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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-03-2015, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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55g high-tech, My first tank

So, this is my first planted tank, when i was 7 i had a 10 g with 2 fancy goldfish, that was before i knew about all the details like cycling and bio-load. In July i finally bought a 55g with a stand for $60 on Craigslist. I threw some random petco gravel in, because i had no clue about substrates. The more research i did, the more i wanted a planted tank. My tank was barren and i had decided that i wanted some java fern, so i bought some driftwood for it to anchor to and to fill in the tank. I decided against the java fern because one of the employees told me that regular lights weren't going to cut it. This was a chain store, so I didnt trust him, but i went home and found out that there just wasnt enough light for plants. The guy turned out to be quite knowledgeable, and he had multiple planted and saltwater reefs at home. I decided to convince my parents to get me a co2 system and lighting. I got a Ray 2, a cheapo Azoo regulator because i couldnt afford a better one, and some Eco-Complete. That brings us up to the present day where i am hopefully ordering a package of plants from a forum member. I just installed a co2 reactor that blew water all over my room, i fixed it and now everything is going smoothly, no pictures because the tank is embarrassing right now. I will post pics when i get the plants in.

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Hey, good luck with your project. I hope you enjoy it and achieve what you are looking for.
Just as an aside though, I've successfully grew plants in a tank for at least three years now with regular lights.
It's a low tech, nothing but java ferns, anubias, java moss, crypts, guppy grass, hornwort, pennyworth, and a few others I can't name atm.
Of course a high tech tank looks much better, but it is possible to grow some plants with store bought lights.

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Hey, good luck with your project. I hope you enjoy it and achieve what you are looking for.
Just as an aside though, I've successfully grew plants in a tank for at least three years now with regular lights.
It's a low tech, nothing but java ferns, anubias, java moss, crypts, guppy grass, hornwort, pennyworth, and a few others I can't name atm.
Of course a high tech tank looks much better, but it is possible to grow some plants with store bought lights.

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At my middle school we have aquarium science and were going to make a planted tank. I'm excited on how it will go.
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So, I just put some plants in the tank looks like this now, i cant remember species off the top of my head.


And on a unrelated note, a neon tetra that wasn't doing too well got sucked into a powerhead because he was weak and died, and i saw this happening
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Just be cautious with letting fish eat deceased fish as they can contract diseases (the fish did die for a reason).
And just so you know, Neon Tetra Disease is contagious to other fish, not just tetras.

I don't think it's too uncommon for a fish of that size like the Apisto to eat a smaller dead fish.

Other than that, it's nice to see your tank coming together. I am sure others would suggest nicer layouts, but it looks like you are just growing things out as of right now.
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Just a quick update: i picked up 2 florida flagfish to deal with my algae issue, i also used 20 ml of h2o2 to kill some BBA i saw sprouting on my driftwood. I also got 4 otos to help clean up diatoms. Everything is growing nicely, glosso is having a hard time carpeting because it is shaded by driftwood, im going to move it to the middle and have some s. repens on the left and right.

I trimmed the vals because i had some algae growing on the tips, they are sending out runners right now and im not stopping it because i want a wall of vals, i have various algaes growing right now, the BBA is turning red as the h2o2 does its job right now. And @WaterLife - it is a kribensis, not an apisto, but they do look very similar.

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Well, it has been a while since i have done an update
Plants: (Sorry if i butcher spelling)
Rotala rotundifolia
Lobelia Cardinalis 'Small form"
hydrocotyle japan
S. Repens
Limnophila aromatica
Corkscrew vals
persicaria sp. 'kawagoeanum'
bacopa carolinana
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4 Bolivian rams
6 Pristella tetras
6 neon tetras
3 bronze corys
2 Florida flagfish
4 otos
2 SAE
After battling BBA, staghorn and hair algae, green spot algae is now taking over.

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Coming along nice! Looks a lot better without the left piece of wood. Increasing phosphorus *might* help with the gsa


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Slightly rescaped. got some new plants:
Rotala Macrandra
Ludwiga red
Christmas moss
One stem of AR mini, that was mixed with macrandra

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