===========INDEX (Tank Updates And Pics)=============
5/20/08 --- Post #1, Page 1
6/08/08 --- Post #23, Page 2
6/21/08 --- Post #35, Page 3
8/18/08 --- Post #49, Page 4
Remodeled whole tank. It will now become a shrimp tank.
1.4 WPG AH Supply
Mild pressurized CO2 injection
October 14, 2008 --------Page 5, Post #65
October 27, 2008 --------Page 5, Post #75
Here's a tank I've been working on for 3 weeks or so. Started on April 28th 2008.
40 gallon typical
8-11 hour photo period a day
EI dosing for a 20 gallon due to low starting plant mass
30-40ppm CO2 (3-4bps)
2.5 WPG *updated. tank now has almost 4.0wpg. 96 plus 55 watt ah supply.
NOTE: Tank picture updates are in 2 weeks to 1 month intervals.
2nd NOTE: I'm a complete noob at planted tanks. I've never injected co2 before, nor dosed a tank. This is my first ever full planted tank. So if I make some mistakes please kindly help. Thank you.
Equipment Purchased In Order:
1. CO2 Rex Regulator /w selenoid, CO2 cylinder, dry ferts.
2. Eheim 2217
3. CO2 reactor 200 and rhinox 2000 glass diffuser
4. Aquarium Heater. Visitherm submersible.
This tank's primary purpose later on would be a shrimp tank. But we'll see how it goes.
1. Pure flame moss
2. Rotala macrandra
3. Alternanthera Reineckii
I specifically did not want another type of moss in the tank due to contamination possibilities between different moss types. I was very strict on that due to a past experience with christmas moss and stringy moss.
Driftwood is grapvine and malaysian.
1. X# Balloon Mollies (aiming for pure white and black)
2. 3 SAE's
3. 1 Pleco
EI Dosing for a 20 gallon.
MAY 19th 2008 (3 weeks~ from starting date)
It actually took me awhile to get the moss in place. I started with about 2-3 golfball size and it grew in nicely and fairly fast too! Flame moss is hard to stick onto driftwood, you just have to be really persistant in tying them down. Once they get long, you trim and tie down more. I would say they grow just a bit faster than java.
I had a lot of BBA problems at first but the problem was fairly quick in resolve. Just added some saes and turned up the co2 till the drop checker turned green to almost yellow.
It's funny how the macrandra, which is said to be hard to retain their natural red colors, is actually easier than the Alternanthera which was said to be easier. Just comes to show that easy and difficult is a matter of opinion in many cases.
FULL TANK VIEW
We'll see how this is in two weeks to a month
Any comments, questions, or opinions?