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My first planted tank

Well I started out with a spec with intentions to keep Bumble Bee Gobys. Unfortunately these guys didn't work out in my spec. Ive been keep reef tanks for many years and I have been missing an aquarium since I sold my reef tank before school started. So I did the nest best thing and I purchased a Spec.

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So this is my spec. Live stock include water sprite, and a moss ball... as for the plant in the right im not 100% sure as to what it is... maybe you guys can help me out. As for fish I have 2 Neon tetras and a ghost shrimp

Started with this


then I decided I needed to do something else

broke the drift wood and added some rock

added the unknown plant
and now this is what the tank looks like


I am surprised how quickly everything is growing... it seems like I prune the tank at least every 2.5 weeks.
I hope you guys like my tank and im open to any kind of suggestions!
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Wow your plants grew out insanely fast in your little tank. What was the difference in time between your last two pictures? Are you dosing any ferts?

Was it a big change from salt to freshwater? Probabily much easier now with freshwater?

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I like how your Spec turn out. But u need to get a new camera. lol


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Wow your plants grew out insanely fast in your little tank. What was the difference in time between your last two pictures? Are you dosing any ferts?

Was it a big change from salt to freshwater? Probabily much easier now with freshwater?
freshwater is a lot easier. Compared to my reef tanks its is basically maintenance free. I am not dosing anything of ferts or CO2. The last two picture were taken sept 2 and sept 26 according to my phone.

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I like how your Spec turn out. But u need to get a new camera. lol
haha the best camera Is on my cell phone. I will look around to see if any has a better camera to take real pictures.
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You also added a few more plants in between the last two pictures you said? That plant you added in looks really similar to the pre-existing plants so the growth looks insane :]

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You also added a few more plants in between the last two pictures you said? That plant you added in looks really similar to the pre-existing plants so the growth looks insane :]
Actually I haven't added any more plants besides a small patch of baby tears. I haven't took a picture with the baby tears yet but the picture i posted is of the original water sprite, moss ball and the plant on the right that I think is green myrio.
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nice start to a planted tank
I'm sure you will eventually find that the high tech, high light planted setups are just as challenging as reef tanks, maybe even more.




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nice start to a planted tank
I'm sure you will eventually find that the high tech, high light planted setups are just as challenging as reef tanks, maybe even more.
haha theres a good chance.. ive kept sps and anemones which i thought were fairly difficult, especially keeping them in a dorm room. College limits me as to what I can keep so im most likely going to be low tech until i graduate.

I was thinking about rescaping my tank and maybe just doing some carpeting mosses on the bottom to try to clean it up a bit and suggestions?
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tie Christmas moss to slate rocks (break one up) to make an easy moss carpet.

challenging = keeping a reef system going for a few years without losses or any algae crashes IMO. Its tough to keep up a high tech planted for the same amount of time w/o major issues. Both sides of the hobby are challenging




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tie Christmas moss to slate rocks (break one up) to make an easy moss carpet.

challenging = keeping a reef system going for a few years without losses or any algae crashes IMO. Its tough to keep up a high tech planted for the same amount of time w/o major issues. Both sides of the hobby are challenging
I will try to get my work to order some xmas moss... i saw you had a saltwater tank too... specs?
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if you saw my 10 gal, that's about to get taken down because i am moving soon. the one you do want to see is my smaller tank:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...2#post19543032
the specs are at the start of the thread. This one is moving with me when i move out.

but in case you did want to see the 10 gal, here it is:
http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/inde...7&st=0&start=0
though it no longer looks like that.




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your 3 gallon rules!
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That is so funny! I too have a spec with driftwood, moss ball, water sprite, and 2 neons! Though in the past week I added some nana (petite), a killi ( until I get my shrimp) and a little willow moss I might remove.
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im looking for some moss to start to cover the drift wood... I rescapped today guys I will post pictures when the tank clears up. I also got some spiralis. I also tied some baby year to the wood in hopes it would start to root on it.
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Neons were $.99 so I got one to complete the trio. But its nice because I can Actually see things now
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