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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-21-2009, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I haven't had a stable place to live in a few years so I couldn't keep an aquarium until last October. My dad brought down my equipment from st louis:
Fluval 305; 29 Gallon Walmart special with 98.00 stand; 2 coralife dual NO T5 one freshwater; one saltwater; coralife power center. I didn't have any substrate because I couldn't find any LFS's with Ecocomplete or anything comparible.

I can't do a photobucket account right now because it is blocked from my work.. so I only have pictures on my profile... scratch that edit:

My tank with hardscape and plants... lol no substrate:

My tank after adding substrate:

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Current species: Wisteria; rotala sp. vietnam; Glossostigma; mexican oak leaf.
Just made order for:
Rotala Magenta (Rotala macrandra v. 'narrow leaf')
Wendtii, Red (Cryptocoryne wendtii)
Baby Tears (Hemianthus micranthemoides)
Petite Nana (Anubias Pygmy Nana)

and 15 CRS

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I hear you on the not having a stable place to live...in the last five years, I don't even want to count how many times I have broken down fish tanks to move them. It's a pain!
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Just added 9 cardinals/removed danios and betta. Adding CRS in a few days!

Yeah, I finally think I'm gonna be somewhere for a while. NO MOVING! DO YOU HERE THAT KATIE, WE AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE FOR AT LEAST A YEAR!

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Like it! IMO a 29 is the perfect sized tank. Everytime I see one I imagine all kinds of aquascapes! Wierd that I never owned one. Please keep this thread updated.
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So I have kept a couple planted tanks before but never dosed ferts or injected c02... I am on this tank.. and obviously this is making a huge difference. I'm actually just using DIY C02.

I fertilize three times a week. Monday I dose Seachem Florish. Wed I dose Potassium and Iron (API Leaf Zone). I'm about to start dosing Kent Pro Plant which has Nitrates, Boron, Magnesium, and something else..hehe.

I'm not going to dose the Kent until I get a real good feel for the Nitrate levels.. just bought a Nitrate test kit today. I just got cardinals and CRS which is what prompted me to buy the Nitrate test kit because I'm extremely paranoid of killing off some kinda expensive cardinals and shrimp. Will check Nitrate levels tonight after I get off work and dose if necessary.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how much Nitrates I can safely have with Nitrate death prone species?

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"My dream tank: 100 gallon brackish riparium archerfish tank, ONE DAY!"


I, too, have that dream. I have lived half of that dream, with a 90gal semi-low tech. It was nice, although a pain to maintain:

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/1179/p0000965.jpg

I'd like the next incarnation to be in a 110X, though.


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The coolest fish I've owned: Silver Arowana, Silver and Gold Datnoids, Archer Fish, Anableps, Mudskipper, African Leaf Fish, True Leaf Fish, Moth Catfish, Chaca Chaca, Apistogramma agasizzi.
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LOL, right on, I can't view the pic from here but I can't wait to check it out when I get off.

Yeah, I'm no where near that dream at the moment but sounds fantastic. I'm actually thinking paladarium not riparium but either one would be cool. Just dump some crickets on the land portion and have a screen or glass top. I was also thinking I could get one of those really tall aquariums and make it look sweet with 2 or 3 Archerfish.

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Many new plants getting established and cardinals added.

Still using crappy cell phone for camera. The Rotala Magenta is much more red and brilliant than this photo expresses.

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I'm very happy and surprised to say that all my new plants are doing great! It took about three weeks but my rotala sp. Vietnam has really made a comeback. I also got some rotala magenta which I was sure would not do well or grow green but it is coming in even redder than it arrived and already has sideshoots after only one week. Cryptocorne wendetii red started growing as soon as it hit the tank. My Glosso is finally starting to carpet and the HC I just put in the tank is over melt stage and starting to get real green.

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Just added four more cardinals from the original batch I got. Also, added 7 Harlequin Rasboras.

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I am planning to move to Florida next year and have a 29 gallon tank. Perhaps you can give me some pointers on how to avoid disaster?

I thinking I will set the tank up in my mother's home until I get settled. Will use Eco-complete over mineralized substrate so that I will only need 1 bag.

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I'm no pro at keeping a successful tank by far. But one mistake I see with many 29's is not taking advantage of the height of the tank. I'd highly recommend a nice grate or anything that helps make the tank look more three dimensional.

Also if you are going to Florida you might consider a native tank. There are many nice plants and fish you could go with that are native to Florida. Paul Sachs is a cool guy that has a bunch of captive bred natives down there.

Oh, yeah, and 29's make great paladariums and ripariums because of their height.

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Decent picture!

Finally a halfway decent pic of my tank thanks to my new HTC Hero!


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Looking good! Nice, simple U-shaped layout. I like those.
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