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post #1 of 15 Old 12-01-2014, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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My return to planted aquariums

After taking over a year of time in the saltwater world, I've come back to my true home. It was fun, different and exciting; but I am back where I truly belong.

So I sold off all my rocks, sand and fish, cleaned my tank out with vinegar. Waited and filled her back up with water.

My thoughts were of two different set-ups.

Going back to my old set up of Dario Hysginon and Sparkling Gourami; or branching out too Apistogramma.

Dario Hysginon are only losing because... well... I CAN'T FIND ANY ANYWHERE!.

Here is a pic a few days after setup.
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-01-2014, 03:19 PM
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Welcome back to the unsalty world :) Can I ask why you gave up the saltwater setup?

I keep thinking I'm going to venture there one of these days. When I have some time and a fatter wallet that is.

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Welcome back to the unsalty world :) Can I ask why you gave up the saltwater setup?

I keep thinking I'm going to venture there one of these days. When I have some time and a fatter wallet that is.
Not enough time. Wallet not fat enough. Baby on the way >.<

I also like the freshie lift better.
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-06-2014, 06:05 PM
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Oooo! I love the way you set it up, very pretty once the plants perked up!
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Oooo! I love the way you set it up, very pretty once the plants perked up!
Thanks! Cut the cabomba when it reached to top and added some more plants.

Its looking really great (though tannins make it super dark) doing weekly water changes to keep them in check.

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Here's the salvinia growing really really well
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-11-2014, 10:25 AM
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Welcome back

FWIW you could have done saltwater by using macro algaes as a substitute for the plants of fw. Has the same effect except that you may have to protect the macros in some kind of refugium


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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FWIW you could have done saltwater by using macro algaes as a substitute for the plants of fw. Has the same effect except that you may have to protect the macros in some kind of refugium


my .02

Thanks for your feedback.

I actually did do a macro algae aquarium, but it wasnt as good as i wanted it to be. The return to planted aquariums did provide me with insight though. Both give me really good information and help me accomplish my goals.

I will return to a salt tank in the future, after the baby is born and i have some extra cash.
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I like the natural look of your tank.... I run both salt and fresh.... it's be hard to give up either.... makes me glad the kids are grown and the house is paid for

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post #10 of 15 Old 12-12-2014, 01:48 PM
I wish I wasn't so lazy. My problem is I love the look of a sand bottom, but I also want to have plants. So far the only thing that I can get successfully to grow is a bulb buried in the sand, and the tank extremely underfiltered. The bulb pushes its roots through the sand and puts little tendrils up everywhere, and can still throw out lilies like no other. Aside from that, I need to have plants that attach to rocks or driftwood. I just feel that those look tacky until they have developed. I'm kind of an instant gratification kind of guy.
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