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row24's 56g SA tank

Hello all-- long time lurker, first time poster.

So I was lucky to get a 56g tank, stand, and lights (formerly saltwater) from my neighbor who was moving (and otherwise going to trash everything ). So after a lot of vinegar, scrubbing, and rinsing to remove all the coraline and salt deposits, I decided to do my first planted tank. I want to set up a low tech South American tank with emphasis on the Peruvian Amazon region. So here goes-- definitely feel free to comment, make suggestions, or criticize. Thanks!

Tank: 56 g (30 in x 18 in x 25 in)
Lights: Orbit power compact fluorescent: 2 x 65 w (1x 6700k and 1 x 10000k daylights)
Filter: AquaClear 110
Substrate: topsoil topped with an equal mix of dark and black Flourite (side note: I originally was going to use Miracle Gro Organic potting soil, but the bag I got resembled mulch more than soil)
Hardscape: lg piece of driftwood and locally found rocks

Tentative flora:
Echinodorus osiris (melon sword)
Echinodorus amazonicus (Amazon sword)
Potamogeton gayi
Alternanthera reineckii
Cabomba?
Echinodorus tenellus (easier) or Lilaeopsis brasiliensis (more aesthetic IMO)
definitely taking suggestions for plants (must be SA)
also looking to buy trimmings!

Tentative fauna:
3 x Apistogramma cacatuoides (dbl red)
5 x black & white veil angels
5 x Agassizi corys
5 x otocinclus
15 x cardinal tetras
maybe a bristlenose pleco or two in the future

Here's the scape so far. Ignore the rock on top of the driftwood, the rasboras (not staying in there), and the tannin-y water. This is a great forum, thanks to everyone for sharing their knowledge and experiences!



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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-10-2009, 06:25 AM
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Welcome to the planted tank! I like the dimensions of this tank. It will look great with the Swords once they grow up a little. A word of warning on the bristlenose pleco. I personally had mine destroy a very nice ocelot sword in one night. Check out the Swap and Shop for trimmings. There are great deals on there.

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nice tank
i hope that big rock dont fall down
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I was waiting for someone to start this exact tank so I could see how it looks full of water...much appreciated.
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Thanks for the comments! And the BN warning. I also really like the height of the tank-- its a nice contrast to my 75g African tank.

All my fish arrived last Sat. and my plants finally arrived today. So here's the big update. Sorry the water's cloudy-- the soil's still a little stirred up. I got anxious to post!

And then there were plants...



and fish...






The no-longer-tentative list:
flora:
Echinodorus barthii (red melon sword)
Echinodorus amazonicus (Amazon sword)
Alternanthera reineckii
Echinodorus tenellus
I think I would still like to try some Potamogeton gayi if I find it.

fauna:
5 x black & white veil angels
4 x Agassizi corys
4 x otocinclus
12 x cardinal tetras
still looking for a trio of good Apistogramma cacatuoides
3 rasboras that I still haven't taken out

I'd appreciate any suggestions or comments. I'm worried that the red melon may be too shaded by the driftwood-- but I can just move it. Any one have some good tips for planting stems? I'm hoping they root in a week or so and then I can plant them a little better. I'm also thinking about fert/root tabs and dosing Excel-- any suggestions? Thanks!!
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