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HeatherH
04-18-2010, 06:34 PM
Yaye I'm so excited I get to stock this thing finally! Cycling took around 3 weeks with some help from seeded sponge from the 50g.

Stats on tank:
16g bowfront,fluorite substrate,Whisper 10-30 submersible,heated to 80 degrees,one seasoned (for a year) sponge filter from the 50g.

Thought I'd post a few pics from beginning to now.

This is mid-cycle,the day I got the fluorite and the water finally cleared up,took about 12 hours.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/cyclingtank1.jpg

This was the day I finally added the driftwood to the tank,and the sandstone rock to keep it down. It doesn't want to sink at all.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/cyclingtank2.jpg

The driftwood actually made my pH crash the first few days it was in there. From the help and advice of other AC members and lots of reading,I ordered some crushed coral to help buffer the water and raise my KH levels to avoid the pH crashing. Until it gets here,I add 1 tsp of baking soda per 13gallons to raise my KH 4 degrees or so,and everything is holding with KH at 7 (no GH change). Water change,I do about half a tsp. of baking soda because I change 50% of the water at a time. It'll do until I get the crushed coral. continued....

HeatherH
04-18-2010, 06:44 PM
Went to the LFS to actually check to see if they had any live plants,which they don't anymore-boo! and neon tetras. I got 10 neons,lost one the first night which was better than expected,and 3 black kuhli loaches. The kuhlis love how I pulled up the driftwood so they can hang out under it,and the neons have really perked up since I added the clump of java moss. They instantly perked up.

I have a T5 36watt 20 inch light fixture for the tank.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/cyclingtank3.jpg

Seems to be coming together nicely.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/cyclingtank4.jpg

I'm not going to add anymore fish,I'm fully stocked as far as I'm concerned. I have 6 red cherry shrimp on the way tomorrow,along with some live plants which include:

Anubias barteri golden x1
Java fern 1 large
Anubias barteri nana x2
1 bag of java moss

I can't wait to get it all planted so I can hide the heater and ugly sponge filter. :ssmile:

rich311k
04-18-2010, 07:16 PM
Looks like you are off to a good start.

EmmanuelJB
04-18-2010, 07:36 PM
It looks great so far!

SunSchein89
04-18-2010, 09:35 PM
Lookin good thumbs2: . If you want some coverage, look into getting some anacharis. Very easy to grow and can get bushy pretty quick. Although, some people like the look of it, and some don't, so it's a matter of preference. I have it in my planted tank and it completely covers all of my equipment from most normal viewing angles.

Lady Hobbs
04-19-2010, 10:34 AM
Definately agree. Those neons need more hiding places and some bushy plants are needed. Tank cleared up nicely and it's looking good.

PS......Is that filter underwater because I don't believe that's the submersible type. If not, you need to raise it above the water line some.

HeatherH
04-19-2010, 02:05 PM
PS......Is that filter underwater because I don't believe that's the submersible type. If not, you need to raise it above the water line some.


Yup it's the submersible kind. I have one in this tank,two in the 50g. It's above the water line about an inch and a half. I'll take a pic and show you.

The lip of it sits even with the water line.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/submersiblefilter.jpg

I used to use all HOB filters but man they are freakin noisy sometimes so I switched them all out for subs. Super quiet,but they are kind of a space-taker-upper. It's all good though.

I have a rather large-probably too large-bag of java moss on the way with my anubias and java fern so it'll be good and stuffed for the neons to nestle and hide in.

They are really perky today. All happy to see me when I got home from work this morning. I was worried about them because they looked so sickly in the LFS tank. The one I lost didn't have a tail-I noticed that when I got them home. Poor thing. I think they're doing so good because I drip acclimated them for about an hour as they floated.

I'm really happy with them,and they seem to be pretty happy eating regularly. Doubt the LFS fed them as good.

I have the water down a little bit from when I tied the java moss to the driftwood,but it'll be topped off as soon as all of the plants get placed.

