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My 29 gallon journal,new pics 4/4/09, please comment, 56k warning...

This is gonna be my 29 gallon's journal. I keep meaning to start one, but I never got to it.

A Short History:

This tank was set up in June of 2008. All was well. TONS of fast growing stems, not a trace of algae, perfect. Then school started...DUN DUN DUNNNNNN.....

Neglect. I managed to fertalize daily, and water changes every week. But then my CO2 ran out (DIY) and I never got to refilling it. BOOM!!! Hair algae. Lots of it. In the moss, plants, everything.

I got most of it under control with excel spotting, but it always kept coming back.

I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANY LONGER!!!!!!!!!!!

I tore all the plants out, dried out my driftwood, black out for about a week, cause there weren't any plants in it.

Then Christmas break came. 2 weeks of nothingness. YESSSSS!!!!!!! Rescape time.

This time I'm going for less plants, slower growing stuff. Swords, crypts, a couple of stems, etc.

STATS:

29 gallon tank
72 watts, T-5s
DIY CO2 from two, 2 liter bottles
Gravel as a substrate
Flourish root tabs and liqued ferts are used. Flourish, Excel, Iron, and Trace are added according to Seachems dosing schedual.

Fauna:
13 rummy nose tetras
5 C. habrosus
5 ottos
1 clown pleco
1 bristle nose pleco
2 rams
many assassian snails (YAY BABIES!!!!)

Flora:
HM (Pearl Grass)
Myriophyllum heterophyllum (Red Foxtail)
E. 'rubin' (Red Rubin Sword)
Mayaca fluviatilis (or whatever)
Hygrophyla sp. 'low grow'
Valisneria nana (Nana Vals)
Liliopsis maurtiana (I still can't spell that)

So, the only plants I have that are in their final place is the sword and the vals. The vals are still short (melted when introduced into the tank) but are growing quickly and sending out a bunch of runners. You can't see them yet, but they are behind the driftwood on the right.

The sword is dead center, I know...lol I like it there.

The micro sword is gonne be the foreground. I really want a nice big field of it. All in the front. I MIGHT throw some glosso in later for something shorter.

I think I"m gonna stick with this hard scape. I still need to pick up a couple of more rocks for the right hand side of the tank.

PICS!!!!!

Don't pay any attention to the plants. They are "floating" till they root.

The tank:


Please criteque. I take critizism well. I like compliments too though...lol

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For the plant that you have in the pot i would take it out and spread them out. It would make the aquarium look a bit fuller. But in other words it looks great for now.

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Is that petrified wood? I really like the way that looks.


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I think it's petrified....I'm not sure though...haha

Yeah, I know about the plants. I havn't had time to seperate it yet, so I just threw it in the gravel till I can find an hour to plant...haha I was just lookin for comments about the hard scape for now.

Please ignore the algae...haha

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Okay...Planted the thing (kinda) tonight and picked up some Water Sprite.

Here's some pics...It's not finished, and I'm waiting for some hygro sp. 'lowgrow' and some asian amubulia to root before I plant those.

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The Hygro is going here....(left side)


Baby Tears (HM) gonna look sweet when it grows in.


Right side, I still need a mid ground plant for here. I was thinking loebelia 'small form'. Suggestions?

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Here's a pic with plant names in Blue. Those are the plants that are staying where they are. I"m still deciding where I want the amubulia and what else to put on the right side of the tank.


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Lookin good! Where are those rams at?

Scaping looks like its going good, but wheres that hairgrass going?

Oh, and how big do those nana vals get?


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The rams are hiding. I rescaped at 10:30ish at night, and the lights have been off since 4:30 in the afternoon.

The microsword is going to be the whole foreground. Hopefully...lol

The nana vals are supposed to get long, I've heard 36 inches. The leaes stay real thin though. My tallest one is about 4 inches tall as of now...haha

I'll take more pics tonight and hopefully plant the microsword.

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Oh, well I was going to reccomend moving the nano val up more towards the front and putting a sword with broad leaves in its place. But seeing as it gets so tall, that might not work :p.


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I was thinking, once it grows some, I'll put some red wendtii or something in front of it, or pissobly a compact sword or two.

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Okay, so the pic isn't working...

I'm torn between planting a bed of Lobelia 'small form' or anubia 'petite' in the front right corner. I think I might go with the lobelia cause it's a tad taller and red, compared to green.

I think that once the vals grow in some, some red wendtii's would look nice in front of them, behind the driftwood.

I still need some stems or something for the right side of the sword. I have no idea what to do. Any ideas?

Also, can I trim watersprite like any other stem? If I just cut it, will it grow roots?

Thanks!

*is off to go pull apart his microsword pot and start planting....*

WO-HOO!!!!

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double post...lo siento

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Planted the hygro and the microsword....maybe, if they're open, might make a trip to the lfs for some plants...

FTS:


Hygro, I pulled it out of my low light low tech 6 gallon, where it wasn't doing so well. Put it in here, and now it really sucks. I'm glad I cought it before it all died on my. It'll for sure grow in this tank.


Right side, where I have a couple of extra stems of hygro...This isn't permanent, but it *might be*. I just needed a spot to stick some extra stems. This happened to be a good spot for it. This is where I'm eventually hoping to put some lobelia.


Comments? Suggestions? I decided that I'm gonna get rid of teh rams, so it'll house just the rummies and the cories and ottos, and get snowball shrimp. It should be planted enough by then to provide enough cover.

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I'm McLovin' this tank, Andrew. Nice job!
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