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First Planted Tank 42 Hexagon Tank Journal

Hey everyone this is my first planted tank ever! it's a 42 hexagon tank. I'm 19 years old and i am new to the hobby i haven't even been in the hobby less than a year my tank is about 1 months old check it out. I'm planning on adding more plants soon for the foreground dwarf hairgrass.

Plants


Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

Cabomba
Caroliniana

Egeria densa

Ceratopteris thalictroides

Microsorum
pteropus

Cryptocoryne wendtii

Blyxa Japonica and i think some type of rotala?



Fish
7 Neon Tetras soon to be 16
4 ottos soon to be 8


Front view: sorry guys i dont have a good camera


















Java Fern Pearling





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Substrate: Flourite
Fertilizer: Flourish soon to be EI Dosing
Filter: Aquaclear 50
CO2: Red Sea Turbo
Lighting: HQI 150 watt Viper Clamp Lamp

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Super nice. We have a 30 gln hex. You are the only other big hex person I have seen here. Love the neon school too!

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thankyou i would like to def see it sometime =)

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I am super jealous. I rarely see pearling any more. I like the tank. I always wanted a hex tank.

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thankyou =) yeah those stems you gave me are pearling after an hour in the tank i mean the new light i got works wonders but its 14,000k i am going to buy a 5,500k for it but its like $55 =OOOO so maybe when i get the money sometime i will cuz thats plain crazy for a lightbulb. Well actually for me i love the hex and hate it cuz its very limited room but at the same time its very unique and different especially with planted tanks its pretty hard to scape a foreground since their is 5 different sides.

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Exclamation

So Today i got some
Riccia fluitans in the mail and Elocharis acicularis thanks to eleontie he shipped them very fast and in great condition so get some plants from him he's awesome.

Here are some pictures of the Elocharis acicularis




and here is the picture of riccia fluitans with plant net curosity of aquaticmagic on ebay check them out guys!

don't know what im going to do with this yet so for now ill let it float.

top view plant debris =) i always think this gives an aquarium a natural look so i never bother to remove it only if it gets extremely bad which it never does

O yeah this is my 3 gallon brackish tank wit my fiddler crab in it and some plants that i store in there. this was my first fish tank ever



and that is all for now hope you enjoy any suggestions or anything please
be free to say since i am new to all of this. in a couple days ill recieve some of my dry ferts and liquid ferts so i can start the EI Method up.

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Ooo!! I like that little tak!! It's so cute! I would LOVE to have a fiddler crab along with my guppies in my brackish 5gal...darn it!! I'm dreaming again!!

PS your big tank looks nice too, but doesn't combomba like cooler water?
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I am loving the new plants. Which one do you like the best so far?

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Wow that's some nice Blyxa!

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zootycoonmaster:yeah well thanks to sewingalot she gave me some nice blyxa!!!

sewingalot:i honestly love the blyxa a whole lot!

demonbreedr16: actually im not very sure but it sure loves my tank cuz it grows like a weed!

I cant wait until i get my ferts and stuff so everything can be top notch. =)

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I am glad you like the plants. My goal is to learn how to pronounce them properly! Have you thought about putting some branchy driftwood in there? It could look pretty sweet with the hex shape!

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actually yes i have i just have no idea where i would put it? ya know any suggestions?

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Danakin has a 5 gallon hex with driftwood that looks pretty sweet. Maybe something along these lines? https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/767159-post34.html

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yeah thats some really nice driftwood now i just have to find some of that color i have some in the tank that color just need to find some dark brancy driftwood like that any suggestions where to get it?

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Badcopnofishtank has some nice manzanita driftwood: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sw...driftwood.html. Of course, if you want to do the super cheap method, you can collect fallen branches locally. Just look for the hard woods and prepare it well.

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