HeatherH
04-19-2010, 02:09 PM
Lookin good thumbs2: . If you want some coverage, look into getting some anacharis. Very easy to grow and can get bushy pretty quick. Although, some people like the look of it, and some don't, so it's a matter of preference. I have it in my planted tank and it completely covers all of my equipment from most normal viewing angles.


Thanks for the suggestion...will it do okay with my 36w of light? The tank is kind of tall for the size it is,I hope it would work.

Zilla
04-19-2010, 02:25 PM
PS......Is that filter underwater because I don't believe that's the submersible type. If not, you need to raise it above the water line some.

Those are the new Whispers. I bought one when I was cycling my 20 thinking I was doing myself a favor and saving some cash. What I found out though is when the filter is cleaned, all the loose junk in the filter box pours out the bottom unless a plastic bag or something is used to keep it from going back into the tank.

The said filter was cleaned and is now sitting in my closet collecting dust as I went out and bought two AC's after discovering the bogus design flaw.

HeatherH
04-19-2010, 02:28 PM
Those are the new Whispers. I bought one when I was cycling my 20 thinking I was doing myself a favor and saving some cash. What I found out though is when the filter is cleaned, all the loose junk in the filter box pours out the bottom unless a plastic bag or something is used to keep it from going back into the tank.

The said filter was cleaned and is now sitting in my closet collecting dust as I went out and bought two AC's after discovering the bogus design flaw.

Ha,yeah mine all do that a little bit too,but the fish are there waiting to eat the stuff that flies out. I think they look forward to it. :ssmile:

SunSchein89
04-19-2010, 09:55 PM
Thanks for the suggestion...will it do okay with my 36w of light? The tank is kind of tall for the size it is,I hope it would work.

Assuming the light is the right spectrum (5700-6700K) then your anacharis should do more than fine in a 16 gallon tank. It's pretty easy to grow. I have 20 watts on my 10 gallon tank and I'm constantly trimming the stuff.

HeatherH
04-21-2010, 05:47 PM
Assuming the light is the right spectrum (5700-6700K) then your anacharis should do more than fine in a 16 gallon tank. It's pretty easy to grow. I have 20 watts on my 10 gallon tank and I'm constantly trimming the stuff.

Yeah it's 6700. I'm going to find some anacharis then. :19:



Got 8 little red cherry shrimp in the mail from someone on aquabid.com just now,and a fairly large and healthy hunk of hornwort. What a bonus! thumbs2:

They're floating,getting ready to drip accl. them and in they go. I wish I would have got my other plants first...not the order I preferred,but the shrimps are alive and active which is great.

Off I go. :22:

HeatherH
04-30-2010, 04:47 PM
I think I'm getting the hang of this planted tank stuff. :ssmile:

Recent additions to the tank:
DIY c02 w/nano diffuser,might be keeping a small amount of c02 in the water but my sponge filter is probably instantly bubbling it right back out of the water. Some of it is being absorbed by the plants,my java moss has turned a deep dark green and started branching out pretty good. Loving it.

The hornwort sprig has went crazy. In about 9-10 days (can't remember which) it has doubled in size literally and I had to move it to the other side of the tank out of the filter flow,now it's curling over and around back to the other side. I plan on snipping it in even pieces when it gets a little longer and making a nice bouquet of hornwort.

I got 2 anubia nana on the left side in front of the driftwood,on the far right is anubia golden. There's a java fern behind the nanas,all 3 anubias,java fern and the java moss in the back of the tank on the bottom were in the mail for two weeks from Taiwan and still looked this good. The java fern never melted,and the anubias popped back up like nothing ever happened. Only complaint I have is when they trimmed the java moss,they trimmed it in such small length I can't do crap with it yet. I'm letting it chill in the back until it greens up some more and gets some length to it.

http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-01.jpg

more pics coming...

HeatherH
04-30-2010, 04:52 PM
Some random shots.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-012.jpg

http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-013.jpg

The little bubbles are from the c02. Annoying,but effective.

