added some of my special fertilizer mix...


Soilmaster was added, about 3"-4" thick. Never rinse.



Finally, driftwood and water was added. Stone is there to hold the wood down.


Plants will be going in tommorow, its late and time for bed.

Next morning:

Alright, I dug up some plants from various tanks and the planting frenzy begins!

Cyperus helferi



Ludwigia Inclinata var. 'Cuba'


Various tonina and eriocaulon was later added. Half dead from my rock hard water. This tank is safe though, it is 100% rain water. readings are about 0 kgh, ph 7.



Polygonum sp 'Kawa...'


Added Ammania sp 'Bonsai' (Rotala indica), Blyxa, and HC. Also a powerhead sponge as a filter/co2 diffuser. Everything is done for today, and I now play the waiting game, atleast till the water clear!


The next day:
Water cleared up! I can't wait till the plants grows in. Now I just wait till the algae comes knocking.


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What are you going to filter it with, have you decided?

Looking good so far..

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yea, ditto that. the layout looks great.

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This tank will make a great piano bench (1st pic)

I'm sure you will be filling this one with some fine-looking healthy plants! Nice start.
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Actually i believe it is the tank who plays pianno.
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Alrite, updated!

Thanks everyone for the comments!
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What are you going to filter it with, have you decided?

Looking good so far..
I am just going to stick with a powerhead filter, I will try to keep this tank low-budget as possible.
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what kind of lighting? haha that aspect is never low budget.


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WOW !!! I love the look of this tank.Especailly the Driftwood and the fact that it isn't cluttered with intake, out-take tubes and heater. Are you even using a heater? If you are you hid it VERY well. I look forward to seeing the progress of this tank. Will you be adding a background?

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I think it looks pretty good, though you may want to use shorter plants in the foreground of the tank to give it more perspective.

Also, Cyperus helferi can get up to 3 feet tall so you might want to rethink using that plant in a 29 gallon tank. Blyxa aubertii would be a good alternative.


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this tank is gonna look real nice when it grows in

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1/2" of peat is an awful lot of peat. I have usually seen just a dusting on the bottom.

Why so much peat? Any particular benefit?

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I was thinking same as Mike -- especially considering....
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Half dead from my rock hard water. This tank is safe though, it is 100% rain water. readings are about 0 kgh, ph 7.
Injecting co2? Even if not, expect to see a sharp drop in pH.
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what kind of lighting? haha that aspect is never low budget.
The light is just a simple shoplight(for now), it is sharing with a 20 gallon shrimp tank beside it. Thats my aspect of low budget. $15 of lights for two tanks!

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WOW !!! I love the look of this tank.Especailly the Driftwood and the fact that it isn't cluttered with intake, out-take tubes and heater. Are you even using a heater? If you are you hid it VERY well. I look forward to seeing the progress of this tank. Will you be adding a background?
Thanks for your complement! There is no heater, I live in Texas and I am use to the warm weather that my house air conditioning stays at a stable 79 F. I am planning to get a black background. I am too, hate cluttering my tank. Keep it plain and simple.

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I think it looks pretty good, though you may want to use shorter plants in the foreground of the tank to give it more perspective.

Also, Cyperus helferi can get up to 3 feet tall so you might want to rethink using that plant in a 29 gallon tank. Blyxa aubertii would be a good alternative.
Thanks Aaron, I would love to use shorter forground but I have no space my for toninas, this is probally the only tank that they will survive. Same as for the other plants, I do not have any space, I will look for my Blyxa Aubertii however, its deep somewhere in one of my tanks...

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1/2" of peat is an awful lot of peat. I have usually seen just a dusting on the bottom.

Why so much peat? Any particular benefit?
Like ADA powersand, which is basicly a mixture of peat and other stuff, I use pure peat and fertilizer as an alternative. My previous tanks with trace amount of peat, growth and root growth was uncompareable when I added a good layer of peat. When I uproot a plant, all you see is roots will be all over the peat completely ignoring my flourite. Not to offend anyone but I see flourite as an inferior substrate compare to soilmaster and peat, not to mention flourite it scratches your glass. The extra fertilizer I added has already have all the iron I will ever need. The peat also help my tonina because it requires an acidic substrate.

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Injecting co2? Even if not, expect to see a sharp drop in pH.
I am not planning to keep any inhabitants in the tank yet, so it really doesnt matter about the ph for right now. I am planning to keep fish or invert that can survive in low pH, maybe cardinals or Crystal Reds.
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With the peat being buried under a few inches of substrate I wouldn't think the pH would drop much. Plus, looks like you added it in dry, so it should compress to a fairly thin layer.

Nice plants, lovely wood, looking forward to seeing it mature.


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