2006 Top 10 Planted Tanks
Rated #1: jimbooo
Number of votes: 291
Quote: if it aint broke dont fix it!
About Yourself: i'm a 25 year old headhunter. got into the hobby by looging onto www.fishforums.net when i had a problem with my basic fish tank and never looked back. i dont own any fish/plant related books and have learnt everything from members of that planted tank forum. i actually have 3 planted tanks the 180, a juwel rekord 60 with a sandy layout and a 50G cube.
Fish Kept: 28 cardinal tetras 2 sailfin gibbiceps (10cm and 6cm) 1 adult angel 1 platy (rehomed for a friend) 1 flying fox 3 sterbai corys 5/6 amano shrimp (not that i ever see them)
Corals/Plants Kept: Amazon swords (bhleri), java fern, tiger lotus lillys, echinodorus "red flame", glosso, Echinodorus "rubin" var "Narrow", java moss, anubias nana and anubias nana petite.
Tank Size: 40
Advice: for a planted tank setup i cant emphasise enough the use of laterite and CO2. one of the main reasons for failing with swords etc (heavy root feeders)is a lack of nutrients at the roots. laterite is reasonably affordable and will last years. on the co2 front, adding a basic yeast type co2 kit will improve any planted tank in one simple step. i will always use some kind of co2 in any planted tank regardless of lighting levels. and more importantly than anything weekly ewater changes (if adding dry ferts 50% to dilute the last weeks fertaliser leftovers)
Description: this is the last layout in this tank (Juwel rio180) i am waiting for the current glosso carpet to fill out before posting the current pic. but for the time being here it is with a riccia carpet.
Rated #2: travis
Number of votes: 292
Quote: The computer allows you to make mistakes faster than any other invention, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila.
Fish Kept: Pseudotropheus demasoni "Pombo Rocks" Pseudotropheus acei "Luwala Reef" Pseudotropheus elongatus "Usisya" Labidochromis caeruleus "Lion's Cove" Labeotropheus fuelleborni "OB"
Corals/Plants Kept: Pogostemon helferi (Downoi), Pogostemon stellata "Broad-leaf", Cryptocoryne wendtii "Green Gecko," Hottonia palustris, Anubias barteri v nana, Cryptocoryne spiralis, Limnophila aromatica, Sagittaria weatherbiana, Hydrocotyle verticellata, Ammania sp. "Bonsai," Rotala rotundifolia "Colorata," Hemianthus micranthemoides "Erect," Hemigraphis traian, Hydrotriche hottoniiflora, Cyperus helferi, Cryptocoryne ciliata, Elatine triandra, Potamogeton gayi, Riccia fluitans, Micranthemum umbrosum, Limnophila sp., Hygrophila polysperma "Rosanervig," Microsorum pteropus "Narrow," Ludwigia repens "Rubin," Ranunculus papulentus, Anubias barteri var nana "Petite"
Tank Size: 125
Advice: Never fight a land war in Asia.
Description: Malawi Redux
Rated #3: aquastar
Rated #4: georgefarmer
Number of votes: 234
Quote: I like the cheese - Borat
About Yourself: Been in the hobby for almost 4 years. Aquascaping is my passion as well as the science. I now write for Practical Fishkeeping magazine and am their high-tech planted tank expert. I also moderate on three planted tank internet forums. Married with two girls and a dog. I currently service Harrier jump jet ejection seats for a living.
Fish Kept: Cardinal tetras, Amano shrimp
Corals/Plants Kept: Microsorium pteropus, Glossostigma elatinoides, Sagittaria platyphylla, Crinum calimistratum, Anubias nana
Tank Size: 33
Advice: The internet is a great source of info with plenty of good forums. Be wary of the hear-say factor though. Listen to experience.
Description: 33 gal. Nature Aquarium
Rated #5: Aeroseb
Number of votes: 291
Advice: Have to trim riccia every day... Glosso requiers a lot of CO2...and needs a rich substrat.