The Kuhli cave.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-014.jpg

http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-015.jpg

I have some corkscrew vals and straight vals ordered,want to fill in all the empty space in the back and sides.

HeatherH
04-30-2010, 04:59 PM
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-016.jpg

The tiny filter on the upper right hand side in the first picture is a tiny whisper 1-3 gallon filter for the crushed coral I added to help stabilize the KH in my water. No more crashes. Works 100% better than the baking soda did. It only worked for 3-4 days tops and then crashed back down on me. Lucky the crushed coral came in the mail fast.

Soon as I added the cc,the neons colored up so blue they look almost violet. I guess they didn't like the unstable baking soda water.

All is well so far. Healthy happy fish. The kuhlis just chill and eat. The shrimps do the same. I have one neon who is a b-hole. His territory is in the back,by the sponge filter. If another neon dare go back there,he will promptly chase them to the other side of the tank and go park it right back in that spot. I have seen them pecking at each other and even some disputes! I never knew neons were so nasty sometimes. :hmm3grin2orange:

hockeyhead019
04-30-2010, 05:03 PM
wow... traditionally i'm not a big fan of smaller tanks... HOWEVER this one is incredible... simple yet elegant. Congrats on a gorgeous tank!!

HeatherH
04-30-2010, 05:19 PM
Wow~thanks! (blush)

I am just getting started,I'm afraid this has turned me into a plant monster.

I want to put plants in all of my tanks. I want bigger tanks to plant....etc.

:hmm3grin2orange:

Can't wait to get the vals in it...I'll be posting new pics next week when I get them in.

terrapin24h
04-30-2010, 05:52 PM
very nice tank. You shouldn't need to mail order CC. Ive seen it at petsmart, petco, pet supplies plus and pet supermarket. Usually with the substrates. I got a 10 pound bag 2 years ago and have only used 1/2 of it. Lasts a long time.

--chris

SunSchein89
04-30-2010, 06:35 PM
Wow~thanks! (blush)

I am just getting started,I'm afraid this has turned me into a plant monster.

I want to put plants in all of my tanks. I want bigger tanks to plant....etc.

:hmm3grin2orange:

Can't wait to get the vals in it...I'll be posting new pics next week when I get them in.

Heh, guess you caught the same bug I did. I'm going to convert my 20 gal. over too as soon as I get this dart frog tank up and running. Probably should finish saving up for that timing belt too... *sigh*. One day thumbs2:

HeatherH
04-30-2010, 06:38 PM
very nice tank. You shouldn't need to mail order CC. Ive seen it at petsmart, petco, pet supplies plus and pet supermarket. Usually with the substrates. I got a 10 pound bag 2 years ago and have only used 1/2 of it. Lasts a long time.

--chris

I have a long drive in any direction to get to a Petco or Petsmart. Bout an hour. My LFS is a mom n pop store and they didn't have any. I ordered a small bag of CC so it didn't kill me on the shipping.

I have to make a special trip to go to the Petco closest to me. Have to make up excuses to go there and conveniently stop by. Next month fiance's place of work is letting him transfer to the town it's in so yeah,I'm planning a month ahead to go to a Petco whilst he goes to talk to the head honchos. LOL

HeatherH
04-30-2010, 06:42 PM
Heh, guess you caught the same bug I did. I'm going to convert my 20 gal. over too as soon as I get this dart frog tank up and running. Probably should finish saving up for that timing belt too... *sigh*. One day thumbs2:


I hear you...I've been driving around with a busted windshield for about 4 years. :hmm3grin2orange:

It's out of my field of vision,but got nailed by a baseball sized rock from a gravel truck and it's totally white trash...I don't care as long as I don't get a ticket on my way to the LFS or work in the next state. (Yeah,I live by NOTHING. lol)

tanks4thememories
04-30-2010, 07:02 PM
Some random shots.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-012.jpg

http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-013.jpg

The little bubbles are from the c02. Annoying,but effective.

The Kuhli cave.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-014.jpg

http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-015.jpg

I have some corkscrew vals and straight vals ordered,want to fill in all the empty space in the back and sides.


