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davemonkey's 50 gal journal

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Okay, this is my first planted tank set-up. My goal is low-maintenance, low (or moderate) tech, and just to get a good feel for planted aquaria.

-Tank is 48"x13" and 18"tall (50 gal...or more like 48...).
-Substrate is "planted aquarium substrate" from, 3" deep.
-Filters: emperor w/bio-wheel; 1 powerhead on undergravel filter for right side of tank only.
-Lighting is 130 W PC of 50/50 10,000K and Actinic and a 2x15W "aquarium bulb" (came with original hood). Light duration is for 10 hrs (but only 8 with the PC hood).
-DIY CO2, 2x 1 gallon jugs with same ingredients for smaller containers (gives just a bit of CO2)
-dose excel and ferts

Plants are val, swords, crypts, anubia, egeria, mosses, java fern, hygo. difformis...low-mod light (due to half my light being actinic and non-productive)

Fish are random fellows I've been trying out, haven't yet decided what to keep in there. Getting rid of 5 SAE's and a Pictus Cat soon.

Many of the plants still need to do ALOT of filling in. Feel free to critique/comment. I am totally open to suggestions (unless it involves buying more plants for awhile). ;)

Here is the moss-rock I just tied-up a couple days ago. The SAE's liked it alot...yummy treat...hence, I'll be trading them in soon...:boxing:

Thanks for looking,
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How did you attach your Flame Moss to the driftwood? Is it similar to Java Moss?
Really looks good. I'll have enough duckweed by the fall to send you some. I get covered everytime I go for a swim. :)
I'm saving you some duckweed and hornwort for when you get here. Seriously, if you need anything keep in touch and let me know. Anxious to take you to a NASH meeting and go fish shopping.
Wow, Anahuac near Channelview. We might have a problem running a C02 line over the ship channel bridge. :) Some of those Vals after the black out are beginning to turn a pinkish brown color after giving them about 4 watts per gallon of light for 12 hrs today. It begins about about 1/2 way up to the tip. Before the black out some of the small crypts you gave me were green and beginning to get a brown area around the edge of the leaves and working to wards the middle. They are now about completely brown or bronze color, but seem very healthy. Is this normal for that variation to change from green to a dark brown color. Hope your plans work out and keep us informed.
Shhhhhh. We hiding the humidity till next summer.
AaronT: It looks more like Nesaea pedicillata.
You might be right I gave it to him and had got it from someone else. I'll check with them and find out for sure.

Just confirmed it is Nesaea pedicillata. Plant finder said difficult so we should have a challenge.:D
I wasn't even going to tell Davemonkey about the mix up. :spy: Wish you could have watched me go thru the peanuts three times looking for another bag. Well, at least I knew what was in the bag wasn't right. :dance:
Guess I'll have to try my hand at an NPT tank now. If I did a small tank can I use the Amazonia I have for a top layer? Will discuss with you when we pick up our group order. Have a great vacation.
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