It is with great pride that I announce the October 2004 Tank of the Month winner- Dennis Dietz.
Well, I am Dennis Dietz (dennis on the forums) and I have been been in this hobby for one year. I was given my first aquarium, a 10gallon, on Labor Day, 2003 along with a few fish. I got my first aquatic plants shortly after the tank cycled, some Certophylum submersom and an Echinodorus.
I discovered the AB plant forums and I was hooked. The beauty of aquatic plants coupled with an inherent green thumb, and the obvious advantage of not having to remember to water, naturaly garnered my interest.
During the past 10 months or so I have really found an interst in aquatic plants. I have had more than my fair share of blunders and created numerous problems for myself. An early example would be reading that I need 2wpg for plants, so I crammed another tube into the striplight.
Well, I got more light but I did not know about CO2 so I also got lots of algae. I was even once scared to dose a trace fertalizer because I thought it would make my algae problems worse. The addition of DIY CO2 helped for a short time but eventually my plants began to wither away. I had not yet realize that Co2 and strong light meant the need for NO3, PO4, trace supplimentation, etc so the plants grew themselves to death. Nothing a little KNO3 could not fix however, once I learned about it of course.
And here we are now. I certainy know more than I when I started, thanks mostly to the many knowledgable people here at APC. The real accomplishment in my tank is not what I have done but what I have been taught. Thank you!
My aquascaping philosophy is not somethng I find easy to describe. I have spent much time looking at other's tanks, trying to learn how to grow plants, what makes some of them red and combating our bane, algae, and it has been only recientlythat I began to truely attempt to aquascape.
I definately am most moved by the nature inspired tanks, ADA for example. Dutch aquascapes hold little interst for me for althought here is definately something to learn from them, they feel to regimented to me, to neat for my tastes. I tend to be most drawn to tanks with a strong hardscape and well planed out yet ramdon looking wood details so I tried to incorporate those same features into my design.
This layout started as a twin mound design that gradually evolved into a concave presentation. One of these days I will go back and try the mounds again.
This tank is a Prefecto 10 gallon aquarium with an Aquaclear 125 HOB filter. I have pressurized CO2 fed directly into the intake. I have been trying a daily dosing regiment since the tank was setup in the beginning of July. I dose daily, 10 ml of a stock solution that totals to about 20:3:20 ppm NO3O4:K plus 8-10 ppm Mg and about 7ml Flourish and 4ml Flourish Fe. CO2 is maintained in the 30's ppm. I change 50% water weekly and at the end of the week, before the water change, I have been testing at ~10ppm of NO3.
Title: Spring Reminiscent. The inhabitants are fauna; 10 neon tetras (Paracheirodon innesi) and some small snails that hitched in on plants. Flora are as follows; Glossostigma elatinoides, Rotala indica, Hottonia palustris, Hygrophila polysperma "Rosanervig", Lysimachia nummularia, Hemianthus micranthemoides and Anubias barteri var. nana "Petite".
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share my tank with all of you. It was my entry into this years AGA and I certainly owe it to the knowledge I acquired at APC