Tastefully done!! Good Job. Looks like you have a flare for aquascaping.:19:

HeatherH
05-07-2010, 04:54 PM
Got the vals wednesday. 6 straight and 6 corkscrew. It took me forever to get the roots in the flourite. So long that I thought about saying *f* this and throw them in the trash. LOL And they still popped out a few times. I need some of the long forceps specifically for this purpose.

The hornwort has grown a smidge under six inches in just two days. I had a nice bouquet of hornwort there in the middle. I broke up the super long piece into three,tied it and placed it and it looked great. Hid the sponge filter nicely. At this growth rate I'll have to beg people to take the clippings from me. Yikes it grows so fast it's crazy.

One problem I have is my filter outflow is too strong to put any of the taller plants I have around it. It blows them straight down,thus the pics looking extremely lopsided and barren on the left side.

Taking suggestions for a plant to put there that stays short in stature and will grow a nice carpet or maybe a bunching effect.

Also fixing to remove the java moss. Not liking how it gathers the algae,and I think it's rather ugly. I'm really interested in Christmas moss. That stuff looks great. Here's a couple pics.

http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-017.jpg

http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-018.jpg

My anubias are getting new leaves already. The one in the middle put one out yesterday fully and has two more emerging. The golden on the far right is putting out a couple new leaves too. The one in the middle is going crazy~for an anubias. :shappy:

korweabo0
05-07-2010, 05:08 PM
great progress! :)

Bristley
05-07-2010, 05:28 PM
Looking good HeatherH. Keep them pics coming.

hockeyhead019
05-07-2010, 06:34 PM
wow congrats on a gorgeous tank!!

SunSchein89
05-07-2010, 08:02 PM
Already starting to grow out nicely. Keep it up thumbs2: . Maybe if you move the java moss over near your filter outtake, it'll help keep the algae and debris off of it? On second thought, that might be too much turbulence for it if it's not already anchored to something, but it may be worth a shot if you're just going to toss it anyway.

HeatherH
05-20-2010, 01:22 AM
Some new pics since I got the vals that are in the process of dying back/regrowing in my tank water,which are coming back with lots of new green leaves and runners. Also got a sword that is in emersion/submersion transformation that is growing in fast. Been fertilizing with Seachem Flourish Tabs and Seachem Flourish (a "thread full" in the cap with every water change). So far so good-please pay no mind to the crappy looking val leaves that are melting away!

Some of the trumpet snails doing work on the brown slimy algae crap everywhere.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-17.jpg

You can see the sword's stalk with about 4 baby swords hanging off of it,got a feeling I'll have some up for grabs soon-one is going to be huge enough for this tank.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-171.jpg

I trimmed off quite a few enormous leaves from the sword in the emersed growth because they were not proportionate and looked so goofy. That big one I left on for kicks-til it starts looking better then I'll probably pinch it off.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-172.jpg

See the moss ball in the back and that neon on top of it? That neon is territorial big time about that moss ball and corner of the tank. He will attack any other neon that dare cross the invisible line.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-174.jpg

HeatherH
05-20-2010, 01:26 AM
Everything is filling in nicely-my anubias are popping new leaves one after the other going down the line.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-175.jpg

And a random shrimp shot,this one's eggs hatched yesterday and I have new baby RCS all over the tank.
http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/Heather_Sweetness/plantedtank5-176.jpg

Also got two otos today. They went to work immediately on the brown slime algae all over everything and I can see green trails all over the anubias where they've been chowing down.

Hope you all like. Post more as they grow more. thumbs2:

tanks4thememories
05-20-2010, 01:59 AM
WOW!! Awesome Job!!!

Lab_Rat
05-20-2010, 02:00 AM
Nice looking tank! For a small foreground plant that should spread a bit for groundcover you could try crypt parva. It stays very small and is pretty easy to deal with. Dwarf sag would also work.

HeatherH
05-20-2010, 02:03 PM
Thanks Lab Rat I will check those out. :22: