My Farm Tank

By: StrungOut
July 9th, 2014
2:14 am

My Farm Tank

I figured I’d start a journal here now. This is post beginning, the tank was setup May 11, 2014. So starting at July 8th, 2014.

Specs
30”x30”x13” standard glass cube ?frag? tank (equivalent to around 50gallons)
Lighting: 2 30” finnex planted plus, 1 finnex original fugeray (started 1 month with the 2 planted plus only)
Filtration: SunSun I believe 303-b, uv sterilizer does not work, rated for 75 gallons I think
Co2: cheap unknown to me regulator, atomic gla largest diffuser, feeds into the filter intake
Substrate: ada Amazonia (2 9l bags), ada Africana (2 9l bags)
Water: pure ro water reconstituted w/seachem equilibrium

Fauna:
Pair japan blue endlers
Some royal blue tiger culls

Plantlist:
Some of these are single stems, looking to be propagated
Syngonanthus hybrid
Syngonanthus belem
Syngonanthus manaus
Syngonanthus madeira
Syngonanthus lago grande
Tonina fluviatillis
Tonina fluviatillis lotus blossom
Eriocaulon japan shiga
Eriocaulon aussie type II
Eriocaulon sieboldanium
Trithuria blood *****
Eriocaulon parkeri
Ludwigia tornado
Ludwigia senegalensis
Ludwigia North Carolina
Ludwigia …. pantanal
Rotala Mexicana goias
Rotala pearl type?
Rotala Mexicana green
Rotala Mexicana bangledesh
‘monte carlo’
Elatine hydropiper
Rotala macrandra green
Rotala macrandra japan red
Alternanthera reineckii variegated
Buce brownie red
Lileaposis Chinensis 'Maryland'

Some key tips on how I was successful:

I must of tried like 5 times or so and failed each time with algae or plants melting. Well, try try and try again, I gave up many times, wasted a lot of money, but passion to grow the syngonanthus plant alone kept me coming back.

First off if your gonna use ada Amazonia then you must do water changes. Water change is a must anyways, I believe in low tech and high tech, high tech being the greater amount. I did almost daily water changes in the start. Ammonia leech may or may not melt plans but it will cause algae, which nobody wants unless its that red algae.

Pack as many plants as you can in there

O2, Co2, get this right and it will solve most of your issues, I didn’t need to fertilize the first month or so on, diffusion method is vary important too. You can blast a glass diffuser and all the bubbles are going to do is rise to the surface with less diffusion rate. I’d suggest not adding fish right away so you can really mess around with the co2. Lots of flow is a good thing, keeps o2 levels up and mixes the co2 in the water level too. Proper mixing is important when doing a co2 tank.

Photoperiod, start off with 5 hrs a day, make sure you don’t get algae(it can get bad very fast), plants will do fine, then when the system is ready you can really up your lighting period

Start off with lower light, you may have a lot higher light then you expect.

Learn to trim, plant. This will keep things neater and not let your tank get too overgrown(I am guilty of this). Propagation? Trim a sideshoot and replant or however a plant produces, do it fast and you multiply that plant fast.

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65 comments on "My Farm Tank"

  • StrungOut
    July 13, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Sorry guys, I was getting algae and slime at the top even though the tank is packed, but flow was being blocked by certain stems as well. I don't know reason for the algae but I tore the tank down.





    multibranch sems I was pulling out
    syng. hybrid


    lotus blossom

  • StrungOut
    July 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Well heres everything I uprooted. Belem won the fight and seems to be the fastest of all the syngonanthus I have. Madeira had the least roots and was very easy to pull out. Took 1hr and 25 mins to tear all this down.





  • StrungOut
    July 16, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Not much to look at, water cloudy and debris all over the plants. Maybe I should get a better clean up crew, any recommendations? I'd like to get zebra ottos and panda loaches, but no source at the lfs's. What I don't like is the eriocaulon watery eyes on the left side that says in the current so easily and the thin leaves get on the other plants. All the syngonanthus you see were mainly sideshoots pulled off, the hybrid I kept most of as its a personal favorite, with all the sideshoots, I was able to fill the whole tank up again. Everything for the most part is planted very closely together, I had to use my planting tool along with my fingers(hold the plant straight up while planting). Including the short tear down, total time with many breaks and sleep took about 12 hrs to do so. After tank setup, ended with a 15g water change. I siphon the water out and pour the water onto the lights or onto the mini pellia as not to disturb the substrate or the plants from uprooting. Right now, I got pantanal, rotala sunset and eriocaulon goias added to the tank floating. Pantanal is planted already




  • StrungOut
    July 16, 2014 at 3:12 am

    dirty plants in the tank

    toninas

    erio japan shiga

    belem

    pantanal pearlin

  • HybridHerp
    July 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I forget where you are but I know a guy who can ship zebra ottos to you.

    I think the best cleanup crew though is nerite and amano shrimp.

  • StrungOut
    July 17, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Originally Posted by HybridHerp
    I forget where you are but I know a guy who can ship zebra ottos to you.

    I think the best cleanup crew though is nerite and amano shrimp.
    Thanks for the tip and Facebook link

  • StrungOut
    July 18, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Got a lil algae in my tank I hope to rid of asap. Brown algae on the glass and tiny bits here and there of a green algae on certain tops. Not sure if its diatoms on my erios or just collectoritis, but here to you I showcase my erios. Shows all except the floating erio goias I have as well.
    overhead view of erios
    watery eyes left, malaytor? right

    goias ibateri, sieboldanium bottom right, parkeri above

    cinerum, japan shiga, aussie II

    aussie II, trithuria blood *****

  • h4n
    July 18, 2014 at 6:18 am

    nice tank man, looks like a little dusty from your rescape no?

    your trithuria sp. looks so big in that picture lol!

  • StrungOut
    July 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Originally Posted by h4n
    nice tank man, looks like a little dusty from your rescape no?

    your trithuria sp. looks so big in that picture lol!
    Hey buddy, sure does look dusty. blood v is rather small still!

    water change day

  • h4n
    July 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    what lighting 3x ray 2?



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