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I have for years, had to cycle through pictures on my phone to look at my old setups. Each of these aquarium setups have faded into shadow as all Jedi do. But i thought it would be good housekeeping to keep a log of my Planted tank(s) journey.

I had kept your standard 10 gallon with plastic plants and assorted goldfish or convicts at several points in my childhood, and setup a hand me down 29 after college while living in Chicago. Wanting to up my game, i looked into plants, and was completely intimidated by the art of nature style aquariums. I decided Aquaponics would be more up my alley.

The first tank i purchased for myself ran for about 2 years. a 55 with comet goldfish and a ebb and flow hydroponics bed with a 10 gallon sump.

Oh the produce it produced!


2 and half years ago, my s/o and I packed up our Midwest lives and moved to Seattle, where i setup basically the same system in a more compact footprint.




Here's where the magic started happening.

I stumbled onto dustin's fishtanks and say what you want about his volume, he has a wealth of media to absorb. I really liked the idea of a dirted tank being the closest thing to a wetland we can replicate in aquaria. (i'm a restoration engineer for a living)

I started slow with a 10 gallon, but that gradually ballooned into multitankitis.


Picked up a 40 long off craigslist



Started to get nervous about a chip in the 40 long and swapped it out for 2 20's


took a little 2.5 to work


It was around this time that i started to realize that having several tanks, was stretching me too thin, so I got rid of the 40,20s,10 and aquaponics system, and focused on two tanks.

A 55 gallon riparium that gradually let to my love of crypts. and a 33 for stem plants to practice some aquascaping techniques.



initial planting


grown in


dutch style 33


I eventually even scrapped the 55 in favor of a crypt heavy 33.


I rebuilt the stand and cleared out all the empty tanks, making the room usuabe once again for things other than a fishroom


Sorry about the repeated trys to get the pictures right.

thanks for looking!


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bump because i couldn't figure out pics yesterday.


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Very nice! Being a Seattlelite now, any chance you have been to Aquarium Zen?

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Very cool. I got a Aquarium Zen store vibe from looking at the pics of your rack(s).
Yeah, Steve (owner) at Aquarium Zen (Seattle, WA) is a good guy. Great shop for anyone who likes planted tanks! Definitely check that place out if you haven't already.
He even had a Aquaponics kit for sale, but it looks like your DIY ones are great as well (which is what I planned to do to save some dough )
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oh yes, steve knows me well. I'm in there bugging him every other week.


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