38L planted tank - CO2 injected

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  1. Janci

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    I come from the salt water aquarium world and after shutting down the reef tank, I am planning on a 300L peninsula tank. as it will take some time before that tank is set up, I bought a small cheap tank which will be my first planted tank since ages.

    The aim is to take care for it, see what is needed to keep plants in good condition, learn to trim, replant.... basics in other words.

    It is not going to be a scape contest winner as I will be using some rocks that I found at my working place. Good enough to create some depth and play around.

    List of equipment:
    - Rimless tank 45 x 28 x 30cm
    - Oase Filtosmart 100 with biomedia
    - CO2 Art regulator with in tank diffuser
    - KELO LED light (used in the reef tank before)
    - ADA Amazonia soil with some ADA substrate
    - random rocks

    Plant list:
    - Helanthium tenellum 'Green'
    - rotala macandra
    - cryptocoryne undulatus red
    - rotala wallichii
    - myriophyllum guyana
    - alternanthera reineckii mini
    - rotala H'ra
    - bucephalandra red
    - rotala rotundifolia
    - bacopa australis
    - didiplis diandra

    Fauna list:
    - not sure yet. Probably some shrimp and a few fish still to be selected.
     
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  2. Janci

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    This is the first scape attempt.
    Created some depth and added the stones
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  3. Janci

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    I then added the filter and other hose attachements for CO2.

    My CO2 cylinder is kind of oversized but this was a remainder of the calcium reactor of my reef tank and will be used on the bigger planted tank later.

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  4. Janci

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    And later planting started with this result.
    I used most 1-2-grow plants from Tropica.

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  5. Janci

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    This was set up a week ago and I have been doing daily water changes to reduce the ammonia that is leaching from the ADA soil.
    I test nitrite only and will start doing waterchanges every 2-3 days from now on to see the evolution of the nitrite.
    Since starting I added some Seachem Stability and Prodibio BioDigest to kick the cycle a little.

    After some days the tank looked like this

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  6. Janci

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    This Kelo light is a knock off for the Kessil, with lower wattage.
    There are 2 knobs to adjust blue and white light. I use the white light at 100% and the blue at the minimum, which must be around 10%. That is why the pictures look so blue.
    That gives me a PAR value at the bottom of about 100.
    CO2 is injected at a little less of 1 bubble per second.

    Yesterday I turned off the blue light before taking the picture and the tank stands like this.
    I realized that I made a mistake when planting the alternanthera reineckii mini in the background. Next weekend I will try to move it in the middle between the 2 stones and shift the rotala H'ra to the back.

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  7. Edvet

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    That's a lot of healthy growth:thumbup:
     
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  8. Janci

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    The tank is cycled and I added some oto's and shrimp.
    Here some pictures...


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  9. chefski

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    love the ottos lokking very nice
     
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