The story began October 1st when I decided to set up my first planted tank with a 28g bow-front tank.
I immediately went for a high tech setup due to my impatience for seeing results. This is my equipment setup
20 in 4x 18w T5HO lighting
fluval 206 filter
5lb co2 tank with glass diffuser
Being in love with the aquascape of the masters I went for the "best" substrate I could buy, ADA amazonian aqua soil, and began planting right away. On the first day this is what I had setup.
Some relatively easy and hardy plants which include,
-anubias barteri var. nana
After nearly 2 months of fighting different algae, dialing in my fertilizing regime I though I had some pretty good success resulting in this.
I had fellow enthusiast donate some baby tears and pogostemon helferi trimmings also, which i attached to some driftwood and planted around the driftwood respectively.
The above picture was taken 11-22-13 and then disaster struck thanksgiving evening at 11 pm. I awoke to my wife shaking me and yelling "The tank is leaking! The tank is leaking!" Sure enough the bottom pane of glass had cracked right in half causing water to start leaking from the bottom.
I immediately run for a spare pump so I can save as much water as i can into Rubbermaid containers and transport the fish into their new temporary homes.
The plants however were not so lucky with their homes, being placed into a single 5 gallon bucket with what remained of the water that wasn't covering my floor.
Much to my luck I had a spare 40 g breeder tank just lying around, but no stand for it. Black friday I spent at home depot buying lumber and building a good enoughy stand to get my fish out of the Rubbermaid and my plants back into substrate. And here is their new home, very incomplete but with exuberant amounts of potential .
Here's my list of improvements for the larger tank in no particular order
-set up new aquascape
-inline co2 reactor
-paint/ finish stand
I'm pretty much brand new here, but have been lurking the forums for quite some time and would appreciate any comments advice or questions.
thanks for reading!