Kim's Journal 75g Planted Tank
This is my first planted tank in +/- 10yrs and my first high tech setup. I've been collecting and researching for almost 2yrs. The tank is located in my living room and I wanted a simple but lush design with only 3 plants one each for fore, mid, back ground.
75g Oceanic tank
Coralife Aqualite 4 x 65w 6700K
Eheim Pro II 2026 canister
Root Therm 400 substrate heater
Visi-Therm Stealth Heater - 250W
Eco Complete substrate
Dark grey igneous rock
light river sand (for focal area)
Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata "Cuba"
I realize this may be an ambitious selection but I am hard headed.
Red Cherry shrimp
So I planned ahead, tested the tank, soaked driftwood for weeks, made a schedule for setup, ordered plants for a specific delivery date(from two different places).
Before I received the plant order I decided to play around with Carbo Plus unit. I was surprised by how large the unit was and yet it had a very hard time contributing measurable CO2 in the tank. I hooked up the injected CO2.
Image taken 12-22-08
I worked on the hardscape but the plants didn't arrive as scheduled. It became something of a saga but I waited and waited. The day at least one of my orders was guaranteed to arrive I went to a LFS and bought some sad leggy glosso from a LFS. I canceled the second order because it was going to be another two weeks before the plants got here.
Image taken 12-29-08
The ludwigia I ordered arrived as planned but was a bit slimmy and rough. I also think maybe it had been grown emersed. I started dissecting the glosso.
Image taken 1-1-09
I had discovered the plant give aways on APC and decided to jump on some Blyxa that was posted(thanks Niko). I also got to tour his fishroom and realized he was part of invertzfactory.com which I had been planning on purchasing some fish/shrimp from.
Image taken 1-4-09
I had some green fuzz algae show up on 1-7-09 so I cut back on the mid day burst and got 30 amano shrimp.
2 days and the fuzz algae is gone and 2.5 - 3 inches of plant growth in 7days. Things seem to be going well thanks to alot of input and encouragement from people here on APC.
Image taken 1-11-09
More to come! Comments and criticism welcome.