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Old 01-19-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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50 Gallon Planted Tank Journal

Hi, im 15 and have a 50 gallon planted tank. I figured instead of posting many different threads, I would make a journal of progress on the tank. I have had it for a month or so now but ill just call today day 1 as ive rescaped it and added fish and plants. Enjoy!
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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To start.....

Tank Specs

Equipment-
-Marineland C-360 Canister Filter
- Fluval 60hz Heater
-2 18' Aqueon 15 watt lights (30 watts)
* I am aware 30 watts is underlit to grow my plants but I am trying to get 100 watts as soon as possible

Plants-
-Java Moss
-Indian Fern/Oak Leaf Water Sprite
-Anubias
-Argentine Swords
-Telanthera Cardinalis
- Java Fern

Fish-
-2 Angelfish
-6 Cories (1 albino)
-6 Rainbows (3 turqouise, 3 Boesemans)
-14 Neons
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
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Day 1

*will post new pic once tank is clear, just finished aquascaping and water change



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*Sorry, forgot to mention I have onion plant and lily bulbs
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:36 AM   #4
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Day 2
Going to my LFS to hopefully pick up some root tabs and a better light. I want something with at least 50 PAR and it needs to be 48 inches.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:41 AM   #5
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Nice! I like the moss tree a lot. Some taller plants for the back would fill it in nicely too, maybe some Vallisneria or Rotala.
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:04 PM   #6
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Yeah, my Argentine swords and cardinalis need to grow more, looks a little off balance now.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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I really like the moss tree as well, looks awesome!
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:00 PM   #8
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Planted root tabs and spread out the Cardinalis...

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Old 01-26-2013, 01:21 PM   #9
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Replaced one light with a 60 watt A15 soft white lamp.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:22 PM   #10
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If it will let me add a pick...

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:06 PM   #11
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nice tank man i will be following your journal to see how far you will go and i also plan adding live plants in my new 75 gallon soon ( 90 gallon stocking and mission thread ) I must say i really really like the tree gives a awesome effect to the tank i might just have to steal your idea if i can find one around here
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:15 PM   #12
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Thanks man, yeah the tree is just driftwood with java moss on it. Im starting out with live plants, so there all easy ones like java moss, fern, and swords.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:59 PM   #13
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Black Angel isnt doing to well. Dont know what it is, all other fish are fine.
On a positive note, my swords have been growing new leaves and the bulbs are sprouting.

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Old 01-29-2013, 04:29 PM   #14
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Nice tank! Really fun to look at with all of the different plants!
What exactly is the angel doing that makes you think that something is wrong with it?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:09 PM   #15
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This is a bad pic, normally it lies on its side on the bottom and flaps around like a dying bird. But sometimes he gets up and swims around. Weird hahah.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:42 AM   #16
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Got rid of the cardinalis, it was rotting. My swords have had lots of new growth and all my bulbs are sprouting.

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On the left is the water onion, right is a fern. All of these are bulbs.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:48 AM   #17
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Also my Angel has been dying and I was thinking maybe someone could help.

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He's beem lying down looking to be dead for 5 days, but when I poke him he swims around. I do water changes 1-2 timea a week and the other fish are neons corys rainbows and another angel. I watch him closley and the other angel doesnt bother him. Actually, he patiently waits by his side when he is lying down. I feed them enough amd all water parameters are stable. I thought he had ick, but he has jusy one white spot and it isnt a bubble just his skin color. His mouth seems to be cut up and flaky, he was like that when I got him. But clearly he can eat as he's been like this the past week (ive had him for 3). Btw when I say he I dont know what gender. Any advice or help?
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Also, my cories seem to be skittish so I think ill do a rescape later so they have more places to hide.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:39 PM   #19
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Havent made an update in a while, so here it is.
The swords and anubias have made steady growth, as well as my java fern and bulbs. On fern bulb has gotten over 2 feet tall and has 5 flowers. The java moss has exploded across my driftwood, so I made a nice cave for the cories. My stock is
1 Angel
12 neons
10 Brass tetras
7 black skirts
5 cories
4 otos
I also still have 6 rainbows, but they will be moved to my uncles 90 soon.
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