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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2016, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Set up on 1/2/2016. Finished cycling on 1/28/2016. Planted 1/29/2016. Stocked with 1 dwarf gourami, 9 neon tetras, 2 mollies, 2 platies, and one golden mystery snail. Lit with Finnex 24/7 on a 24" deep tank.

Kind of no idea what I'm doing - planted mostly with easy, fast growing low to medium light plants. No CO2. Fingers Crossed!

There is still one plastic plant, the red one, just until things start to grow. Forgive me!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2016, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Update 2-01-2016.

The tank ammonia and nitrite have been 0 and the Nitrates around just 5ppm so I am going to start Tom Barr's dry fert regiment at the end of the week. Tank is pretty much fully stocked with:

3 dwarf gouramis
3 peppered cory cats
8 Australian rainbows
9 neon tetras
2 oto cats
2 juvenile mollies
2 juvenile platies
1 apple snail

May try adding shrimp at some point and sunset platy for color? Anyway, not sure if the rainbows will eat the neons. They don't seem big enough at this point, but the neons are definitely sticking together more.

My cory cats completely blend in with the eco-complete, so I always get a nice surprise when I finally see them. I'm not 100% sure about the rainbows, but they add a lot of activity and my daughters love them. Gouramis are my favorite. The flame dwarf was upset when I added two powder blues, but the chasing and aggression mostly comes out around feeding. They stand guard over the algae discs I drop in for the cats and snail. Overall this tank is super fun to watch. Hoping all goes well!

Here's a little video I recorded. The corner that the gouramis are fighting over is where I dropped the algae disc.

https://youtu.be/9JZGK6azNTA

Bump: It's amazing to me, but watching that video and comparing it with the last pic in the first post, my plants have already filled out a little. Just a few days in!
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Plants are showing some growth. Did first dose of dry ferts yesterday. Fish are nibbling at the Mexican oak and jungle val.
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Lots of pics

Seeing some decent growth. Still running the Finnex in 24/7 mode which I think is giving my plants medium or slightly less than medium light. I planted two weeks ago today and have seen some growth in the hair algae that came in on the plants.

The jungle val has put out several runners that are rooting and the last pick is a flower (I think) that was heading towards the surface. It got detached though, so I never saw it open. Tomorrow I'm going to take out the red plastic plant. I've gotten some height on the hornwort and I may get a taller piece of driftwood to tie some smaller plants to. Still thinking.

I've had one oto and two rainbowfish die, probably from stress. The tank is a little crowded. No more apparent health problems in the last several days.

This has been a very rewarding hobby so far!

Bump: I was messing around with my camera settings and took some pictures in vibrant mode and some in miniature mode. So just for fun:
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Rescaped a little

Spent sometime yesterday moving things around and adding a couple of plants. So the plastic plant is now gone. I added another piece of driftwood which has a couple of nice swim throughs. Added a sword in the back corner. I don't know how quickly or large it will grow in my set up, but hoping to get some height. Also added some anacharis stems and moved a couple of things around.

I'm still trying to figure out what my light level is. Some of the plants I've had since 1/29/16 seem to be growing, but with a more yellowish hue. Researching EI, thinking I may be low on nutrients.
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I liked the red plastic plant,you should consider adding a red live plant in its place! I like the combination of shells/rocks/ wood as well!
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@ctross09 Thank you. I'm still trying to figure out my light level when running the Finnex in 24/7 mode. My first big plant purchase was mostly low/med light fast growers. I haven't done any research on red plants. I'm under the assumption they require high light. My tank is 21.5" light to substrate, so I think I'm in medium light territory.

It definitely needs something though!
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It's been two weeks since my last update and I've had what feels like tremendous plant growth! I divided my weekly low tech fert dose into two smaller doses and added Flourish comprehensive and a half dose of Flourish Iron twice a week on alternate days.

Really happy with the slow growers, anubias, java. The wisteria is showing some nicer foliage too. The anacharis grew like crazy and I trimmed it tonight, replanting the tops. The jungle val is hanging in there, sending out runners, but not thriving. The Mexican oak grows spindly and leggy, though, so I will probably pull that out in the future.

Both of the balloon mollies I had died last week, about two days apart. No other fish appear sick and I had one dwarf gourami build a bubble nest. I ordered some purigen to try and clear some of the tannins. I also ordered a Zenblue (Sunsun) canister filter to add to the HOB filtration. It should arrive Tues. Thanks for looking!
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You're getting some really nice growth in there, and I like the wood you found.

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I added a canister filter to my setup today. I ordered a Zenblue from amazon, but the filter that arrived was labeled a SunSun 402b. I filled it with ceramic rings, purigen to clear tannins and fluval sponges in addition to the pads it came with. It does have a hum, but at $55 shipping included, I guess I can't expect silence.

I've never used a canister filter, so it took me most of my day off to get it up and running. My tank stand is actually my mother's dining room buffet and I'm sure she is having a stiff drink in heaven after watching me pull out the interior floor and drill holes in the back wall for the intake and outtake tubes. I'm also sure my dad would be proud
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