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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2009, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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29 Gallon Planted River Tank

Hello;

6 weeks ago I started my first planted tank. So far I have been pretty happy.

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Tank: 29 Gallon
Light: 4x15W 6500K Spiral CFL
Substrate: 1" pool filter sand, topped with 2" of Schultz Aquatic Plant Soil
Filter: DIY Behind the tank Sump (400-500GPH)

The water is all flowing from the Left to the Right of the tank.

The Hardscape:


First Round of Planting:


1 Week and 2nd Planting


Almost 4 weeks growth


5 Weeks


6 Weeks and additional Planting



I have the right side of the tank more heavily planted, the left side is hard to keep the plants rooted in the Schultz, due to the high water flow.

I dose Excell every other day, Flourish every other week, and DIY CO2.

I have Crypts planted, Ludwigia, hygrophila polysperma, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Echinodorus tenellus, Bacopa australis, anubius barterii and Java Fern. The Lilaeopsis to Java Fern have only been planted for under 1 week, and were/are very small. Almost all of my plants were recieved as trimmings so initial growth has been slow, but as the plants get more established growth has been increasing.

Any feedback would be much appreciated!

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Full Tank Shot after 7 weeks


Right Side


One of my Diamond Tetras... they loved the camera


One of my Zebra loaches. They dug out under the driftwood, and that is where they live.


You can see one under it


My Anubus Nana


My Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, it seems to be doing quite good


My Echinodorus tenellus, I don't think I have enough light to grow this.


Growing some in a 2L bottle that is in my window. They are doing really good.

"Can't see me..."


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I was able to borrow a friends camera, hence the better pics. Let me know what you think.

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Your tank is coming along nicely! I really like the mixture of rocks and driftwood.

I see on the left you have the PVC tubes for your DIY filter - is one an intake, and the other outtake? Are you getting a good water flow throughout the tank with the outtake on one side, instead of in the middle?

I'll be following this thread - good job, looks great!
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I like the river rocks. They really give the tank more of a natural feel. Good job.


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Your tank is coming along nicely! I really like the mixture of rocks and driftwood.

I see on the left you have the PVC tubes for your DIY filter - is one an intake, and the other outtake? Are you getting a good water flow throughout the tank with the outtake on one side, instead of in the middle?

I'll be following this thread - good job, looks great!
Thank You;

Yes the PVC on the left is the outtake, and the ABS on the right is the intake.

I am quite happy with the flow. The only really close to 'dead spot' is between the 2 pieces of PVC on the left. You sometimes see the fish hanging out there. My pump is still throttled back a bit because many of my plants are still trying to root in, and the SAPS is very light. Once their roots get established they are fine though. (that is why I put the 1" of sand underneath" The pump is at an estimated 400gph out of its potential 500GPH.

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Updated photo. I largely replanted the tank about 1 week ago. I am trying to grow a dense group of HP on the right of the tank, and moved all my crypts o the left side. I think it looks much better this way, and am really happy with it. I am suffering from Brown Algae though, it has slowed down since adding an extra 16W of lighting. This puts me at 2.6wpg, but the lights are 6-7" above the surface. We will see how things go. Any advice would be great!

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Looks good to me! Your tank is looking a lot better then mine right now!
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Looks good to me! Your tank is looking a lot better then mine right now!
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I really like the rocks and driftwood!

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I really like the rocks and driftwood!
My loaches really love the driftwood, they have made a cave under it
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