My 56g

Discussion in 'The Planted Tank' started by 1.0reef, Jul 31, 2013.

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  1. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    Update December 2013:
    Equipment:
    15 gallon sump
    Eheim Compact 3000 Pump
    Eheim heater
    Current Satellite LED
    Fauna:
    Fish:
    1 Black Angelfish
    2 Serpae Tetras
    2 Cardinal Tetras
    4 Cherry Barbs
    2 False Julii Cory Catfish
    3 Australian Golden Rainbowfish
    Flora Background to Foreground:
    Echinodorus amazonicus
    Echinodorus bleheri
    Aponogeton Bulb
    Echinodorus ozelot
    Echinodorus osiris
    Echinodorus tenellus
    Anubias Sp.
    Cryptocoryne wendtii
    Microsorum pteropus
    Hydrocotyle Pennywort
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    I like it very much.
     
  4. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    I don't know much about planted tanks, but to me it looks good. Nice work!
     
  5. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    +1 Great layout. I miss my planted tank.
     
  6. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    Nice tank, Macro Algae in reef tanks are one of my favorite things, so naturally planted tanks appeal to me, but I've never tried my hands at freshwater. In relation to a reef, how difficult is keeping a planted tank, and how often are plants available?
     
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  9. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    Depends, low techs can be amazing (Namely the iwagumis) and cheap. Plants are easy to find at places like petco, but buying them from other planted hobbyists or nicer stores is better.
    A nice low tech nano could be-
    Small mr. aqua fish tank (11 gallon rectangle would be a great choice) $50
    6 led solderless DIY light from rapid led (3 WW 3 CW) or small planted aquaria light Around $75 or less
    Fluval Nano Internal Filter $15
    Flourite plus root tabs around $20-25
    Hydor theo heater $15-20
    So not that much, plus plants and fish are like $3 ;D
     
  10. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    Thanks everyone
    Who thinks I should stay with hygrophila pinnatifida for the left side or use hygrophila difformis?
     
  11. 1.0reef

    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    Got some "julii" Cories and qt'd them, pics tomorrow!
     
  12. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Nice tank man, well done.