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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-24-2014, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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My first planted tank/aquascape

I am reposting this from my local forum in hopes of having more people to ask questions too. I've been lurking here for quite some time so I figured I would finally join.

Tank filled on April 11, 2014
Tank: 40 gallon breeder

Substrate: Eco-Complete

Lighting: 36" Finnex Planted Plus and 36" Current USA Satellite Plus recently reduced to 7.5 hours per day.

Filtration: 2 Eheim Ecco pro 2234 canister filters

Fertilization: 2 Caps of Seachem Flourish per week just started using DIY root tabs made with Osmocote Plus

CO2: Inline injection from 5 Lbs tank with Aquatek regulator/solenoid

Here is a picture of the tank as it sits now.


I'll post some other pictures soon. As well as add a fish/critter list
I have had an on going algae issue that has killed a few plants so hopefully I will get that solved soon. I need to get better at testing so I'll make myself post those results too

For now I will share my favorite fish Baryancistrus beggini L239, Blue Panaque I have 2 but one has the better cave and I can't get a picture
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-24-2014, 11:06 PM
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Good job, i have a suggestion to add some smaller river rocks around the bigger ones, various sizes. I think it will help blend the rocks into the scape better and look more natural
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Thanks! The original plan was to have all the substrate covered my carpeting plants but they got choked out by my algae issue.

I think once I get it filled in I'll add/adjust the stone work.
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Looks good, what kind of stones are those?
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I believe they are called river jacks. I got them from a landscape supply place near me. It is much cheaper but you have to take a little more care selecting rocks to make sure they are safe for the tank.
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Keep us posted on how the Eco-complete works out for plant growth.
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Here are some full tank shots from the start of the tank.





My Alternanthera reineckii (Scarlet Temple) grows very well in the Eco-Complete I have trimmed in more than any other plant in the tank.
The tall green plant on the left (I'm not sure what it is to be honest I have had it since I first got an aquarium and have managed to keep just a tiny piece alive until now) is doing very well also.
My Wisteria grows like a weed but I don't think that has anything to do with the Eco-Complete
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I did a lot of research before setting up this tank but some how missed a lot of info on fertilization. After some reading I ordered the PPS Pro pack from green leaf.
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Tank Update
I recieved my Belem partially frozen thankfully it mostly survived. It seems odd only one clump is curling down while the rest is growing up. I'll be trimming soon so maybe that will help.
I started PPS Pro ferts on 1/21/15
Here is the tank day one:

Today is 2/7/15
And the tank looks like this:


The growth is pretty impressive. I even ran out of CO2 and had to pull out my old dyi set since I didn't have time to swap tanks.
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Look like you're getting great growth! Your scape has a nice flow to it. Think it might be time to top and re-plant a few of those stems? The ones on the right look kind of leggy.


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The stuff on the right is mostly just there because I didn't want to throw them away. I had a few stems from some plants that I thought were dead that appeared to have come back to life since I started dosing ferts.
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