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Bhack91 03-16-2010 08:16 PM

55gallon lightly planted tank
Hey all, Im new to site but have ran into it a few times while browsing the web and it always caught my eye. Ran into a thread i really wanted to get involved in and joined, glad I did. Here are a few pics of my 55 gallon aquarium. I have a hair algae and a small snail infestation problem, but I am working on both. It is a bit difficult because the tank is fully stocked and I can't use chemicals effectively with my BGK in there. I do not use CO2 , and I don't have t5 lighting just have a decent normal lighthood i bought to replace stock ones and some special plant substrate.

Stocklist Includes:
1 Common Pleco
8 Red and Blue Columbian Tetras
6 Peppered Corys
2 Silver Hatchets

Various Swords
a suprisingly nice plant from Petsmart not sure what it is

Oldfishlady 03-16-2010 10:29 PM

Your tank is really pretty...I love the look...what kind of substrate?

I don't use chemical in my tank...sometimes they can do more harm that good IMO/E....
Prevention and finding the cause of problems IMO is the best way to deal with them than covering them up with a temp fix
With hair algae I find manual removal with an old tooth brush works the best, I will twirl it around the hair algae and remove it with a water change
Snails, I like snails and I view them as part of my mini ecosystem and they have a job of sorts, they can get out of hand when you over feed the tank, and when this happens I will trap them with a small glass jar with an algae wafer and remove them, other wise, I want some snails in my planted tank to eat the decaying plant leaves and uneaten food, they also eat some algae off the plant leaves and the trumpet snail help to keep my soil aerated to prevent aerobic spots...which is a good thing in the natural planted soil based heavy planted tanks....

Your stocking is another issue, you may want to trade your common pleco (18in+) in for a BN pleco(5-6in) since the common can get really big and stop eating algae once mature. Your knife fish will also out grow a 55g, not sure what RTBS are...

Do you know your wpg? I use the shop lights with daylight bulb 6500k 40w=4bulbs (cost $20.00) over my 4ft tanks and I get great plant growth with 12h photo period as long as I change the bulbs every 6 months. I don't use CO2 or ferts in my natural tanks....

The grass looking you have a almost looks like mondo grass and not a good plant for the aquarium..but it is hard for me to tell for sure.....

Your tank looks beautiful......I really love that red color from the substrate.....and once the plants fill in it will really look great.....any plans for other plants......

Bhack91 03-16-2010 11:02 PM

Thank you, I apprecaite your help and compliments. These pictures are a little old I have cleared out the mondo grass and other plants I got from petsmart(exception the plant in bottom right corner which I like a lot). Im aware of my stocking issue, my taste in fish is ever changing but I think I am narrowing down to what I want. I always wanted a BGK but was not aware they got bigger than a foot. And even if I was fine with keeeping him, now Im moving on from big fish because I do not have the budget to have a tank where I would feel comfortable keeping my 12-13inch BGK. RTBS= red tail black shark, I like him a lot and he should be fine in the 55 but im still thinking A LOT about my stocking. I have a 29gallon that is pretty much same theme that isnt up with plants or lighting yet. When reffering to chemicals I meant to clear out snails( the petsmart kind not any specifically special nice snails) They are under better control now. And I will try what you said with the hair algae next. I may have to start a new thread but I wouldn't mind discussing my restock with everyone on here and lighting. To answer you I think the substrate was called ecocomplete I got it at my LFS. I plan on replanting this tank with my LFS stock of plants which are lots of anubias and swords he just started getting in plants so I will keep a look out. Any advice I could get on lighting and plants would be apprecaited. Sorry if this all seems scattered Im not the best writer just trying to cover all the bases. I know I am at a minimum of 2watts per gallon I will have to get reaquainted with my setup again (got busy/distracted with other things).

aunt kymmie 03-16-2010 11:06 PM

I think your tank looks great! I love the drifttwood pieces and really like the stones lying atop of the gravel. Looks really nice. :)

Bhack91 03-16-2010 11:22 PM

Thank you Kymmie, I just remembered from the earlier question I mixed the ecocomplete with a natural colored gravel a 2 to1 ratio. I thought the ecocomplete was going to look a lot different from its appearance while still in that bag. But even though it wasn't what I thought it came out well anyways.

JohnnyD44 03-17-2010 08:08 AM


what kind of fish are those?

Angel079 03-17-2010 08:22 AM

Looking real good there give it a few weeks to all grow in and BOOM you'll have a super green tank :-)

Don't let that hair algae discourage you, when I set up my latest 55g I have some 5-6 diff alage developing REAL WELL practically overnight, I even had moments where I wanted to take the whole thing down. Now a few weeks later I am glad I just sat tight, enough patience and battled them successfully :-)

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