Hello, last August my heater overheated and raised the water temperature to 96F, it killed all of my algae eaters and cooked almost all of my plants. The only survivors were the tetras and the discus, they were actually quite happy with the warm temperature. The tank was then completely taken over by BBA two weeks later. Long story short, I got the perfect opportunity to replant the tank. I never had a photo journal before with first planted tank so I'm guessing I'll start one this time around and hopefully get some ideas and suggestions from the experienced folks here in plantedtank. Maybe this time I'll do a half way decent aquascape.
First the specs.
Tank: Standard AGA 55 gallon
Substrate: Regular aquarium pebble gravel with Seachem Flourish tabs.
Filters: Eheim 2213 & 2215(far left and far right)
Heater: 250W Visi-Therm Stealth 82F (NEVER EGO JAGGER AGAIN!!)
Lights: 48" 4X65W PC fixture. Rear:55W 6700K Front:65W 10,000K.
2 AGA 8000K bulbs coming in a few days from Dr.FosterSmith($14.99ea.)
CO2: DIY yeast --> Ceramic diffuser --> Eheim 2213 Intake
It's low budget, I'll have to do the best with what I have.
Old leftover Amazon Sword survivor(this one will probably be removed)
Java Moss that refuse to leave the wood
I'm trying to use plants with similar leave shape.
12-15 tetras(cardinals and black neon)
3 Juv. true SAEs
3 Juv. ABNs
It's a "rescape" of an old tank with long time residence in it, so I won't be able to drain the whole thing and start with the substrate slopes and hardscape experiments like the other photo journals. I have a bunch of old malaysian driftwood mixed in with old manzanitas that I kinda just drop them in there and adjust a bit until they're secured to their spot. Since this is a photo Journal, I'll start with the last photo I took before the August disaster.
This picture was taken back in January '08
This picture was taken today as my "step one" photo of the journal(sorry for the bad quality, I promise I can take better ones like the one above)
I wrapped up the base of the newly arrived Blyxa and Vals in filter floss and give them a temporary spot in the middle until I get my $1.99 planting tool arriving this Friday. I'm thinking placing the Blyxa behind the driftwood just a bit off center to make them the focal point, still no idea where to put the Vals, they're the narrow type so I don't know how tall it will grow, what do you guys think?? Oh yes, I have to figure out a way to paint the back of the tank without moving the tank, I got about 4 inches of clearance, any suggestions?