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post #1 of 136 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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goodbye to my first 20h(56k!)

New Update:

January 2010(virgin forest)


Old Update:
Old pics:first tank ever. previous set up a year ago.
Feb 2008 (old set up)

fake plants was bad and decided to get some real plants.

low light, just fine gravel substrate, no co2, and never add fertilizer. Newbie I was that time I always thought fish waste is a fertilizer for plants :/.
Dec 2008 (10 months after)
plants were in not so good condition, but they still grow.



Feb 2009 (1 year later, plants were weak, melting and having holes)

i had a terrible snail infestation and plants started to get weak (leaves started to get very thin and pale). i decided to reset my tank early march
did some readings, and found plantedtank.net and several other websites which help me get started.

March 2009 (my new set up)

April 2009 ( a couple of major algae outbreak and camera broke >.<)


May 2009 (So far, so good. Getting better)


June 2009 (decor added. not satisfied with the scape)



Mid June 2009 (transformation begins)


July 2009(let it grow. glosso carpet failed)


August 2009(minor changes/more plans)


September 2009(minor rescape making a tree and moving things around to look better)


October 2009(let it grow)


November 2009(big trim)


December 2009(jungle)



Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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20h journal

20high tank
part eco-complete/ part fine gravel substrate
aqualight 65W lighting
aquaclear 30 HOB filter
Hagen CO2 natural plant system

Plants
hygrophila difformis
ludwigia repens
rotala indica
dwarf hairgrass
HM
corkscrew vallisneria
cardamine lyrata
hygrophila corymbosa stricta

Fish
10 harlequin rasbora
5 zebra danio


Im very new to co2 and fertilizing stuff, so well see how my tank will go. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Updates will come soon.

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i like the tank!
when it grows in man, it'll be nice!
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20h journal (pics added*)

thx trigun, i cant wait for the plants to grow and look nice. OTOH, heres some additional pic.

i tied the driftwood with some plastic tie (dunno what its called) onto rock coz it keeps floating. its kinda ugly now, but hoping once the plants grow, it will cover it up.

So far plants my plants are growing, but starting to have some GSA sticking on the glass. Updates will be soon.

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heres an update finally (ive been busy). I had a major bba and hair algae outbreak on my tank, and i did everything to save my tank and finally its back to normal again, some plants didnt make it, some survived and growing well. I also removed my driftwood (covered with algae), might put it back later on once i treat and disinfect it or just find a better one. heres more pics (sry about the crappy pic, took it from my cell, my camera broke last month .)


rotalas is growing well, so as the the HM and hyrgophila stricta. Ludwigia survived and starts growing again



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Just cleaned my tank last night and decided to take some pics.


I also introduced 5 amano shrimp in my tank earlier this week, this is my first try to handle tiny invertebrates in a glass tank, hope i do well. So far, theyre ok, they always hide under the hygrophila stricta as if its their home.




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20h journal (update with pic)

Just cleaned my tank earlier and decided to take some pics after. So far so good, plants are growing very well and might start cutting em soon, im planning to get decor to add to the tank (stones/driftwood/branch) any suggestions? I also preparing to get a small tank soon, a small shrimp tank, just researching for now .





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That betta is stunning! I wish I had more room for bettas. I like the layout. Very nice. Your plants look happy and healthy.

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Hey thanks sewingalot. The betta i have is really peaceful, and never bother my other fish and shrimp in the tank . All the plants were happy except for the microsword that i just bought a week ago. Its yellowing from the tip and not growing , while other plants is shooting up crazy. Ill see in a few weeks if theres any changes with it. OTOH heres a night time pic of my tank. Danios seems to be attracted to the light, they always play around inside the spotlight. I put it just on top of the water flow of the HOB filter to create that shimmering effect underwater.



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i pruned my rotala last week (its reaching the top already), and spreading more pearl weed from cuttings. I added cabomba caroliniana yesterday just to see how it will fit in the tank. red ludwigia is growing well, 2 of my ottos died and microsword not changing much :/. More update later.


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That's nice progress on your part.
This hobby is a do and learn process, we learn from experience, mistakes, and all the good times.
Ultimately if the fish and plants are happy, you'll enjoy the scape much, much more. (;
Keep it up.


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Hey thanks Kayen. This hobby is great and enjoyable ( and highly addictive though :P) i never imagine myself being so much into this hobby. There was a time I almost quit and let it go when i had all these weird algae issues (GSA, BBA, hair algae) when i started dosing co2 and adding fertilizer when i first attempted doing it. It covered most of my plants and constantly trimming and removing all the affected plants and doing a lot of water changes was tiresome , so as scraping all these hard green spots, and brown stuff on the glass. Despite that, when you see the plants fighting back, growing and starts to look nice again, it makes you want to maintain your tank more and make it look better.

I am planning to add some decor (stones, driftwood, branch), i had an old one but it got covered by bba algae, and decided to find another. suggestions anyone?


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just took a pic this morning. microsword never grew and got covered with algae so i removed it. Ludwigia starts to have sideshoots and already reached the top.



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I finally added the driftwood to the tank after 2-3 week treatment. Im not sure how I am going to work with it, just see how well it will come out. I might change it, but for now i like the way it looks.


I also want to introduce youko kurama for my next lil tank im going to start very soon. got the name from my favorite anime character. Currently hes inside the hospital tank.



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Working with close-up pic.









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