Description: Tank 35 gall 36X12X18 Light 4X30W Fluval 204 2XCO2 nutrafin Special project for an amano style tank. . A great challenge. Glossostigma, riccia fluitans, vallisneria spiralis, Lysicmachia aurea, lileaopsis novaezelandiae, Crinum calamistratum Neon tetra, amano shrimp
Rated #6: Brett_NZ
Number of votes: 236
Quote: Good enough is not good enough
About Yourself: Keep the Jungle Green, Ocean Blue....
Fish Kept: tropical, odessa bard as my favourite
Corals/Plants Kept: riccia is easy.........
Tank Size: 40
Advice: keep it simple to begin with, improve on it later.
Description: aquabase substrate top up with fine black river stone. 2 x 30W + 2 x 35w floresent arcadia tubes 900/ltr canister filter x 1, Eheim 2213 x 1 2 x Hagen c02 diffuser (with DIY yeast mix) plant: water wisteria, Stargrass, pennywoth, Indian fern, Riccia on driftwood, amazon sword and Rotala. Glosso fish stock: 6 tiger barb, 5 Harequin, 5 Lemon Tetra, 2 flying fox, 5 Odessa Barb More photo at photobucket http://s83.photobucket.com/albums/j304/tiger_oscar/
Rated #7: ramius
Number of votes: 249
Quote: You can only obey to nature keeping an aquaria.
About Yourself: I'm an Information Technology professional but my brain is under the water with my plants.
Fish Kept: 14 Cardinal Tetras, 5 Angel Fishes, 4 Coridoras spp, 7-8 Otocinclus Affinis, 6-8 Caridina Japonica.
Corals/Plants Kept: Micranthemum umbrosum, Rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigia repens, Microsorum Pteropus, Microsorum pteropus "Windelow", Anubias Barteri nana, Cryptocorine wenditi "brown"
Tank Size: 47
Advice: Know each tank you set up the most you can, try to know each plant signal, try to find nutriet shortages as soon as you can.
Description: Front view of my 180 liters tank
Rated #8: workmeouttt
Number of votes: 251
Quote: I LOVE workingout and planted tanks!
About Yourself: Bodybuilding and planted tank photos!: www.danmansturf.com
Tank Size: 50
Advice: Change half of the tank's water every week. Keep your plants nicely pruned and well fertilized. Consistently work on your tank so you'll enjoy it more and keep algae at bay ;-) CHECKOUT MY WEBSITE- updated ;-)
Description: Flora of Big Tank as at 8 June 2006: Vals, Jungle (Vallisneria gigantea) Green Temple Narrow (Hygro corombosa) Eusteralis (Eusteralis stellata) Anubias barteri var. nana Spatterdock (Nuphar Japonica) Sag, Dwarf Subulata (Sagittaria subulata) Bolbitis heudelotii Cyperus helferi (Cyperus helferi) Cryptocoryne wendtii ''brown'' Giant Red Rotala (Rotala macrandra) Echinodorus 'Rubin' Echinodorus uruguayensis Pearl Grass (Hemianthus micranthemoides) Aponogeton ulvaceus Blyxa japonica Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis parvula) Vallisneria americana 'Mini twister' Glossostigma elatinoides Crystalwort (Riccia fluitans) Eleocharis vivipara
Rated #9: bytter
Number of votes: 234
Quote: There is no spoon.
Fish Kept: Poecilia Reticulata, Guppy; Xiphophorus Maculatus, Platy; Paracheirodon Inessi, Tetra Neon; Hasemania Nana, Tetra Silver Tip.; Ancistrus sp.; Otocinclus affinis; Corydoras Paleatus, Aenus and Panda; Crossocheilus Siamensis, SAE; Neocaridina Denticulata Sinensis, Red-Cherry Shrimp.
Corals/Plants Kept: Glossostigma Elatinoides; Valisneria Spiralis; Hygrophila Polysperma; Vesicularia Dubyana; Echinodorus (unknown); Nesaea Crassicaulis; Rotala Boshi-Nanjenshan; Didiples Diandra; others...
Tank Size: 53
Advice: Do it slowly...
Description: My first big planted freshwater aquarium.
Rated #10: cobra
Number of votes: 224
Description: Aquarium 150 x 60 x 50 /// Filter... external, foam, 4,5 galons /// Light ... 6 x 36 watt /// CO2 ... yeast + sugar /// UV sterilization ... DeBary 15 watt ///
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