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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-22-2009, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Beginners Journal - 10g

Without further ado, my first attempt at a planted tank. Much thanks to this site for all of the helpful threads. I'm not hoping for failure, but expect it to come eventually being my first run. Enough talk, pictures!

Tank before:


During cleanup:


Temporary fish motel:


4 hours after setup, old media and tank water reused, still watching for any ammonia spikes:


Day 2:


Valisneria, micro sword, some type of ludwigia I got for free.
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Looks awesome. What type of hood is that?
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Tank looks nice, good luck!

Also watch out for algae coming especially since your old tank water was used.

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The hood was made from some leftover lumber scraps.

First lesson, safe co2 tank storage temperature. We don't have AC in our house, the tank was at 950psi this morning when it was 70F. It's climbed to near 90 and the tank is at ~1030psi. Should I turn off the solenoid since it is getting so hot? (clippard). A fan is now blowing on the tank and it is not in direct sunlight.

Not sure if I should be worried as I have read threads on here about tanks showing 1300psi without issues.
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Day 9 - water change day, getting a little low


I think I read somewhere on this board that stemmed plants start to send down runners if they grow too high. Guess I didn't trim soon enough. Can I snip the runners off or will they just grow back?

The hood for april_tanks:
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You read that stemmed plants send down runners if they grow too high? Do you mean roots off the stems?

I would take the heater out of the tank if the water is already 90 degrees (too hot!). You probably won't need the heater for another couple months anyways.

I havent had very much luck with microsword. I think chain sword is a LOT easier if you want a lawn-look. I've gone through chain sword, microsword, several types of vals, and now I just have tons of blyxa. Im looking forward to seeing this grow in. You might consider moving the vals at the front further to the back, because they do grow tall and spread like crazy. Maybe taller vals in the back and then a sword or dwarf sag lawn in the front?

You never mentioned, btw, what is your lighting?
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Thanks for the info FrostyNYC I'm letting everything grow out before re-arranging. I wish I would have read up more on the micro sword, it doesn't seem to be melting but has not grown much at all.
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Do you mean roots off the stems?
Yep, it sent roots down where every new growth attaches to the main stem. Once the plant hit water level it started horizontally.
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I would take the heater out of the tank if the water is already 90 degrees (too hot!)
The room temperature hit 90F and the CO2 tank pressure climbed. None of the fish tanks topped ~82F. The heaters are set for 75F so they haven't turned on in a while.

Hood has 2 X F20T12, one labeled plant and the other pure white. Guessing the plant bulb is in the 3-4k range, white is 6500k.

Holding off on pictures for a while (mid September), keeping a log for the next post. Some flame moss has been added to the top of the center rock and I'm hoping for some coverage, like a mossy hill. To be continued..
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I think the micro sword is finally getting accustomed to the tank and spreading. So slow...
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Thanks for the pic of the hood. And I think this is one of my favorite tanks on this form! Because since I'm no good at planted tanks, I like simple ones like yours. I'm not saying yours isn't good, it is, but the layout is simple which I like
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Nice tank!
What type of substrate and filter are you using?

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Very good start, though I would put the vals as a backround plant.

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Thanks for the feedback Chrisinator, april_tanks, crimsonbull57 and JakeJ. Simple is best for my schedule, wish I had more time to devote to this tank.

Substrate: 1 bag Fluorite black sand, no root tabs
Filter: eheim 2213

Extra vals will be transplanted to another tank when I have time to uproot them all. Micro Swords have been replanted and hopefully will grow out. They haven't died yet which is a plus!

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Day 41 - A recent plague of hair algae and new inhabitants. Will try using a toothbrush to round-up most of the algae.







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I like the grassy, rocky look you have going.

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