Photo #1 - 55g High-tech Tank 3/19/08 4 Months After Setup(1...

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State: Pennsylvania
Country: United States
Description: Filtration Rena Fillstar XP3 w/DIY clear intake/outake, mostly seachem matrix biomedia , , Lighting DIY Canopy w/DIY AHS 2x55w PC GE 9325k bulbs & 32w T8's x 2 Shoplight fixture w/ GE 5500k + 6700k , , Substrate Eco-Complete, Flourite - Brown, Baylees Better Bottom, Some reg. small aquarium gravel mixed in , , Decor Live Plants, Driftwood , , Background My exciting white wall, lol , , Water Parameters ph.6.6-6.8, gh8 / kh12 Nitrates(kno3)-15ppm, Pot.(kh2po4)-about 15ppm, direct tap town water-no additives , , Plants Cryptocoryne Spiralis var 'Balansae' Crypt Wendtii var. 'tropica'(bronze) Crypt Wendtii var. 'red'(red wendtii) Echinodorus 'Kleiner Bar' Echinodorus 'Osiris' Elocharis Acicularis (dwarf hairgrass) Hygrosperma Corymbosa 'Stricta' Hygrophila Polysperma 'Rosanervig' (sunset Hygro) Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis (brazilian micro sword) Lilaeopsis Mauritius Ludwigia Palustris (narrow-leaf ludwigia) Ludwigia Repens(ludwigia red/broadleaf) Pogostemon Stellatus-'Broadleaf' Rotala Rotundifolia / Indica Salvinia Minima (floating plant) vallisneria spiralis (italian val) Christmas Moss (Vesicularia montagnei ?) , , Inverts 50est. x Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda var. red) , , Fish 1 x Crossocheilus Siamensis (True SAE - Siamese Algae Eater) 4 x Hemigrammus rhodostomus/bleheri? (Rummynose Tetra) 8 x Melanotaenia Praecox (Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish) 6 x Nannostomus Beckfordi (Beckford's/Golden Pencilfish) 7 x Paracheirodon innesi (Neon Tetra) 2 x Pterophyllum scalare (Angelfish, 1 zebra, 1 black) , , 55g High-Tech Tank Details , Lighting - is @ 175w for 6hrs. of a day & then 64w for 4hrs. of a day. , C02 - pressurized via 10lb tank w/milwaukee regulator,solenoid,bubblecounter - dispersed via a glass diffusor. , Fertilization - is done via the EI method every other day; Pot.-1/2tsp dry, Trace Elements-10-12ml mixed. I don't dose nitrates since they are 15ppm straight from tap. , Water - 50% water change and maintenance every Sunday
Advice: Never give up, it's all worth it in the end. This is my first planted tank. And despite my extensive research and years of keeping fish, this tank was a virtual nightmare for like 1.5 months. This is 4 months after setup from late November in 2007. The photo is from 3/19/08
Fish Kept: Currently, listed above, other than that, hundreds too many to name. Chichlids, tetras, barbs, etc.
Corals/Plants: Listed above. Other's that didn't do well were Pygmy chain sword (E. tenellus) and sagittaria subulata (dwarf sag). Sold an Echinidorus rose, got way to large and didn't accent the layout I was going for well. Few others I don't feel like listing
Tank Size: 55 gallons
Quote: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Proverbs 9:10
About Yourself: I'm 22 and married. I have a BFA in Online Interactive Design. I've been keep fish for 12+ years (Since I was like 11 or 12yrs old). I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was a child. I have always been fascinated by fish, oceans and aquatic life in general. I actually ended up being a web and graphic designer. I love keeping fish, it is my main passion after my passion and love for my wife and God.

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Fantastic color display!!..Beautiful tank, tor ten material for sure.. fish avatar
Great looking tank, plant life is absolutly great, I am starting a planted tank, only can hope mine turns out half this good. fish avatar
Sweet tank! Thanks for the detailed description! fish avatar
would you say that a planted tank for a 30 gallon aquarium would be expensive? And could you make a tank that looks like a planted tank but uses fake plants. fish avatar

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