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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-21-2006, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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LoJack's first planted tank photo journal!

Hey there everyone,

I had been asking a whole lot of questions to ensure that I got my setup as perfect as I could before filling the tank. I finally got everything up and running on Oct. 14th.

The setup consists of:

- 75 Gallon All Glass Aquarium
- Fluval 404 Canister Filter
- 200 Watt Ebo-jager heater
- 8 bags of Eco-Complete
- 240 Watts of light (4) 6500k (1) 5000k (1) 18,000k
- 20 lb pressurized C02 with Milwaukee Regulator
- Milwuakee Reactor

Temp - 79
Nitrate - 10
Ammonia - 0
Kh - 80
Ph - 7.1
C02 - 19 ppm

October 14th:
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Livestock List:

- 10 Cardinal Tetra's
- 8 Oto's
- 1 pair of Aphymosemian Christyi
- 1 pair of Fundulpanchax Walkeri Kitunze
- 5 Red Cherry Shrimp (haven't seen them in a few days)

Plant List:

- Alternanthera reineckii "lilacina"
- Echinodorus bleheri (paniculatus)
- Bacopa Caroliniana
- Lilaeopsis macloviana
- Hygrophila guianensis
- Bacopa Monnieri
- Hygrophilia guianensis
- Microsorum pteropus "wendelov"
- Lilaeopsis novae-zealandiae
- Alternanthera reineckii "rosefolia"
- Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
- Cryptocoryne wendtii "green"

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Oo! I'm gonna be the first to reply!

Ok, now, if you don't like my suggestion, please ignore it. I just had some time on my computer and nothing better to do, so I decided to practice with photoshop a little... And, um, if I had an awesome huge tank like yours and those plants... Well, that's what photoshop and pictures are for.

Here's what I'd do with it:




Well, kinda, then the stem plants would get all big and fill in...

Ok, maybe not exactly like that... I guess I just wanna see more green. And I'd suggest another piece of driftwood... a bigger piece! 75gallons... so much room to play around in... So much you can do with that. You've got a beautiful selection of plants... I love that red thing - Just 'cause I like the red. I'd put it as a nice accent behind some of that pretty green stuff you have to the right of it.

And, of course, they're all such young plants, politely standing in the spot they were put... can't wait to see them stretch out and grow and take over everything...

There. That's my little suggestion for your awesome start.

'cause I know when I started with my 30gl, I had maybe two healthy stems of water wisteria, a tiny clipping of a dead-looking-but-I-wasn't-gonna-give-up-on-it ludwigia thingie that's currently turning a faint orangey color on the new growth, and an amazon sword from petco. I was also flat freaking broke, I grew them slowly with an incandescent 60W light bulb. Today I have a couple more plant species (thank you swap n shop!) in there, TONS of wisteria (hehehe..) and an extra light bulb and like, rocks and driftwood from the shore near me. It's not gorgeous, but I like it. And I think that's probably the most important thing to this hobby... Make sure it pleases YOU. (though I like to think I do it to please my cat... kitty tv, y'know?)

eeehhhh... ok, I've talked too much.

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I'd find some lower plants for the foreground. Blxya, dwarf sag, java ferns? Something of that type...small, shorter plants. I also like the look of anarcharis on the side of the tank and a little bit in the back. Ludwigia repens would give a good reddish background in one corner too, if you like that. Italian/spiral vals would look kinda cool as a background plant too.

Sunset hygro would add some light green/pink colors if you like the look of that plant. I'd go for some carpet plants, probably glosso since it's a little larger than HC. Or you can have some riccia carpets.

The possibilities are endless...it depends on your personality and mood. =P
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I like the contrasting colors. Makes me wish I did 100% eco instead of 50%.
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