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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-06-2017, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome to my official progressional journal for my low tech 55-gallon planted aquarium. Every week I will post an update on my aquarium, so feel welcome to subscribe to this thread and follow my aquatic journey! Tips, advice, and feedback are always very much appreciated.

"Every beginner goes through a process in order to become a professional, that process is called learning and that's why I'm here!"
- Diego

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My Planted Aquarium
  • Filter: Marineland Magniflow C360 Canister Filter
  • Lighting: Finnex Planted+ 24/7
  • Heater: Marineland Heater
  • Ventilation: Tetra Whisper 60 (Used only for o2 emergencies)
  • Power Head: Marineland Maxi-Jet 600
  • Substrate: Marina Gravel Black
  • Established: April 5, 2014 (Reset March 20, 2017)
Aquarium Care
  • Tank Maintenance: Weekly - 50% WC, scrub glass, remove excess algae, trim dead/sick plants.
  • Filter Maintenance: Monthly - Clean filter exhaust, intake bar, and replace canister foam pads.
  • Lighting: 24/7 8 am-noon | MAX noon-8 pm | 24/7 8 pm-midnight | OFF midnight-8 am
  • Feeding: Flakes 8 am | Alternative 12 pm | Pellets/Wafers 10 pm
  • Food Rotation: Flakes, Shrimp pellets, Frozen Bloodworms, Algae wafers, Live Brine Shrimp
  • Plant Fertilizers: API Root tabs 12 tabs monthly | Leafzone 25 mL twice weekly | cO2 Booster 5 mL daily
Water Parameters
  • pH: 7.0
  • Temperature: 78 F
  • Ammonia/Nitrite: 0 ppm
  • Nitrate: 15 ppm
  • TDS: 282 ppm
  • Phosphate: 2.0 ppm
Plant Stock
  • Ferns: Java, El Niño
  • Swords: Amazon, Rosette
  • Anubias: Hastofolia, Frazeri
  • Rotalas: Dwarf, Macrandra
  • Temples: Compacta, Scarlet
  • Floaters: Salvinia, Frogbit
  • Misc: Ludwigia, Wisteria, Red Rubin, Ammania Gracilis
Fish Stock
1 - Angel Fish
1 - Pearl Gourami
1 - German Blue Ram
1 - Ghost Shrimp
1 - Snowball Pleco
1 - Julii Cory
2 - Bristlenose Pleco
2 - Panda Cory
3 - Sterbia Cory
7 - Amano Shrimp
7 - Otocinclus
7 - Electric Blue Ram
10 - Platy
13 - Cherry Barbs
14 - Cardinal Tetras
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Updates:

Added new plants
- Amazons
- Ferns
- El Niño

Added new fish
- 1 Otto
- 2 Panda Corys
- 2 Exotic Plecos (Blue Phantom & Snowball)
- School of Cherry Barbs
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lol you have my dream fish stock. 7 EBRs?!!! The fish in that tank must've cost a lot lol. Nice looking fish too. Never seen EBRs schooling. Nice tank keep it up! Also, are you having any trouble with your shrimp and the rams?? I really want some rams but I'm gonna be stocking shrimp and I've read a lot of disaster stories about rams and shrimp the same tank so idk about that.


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@FishPondSealant: Thank you! Glad you like it

@awesometim1: Hey, yeah. I bought 6 EBRs from Tom (through Aquabid) he's the go-to breeder for EBRs and GBRs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaC2lq81EdE&t=280s Really great guy. He was very informative and communicative during the process. He threw 2 extra EBRs so I have 8 total (1 is in my hospital tank, he lost his dorsal fin so trying to help him recover it). Aside from that I also have a male GBR and a female Gold Ram.

As far as shrimp go, yeah, I'd think twice. "If it fits in their mouth, they can eat it" That rule is 100% accurate. I bought 30 ghost shrimp and they got devoured lol. Actually, 1 survived, and he's still alive and kicking. He's actually about 1.5" now, so he's definitely a BIG shrimp and nobody in my tank messes with him. They know better lol. That ghost shrimp isn't shy either, he swims and cleans all day long.

I ordered 5 Amano shrimp from The Shrimp Farm, I heard that those shrimp, since they are bigger, rams don't really mess with them. Well I guess we'll have to find out. They come in today so I'm excited. If they are too small I'll just quarantine in my hospital tank until they're big enough so they don't get eaten.
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@awesometim1: Hey! Just got my Amano Shrimp. They're all doing great in the tank; my rams have "tested" them by poking at them but not chasing or trying to eat them. They're decent sized as well so they don't fit in my ram's mouth. All my fish were paying attention to them considering they always get excited whenever I float new tank mates..... to prevent any issues I distracted all my fish with shrimp pellets (lol at the irony) and sent them to a corner while I released the shrimp. Worked out perfectly.









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@awesometim1: Hey! Just got my Amano Shrimp. They're all doing great in the tank; my rams have "tested" them by poking at them but not chasing or trying to eat them. They're decent sized as well so they don't fit in my ram's mouth. All my fish were paying attention to them considering they always get excited whenever I float new tank mates..... to prevent any issues I distracted all my fish with shrimp pellets (lol at the irony) and sent them to a corner while I released the shrimp. Worked out perfectly.





















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