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Old 10-25-2015, 06:26 PM   #1
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I've always had an aquarium in my house growing up. Recently moved out to Toronto and finally decided to get another tank going. Diving into a planted tank, they have always fascinated me. Planted tanks are my second favorite next to salt-water which I'm not financially able to get into plus the time commitment.

My goal is to create something that looks great and overall is a better environment for the fish versus a good filter, inert substrate and plastic decorations. Plants in the house is something else I enjoy however my apartment layout isn't practical for keeping them.

I'm hoping the hours and hours I have spent researching everything from lighting to substrates makes this a smooth process. I'm about a month in and I'm starting to see some algae growth so obviously I don't have everything figured out.

Setup:
- 29 Gallon tank
- 30" Finnex 24/7 Planted Plus
- Nutrafin Natural Plant CO2
- Ehiem 2213 Canister Filter
- Aqueon 100W heater
- 60lbs Flourite Dark

Fish
- 1 black skirted tetra
- Handful of guppies that won't stop reproducing
- 5 Black neon tetra
- 6 Harlequin Rasporas
- 4 Siamese Algae Eaters


Planned:
- Shrimp of some sort
- Blue German Rams

Plants:
- Java Moss
- Brown crypts
- Java Fern
- Thick jungle val
- Thin vals

Ferts:
- Flourish and Flourish trace with 30% water changes twice a week.
This is probably the biggest area I have to learn, and would appreciate any information members can share in regards to appropriate amounts and what is missing from Toronto's tap water.

Now onto pictures and what's happened so far

First tank I adopted from kijiji, it looked like it had not been cleaned in a year and had been severely neglected. I stripped out down and washed everything. Tried to remove the snails but had no luck on the front.



Bought a 30 gallon tank because it came with the eheim canister and fit the space in my apartment better. Did not realize how expensive the media is for the canister, I would have been better off buying it new. Also ended up replacing the shaft and impeller as it was extremely loud. Eheim is working great now.

Lesson learned on working with flourite... wash it thoroughly. This was after I spent 2 hours washing it in a 5 gallon bucket one bag at a time.



After taking 60lbs of flourite out and washing it one small bowlful at a time in the kitchen sink things were looking a little better. This is with a 24" t8 hood that came with the tank. Also the leftover plants from the adopted tank.



I knew the T8 wasn't going to cut it, so after hours and hours of research I decided on the Finnex 24/7. Also picked up most of my plants from kijiji. Had not setup the CO2 system to this point.



Trimmed and planted things where I wanted them and got the CO2 started. Using yeast and sugar. Going to be a trial and error system with this. Suggestions on working with CO2 would be appreciated if anyone is using this system.



Last pic to show the finnex, I love this light. Currently sorting out some algae issues so I'll have to update how much I love it in the coming weeks.


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Old 10-26-2015, 04:58 PM   #2
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Dude! I had media for canister filter for dirt cheap! some other guy bought it from me way after you came over. yup media is pretty expensive. I sold it for pennies on the dollar I paid. it's looking good. good luck with your tank and exams also.
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Getting algea in the tank on the back wall and some black beard. After some advice I think it's a nutrient deficiency. Really did not intend on this being a high tech setup. I put the finnex on a timer and dimmed to around 50% of the max setting. 4 hours in the morning, one hour break then 3 more hours.

I'm going to order some dry ferts to see if I can get everything in check. Spent some time reading up on the Tom Barr EI dosing. I like the idea of having the powder in a daily pill container that I can pre-measure out for the week. I guess my next concern is the CO2, I'm getting a bubble every 2 seconds or so out of it. I would think it should be higher, currently using the nutrafin system with sugar to the line and 1/2 tsp yeast. The last batch I used baking soda to see if the output would last longer than one week, but I got around the same result. Something else I wanted to look into was adding the yeast to water instead of dumping sugar yeast and baking soda into the container and just giving it a stir.

Added a few fishes.

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Update!

Added plants, guppies had more guppies, I realized mid birthing and moved her to a 2 gallon planted jar. about 15 made it.. No idea what I'm going to do with them. Probably just give them away on kijiji. Plants are doing great! Everything is showing growth. Moved a few things around. Liking the layout a little more now, have to work on the right side.

Started adding dry ferts, picked up some powder from Homegrown hydroponics. It was really inexpensive, still waiting to see the response. Have the finnex back on 24/7 mode.

Also figuring out the diy co2. I read if you mix the yeast with a pinch of sugar and water first then whisk it with a fork it helps. So far I would agree. Hoping this batch lasts longer than 7 days.


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I like the tank so far. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
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Quick update, went on vacation for 11 days and was pleasantly surprised to come back to all of the fish still alive. This is after I cut back all the vals and a quick water change. Need to figure out what the tall plants in the middle are and how to cut them back. Added guppies babies back into the main tank from the jar, going to give them a couple weeks to grow and see if anyone will trade them for plants. I think I want to do the jar with a couple shrimp. Another project when I get more time.
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Wow. Your start into planted tanks looks a lot like mine!
http://www.bcaquaria.com/forum/tank-...-2014-a-30994/

When it comes to trimming stem plants, you can either trim the top and let the plant grow back (doesn't look too good though), or it's more work but you can pull the whole plant, trim the top, discard the bottom, and replant the top.

I'm really looking forward to seeing your skills develop.
Try to keep the crypts in the front and your stem plants in the back. If you are running CO2 you can even try some glosso as a carpeting plant in the foreground. Carpets get pretty addictive once you learn how to grow it. They look fantastic.

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Lots of new growth, fish are staying healthy I'm happy with the tank.
Trimmed the stem plants, thanks Reckon, tried to do the top and bottom as they were too large. Replanted the stems to see if a new plant would form, but nothing yet.



I need to get rid of the guppies, it's getting ridiculous how many are in the tank and I keep finding new ones. My favourite fish hands down are the Siamese Algae Eaters. Very entertaining to watch!

Something I'm starting to notice though is a few of my plants are developing holes in the leaves and look a little dirty..? maybe.. Not sure if it's just the algae. Also the plants don't look as vibrant as when I first put them in the tank, almost like the color is getting washed out.

I've been keeping up with EI dosing 1/4tsp nitrates and 1/16th phosphates with 1.5ml flourish on alternating days. I'm going to start adding 1/16th potassium sulphates to see if it has to do with potassium.


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What's the par on your lighting? How deep is the tank? Are you dosing CO2? Is circulation good in the tank?
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What's the par on your lighting? How deep is the tank? Are you dosing CO2? Is circulation good in the tank?
PAR should be around 50 at the peak time. The finnex is a funny fixture as it ramps up lighting and slowly backs off in the evening. I don't have it full on with a timer.
Tank is 18" deep with about 2.5 - 3" substrate depending on where you are in the tank.
Yeast mixture being used for CO2, I know it's not consistent, but haven't been willing to put the money into a paint ball or other pressurized CO2 setup.
Circulation is provided by a eheim 2213 with a spray bar mounted about 2" below water level when full pointed slightly up.
I have been less consistent with dosing nutrients for the tank and it has been doing better, I'm starting to believe I was over dosing the tank. I don't have a test kit to actually tell what's going on with the nutrient levels, just judging based off plants.

One thing I find funny is the crypts have been getting smaller and smaller. They are still making new leaves, but the physical size of the plants have been decreasing.
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