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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-23-2009, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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72G Mineralized (56k)

1st attempt at a medium sized, medium light planted tank. Every bit of this is new to me.

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Lights-Coralife Aqualight PC. 4 x 65W 67k (5hrs 130W & 3hrs 260W)
Substrate-Mineralized top soil, capped with Play Sand.
Co2-DIY temporarily-pressurized in 2 weeks.
Flourish temporarily until roots take hold.

Fish
12~Cardinals
6~Lemon Tetras
2~Clown Loaches (Soon to be 3, would like 5 but think 72Gs isnt enough.)
1~Pleco
1~Catfish

Plants
Hygrophila Difformis
Limnophyla Aromatica
Ludwigia Brevipes
Ludwigia Repens
Microsorum Pteropus Narrow
Amazon Sword
Lemna Minor "Lesser Duckweed"
3 types of grass, still searching for name :P
And a couple others maybe users can identify so i can add to list haha.


About 8 months ago i was browsing youtube when i came across a video showcasing planted tanks. I became totally obsessed instantly. So i searched for more pictures and videos, and i came across a video with Amano teaching a class. In this video he said to check out forums about this hobby so i did and found The Planted Tank.

I set up a low light, gravel, planted tank with a 29G i had access to. It worked out nicely for me, but wasnt enough.

This is the 29g, with half of the lights on so i could get a picture. Sorry all pictures are on my cell phone, my camera broke and i am on a shoe string budget, and all my money goes to supplies and what not lol. <---ADDICTED!


Found my new tank on craigslist, then did research here at the forums on how to mineralize topsoil to save money (for a pressurized co2 system).

The new tank, didnt come with a stand. But did have a glass top and filter.(new filter will be bought soon )


I used my spare room to dry the soil which i dug out of my back yard lol 2 times and dried it outside the other 2 times.


Now it was time to build a stand (yes build, im a broke bastage haha). I only bought a bit of lumber and screws and used stuff i had laying around the house. Cost me $12. I have never built anything in my life so i enlisted the help of my good friend Skye to work out the kinks and show me the way. He did 90% of the work!





And here it is with the tank on top.


Now it was time to try the top soil out. Thank you to Coltonorr from these very forums for being gracious enough to send me some Potash. You Rock!






This is 5 minutes after filling

And this is a couple days later, almost all plants were bought from swap and shop from user-Jeremy VanderKelen. Very very generous person is the least i can say.


More pics and info to come! Jesse T.

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Wow...Nice work Jesse...I'm happy to see your up and running!!!
your stand came out nice too...
I can't wait to see it grow


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Wow, fantastic work on the stand!

Looking forward to seeing the results with your soil. Should be impressive!
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Thanks, i hope to have better quality photos once the water column clears up. As for the stand, i was so nervous when filling the tank with water, luckily it all worked out great. Not as heavy as it looks, and the tank is 100% level all around. I will list lighting, plants, fish and what not soon. Also links for obtaining all ingredients for the soil.
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Build me a stand now? Seriously, this is awesome. I like the plant layout, too. Welcome to TPT!

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Looks great and really like the work on the stand... though for some reason I suddenly have a craving for a frosty Pabst.
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wow.. great work on the stand! I look forward to seeing how it fills in.

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good work on the stand. A bowfront stand is not easy.

Hope you can make it to the plant swap, we will help you fill up that tank.


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Nice job. Stand is awesome. Did you consider painting the wood grain on the tank to match the stand?


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Thanks all, yes i will be painting the rims of the tank, no offense to any and all who like the wood look, but its just not for me lol. Reminds me of older stationwagons with wood panelling haha.
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Thanks all, yes i will be painting the rims of the tank, no offense to any and all who like the wood look, but its just not for me lol. Reminds me of older stationwagons with wood panelling haha.
Great. Now I am looking at my tank thinking about my aunt's old stationwagon. Lol! How do you paint the trim? I didn't know I could do this.

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I was told you can paint the trim, or even the back glass using latex paint. Im sure you could use a rattle can for the trim but it would be much harder to remove. Im not sure about spraypaint on back glass tho, i think i read it can damage seals, have to research.
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Just a couple close ups, again sorry for bad cell phone pics and still cloudy water. Once the water column completely clears i will take better quality photos with a better camera. Any and all advice is greatly welcomed. As stated in my first post i am a total noob and need all the help i can get.








Thanks for looking all.
EDIT---->Forgot to add, i added some of my stats to first post.
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Looks like you're off to a great start. You'll love the mineralized soil, my 75 is going great without dosng or co2 even with pretty strong light. Good luck!
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Looks great so far. If I can offer any advice, I'm not too fond of the grey stones up front. Too roundish for my liking, they're not as cool and detailed looking as the rest of your hardscape.

Regarding paint, I've found acrylic quite easy to clean off as well. What color are you thinking?
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