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This is my second tank. Been up now for maybe a month or so. Any advice or suggestion would be appreciated. Currently have on order 6 more Black Ruby Barbs.

Tank Specs:
36" x 18" x 16"

Filtration:
Fluval 206
Marineland Emperor 400

Heater:
150W Fluval M Heater

Lighting:
Nova Extreme 2xT5HO Model 1128 78W (11 Hours)
TrueLumen LED Lunar Ligh 453nm Blue Actinic LEDs x3 (4 Hours)

Plants:
Java Fern
Windelov Java Fern
Vallisneria spiralis
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Dwarf Sagittaria

Fertilizer:
Flourish Excel -> Soon to be Glutaraldehyde once Excel goes
Flourish Comprehensive
Osmocote Tabs


Fish:
Longfin Zebra Danio (Danio rerio) 5
Rainbow shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum) 1
Black Ruby Barb (Pethia nigrofasciata) 6
Turquoise Rainbow (Melanotaenia lacustris) 4
Twig Catfish (Farlowella) 1
Julii Cory (Corydoras julii ) 6
Oto (Otocinclus vittatus) 3







 

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Update

Just added some plants and a fish:

Ludwigia Repens x L. Arcuata
Rotala sp "Green"
Heteranthera Zosterifolia (Stargrass)
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green Gecko'
Clown Pleco L104

Also have on order the last bit of the fish.

6 Black Ruby Barbs

5 Threadfin Rainbowfish

I am really looking into pressured Co2. I found a really good deal one craigslist here. They have a setup just like this Freshwater Planted Aquarium Plant Care: Drs. Foster & Smith Deluxe Fully-Automatic CO2 System minus the water pump. They are asking for 100. I can choose between a 5 and 10 lb tank. Most likely I would get the 5lb because this is going into a bedroom. Just want to know if it is really worth it.



His hiding place.

The twig catfish came out of hiding for the photo.

You cant really see but the Rotala sp "Green" is in the back left corner of the tank
 

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Update

Looking for some suggestions if any.

Added some more plants and setting up for pressurized Co2.

The Plants I added are
Green Cabomba
Rotala Green (already had some just added more)
Ludwidgia sp. red
Pogostemmon Erectus

Fish will be here Friday
Threadfin Rainbowfish 5
True Rummynose Tetra 7

Overlook


Trying to snap my Farlowella but the Turquoise Rainbowfish always get in front of the camera lol

Farlowella


Rainbow Shark is finally coming out more



Co2 Reactor installed no leaks

 

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Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)
Update:

Got the last bit of plants for the tank (should be finish plant wise).
Rotala Indica
Ludwigia Repens
Hygro Corymbosa
Hygrophila Polysperma
Rotala glandulosa
Limnophila heterophylla
Heteranthera zosterifolia

Current stock
Clown Pleco (Panaque Maccus) 1
Julii Cory (Corydoras julii ) 6
Longfin Zebra Danio (Danio rerio) 5
Oto (Otocinclus vittatus) 6
Threadfin Rainbowfish (Iriatherina werneri) 2 (Had 4 die)
True Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri) 12
Turquoise Rainbow (Melanotaenia lacustris) 4
Twig Catfish (Farlowella) 1


Future
Have a Hydor Koralia Nano 240 coming in for some better circulation.

Questions
Am I near my limit with the tank being planted and what not? Don't want it to be too crowded.
What can I do to get my water crystal clear.?





Added about 20 Malaysian Trumpet Snails


Farlowella again


Julii checking things out


Rummynose shoal

 

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Update: 15 January 2013

So I removed the java moss because it was just collecting garbage underneath it.

Took back the Threadfin Rainbowfish and replaced with 5 Lamp Eye Tetra.




I'm not sure what is eating my plants, my guess would be the Lamp Eye's because they are the only new additions. But I havent seen them in the act.


All my red plants are turning green. I have been looking up how to bring the red out but from what I found nothing is 100%. Mainly I am seeing things pointed to light, iron and/or nitrate.


These were a nice red and now have almost completely turned green 2 weeks later.
 

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Envious of how white your sand is staying. I use purigen on my past tank and my water has never been clearer, Ive seen others on here use polishing pads in their filter as well.
 

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My sand as been staying white for the most part. I use Purigen as well as filter floss and filter pads. I use all 3 in my Fluval 206. And I stick some folded Filter pad in between my Emperor 400 filters. I just recently added some MTS snail to aerate and turn over the sand.
 

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All my red plants are turning green. I have been looking up how to bring the red out but from what I found nothing is 100%. Mainly I am seeing things pointed to light, iron and/or nitrate.
I have the same problem with my ludwigia "red". I've started dosing iron to see if it will return to its original color.
 

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Thanks everyone.

I moved my star grass to where the moss was. I'm not sure what to get for foreground. Any you recommend? I Don't know if I am overcrowding the tank.
 

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9 February 2013 Update

. Added some Staurogyne repens (Tropica No 049G) about 2 weeks ago. (going for a small carpet)
. Started dosing extra iron to attempt to bring out the red. (Not sure if that was the cause)
. Just refilled Co2 tank
. Rescaped a bit

Full tank shot (Amazon Sword is getting huge, some of the leaves tips are out of the water)


Staurogyne repens (Tropica No 049G)


Star Grass (Heteranthera zosterifolia)
Thinking about removing it. Not really what I was looking for. Not sure yet.


Plant is still turning green just started to dose extra iron to see if that helps. This is the last one that kept its red color.



If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, throw them my way.

Not sure if anymore plants can be added.
 
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