I've been in the hobby for 6-7 years and I had a couple tanks but they weren't anything special nor did they look that great. For the past two years I've been taking a break from submersed plants and have been doing emersed setups but this summer I decided I'd try submersed again. I had set up my 29 gallon tank at the beginning of summer and put in emersed HC but then i went away for the rest of the summer for an summer program/internship. Before I left the HC was filling in nicely but when I came back everything was in really bad condition with mold and fungus rampant. I left it like this for 1-2 months because I was too lazy to clean it and then one day had a spurt of energy to go through and set it up anyways. I wiped off the algae and mold from the glass and picked out the rotting plants and flooded the tank. The algae from the DSM died off but the BGA remained and infested my tank. I started to put in plants and cycled using tetra safestart plus (great product btw). Added fish and more plants, and nuked the BGA with ethromycin. Tank has been set up for 2 months i think, and I just added 22 supreme red shrimps last week. Everyone has been doing well. I added a lot of my plants from my emersed tanks and I'm happy with their transition
This is my second journal ever! My first planted tank looked like this
First planted tank in 2010
Used standard 29 gallon tank I got as an RAOK with glass canopy
(3) 23 watt 6500k fixtures 7 hr photoperiod
Used Fluval Stratum/Flourite black sand/Black eco complete mixture (got it used with the tank for free)
Rena xp2 filter with xp3 impeller (used filter my brother had laying around)
Used 150W Eheim Jager Heater (also came with the tank)
Pressurized co2 using a stainless steel mini dual stage regulator that I built with clippard mouse solenoid and SMC as1200 needle valve.
I realize this is a huge list but I couldn't help just putting in a bunch of interesting and unique plants haha especially since I collect plants for my emersed collection
Dwarf Hairgrass (not sure of sp. asking seller)
HC Dwarf baby tears
anubias nana 'variegated'
ludwigia sp red (converting from emersed)
ludwigia sphaerocarpa (converting from emersed)
Hyptis Lorentzianna (converting from emersed)
C. cordata rosanervig (converting from emersed)
Hygrophila argauia (converting from emersed)
Hygrophla Lancea (converting from emersed)
Persicaria praetermissa (polygonum... converting from emersed)
Alternanthera reineckii ocipus (converting from emersed)
Alternanthera reineckii 'variegated' (converting from emersed, not rosanervig version)
unidentified ludwigia (i think it's ludwigia arcuata)
5 glowlight tetras (i really like these guys, subtle yet their orange stripe is mesmerizing along with white rimmed fins)
1 silver tipped tetra named alpaca (gf bought and named this one
22 supreme red shrimp
5 ghost shrimp (3 of them have been moved into unheated marbled cray tank and surprisingly are still alive... of the two that are still in the tank, one of them is berried and ready to drop and the other i just didn't feel like taking him out yet)
funny thing is that the silver tipped tetra leads the other 5 glowlights when they school LOL
Pictures of the tank. All taken with my iphone
HC carpet filling in
Otto hanging out, trying to figure out what that red spot is//if i should be concerned
side view shot
Hydrocotyle bed, grows too fast... considering replacing with downoi bed
ghost shrimp carrying eggs (this is why i didn't want to move her to the crayfish tank, a bit cruel... i know the larvae won't survive though)
Hygropila Lancea coverting from emersed and putting out maroon/purple leaves. Great color! slow grower though..
Alternanthera reineckii variegated converting from emersed, this plant has went from submersed to emersed and back to submersed. kept its mottled variegation coloration so it's stable and not like the rosanervig virus which gives pale veins.
Alternanthera reineckii var 'ocipus' converting from emersed. The leaves are not the deep magenta red of regular reineckii and is a more salmon color. I love the hue. When grown emersed the tops are yellow/green and undersides are pink.
Blyxa japonica, i could never grow this before in my first tank but this time i got a plantlet for free in a transaction and it's taken off. A nice hue of red!
Plant glass with a Buce inside and a sprig of HC. Hydrocotyle japan wrapped around suction cup and just grows as a wad. it grows too damn fast, the mass started as a spare strand a couple weeks ago...
Anubias bed tied to lava rock and resting on the surface of substrate. petite-->nana-->nana variegated
Ludwigia sphaerocarpa planted last week. Converting from emersed form hopefully my tank specs can grow it and maybe it'll even show a bit of red!
Aromatica in the back left. Ludwigia sp red converting to submersed form (i never knew it was such a red plant!!) Ludwigia arcuata on the right? any thoughts?
Ludwigia suffruticosa bed on lower left. Colors are washed out but in real life the leaves are yellow with pink tints and pink undersides. Very pretty, pics don't do it any justice
Glowlights schooling. Rotala singapore on the right
gotta love silly ottos
In terms of aquascaping I think it's subpar to the other threads but for me I think I made progress on making a tank look more presentable. I should really take out a few species... but I love them all LOL I will try to update if people are interested.