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FTS as of 8/27/13


So my 29 gallon has been set up since November of 2011. It's my only tank right now. At first, I had no idea what I was doing. I had a 10 gallon previously in which I had successfully grown a couple plants with no effort. Doing the same thing in a 29 gallon didn't work so well. I started out with the 1 t8 bulb that comes with the hood. Not so great. Nothing died but nothing really grew. Had that for a few months, started lurking on the forums and learning about lighting, ferts and co2. I've taken incremental steps to improve my setup since then. First I got a new light, then ferts, then DIY co2, and then recently pressurized co2. Presurized co2 has made a huge difference. DIY was such a hassle. I'm glad I did it though because it was a good process to go through. I recently got a bunch of new plants and did a bit of a rescape. I thought it would be a good time to start a journal. Here's a picture of my tank right now.

Specs!

Substrate: Eco-Complete
Filter: Eheim 2217. Also have Marineland Maxijet 400 powerhead for some added flow.
Lighting: Odyssea T5HO 2x24 watt. One ZooMed UltraSun bulb and one ZooMed FloraMax bulb.
Pressurized Co2: 5lb tank with Milwaukee MA957 regulator, ceramic glass diffuser.
Currently using EI dosing

Flora:
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'ocipus'
Hygrophila 'Tiger'
Ludwigia Repens x L. arcuata
Rotala 'Green'
Rotala sp. 'Yao Yai'
Blyxa Japonica
Java Fern
Amazon Sword
Melon Sword
Sagittaria subulata
Water Wisteria
Brazilian Pennywort
Water Sprite
Crypt Wendtii

Fauna:
6 Rummynose Tetras
4 Serpae Tetras
2 White Skirt Tetras
5 Von Rio Tetras
3 Guppies
5 Otos
 

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Here's a few pictures that illustrate how far the tank has come. The early shots look like a barren wasteland *cringe*. They go in order from newest to oldest.
 

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Re: bennyjam's 29 gallon

Another week = another update. Very happy with the tank right now. Its kind of a jumbled mess, but it is a lush jumbled mess and everything is growing well. Wish I had a legit camera. Took some closer up shots this time around. Enjoy!
 

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