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Old 01-07-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Arrow 55 Gallon Planted Soil High Light Plant

Welcome to my 55G tank thread...

Opps need to fix the title to 55 Gallon Soil High Light Planted Tank..

I had good success with soil in the past with my 33GLong.. So I am testing it on a 55.. however.. I am not sure how long the nutrients will last.. since I am doing Walstad method with high lights.. and CO2...

2 x 6500k 54 HO T5
Pressurized Co2 1.5-2bps
Miracle's Choice Organic Potting soil mix (the orange bag) Capped with playsand and black fluorite.
5ML Iron Dose every week
Osmocote tablets mixed in soil with red clay chunks.

Thinking of doing EI dosing when my tank matures a bit more..

However an issue within the first couple months is.... anaerobic gas in the substrate... No matter how much I stir.. I keep getting it... It's killed off couple of my fish already to, I've found .. gotta do a water change right after stiring or i risk fish death.. within few hours.. (certain parts of my tank I don't have plants with real heavy roots like crypts or tiger lotuses so I have to constantly stir those areas...)

Ok when I first setup my tank I noticed.. a slight unleveling of my tank.. so far nothing has happened and nothing has been done.. but I might get some wood shims...



When the water cleared up :


Bought a few plants got a bit too much...






Ignore the sponge..






Current tank :

A bit messy not sure how to scape it lol

Plant list:
Hygrophila difformis
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
Green/Brown Crpyts.
Sunset Hygro
Hygrophila polysperma
Dwarf Hairgrass
Dwarf Sag
Blyxia
Glosso
Red Tiger Lotus
Rotala rotundifolia
Pellia
Riccia fluitans
Ludwigia arcuata
Ludwigia broadleaf (palastrus)
Amazon Sword
Jungle Val
Water Lettuce
Bacopa Australis
Samolus Parviflorus
Ammania Gracilis
Pogostemon H
Narrow Leaf Java Fern
3 Unknown plants..

I guess that's all for now :P

Thanks for looking
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:43 PM   #2
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Can't wait to see how it grows out.
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Looks great, I'm a bit surprised you changed from a 33G to a 55G since it doesn't really offer much mroe planting space. I would have thought a 65B or 75G would be the chosen upgrade for you.

I like that Samolus Parviflorus you have!
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Thanks . main reasons I switched is more livestock.. perhaps a angel or two...
And growing plants tall is a total change and I won't have to trim as often lol

Red circles showing my tank being unleveled.. that's all :]
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:55 AM   #5
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Small update..

Things are growing.. I want to crank my CO2 but I need to refill it soon so keeping the BPS low atm..


I have the airstone running.. this is at night.. when co2 is off


Nerite snail.. been living with assassin(s) for over 2years (from my old tank) they get along great lol


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Albino Cory


Panda Cory


I have a few cardinal tetras.. but they ALWAYS hide
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Did a small scape changing things up.

Added another canister filter for more flow, and help clean the water more.. seems alot more clear now..

Added rummy noses and a few angels.. (hoping to get a pair when they are older and re homing the others.)

I started EI Dosing again along side with high light, soil and co2.. seems to be going well.

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NICEEEEEEEEE. i like the changes! dude, i call dibs for those Ludwigia arcuata if you ever sell some extra! *.*
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Have you tried high light with no CO2? I had my 55g for about a month now and I don't have CO2, just potting soil and gravel and high lighting.

What is your advice?
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Have you tried high light with no CO2? I had my 55g for about a month now and I don't have CO2, just potting soil and gravel and high lighting.

What is your advice?

I tried Highlight and no ferts + co2.. seems to work for 2-4 months..

HOWEVER...

I would not suggest you go high light with potting soil.. with high light I would suspect co2 needed.. or you'll run into algae issues... sooner or later..... But it also depends on how high your lighting is from your tank.. you can get away with high light if you suspend the light sup high.. take a look at par vs distance chart..

I think best-bet would be to go walstad method with low lights.. relatively low maintenance..
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I tried Highlight and no ferts + co2.. seems to work for 2-4 months..

HOWEVER...

I would not suggest you go high light with potting soil.. with high light I would suspect co2 needed.. or you'll run into algae issues... sooner or later..... But it also depends on how high your lighting is from your tank.. you can get away with high light if you suspend the light sup high.. take a look at par vs distance chart..

I think best-bet would be to go walstad method with low lights.. relatively low maintenance..
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