I have not started a journal on this tank because I didn't really have a plan for it and was just using it to see if I could grow some plants I've never had before. However, I recently settled on a direction.
I have been drooling over all the great ripariums I see here and finally decided to give it a go. I'm using my 20 long next to my desk which is also in my sun room with all of my terrestrial plants. It seemed like the perfect way to integrate the tank with the room. Wish me luck!
Blue = Changes
Tank and Stand:
-Standard metal stand modified to enclose equipment
-30" Finnex Planted+ ~15" above substrate
-2x Bayco 10.5" Brooder Clamp Light w/ Sylvania 23W 6500k Micro-mini CFLs ~35" above substrate
-NatGeo CF50 (Eheim Ecco) w/ seasoned bio-media from old PX360 and w/out the carbon pad
AC20 w/ seasoned bio-media at bottom and clay pebbles for planting
-aquariumplants.com carbon doser regulator (1 bubble/3 seconds)
-10# aluminum tank
-Sera Flore Active Reactor 500
Anubias nana petite moved to the 75
-Ajuga "chocolate chip"
-Pilea cadierei "pan am"
-Pilea cadierei minima "aluminum"
-Selaginella sp gold
-3x Amano Shrimp
-1x zebra nerite
-1x black mystery snail
-6x dwarf emerald rasboras
-8x corydorus pygmaeus
-1x White Cloud (I named him Marcus because he's the lone survivor of 9)
-Ramshorn snails - I actually like them
I still need to come up with a plan for more riparium plants. I will have a few of the clear plastic shower baskets and clay pebbles after Christmas. Any suggestion, as previously noted are more than welcome.Done
I made the hanger for the shop lights out of 3/4 black iron pipe. I left them raw because I prefer the look. I want to do something similar with 1/2" for the Planted+ risers to tie it in with the industial look. The enclosure for the equipment is made from pre-sanded 1/2" plywood stained and sealed with polycrylic.
I've been having hair algae issues since my CO2 went down a few weeks ago. The amanos can't keep up. Hopefully, the regulator will be back early next week. I reduced the lighting period to 6 hours and raised the light. I've also been dosing flourish, but I don't want to overdue it and kill the already struggling HC.
Anyway, too keep this from going on too long for a first post, on to the pics!
updated pic 1/25/2015
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