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Ive had my tank up for about a month now. I had a thread on a site that I wont name, but there is not a lot of activity there, and I have read so so so much helpful advice here so I decided to move my journal for the tank over here.

The tank is a 36g bowfront, and my first time doing any type of tank besides decorations gravel and fake plants(though i made some nice tanks that way) I have learned a lot so far, but I know I have a huge amount of stuff to learn still.

So this is where it all began..... 11/3
My wonderful wife gave me a 36 gallon bow-front for my birthday. I have decided to try my hand at a planted tank because I love how they look. Ive decided to go with a sand substrate because it was cheap and available. I could not find any pool filter sand so i bought "washed" play sand.
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I thought I would have to change the water a few times to get it to clear out, I have bought unwashed sand that was cleaner. Unfortunately I do not have a hose on the outside of my house so setting a bucket under the hose bib and ignoring it for a while while the water ran was not an option. I ended up running a hose from my sink and running my siphon out the window and using the sink to try and match the flow of the two. and two hours later the tank was almost sort of clear.

we went to the local [Ebay Link Removed] box[/COLOR][/URL]" store and I bought some plants. a couple of bunched of anarchris, some mondo grass, a moss ball, a crested java fern, two amazon swords, and some other smaller plants that i don't know what they are but I hope they are actually aquatic plants, once the water clears up some more Ill get some pictures of the rest of them and hopefully I can figure out what they are. Ive put in a large hardwood root that I cut out of a fallen tree in the forest around my house. I peeled the bark and boiled it and its being held down with some rocks at the moment.

11/8
Here is what the tank started to look like, I had added a second piece of rootstock(I know an odd position, I was waiting for it to get fully waterlogged so I could move it)
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I had upgraded the lighting as well
Ive upgraded the lighting, The only light in there at first was a "bright white" 24" T8 bulb that came stock in the hood. I replaced the T8 in the hood with a aqueon floramax bulb. I also added another fixture behind it with 2 T5 bulbs, one is a 6,700k bulb and one is a "colormax" overall this seems like a lot more light, I would like to change the colormax to a floramax when I can get the money together. Both fixtures only use 24" bulbs

there were two gold mystery snails in here and a couple of ghost shrimp(the ghost shrimp did not make it)


11/11
I added DIY CO2 at this point, currently running 2 one gallon bottles and a chopstick diffuser

11/21

I removed all of the playsand substrate and replaced it with dirt/pool filter sand. I used the organic miracle grow mix. The dirt layer is about 3/4 of an inch with a pool filter sand cap on it.
The playsand was anaerobic in places and when i dug it out it stunk pretty bad.
I put all the same plants that I had back in the tank, down in the new substrate.
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11/23
added fish
10 neon tetras
4 silver hatchetfish
3 otos
this is in addition to the two mystery snails that were in the tank.
also added some "cardinal plant" from the local petbox store
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12/2
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tank seems to be doing pretty well, have been fertilizing with flourish complete once a week so far, ordered some dry ferts, will start dosing them soon

12/6
I did some reading and I think thing I got the math right on the solution that I made up last night. I made up 500mL of solution. I decided on a 25 mL dose, id didn't seem like anything smaller would allow me to get everything fully dissolved.
So to 500 mL of water I added
33.3g KNO3
44.5g K2SO4
5g KH2PO4
I hope I did my math right...


and that brings us to today
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Thank you to those that read through this slightly large post.
Im glad to be joining this community, and hope that I can learn a lot, from my lurking that seems like it will be no problem. Any comments questions or criticisms are appreciated.
 

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After my last water change, I started getting brown algae on the glass. It looks like little brown translucent spots on the glass. Any ideas on what I should do to deal with this? Should I just let it do its attachments thing and wait it out? Or hydrogen peroxide it? Something different?
 

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Best pic I could get, cell phone camera
 

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don't mess with that algae. Its more than likely dust algae in which case if you scrape it off the spore will go in the water and reproduce like made popping up all over your glass. best t leave it along for its life cycle which normally lasts like 2-3 weeks ish. its will eventually flake off.

Bump: is that plant in the last pic green hedge or something like that?
 

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The algae pic? The plant in the front is cardinal plant(at least that's what the package said)
 

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I'll think I'll let it be unless it gets real bad. Thanks for the advice! I'll look more into algae. I'll keep you updated on the tank
 

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Quick update,
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Still dealing with the dust algae or diatoms on the glass and some plants. Im going to wait it out, I dont think that I have any issues with dosing, but i could be wrong.

quick question:
whats the plant in the center, I know its probably pretty common but I have been unable to figure it out
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I plan on eventually taking the hornwort out of that corner and replacing it with that plant. I'm guessing it can be propagated with cuttings, but I would like to read more on it.

as always, any comments, questions or criticisms are greatly appreciated.
 

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thanks for setting me down the right path it seems to be Rotala rotundifolia. I would like it to cover that entire back corner, I don't have enough light to turn it real red but i do have reddish tips, and I love how it looks.
 

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Another update on the tank, here it is
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-what Ive done since the last update:
-removed the hornwort from the tank
-removed the anacharis on the right side of the tank
-started propagating the Rotala rotundifolia by cuttings, looking to fill in the back left side corner with it
-moved the sword in the front to the back right side corner with the other swords
-put in a mainland maxi 400 powerhead and ran the output hose from my diy co2 system up to impeller of the powerhead, I might try to cut the impeller up to make it more like a needlewheel impeller. at the moment whenever a bubble goes through the system it still spurts out some larger bubbles, but i would guess about 1/2 of the co2 comes out in a fine mist.

the tank seems to be doing well and I am enjoying keeping my first planted aquarium
 

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some more pics of the tank so far, sorry for the low quality of some of them.

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Are you using soil under the sand at all? Just curious because it looks like there is something under there :D

My wife got me a tank for Christmas, so it is finally time to start my planted adventure too.
 

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Are you using soil under the sand at all? Just curious because it looks like there is something under there :D

My wife got me a tank for Christmas, so it is finally time to start my planted adventure too.
yeah i have miracle grow organic soil under pool filter sand, it seems to be working well so far, good luck with your adventure!
 

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I seem to have come down with a case of "Black Brush Algae", there is a little bit on the edge of one sword and there was some on the anacharis, I have cut the anacharis out and took the algae with it, Is it possible to remove this without damaging the sword? Ive read so far that it is often caused by fluctuating CO2 levels, I use a DIY CO2 system don't have a drop checker or anything, but it seems like my output of co2 is pretty steady, I have 2 1 gallon bottles, and I change them out on a rotation, so its not like no CO2 then a fresh bottle, lots of CO2... Is there any way to help this with a DIY setup?

I have several 20oz paintball tanks, Im thinking about pressurized an may do paintball co2 or I may have a bottle and regulator around that I can steal off of some welding equipment, but Ill have to do some thinking about what i have to use when.
 

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I beat out black beard algae this month, by reducing the lights by a couple of hours at midday, and leaving my nerites to clear out the dying algae. Black beard/brush goes bright orange when you kill it: it was a 'hurrah!" Moment when my snails starting pooping it back out! XD

Lovely tank, good wood finds! Do you know what type of tree it came from? I'm envious.
 

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Will mystery snails eat the dead algae? I'll start cutting back on the light.
 
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