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55 gallon Excel method tank. Lots of pics.

Hello everybody.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my fish tank. I want to first off thank everybody who participates on this wonderful website. I've learned so much here and I think it has helped me to get off to a good start. I took about a month to read up on planted fish tanks. My research included the following:

1) Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad. One of my main goals was to try to keep maintenance simple. I also wanted to employ techniques to keep algae problems to a minimum so that I could spent my time enjoying my fish tank instead of fighting with it.

2) Nature Aquarium World vol 2 by Takashi Amano. This was more for inspiration in aquascaping.

3) The Barr Report website. I've decided to follow Tom Barr's Excel dosing method as my technique for carbon supplementation instead of injected co2.

4) This website of course.

I was lucky to find a 55 gallon fish tank and unfinished pine tank stand on Craig's list for $70. Score! I took it home, sanded the stand down and varnished it.

My equipement is as follows:
- Marineland Magnum HOT filter.
- Corallife compact flourescent light 55watts (6700 K) x 2 ( giving me 2 watts per gallon). I specifically wanted to avoid too much light which could potentially add to an algae problem.
- Maxijet 600 pump
- 4 bags of Eco complete for substrate. ( I love this stuff. Very little water cloudiness even with the first filling).

Plants:
- Amulia (Limnophila indica)
- Hornwort Ceratophyllum demersum
- Water Sprite(Ceratopteris thalictroides)
- Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis)
- Telanthera Rosefolia (Alternanthera reineckii)
- Ludwigia, Broad Leaf (Ludwigia repens)
- Vals, Jungle (Vallisneria gigantea)
- Baby Tears (Hemianthus micranthemoides)
- Regina Red (Syngonium podophyllum)

Fish:
- 14 Cardinal Tetras
- 10 Harlequin Rasboras
- 4 Otoclinus
- 2 Angelfish
- 2 Fantail Guppy Males
- 1 Pineapple Lyretail Swordtail Female
- 2 Bolivian Rams
- 1 Betta
- 4 Rummy Nosed Tetra

I dose the following:
- Excel 1/2 cap 3 x per week
- Seachem Flourish 1/2 tsp 1 x per week
- 1/4 tsp KNO3 1 x per week
- 1/16 tsp KH2PO4 1 x per week

Ok enough with the chit chat, here's the pics I promised.

1) Initial set up



2) After the first month of letting things grow up, I did my first trimming and a bit of rescaping.



3) Angelfish


4) Betta


5) Harlequin Rasboras


6)

7) Rummy Nosed Tetras


8 ) Pineapple Lyretail Swordtails. Unfortunately the male recently passed away.


9)


10 ) Otoclinus


11)


12) Fantail Guppies


13)


14) Cardinal Tetras


15)


I just to the Rams yesterday and have not had a chance to photograph them yet. I'll post some shots of them in the next few days.

Best regards to you all.

- Hung

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Nice tank...amazing photos.

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Awesome tank and photos; what kind of camera are you using? Also, it's nice to see such a large tank without any CO2 injection! Hope it works out in the long run for ya!


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Nice tank...amazing photos.
thanks sick lid. i'm hoping for better full tank shots as the plants grow in fuller.

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Awesome tank and photos; what kind of camera are you using? Also, it's nice to see such a large tank without any CO2 injection! Hope it works out in the long run for ya!
thanks nugzboltz. i use a canon 20D with a tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens for the fish shots. i use a sigma 17-55mm f2.8 lens for the wide angle full tank shots with a tripod.

i'm hoping that as the plants grow in fuller and thicker, i will eventually scale back to excel dosing to twice or once a week. this is still my first planted tank so i will see how things go. as long as the algae stays away, i will be happy. so far so good.

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The camera/lens combo is incredible, very nice pics! The tank is shaping up nicely, and the fish look great.
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The camera/lens combo is incredible, very nice pics! The tank is shaping up nicely, and the fish look great.
thanks bottomfeeder! i will keep you guys posted on my tank's progress.

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i love how you have a color theme with some of your fish. most of them are red, i love that
i did the same with my 29 gallon, i opted for the blue gouramies, neon tetras and a blue beta. it looks awesome against the green plants

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The tank is looking great, and I'm sure will look fantastic once it's grown in! And as other's have said, your pictures are spectacular and beautiful! I'm drooling over your camera little bit! FIsh all look bright and healthy!


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Looking good! You may find that if you plan on keeping this tank running for a long time, you may save money in the long run with a pressurized CO2 system. If you keep supplying carbon via Excel, it may become expensive. A pressurized system would have a much higher initial cost, but in the long run it would be pretty cheap. Just something to consider!
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Don't male Bettas nip the fins of other long-finned fish (such as your Swordtails, Angelfish, and Guppies)

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nice tank and great pics. what kinda camera do you have?

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nvm just read what camera you have

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