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40b (B stands for bad)

So, this is just a little journal about my trip through fish keeping. I've had this 40b filled up before (in threads I'm too ashamed to reference), but this time I think I might be doing it right!

Or not. Anywho I figured I'd give some history on the tank. It was established for about 4 months, and then I lost my job right before I needed to order new co2 and ferts. Then half a year went by with just tap water. ...And then I moved 600 miles and brought it all with me.

Finally, I've settled in and have an income, and managed to secure the stuff my plants need.


Equipment:
Fluval 306 canister filter (with SeaChem SeaGel, expired)
2x AI Nano 2nd gen lighting
3w UV Sterilizer
Pressurized Co2
40g All Glass Aquarium
Dr Fosters black steel stand
WAY too much Fluval Stratum (at least 80 lb? I think!)

Creatures:
2x Angels (Jet black and Electric blue)
3x Panda Cories
?x Long fin rosy barbs (maybe 3?)
2x Clown Loaches
1x Striata loach
1x Flying Fox (His brother jumped out 2 weeks ago)
3x Nerite Snails
1x blue panaque pleco
1x ...other... pleco....

I'd like to add some dwarf rams, rainbows, or perhaps a school of CPD, but all with time

Plants:
No idea.
Maybe someone can edu-ma-cate me!

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This is Day Zero of recovery.




I think I'm burning my plants. I lost my AI's controller during the move and just keep forgetting to turn the lights on and off. They are probably getting too much light by leaps and bounds.

There was some algae taking hold on the tops of some leaves. Scrubbed that off with my thumb while I was cleaning and trimming some (a lot) of dead leaves. Hopefully its nothing that will over run my tank.

I've started a maintenance routine, finally with ferts, and hopefully the tank will improve weekly.

Note to self: take pictures BEFORE water changes, not after.

Shopping list:
R/O Unit (step one: find the water main behind the drywall)
AI Vega Wired Controller
beta carotene supplement
SeaGel
New UV bulb
More plants

The "more plants" part of my shopping list has, and always will be, neglected I fear. I keep buying equipment and stuff, and never anything to use it on lol

Anyways, heres what the tank looked like after today's change. I've lost about 2/3rds of my plant mass to degradation.

Here we see my three loaches being scared in the corner. Two clowns and a Striata. You can also see my green panque pleco:

A rosy barb hiding in the very back of the tank:

My black angel:

Yay, snails!

Flying Fox:

Electric blue angel

Some kind of crypt:

A plant I hope you know the name of:

A slightly shorter plant that I hope you know the name of:

A still-pretty-short but not-as-short plant that maybe you know:
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Day 2 of recovery. You can see that there is already a TON of positive happenings. The swords on the left perked up and aren't droopy any longer, the grasses are growing up some, and my ludwiga (I think?) grew enough to poke out of the water!

Hopefully this tank fills in as nicely as I planned.


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A plant I hope you know the name of:

A slightly shorter plant that I hope you know the name of:

A still-pretty-short but not-as-short plant that maybe you know:
The reddish plant looks like Ludwigia, my guess is Repens. The grasses are probably Saggitaria, at least the smaller ones.

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Looks like those shorter plants are dwarf sag. They will send out runners and stay thin but grow pretty long. Some of mine are almost 2 feet long!


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