Making an attempt 30g Planted Tank 12/27/09 - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Nskylinerb-25's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston,TX
Posts: 82
Making an attempt 30g Planted Tank 12/27/09

Well I've been looking around this site for a couple of weeks now and I have felt in love w some of the tanks that I've seen here. So I decided to try and make my own planted tank.

Tank:30G
Filter: TopFin 40
CO2: DIY w/ Glass CO2 diffuser w DIY bubble counter
Lighting:26W CFL X2
Heater: 100W ? brand set at 75degrees
Substrate: Pool Filter Sand "Don't ever buy at HomeDepot is not the same thing"

Flora:
Purple Cabomba
Subulata
Rosette Sword
Crypt Ciliat
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Banana Plant
Onion Plant


Fish:
Black Knife Ghost Fish
Angel Fish
Neon Tetra
Clown Loaches

Here's my dosing schedule

Monday-1/4TSP KNO3, 5ml CSM+B, 1ml Flourish Iron
Tuesday- 1/8 K2SO4, 1/16KH2PO4
Wednesday- 1/4TSP KNO3, 5ml CSM+B
Thursday- 1/8 K2SO4, 1/16KH2PO4
Friday- 1/4TSP KNO3, 5ml CSM+B, 1ml Flourish Iron
Saturday- 1/8 K2SO4, 1/16KH2PO4
Sunday 50% WC

Update Pics 1/18/10



Here is the start of my journal.



Setting up the sand


Locating the rocks


Adding the plants


The final look for now


I plan on adding a black background,some riccia for grass along w some other plants, and getting a glass CO2 diffuser

Water is still kind of cloudy hopefully it will clear up by tomorrow

any suggestion, advise or comments are welcome I'm new at this some any feedback is great

Last edited by Nskylinerb-25; 01-29-2010 at 09:06 PM.
Nskylinerb-25 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 04:12 AM
Algae Grower
 
isais's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: yellowknife nt canada
Posts: 65
Welcome to TPT firstly. Great start on the tank, any plans yet on what you plan on stocking it with?

Nobody listens to the fat man til its too late
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
isais is offline  
post #3 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Nskylinerb-25's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston,TX
Posts: 82
no not yet I have a angel fish in there right now but don't know what I'm planning to add. Almost forgot Im also adding some moon light but that will probably be later on during the week
Nskylinerb-25 is offline  
 
post #4 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 07:40 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Hobbes1911's Avatar
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,611
a small piece of advice, the sword plants will develop extensive root systems, so I would add some root tabs to keep them happy. Other than that, great start. Keep it coming.
Hobbes1911 is offline  
post #5 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 05:23 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hilde's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mableton, GA
Posts: 6,256
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nskylinerb-25 View Post
Substrate: Pool Filter Sand "Don't ever buy at HomeDepot is not the same thing"

Water is still kind of cloudy hopefully it will clear up by tomorrow
If it doesn't a biological clarify, such as Nutrafin Bio-clear, will speed up the process.

I have used play sand, pool filter sand from pool company, pool filter sand from Home Depot, and river sand from landscaper. I like river sand the best. I have just sifted the large granules out and put it in the tank. It cleared up in a day.

If you are in to Java fern. You can get some for about $3, with no sihpping, on Ebay. I bought 1 from aquaticmajic and it was as big as 2 plants.
Hilde is offline  
post #6 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Nskylinerb-25's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston,TX
Posts: 82
thanks yeah I have some water clarifier so I'll try that later on if it doesn't clear up, well I went and got a glass co2 diffuser. I think I might get some more java fern for the rocks but I definitely want riccia for grass I also got two banana plants. I think my tank is cycling already I bought this "Seachem Stability New Tank Stabilization System" it says I can add fish at any time as long as I keep on using the product for 7 days so I'll see.

Here's some pics



Nskylinerb-25 is offline  
post #7 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 02:01 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hilde's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mableton, GA
Posts: 6,256
How about a full view picture?
Hilde is offline  
post #8 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Nskylinerb-25's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston,TX
Posts: 82
as requested

Nskylinerb-25 is offline  
post #9 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 03:00 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hilde's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mableton, GA
Posts: 6,256
I think the Amazon would look better set a bit to the right. Also I think you a plant with long flowing leaves, like Hygro willow, or Vals.
Hilde is offline  
post #10 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 03:05 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
leemacnyc's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: machattan
Posts: 574
Great start and welcome to the forum! I also think you might want to move the sword...

not sure which "principle" it is, but it's somewhat distracting to have the focal point directly in the center

keep up the good work!
leemacnyc is offline  
post #11 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 03:15 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hilde's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mableton, GA
Posts: 6,256
It is the golden rule concerning focalization . I found info here. Also Tex Guy, member of APC and Tex Gal's husband, had a conference explaining it. At the conference learned that the focal points can be found by putting tape on tank from left top corner to right bottom corner, right top corner to left bottom corner, and in center from top to bottom.b
Hilde is offline  
post #12 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 03:47 PM
Planted Member
 
cyfan964's Avatar
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ames, Iowa
Posts: 293
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
It is the golden rule concerning focalization . I found info here. Also Tex Guy, member of APC and Tex Gal's husband, had a conference explaining it. At the conference learned that the focal points can be found by putting tape on tank from left top corner to right bottom corner, right top corner to left bottom corner, and in center from top to bottom.b
Known as the "rule of thirds" in photography. Always better to have the main focal point in the right third or left third of center. I know this because I minored in photography .
cyfan964 is offline  
post #13 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Nskylinerb-25's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston,TX
Posts: 82
cool I'll keep that in mind I might just move it to the right a bit behind the rocks maybe
Nskylinerb-25 is offline  
post #14 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-31-2009, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Nskylinerb-25's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston,TX
Posts: 82
moved the amazon sword a little to the right. Water still has not cleared up hopefully it will with in the next couple of days still dosing it w Seachem Stability according to label on the bottle.
Nskylinerb-25 is offline  
post #15 of 72 (permalink) Old 01-03-2010, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Nskylinerb-25's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston,TX
Posts: 82
Water still not clear still think the tank is cycling. Went to my local aquarium store and got some more java moss, riccia, and onion plant, the banana plant seems to be doing really good new leaves are growing fast



Nskylinerb-25 is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome