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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2009, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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1st attmept at a planted tank

This was my 1st real attempt at a fresh water tank, I've had freshwater in the past, but the plants were either plastic or a complete disaster.

Done a fair bit of research and have been asking questions here and on other forums, plus bothering my local fish shops.

Here's the setup
Rio 125 Tank
Using the internal filter
4x24W T5 lights
Pressurised CO2



This picture was taken some time after setup, the tank was filled and planted on May 5th.

The plants are.

Alternanthera Reineckii 'Pink' (Roseafolia)
Ceratophyllum Demersum (Foxtail)
Hygrophila Polysperma (Rosanervig)
Glossostigma Elatinoides
Monosolenium Tenerum
Taxiphyllum Barbieri (Vasicularia)
Vallisneria Nana
Vallisneria Spiralis

I dose a mix of Tropica Plant Nutrition and Plant Nutrition+ on a daily basis.
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And here are a few updated pictures, been great watching it come along.





As you can see from the 2nd picture, I need to have a bit of a trim.
I replaced the bubble counter/ladder with a proper ceramic diffuser. I've also had to replace my CO2 bottle, though I got a great deal from my local BOC centre for a MUCH bigger bottle.

6 Cardinal Tetras have been added to the tank. I am hoping to add more fish and shrimp to the tank, but I've had an ammonia spike so I'm waiting for the water stats to settle down.

Having a few minor problems, as you can see, the glossostigma is far from uniform, though I still like it, but in the future I might replace it with a another type of carpeting plant.
My Monosolenium Tenerum isn't doing well attached to the rock, I keep finding deep spots and having to remove them, I'm thinking of removing it all together.
I'm getting some sort of green thread algea in my Taxiphyllum Barbieri, but funny enough, it's only the batch on the left piece of bogwood. At the moment I'm just cleaning it up with a tooth brush.
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Beautiful. That's an amazing amount of growth in only a month.

I've read that HC grows upward (instead of outward) when it's not getting enough light.

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nice tank - great job.
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Beautiful. That's an amazing amount of growth in only a month.

I've read that HC grows upward (instead of outward) when it's not getting enough light.
Thanks for the comment

It is a shame about the glossostigma, I did hope I had enough WPG to meet it's needs.
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It could also be the way you planted the glosso originally. There is an art to it. Scroll all the way down to the middle of the page. It seems like you should have enough light, that is why I think it is the planting method.

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Start trimming. Trim Trim Trim Trim
Trimming is important to make stem plants fill in correctly.

You need (4) 39W HO-T5's to get your Glasso to grow the way you want.

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