RM's 30g planted (updated pics 01/03/11)

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  1. reefmonkey

    reefmonkey Giant Squid

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    Now that I am an expert reef keeper (HAHA RIIIIGHT ;D ) I decided to try another little challenge and set up a 30 gallon freshwater. I've never done a planted tank, always the plastic fakes, and after looking at pics of some like 2in10's decided I wanted to experience one for myself. I'm a newbie all over again and already learning fast about what works and what doesn't. The tank has the stock lighting which isn't near enough so I've already had to order a new PC fixture that will move me up into the mid range of light levels. lol.
    Inhabitants are a handful of guppies, 5 mystery snails and a pleco.

    Here it is so far.
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    babies already!!
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  3. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    Looking great! Awww babies!! :) Do you have a baby box thingy for them, so they don't get eaten?

    Can't wait to see growth pics - of plants and little fishies!
     
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  4. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    looks pretty cool to me Reefmonkey

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  5. bama

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    very cool. I wish I had the extra space to do a large freshwater planted tank.
     
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  6. reefmonkey

    reefmonkey Giant Squid

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    Nope, no fry box. but there is plenty of hiding spots in the plants and the driftwood.

    I hope I can get the plants to grow! The more I read, the more work I see it being. LOL Almost as much work as a reef tank.
     
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    Yes, fry box. LOL That's the correct term. Though I like baby box thingy better :).

    Good luck with the plants! If you can get them to grow, you might inspire me to set up a planted tank! Now, that's a lot of pressure :) Haha jk
     
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  9. 2in10

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    Looking good, good scape
     
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  10. malac0da13

    malac0da13 Torch Coral

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    Tank is looking good. I actually had a harder time with a planted tank then I did with my reef tank lol. They can get tricky when battling algae since the plants and algae need the same things. Good luck with it. When done good they can look spectacular!

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    The trick here is to have fast growing plants to take up the nutrients before the algae can. An even mix of fast growing and slow growing plants is the way to go.
     
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  12. reefmonkey

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    Update to the 30 + a new 10 gallon

    Well I changed the scape a bit on the 30 gallon and replaced the florescent light with a 65 watt power compact 6700k strip. Was a major improvement in growth.

    The new look
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    Also when I set up a 10g that was given to me Randy at aquariumplants.com tossed me a bulb and said see if this will grow. It is growing fast but I have no idea what type of plant it is. Not that it matters much, just curious. The pic isn't the best for detail. It has long heart shaped leaves that are a rusty red.
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    Heres a couple shots of the 10 gallon. It's pretty well densely planted and please ignore the blurry Cremesicle Mollies. That tank was supposed to only be home to three Sunset Platy's. The mollies were a mis-shipment and were supposed to be two Pacific Sunset guppy males.
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    I'm really getting into this planted tank stuff lol. Wish I had done it sooner actually. My next build is going to be a planted African rift. I'm pretty excited about it because I am getting back into cichlids and all of the rock in the tank is coming from Maloney. It's going to be pretty sweet. ;D
     
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