Thursday, October 1, 2009

Progression of 20 Gallon

December 31, 2009

Last photo of the tank before I broke it down. Got a 29 Gallon and going to combine the 25 high and this one to get the 29 started (and to cover the cost). Sad, but I am excited for my new tank!

November 25, 2009

Tank cleared up so I thought I'd post another picture and a video.

November 24, 2009

I put the rotala in the back, and put some more rock in to define the space better. I really love the depth of this design and i think it will be easier to maintain. I really like the way it turned out!

Still is a little cloudy from moving everything around.

I took the microsword out and put it in the 10 gallon and eventually I want to fill that space in with glosso. It is filling in really well and sending runners all over the place. Waiting for everything to grow out so I can try to sell a bunch of clippings, or trade them for some different plants. Someone suggested putting some Apistos in here, but I don't know much about them. Anyone have any experience with these fish?

November 14, 2009

For a while I thought all of the cherry babies were getting eaten by the tetras, but as of now looks like my tank is going to be over run with these guys pretty soon. It is fun to see even smaller shrimp that these.

The glosso is finally starting to fill in better and within a couple of weeks should be a pretty good carpet. I am thinking about taking the microsword out and putting glosso all over the front. Feels good to finally get this stuff to grow.

November 1, 2009

After the Trim....

October 23, 2009

The tank is ready for a trimming. I love how full it looks. I am almost to the point where I wont be able to replant any stems in either one of my tanks. Yesterday picked up 3 more rummynose and amber tetras. Now my tank is stocked and I wthink the fish like the company.

October 17, 2009

Did some minor rearranging and put some java moss on the driftwood.

October 16, 2009

I found some baby cherry shrimp in my tank and it made me so excited! It is pretty hard to make out with this photo, but it is in the little red circle.

October 8, 2009

I got some ideas and decided to redo the scape of this tank, things were growing in nice but that was about it. I was somehow able to make three pieces of driftwood look like one and it really helps to separate and give shape to it all. I ripped out all of the glosso and cut it up and replanted it all. That alone took like 2 hours. But I think it will be worth it once it grows in. Let me know what you think! I think it makes the tank look a lot bigger with more space.
October 4, 2009

Any ideas about what I should do to re-scape this?

October 1, 2009

Waiting for everything to grow in some more.

September 29, 2009

Got another shipment of plants from (my last one for a while, I had to promise my wife). Split the shipment with this and another tank. Added Red Myrio, Ludwigia Glandulosa, narrowleaf microsword, Anubias Nana, Crypt. Wendtii. Also, some new fish I picked up introduced Ich into my tank and have lost quite a few. Oh well, thank goodness it isn't a discus tank.

September 24, 2009

Made a diffusor just from a small powerhead. This helped Co2 distribution a ton, helped clear up algae. Also started double dosing flourish excel along with Co2 and it has done wonders with algae growth.

September 16, 2009

After a trim and some repositioning and another piece of driftwood. Algae has taken over the glass. Transferred angels and corys into other new tank. Also added some cherry shrimp.

August 30, 2009

I made a bell diffusor of sorts to try to get better Co2 saturation to get the glosso and HC going in the foreground, but ended up growing a bunch of algae in the front, preventing it from doing much. Brought home some Otto cats as well.

August 21, 2009

August 8, 2009

I got some small angelfish and a couple cory cats, knowing that I can't keep them in here for long term, but I just love angelfish. The rotala especially has grown in well.

July 30th, 2009
Got a shipment of plants from The stargrass on the right didn't take the trip very well, but other than things got here in good shape. Did some repositioning. In order to get my watts/gallon up, i gutted my 18" T8 fixture and put in two spiral compact fluorescents at 26 watts each over a glass top. This gives me about 4.5 watts per gallon. But the spiral compacts aren't the most efficient, so who knows what I really have. Before this I had issues with diatoms, especially on the anubias, but this cleared up more or less when I got more light in there, but then came other algae problems.

July 26, 2009
Repositioned a couple of things and put in some neon tetras to start the nitrogen cycle. Almost ready for a trim.

July 17, 2009

Got rid of the junk from Petsmart, and picked up some Cabomba Carolinia. Everything starts growing in nicely.

So my wife has been wanting me to participate in her blogging activities since we have been married, but I haven't done much so far. I recently got an aquarium for my birthday which
has caused a regression into my childhood. I don't remember how old I was, probably 11 or 12 when i got my first 10 gallon tank. As time went by, I saved up for a 55 gallon and had a pair of angelfish that I tried to breed, but couldn't ever raise the fry. Years went by and I always dreamed of the day when I could knock out a wall in my living room and put a 250 gallon tank. That day still hasn't come, but I can make due. I decided that I wanted to do a planted tank and have done so much reading and research online I thought I would blog about my experience. I started with a simple top fin 20 gallon kit from petsmart that was on sale. Doing it over again I would have bought everything used. Would have saved a lot of money that way, and got the equipment that I really wanted. I got a bag a fluorite, and a 18 inch power compact fluorescent fixture with a 50/50 bulb. I didn't know any better and should have got the 24 inch instead which would have given me 65 watts instead of just 36. But with the hood that came with the tank, it was enough light to get things going at a little less than 3 watts per gallon. I started DIY Co2 running it through my HOB filter. Here is what the tank looked like after it was set up and planted with a couple things I got a petsmart, and a couple other local pet stores.

This is July 10th, 2009

I planted Water Wisteria, Bacopa Carolinia, anacharis, hornwort, anubias, and amazon swords. Two others sold were sold to me at petsmart but aren't true aquatic plants, kind of a shame they mark them as aquarium plants. But i got my money back.

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