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MyLittlePleco 05-07-2011 06:23 PM

50 gallon setup. 5 months old (picture heavy)
 
I've been a member of this forum ever since I set up my aquarium and I've only just noticed that I never shared what had actually happened to my aquarium.

Long story short, I started out with an artificial looking setup, complete with plastic plants.
Three weeks or so into my adventure my tank sprung a leak randomly so I had to dismantle the whole thing and start over again. My LFS was kind enough to provide me with a small replacement tank so that I could keep my fish until my main tank was repaired.

With a lot of help from this community and a few hints and tips from Byron, I decided that I should take the plunge into live plants and get rid of the plastic plants entirely (thank you Byron:roll:). Electricity prices being what they are where I live, I had to contend with a 6,500k 30 watt flourescent over my tank. Over time, I've gotten rid of the plants that plain wouldn't grow in this setup and introduced more low-light plants. Owing to the tannins leached into the water from the driftwood and the temperature of my lighting, my tank now looks like a small blackwater pond.

I think most of you will find the choice of livestock and plants interesting:

Fish:
4 X Scalare Angelfish
5 X Boesemani Rainbowfish
6 X Zebra Danios
2 X Ramirezi (they seem to be long-finned varieties)
3 X Sterbai Corydoras
1 X Common Pleco

Plants:
-Hornwort
-2 Cryptocoryne species
-2 Java Fern species
-Aponogeton (currently flowering)
-Anubias
-Wisteria
-Nymphaea Zenkeri (red water lily)
-Variety of a small Amazon Sword

Any recommendations are welcome and will be seriously considered.
Enjoy:

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7200.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7204.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7212.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7217.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7220.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7185.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7179.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7183.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7222.jpg

leogtr 05-07-2011 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MyLittlePleco (Post 667837)
I've been a member of this forum ever since I set up my aquarium and I've only just noticed that I never shared what had actually happened to my aquarium.

Long story short, I started out with an artificial looking setup, complete with plastic plants.
Three weeks or so into my adventure my tank sprung a leak randomly so I had to dismantle the whole thing and start over again. My LFS was kind enough to provide me with a small replacement tank so that I could keep my fish until my main tank was repaired.

With a lot of help from this community and a few hints and tips from Byron, I decided that I should take the plunge into live plants and get rid of the plastic plants entirely (thank you Byron:roll:). Electricity prices being what they are where I live, I had to contend with a 6,500k 30 watt flourescent over my tank. Over time, I've gotten rid of the plants that plain wouldn't grow in this setup and introduced more low-light plants. Owing to the tannins leached into the water from the driftwood and the temperature of my lighting, my tank now looks like a small blackwater pond.

I think most of you will find the choice of livestock and plants interesting:

Fish:
4 X Scalare Angelfish
5 X Boesemani Rainbowfish
6 X Zebra Danios
2 X Ramirezi (they seem to be long-finned varieties)
3 X Sterbai Corydoras
1 X Common Pleco

Plants:
-Hornwort
-2 Cryptocoryne species
-2 Java Fern species
-Aponogeton (currently flowering)
-Anubias
-Wisteria
-Nymphaea Zenkeri (red water lily)
-Variety of a small Amazon Sword

Any recommendations are welcome and will be seriously considered.
Enjoy:

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7200.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7204.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7212.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7217.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7220.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7185.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7179.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7183.jpg

http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSCF7222.jpg

nice nice!!!!:thumbsup:

gmyers0203 05-07-2011 10:30 PM

Very nice looking tank and fish!! I love your gold German Rams!! I plan on getting a pair in the next couple months!

MyLittlePleco 05-09-2011 12:48 PM

Thank you all for the compliments.

@gmyers The Rams are possibly the most colourful fish in my aquarium. Just give them good water conditions and a few hiding spots and they'll love you for it. They usually like to hide between pieces of driftwood during the morning and night hours, but other than that they're active and interesting fish, especially if you get a pair.

sik80 05-09-2011 01:14 PM

very nice. any reason why its not filled to the top? - it'd look better if it was

MyLittlePleco 05-09-2011 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sik80 (Post 669453)
very nice. any reason why its not filled to the top? - it'd look better if it was

Thank you.

I don't usually fill it to the top to make sure I never spill any water when doing tank maintenance (trimming, replanting, etc), but I recently got a flowering Aponogeton so I'm leaving some more space between the hood and the water level. Currently it's just making its way up through the water and I hope it doesn't reach a stage where the flower can get damaged by hood.

redchigh 05-09-2011 01:56 PM

I think Echinodorus var Vesuvius and Ludwigea Repens would be nice contrast plants.

Nice tank, your hornwort looks much better than mine did. lol.
Does it shed?

MyLittlePleco 05-09-2011 02:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 669495)
I think Echinodorus var Vesuvius and Ludwigea Repens would be nice contrast plants.

Nice tank, your hornwort looks much better than mine did. lol.
Does it shed?

Firstly, thank you for your compliment.

I'll look further into the possibility of getting some Echinodorus var Vesuvius, but most sources claim it's a medium to high light plant.
Funny you should mention the Ludwigea Repens, though. My LFS had a nice red variety of Ludwigea for sale but I was put off buying it since Ludwigea are more of a medium light plant, to my best of knowledge.

I put my Nymphaea in an area which receives high light, and I'm hoping it will grow well so it can provide some contrast to the green plants later on.

gmyers0203 05-09-2011 08:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MyLittlePleco (Post 669424)
Thank you all for the compliments.

@gmyers The Rams are possibly the most colourful fish in my aquarium. Just give them good water conditions and a few hiding spots and they'll love you for it. They usually like to hide between pieces of driftwood during the morning and night hours, but other than that they're active and interesting fish, especially if you get a pair.


Well after seeing your pictures of them, I've pretty much decided that I'm going to try to get a pair! This will likely be at least a month or two down the road when my water chemistry has stabilized. I'm still working on some of the small details of my tank so I'll be sure to keep the hiding spots in mind!

finsNfur 05-10-2011 12:10 PM

That is just beautiful! I love your rainbows, too. And do you have driftwood on both sides of the tank, or just the left?


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