I dabbled in planted tanks about 6-7 years ago and had modest success with it. Back then, I had a 55 g tank with two 55w PC, DIY yeast CO2, regular aquarium substrate and HOB aquaclear filter, which were all I could afford at the time, being a poor student. The stem plants grew quite well, but with such poor lighting and unreliable CO2 supply, I could never grow the red plants (except for red temple) and grass-type lawns.
Being still poor now :lol: , but at least having a job, I decided to go all out and set up a tank with all the bells and whistles (so now if I fail, I only have myself to blame
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Tank: 80g with matching stand
Light: Nova extreme pro 6x54w T5 HO with individual reflectors (well, sorta)
Filter: Rena star XP 3
CO2: DIY CO2 regulator (with good needle valve bought from floridadriftwoods.com) and a 20pound CO2 tank bought from Bevco, which should last me quite a few years. CO2 is run inline (hooked directly into the filter intake).
Substrate: Aquasoil Amazonia II. I swear to god this stuff is worth more than gold. But since Erik swears by it, and Oliver Knott, the Germany planted tank God as far as I'm concerned loves it, I coughed up the money to get it. Four 11L bags are needed for my tank.
Scapin' design: by yours truly of course. But since yours truly totally lack artistic tendency, I had to look to Oliver for inspiration. If you guys have time, look through his site to see which tank I took my inspiration from
Still, the scape sucks big time; so I might have to just pride myself on being able to grow plants well, instead of being able to create an awe-inspring scapeb :lol:
I will also include my cousin's tank in this thread. He lives in the basement of my tank. I was his teacher in all planted tank-related matter (so proud...). His setup is identical, but his tank is 75 g (1 inch shorter than mine).
Anyhow, both tanks were set up yesterday after receiving the overnight-shipped plants from aquariumplants.com. The transaction went pretty smoothly. They have most of the basic plants and some newer/more esoteric species. Not quite as fancy as aquabotanic, but the price seems a bit more reasonable.
Enough of the babbling...
Tank and stand
My cousin's tank. The tank looks way better in person. The pic lacks the depth and blend all the driftwoods together in several big lumps
Please keep in mind that both were set up less than 24hrs ago. It will take time for the plants to grow out and make the tank look a bit better. I'll try to update the thread often.
Some plants' pics
Hot pearling actions from the HC
Free plant, does anybody know what this is? My guess is E.stellata; but I'm not sure
Rotala magenta, i.e. Rotala macandra var narrow leaf. I know this is notoriously hard to keep; but I am willing to give it a try