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40 Breeder Planted Tank *LOTS OF PICS*

I have this on another forum so It seems pretty far along, but it's still a new tank. I figured I would put it here since I would like to be more involved on this forum. I am going to list all the specs and just post pictures. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments or critiques, please post them.

Aqueon 40 gallon breeder

Eheim Pro 2224, with spray-bar and double bubble filter on intake
Eheim 2213. no spray-bar for flow and single bubble filter on intake

3-23w daylight cfls in clip lights hanging from ceiling
2-13w daylight cfls in clip on desk lamps
Paintball with self built regulator, solenoid, needle valve combo
Ista 3 in 1 diffuser

Custom built with 2x4s dirty raw wood style

Old substrate from a 10 gal capped with more black blasting sand and clay powder and osmocote sprinkled on the bottom of tank

Malaysian Driftwood and some from my yard

Added an update pic and have the plant list. The list is long so I will put it here. Trust me they are all in this tank.....

Amazon Sword (Echinodorus amazonicus)
Cryptocoryne, Wendtii, Bronze (Cryptocoryne wendtii v. Tropica)
Micranthemum umbrosum
Lindernia rotundifolia variegated
Hydrocotyle sp japan
Hydrocotyle leucocephala (brazilian pennywort)
Nymphoides sp. ''Taiwan'
Poaceae sp. 'Purple bamboo'
Persicaria sp. 'Sao paulo'
Persicaria hydropiperoides
Lindernia dubia
Ranunculus inundatus
Ludwigia glandulosa
Ludwigia repens
Ludwigia senegalensis
Hydrophila polysperma 'Sunset'
Eichhornia diversifolia
Alternanthera Reineckii Cardinalis
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Ocipus'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Rosaefolia'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Lilacina'
Acmella Repens
Aciotis acuminifolia
Lobelia Cardinalis
Hygrophila lacustris
Rotala rotundifolia
Bacopa monnieri
Bacopa Caroliniana
Ammannia sp bonsai
Java Moss
Rose moss
Mini Rose Moss
Flame moss
Xmass moss
Tawain moss
Peacock moss
Riccia fluitans

Live stuff
8 dwarf puffers
6 Ottos
6 Amano shrimp
? cherry shrimp (lost count after about 25)
2 Orange bee shrimp

If you have any specific questions just ask I will gladly answer.

I am going to keep the pictures in this post for FTS to show progress

Sorry about picture quality. I'm no photographer and I use my phone.
Now pics....


After first trim 05/26/2013




Latest trim 06/18/2013


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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
This is just going to be for random photos for people who don't want to read. They are in no particular order.

I took some more pictures of the moss. I would like to do this with the rest of the plants and contents of the tank at a future date. Some of the mosses are very small amounts and others are just hard to see, for now.

Mini rose

Pellia (and some java moss hitchhikers)



Fissidens, Tawain, Peacock, Flame

Willow, Xmass, Tawain

Fissidens and a tiny amount of Riccia, that started as 1 strand stuck to some plants I ordered.

Cycling tank



Some pictures of my shrimp. I have a diverse selection of culls but they are cool.

And the YELLOW mystery shrimp don't know where they came from but there is like 3 of them in there.

06/28/2013 Water change picture

I'm loving this moss, even outside of the water it looks nice

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Very neat and thorough job with the pictures and your setups!

Welcome to the forum, I hope you keep posting pics!

I also like the moss in the last pic.
The rose moss is my favorite of all of them, although the willow moss I collected locally grows better than all of them. It just doesn't have that neat moss look like the rose.

Here is another picture for you. It's the willow moss about 20 minutes after a water change.
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