View Full Version : First plant tank :)

03-02-2009, 09:08 PM
This tank has been set up for about 4-5 weeks heres some photos.

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/4.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=11629)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/39.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=11628)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/8.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=11633)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/61.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=11631)

29 Gallon
Fish:4 emerald eye rasboras, 3 harlequin rasboras, 1 yellow lab, 1 Fuelleborn's Mbuna, 2 Otocinclus Catfish
plants: anacharis, anubias afzelii, undulated crypt

03-02-2009, 09:15 PM
anacharis is great choice for beginner :19: , what is your lighting ?

03-02-2009, 09:39 PM
well I'm a poor college student lol. so I had to get creative cant afford a new light. I first was clapping on an extra light with a cfl in it the anacharis responded pretty well to it. Then I was at lowes and they had some halogen strip lights that put out 60 watts and i was able to insert them into the original hood. They get pretty hot but I don't mind it keeps the water temp around 78 so I don't even have to use a heater anymore. The anacharis just took off after the switch though.Also the anubias just got a new leaf along with the multiple new leafs on the crypt. OH also before I had any chiclids in the tank I was running a DIY co2 just to get them growing more. Had to take it out afterwards it lowers the ph too much for them. Here's a picture from when I first set up the tank.

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/9.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/9.JPG)

So now I'm getting just slightly over 2 watts per gallon but with the plants that are in the tank its fine. I'm thinking about putting a java fern in also. Eventually I plan to transfer this setup to a 55 when there is alot of growth and the chiclids have outgrown the tank.

03-02-2009, 10:18 PM
well done due
you may try some ''round leaf rotala'' , they look cooler then anacharis. i have both of them in my plant tanks , they both grow very fast.

03-03-2009, 02:22 AM
Very good low tech planted planted setup!thumbs2:

03-03-2009, 04:13 AM
brianyu i've never heard of the round leaf rotola. Looked it up on google but no definite results do you know the scientific name?

03-03-2009, 04:48 AM
I'm thinking it may be Anubias Barteri. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong please. :22:

03-29-2009, 09:21 PM
Yellow lab
Cobalt blue
clown pleco
Two new plants

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/DSCN0698.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=11949)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/DSCN06871.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=11945)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/DSCN06861.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=11943)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/DSCN0695.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=11947)

03-30-2009, 01:58 AM
Hello and welcome to the forum! Nice setup you have there.

Wild Turkey
03-30-2009, 02:10 AM

nice tank thumbs2: Careful, dont overstock

03-30-2009, 03:58 AM
Welcome to the Fabulous AC!:22:
Great pics!

03-30-2009, 02:31 PM
I'm not too worried about overstocking because I'm going to move this setup to a 55 eventually. I'm more worried about the plants overgrowing the tank lolthumbs2:

03-30-2009, 02:35 PM
Current tank setup:
1 yellow lab, 1 Fuelleborn's Mbuna, 1 Cobalt blue, 3 Otocinclus Catfish, 1 clown pleco

Anubias hastifolia
Red Melon Sword
Rotala rotundifolia
Java Moss

03-30-2009, 03:36 PM
brianyu i've never heard of the round leaf rotola. Looked it up on google but no definite results do you know the scientific name?
rotala ! not rotola hehe

03-30-2009, 05:25 PM
yea its a nice plant its in the left corner of my tank. Grows pretty quickly and has a nice red tint too it thumbs2:

03-31-2009, 07:56 PM
very pretty! welcome and thanks for the pics!

04-10-2009, 12:36 AM
some new pics of how the tank is doing. Moved some stuff around. What do you guys think?http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/DSCN0978.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=12060)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/DSCN0985.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=12064)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/DSCN0979.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=12062)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/500/thumbs/DSCN0996.JPG (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=12069)