This tank was a x-mas present for my girlfriend 3 yrs ago. With no knowledge about cycling, overstocking, or light cycles and algae, we dove right in and purchased some ugly neon substrate, a few guppies, a few cherry barbs, a opaline gourami, and a pleco the day after setting this tank up. The pleco was the only one that did not make it out of that batch o fish. In no time the guppy population exploded, and I decided it was time for a second tank. And surely enough, the following summer came a 3rd tank..... oh and it doesnt stop there, I now have 6 tanks running in my studio apartment
. Our first live plant was given to us by a friend, it was a small amazon sword rougly 2-3" tall. Since I knew nothing about plants, it recieved no ferts, no co2, 12+ hours of light a day. Its growth was practically non existant. The only growth that occured was the algae on its leaves..... It wasn't untill September of this past year that I became more interested in the live plant aspect of aquariums, and found this great forum with tons of information.
I am not nor have ever been sure where I want to go with this tank. I do plan on giving it a massive re-scape in the near future, so any suggestions would be helpful.
HOB Whisper filter
1x24w T5 (9 hours)
EI dosing method
Female Guppies/fry, Pond snails 1 CAE
Vesicularia dubyana, Microsorum pteropus, Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Vallisneria Spiralis, Rotala rotundifolia (indica), Echinodorus amazonicus, Limnophila aromatica, Hemianthus micranthemoides, Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig', Lemna minor
(9/21/09) Here is the algae covered sword that started it all. Still under stock lighting.
(9/21)Ordered a small package of plants. I should have removed all algae from the glass before I added the Eco-complete.
(10/19) Snagged some HC, hygro and Limnophila aromatica from joraan here. I think some duckweed may have came with them as well. You will soon see why.
(11/27) And here is where the plants go nuts from the diy co2 and 1x24w t5
(12/5) Added the second 24w bulb back to the t5 fixture
The overgrown amazon sword has now been removed and passed on to my younger brother, so he can continue the passing of the addiction we know as the planted tank. Thus leaving a massive blank space on the left side of my tank.