Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-09-2011, 01:27 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Talking Oscarr19's 32G Planted Aquarium

Hey guy i finally decided to make my 32G a planted tank. I'm sticking with low light plants for now as the light fixtures here are pretty expensive but i might upgrade in the future. I don't plan on running any co2 but will dose ferts. I'm currently dosing Nutrafin plant gro but will change to flourish excel liquid and tabs once the bottle of plant gro finishes. The lighting i have is a stock hood with 2 T8 20W bulbs.

The plants i plan on keeping are anubias nana,Cryptocoryne parva,Cryptocoryne willisii,Hygrophila corymbosa "Angustifolia". I'd also like to have dwarf harigrass but would my lighting support it?

Currently in the tank i have 1 cabomba and 2 unidentified plants. I was told they were bacopa but i'm not entirely sure. Heres a picture:



I will be updating with full tank shots once i change my substrate to sand later on this week.

Heres my stock list:
-8 Penguin tetras (already have)
-6 Leopard Cories (already have)
-3 Otos (already have)
-1 Angelfish
-2 Keyhole Cichlids
-1 Bolivian Ram

I really like gouramis and i'm wondering if i can have a honey gourami?
__________________

__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 02:17 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bruinsbro1997's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: California Coastline
Posts: 5,663
Well from what I have read T8's are not that good of lights at all, only for really low-tech setups.
__________________

__________________
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."
--John Wooden
bruinsbro1997 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 02:26 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
So only low light plants? No dwarf hairgrass? Oh and what about the honey gourami?
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 02:30 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bruinsbro1997's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: California Coastline
Posts: 5,663
IMO the honey DG is fine. Yess I once asked about T8 bulbs because that's what I got from the Petco here...the plant experts said it was only good for really low light setups like java fern and maybe anubias. If you invest in them T5's and LEDs are a lot better, kinda pricey but worth it.
__________________
"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."
--John Wooden
bruinsbro1997 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 02:43 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
i was looking into T5HO but my tank length is 31 3/4'' in length. The light canopy i saw were either in 24'' or 36''. Where would i be able to find one that fits the length of my tank? Also what would i use as a hood? I was thinking a glass lid with a hinge for feeding but i'm thinking that it won't allow or oxygen exchange.

Heres the 24'' one: Aquatic products

I also came across this one but agin only in 24'' and 36'': 2F/2Bulbs fixtures
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 04:51 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Ok so i emailed the seller and they do have 30'' fixtures I will likely be getting a 2 bulb T5HO fixture. What color temp should i go with? They offer 6700K, 10000K, 14000K or 20000K.

The fixture will have 2x24W bulbs so will that classify as medium light? I REALLY want that dwarf hairgrass for a carpet.
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 08:42 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Anyone?? Help please
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 11:39 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 115
From what I've read, both the 6000k and the 10000k bulbs both work for plants. I've got a 10000k bulb in mine and my plants seem to enjoy it.
__________________
MrBeta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2011, 11:45 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Ok thanks! Anyone know where i can get a custom hinged glass top? Tank measures 31 1/4'' x 13 3/4''
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2011, 09:03 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
I started the transition to sand! My fish and plants are in a bucket and I'm taking out the gravel now.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1635568478.jpg
Views:	104
Size:	43.9 KB
ID:	47325  
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2011, 03:32 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Sand is in and the tank I ready for new lights and more plants and fish!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3794604984.jpg
Views:	90
Size:	65.1 KB
ID:	47735  
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2011, 06:27 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Thumbs up lovely set up

My dear friend I received your message,the rocks look great and shouldn't be a hazard
__________________
buzzgp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2011, 06:53 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Thanks buzz!

On a side note i just ordered my T5HO light fixture and will be ordering my plants tonight.
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2011, 05:10 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
I'm still trying to order the plants. The guy I'm buying from hasn't been replying.

The light fixture shipped yesterday so it should be here in 2-8 days. Everything is coming together nicely but I still need a proper hood. I was thinking going without a top or getting some plexi glass or acrylic cut to size.

As far as stock goes I'm looking to complete it this week. I'm just missing the angel, keyholes and ram.
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2011, 12:40 AM   #15
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Coleallensmom's Avatar


 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,943
Looks really nice so far..love the driftwood piece!
__________________

Check out my 50 Gallon Build
Coleallensmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2011, 01:25 AM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Thanks! I'm hoping the light fixture will be in this week and depending on how fast i get a reply the plants too. Tomorrow I'll be making a trip to my LFS to completely finalize the stock. I'll be getting a keyhole, GBR, angelfish and a DG of some type. I'll also pick up some ferts and a couple extra plants depending on type and condition.

I'm thinking going without a hood. The only problem i see is evaporation so i might lower my temp to 74F. Any tips or opinions from people who have gone without a hood?
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2011, 03:17 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Nooooooooooo I slept through the doorbell. The Lights were here but I missed the delivery guy. I have to pick them up tomorrow so I'll have pictures then. I'm also going to my LFS tonight so new plants and fish! That also means pictures Now I just have to get my plants ordered which seems like it's taking forever because I only get a reply once a day it seems. Anyway I'll update if anything new happens.
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2011, 03:26 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Haha I knew it was too good to be true! The package wasn't the lights but the filter for my 5G :P
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2011, 06:12 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
Yaaayyyyyy plants ordered ))
__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2011, 08:51 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Oscarr19's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,036
New fish and plants!!! Need an ID on 3 plants though.

I got a chocolate gourami, black marble angel, Bolivian ram and keyhole cichlid. More detail and pics after I acclimate!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2844351879.jpg
Views:	46
Size:	52.9 KB
ID:	48207   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1129976675.jpg
Views:	59
Size:	59.5 KB
ID:	48208  

__________________

__________________
Oscarr19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
oscar, plant, planted, planted aquarium

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sand - the right one for my aquarium Ann7667 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 07-28-2011 02:01 PM
Clear plastic pipeline aquarium Yavindish DIY Projects 6 07-28-2011 11:00 AM
New; attempting 10g planted tank for classroom greenseagirl Member Introductions 7 07-25-2011 01:18 AM
Issues with 10 gallon fw planted chemistry moongoat347 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 07-21-2011 11:28 AM
How long can aquarium safely go without power? sdrone Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 24 07-14-2011 11:38 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.