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This is my first planted tank ever. So I've decided to start a journal on it. Advice is welcomed because I know jack about this. Learning as I go.

Here is the tank after the initial setup just over 1 month ago.

30 Gallon
Marineland C-220 filter
Nova Extreme T5HO with 10k/freshwater bulb
Flourite substrate - 3 bags, but I might remove some for scaping purposes.






The next picture is the tank 3 weeks later with 4 Black Neon tetra, 5 Neon Tetra, and 1 Algae Eater (which probably will not stay)





Now here is the tank 6 weeks after initial start planted.





The plants have only been in the tank since Friday and I need to pick up the proper nutrients. Currently only have Flourish Excel but I know I need others, but not sure what I need. I also need to get a good test kit, which I will be picking up today.

Plant list

2 Rotala
1 Red Rubin
1 Ruffled Sword
5 Subulata
1 Hornwort - debating on using this
2 Lily - These will go in the back for the Dwarf Gourami that is coming soon
2 Spiralis
1 Java Moss
1 Wisteria

And one Moss Ball.
 

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Very nice tank! I was going to give you some suggestions for placing plants, but then I remembered I can't aquascape, so I'll just tell you it looks good and let someone else help you with that! LOL

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I know absolutely nothing about aquascaping. I have a few ideas, but I don't know the names of the plants and always have a difficult time getting ideas out of my head.

Only try and play with the layout to see what is good or not. I might remove the rock. I think its too big. It would probably be ok with a smaller piece of driftwood, but I like the shape of the driftwood. Who knows.
 

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Update

Added the first batch of new fish today. 6 Black Neon and 5 Neon tetra. Their school mates are much happier

Now starting to fight some brown algae. Showing on the plants and inside the filter hoses (they are clear). I'm almost 100% sure that its from too much light. Need to turn it down a few hours.
 

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Otocinclus will help with that...if it covers the glass in plants...the best thing to do with the filter stems is let them be and occasionally spray them outside...

HTH,
Kenny
 

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Thanks all.
 

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Well, I'm still awake unable to sleep. Its 1 am now. Was getting ready to turn off the tank lamp - been on since 6 pm. Found Ich on 4 of my new Black Neon Tetra and snails on the glass.

Smashed the snails and gave the tetra a nice little midnight snack, but need to get some medication for the Ich.

If it isn't one issue, its another. lol
 

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After the first dosage of Ich medication, it has mostly disappeared from the fish. This is a good sign. Also, the brown alge has started to go away since the addition of a timer for the lamp. Much better here also.

Only concern left is the plants. They might be stressed. Not sure. Holes forming in the leaves. But they might be starting to come around. Will find out in a few more days.

Need to get some Co2 happening. That would definitely help.
 

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Here are some updated pictures, with an added CO2 system. I just picked up the small Turbo CO2 Bio system just to get started. It has made a huge difference with the plants.





 

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hows your tank going. i also just started 3 months ago, and put plants in a couple of weeks ago. they have hole in them too and are turning brown at tips. if it gets worse, ill have to start a thread for help. what did you do about your plant problems??
 
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