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regarding photos, I put all the old photos into a new album since I'm going to do a second tank journal soon and dont want any mixups/confusions with pictures. Please go to the photobucket site for all old pics. I'll try to edit in some FTS shots for progressions on post 131 on page 9
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Equipment:
Marineland Double Bright LED
Eheim 2215 Filter with 2217 impeller
Koralia Nano 240
Hydor Inline Heater
5lb CO2

Black sand substrate

Flora(edited):
HC
I have no idea what the rest are called lol

Fauna(edited):
CRS
RCS
Otocinclus Vitatus
 

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lookin good nice ideas how about white cloud mountain minnows aswell/either they have red on them and are a good shoaler will also contrast well with a black background
 

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Day 1:




Please ignore the rock, that's to prevent the driftwood from floating.

Thanks for reading!

p.s. big thank you to everyone on TPT who I got stuff from(driftwood, prefilters, co2 stuff, plants, fertilizers etc)

lookin good nice ideas how about white cloud mountain minnows aswell/either they have red on them and are a good shoaler will also contrast well with a black background
I've had them before. i was less than impressed with their coloration. however, I had them in my first tank a long time ago with really crappy lighting so that could be the cause of it. i also had them in a tank with neons so that also made them look worse :wink:
I'm more concerned with the boraras looking really nice in pictures because of the lighting that compliments their red color so when I put them in my tank, they'll look more washed out and bland.
 

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good luck i will watch your progress :)
 

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this has great potential!
I'm already out of ideas! I'm a total noob with plants! i was thinking anubias nana on the branches where there are intersections, flame moss around the other branches, some crypt parva along the back/right, and red stems across the back/left.

I am slightly worried that there isnt enough cover for the fish under that bright lighting from looking at my top down shot. I originally allotted more back space for plants but the tile under the driftwood skewed my location placement and i ordered too much hc. (dont often hear ppl complain about that, please be nice. its my first planted tank :red_mouth)
 

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i would add vallisneria in the rear left corner i would keep the far right as an open swimming area and add a few crypts and stem plants in and around the driftwood with maybe a large crypt at the back
 

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I found these crypts that I like. in parenthesis is how tall they get, but i want to know how wide do they get?
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green Gecko' (4-6in)
CRYPTOCORYNE X WILLISII 'LUCENS' (4-8in)
CRYPTOCORYNE UNDULATA (4-6in)

Keep in mind my tank is only like 9 inches tall lol with 1-2inches of sand = gigantic looking crypts. wont they overpower the driftwood?
 

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I thought the same thing about the lucens... Now I have some leaves that are close to a foot probably. My undulata stays about the listed height, not sure about green gecko because I havent had it but my wendtii red gets like a foot or taller sometimes.
 

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Day4: HC stems started perking up, can see some new smaller leaves (or is this wishful thinking? :p) Definitely saw alot of fuzzy mold on the driftwood though. Went into panic mode and wiped it down before I remembered to take pictures. Hopefully I caught it pretty early and it wont spread to the plants. Wiped down the wood with full strength excel and left the saran wrap off today to let the wood fully dry. Just covered it again now as the water level goes down reaaally fast when left open.

If I see mold on the hc, how much should i dilute the excel to spray onto the hc? I think i read 1:10 before?

 

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Im not techy enough to know what par is for what lighting, but undulata stays green for the most part when it is shaded or low light. in medium light it gets a nice redish orange color. Havent grown in "high light" so I couldnt sat, but give it a shot its a nice plant. Why not try some luteait gets a dark reddish brown color with stripes if it gets enough light very cool. I can sell you some undulata and/or lutea if you need some.

The fungus on the wood is usually only temporary. Idk where you got it but it could be a softwood and not hold up too well under water. If it feels "waxy" or you can easily push your fingernewails into it its probably not a good idea to keep. I do a lot of drift wood collecting and you learn what kinds work and,which ones dont.
 

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I got it from a member on the boards. I think i wasn't too sure of the water level and misted too often with saran wrap on all the time.

The lutea looks really nice, with the veins providing color contrast. Its getting hard to pick between the lutea and the undulata now!

on a side note, it was such a nice day that I took a little trip to get my co2 tank filled. yay
 

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So after weeks (I know it doesn't sound like long, but for me it was quite a test of my patience :icon_lol:) of lurking here and wanting a tank again (with weighing the pro's, my old favorite was a 2.5gallon with a really pathetic light, some java moss, 1 guppy and some shrimp and the con's, sticking my entire arm down a discus tank to clean it) I finally set up a new 12 gallon long tank from gla. This will be my first real planted tank. Hopefully I did enough research but please let me know if there is something that is wrong. Thanks!

Equipment:
Marineland Double Bright LED
Eheim 2115 Filter
Hydor Inline Heater
5lb CO2
I went back and read your original post, I do have a couple of comments.. :)

Your equipment looks good. No problems there.



Black sand substrate, going to put in some root tabs and dose EI w/ 50% weekly changes
This raises a bit of concern. I'm not sure that your HC will do well in that substrate.. you should be fine with larger stem plants but HC has really small roots and usually requires nutrient rich substrate, like Aquasoil or similar. Im not sure though.. you could be fine. :icon_conf



Flora:
HC
Anubias nana petite
Flame Moss?
Crypt Parva?
some reddish stem(Ludwigia Arcuata?)
Frogbit?(or is this a bad idea with the blocking of light onto the hc)
Looks good!



I was going to do some more stems, but ordered too much HC so I'm hoping just a line or 2 of red stems across the back will look decent.

Fauna:
11 Boraras Brigittae or Celestial Pearl Danios
Yellow Shrimp
eventually CRS(I actually like the look of A or S grades with the banding effect better. Am I weird? lol)

I'm leaning towards the boraras because they are red and should pop more with the black background and yellow shrimp to not have too much red with the eventual CRS hopefully.

Got some HC in last night and spent about 2 hours sorting it out. I feel sorry for anyone who has to plant these in water! omg such a pain. I hope they grow well so I'll never have to do this again. I'm gonna dry start them for a month for the roots to take hold and then blast the co2 for another month to get them transitioned well(this will also hopefully wait out the stinkin cycle *sigh*)

Day 1:




Please ignore the rock, that's to prevent the driftwood from floating.

Thanks for reading!

p.s. big thank you to everyone on TPT who I got stuff from(driftwood, prefilters, co2 stuff, plants, fertilizers etc)
 
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