Hi everyone. My name is Trenton, I live in
Tigard Oregon, USA. I love fish tanks and love the tranquility that comes with having them but I feel I need more life in my office. I work from home as a database programmer and I vary often lean back and look at my fish tank to help me think.
Well I want an underwater Zen garden, witch is why
I'm going to name this tank "Mizu-Niwa" The garden of water in Japanese.
EDIT: It is my first real planted tank so I might as well learn and then go to the zen garden next time. Hopefully have an ADA rimless next time to boot.
Quick history with my small hand in aquariums.
The first fish tank I helped with (and not vary well) was when I was about 14 living with my parents. When they bought this house it came with a 55 gallon tank that was in poor condition. So I started to learn the basics about it for about a year then I moved else ware. Then I got the itch about 5 years ago and got my first 10gallon. It was lots of fun but I almost ran into every problem I could think of and in the end everything died out. So being too ambitious I tried my hand at a salt water 10 gallon. Needless to say I failed and donated the whole tank to some guy who wanted it for something.
Then I was tank-less until about 6weeks ago. I picked up another 10gallon again and set it up with some basic plants. Well a few weeks ago I realized that it was not doing so well and it's hard to maintain things in a 10g, as things just change way too fast. So couple days ago I upgraded into a much bigger tank than I've done in a the past. A 25 gallon. Needless to say I'm vary excited about doing a full planted tank.
My goal: I want to have my tank with a nice carpet of some kind of
HC with some wood with plants growing off of it, and some kind of bush plant in the middle that will kind of look like a tree.
I have a digital tablet and I'll sketch out what my 'ideal' end tank will look like.
In the mean time here is what I have currently.
EDIT: I've had to change what I want a little because it's not going to work out well with my current set up as well as other factors right now. So this is going to be just my 'learning tank' for now.
-Aqueon 25 gallon Tank - Glass (I think this is the right brand)
-T-5 Double Linear Strip Lighting with a 6700k(14w)Blub and a Colormax Full-Spectrum(14w) Bulb (28w total)
T8 Flora-Glo 2800k(15w) ((just to get a little more light until I get better))
-Aqueon Quiet Flow 30 Power Filter
-Eheim Classic External Canister Filter 2213 with a Rena Filstar xP Micro pad on top. Inflow has a Fluval Pre-filter
100watt All-Glass Aquarium Heater ( Not sure if that is right, that's what the front of the thing says)
-Air Pump w/ Ceramic Air Stone
No longer using.
-Coralife ESU Reptile Digital Thermometer + Glass as well
-25 lbs. Top Fin Gravel (multi color-light brown)
-DIY CO2 with bubble ladder @
3 bubble per sec
-API Proper ph 7.0 Powder
-API Leaf Zone - Aquarium Plant Food
-API Stress Zyme+
-API Stress Coat+
-API Aquarium Salt
-Seachem Prime (when needed)
-Aquarian Aleae Eater Chips
-Quick Dip Test Strips (Ammonia and 6 in 1 strips)
-Seachem Flourish (2.5ml x2 times a week)
-Seachem Flourish Excel (2.5ml everyday)
-Seachem Flourish Potassium (5ml x3 times a week)
-Seachem Flourish Trace (7.5ml x2 times a week)
-Seachem Flourish Iron (2.5ml x2 times a week)
-Genesis Conditioner (removes chlorine and heave metals from tap)
-Malaysian Wood ( kind of plant I guess ;p )
-Java Moss (Vesicularia Dubyana) ((attached to the wood))
-Brazillian Pennywort (Hydrocotyle Leucocephala)
Green Hygro (Hygrophila Polysperma)
-Anubias Barteri var. Nana
-Amazon Sword (Echinodorus Bleheri)
-Red Myriophyllum (Myriophyllum Heterophllum)
Water Sprite (Ceratopteris Thalictroides)
Purple Cambomba (Cabomba pulcerrima)
Green Cambomba (Camba caroliniana)
Lesser Duckweed (Lemna Minor)
-15 lbs 2/12 Gravel
-5 lbs Amazonia Aqua Soil
-5 lbs Flourite Black Sand Substrate
2x Tiger barb (Puntius tetrazona)
Dead in moving
1x Otocinclus (Otocinclus vittatus)
5x Zebra Danio (Brachydanio rerio)
5x Cardnal Tetra
8x Ammo Shrimp (last real count that is)
8x Rose something (trying to find paperwork on real name)
Update 12/06/2009 - Updated list of item on hand/using and items in tank.
Update 12/07/2009 - Changed First post with current Image. And will start to do this from now on.
Update 12/07/2009 - New Daily Pic
Update 12/14/2009 - New pic and I did some replanting to have more of an open space in the middle. Also my DIY co2 should be hooked up later today with any luck
Update 12/17/2009 - New pic and updated equipment.
Update 12/18/2009 - New Daily Pic
Update 12/27/2009 - New Pic
Update 12/28/2009 - New Pic again, with some minor clean up.
Update 01/19/2010 - New pic, after some cleaning, and minor trimming(i need to do some more but need some help/info)
Update 02/02/2010 - Updated front page pic and did some 'major' trimming.
Update 01/23/2011 - Updated front pic, and removed and added plants and dosing.
Update 08/15/2011 - General Posting.