NeverEndingNinja's 55 Gallon[NEW!]

neverendingninja

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Well, not a new aquarium, but might as well be. Since the last time I posted anything about it, I've put in new bulbs(SunPaq 6700/10000k), added pressurized CO2 and started doing EI dosing. I had a little green spot algae outbreak, but I think that was due to the brief nutrient deficiency incited due to the increased growth after the addition of CO2.

Anyhow, heres a picture click for full-size.


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lisamorie

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I love it! I ordered the plants for my 55 gallon last week and I am dying for them to come, I hope mine looks half as good as yours!!
 

MissMTS

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Wow! I love the plant that you have. It really looks gorgeous! Great job!
 

COBettaCouple

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Whoa! Great job - that's a beauty!
 

miker

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Wow! It looks awesome! Can you share us the tank's watts/gal, substrate and plants. That will help all the new planters!

My Guess is that you have 3.5 watts/gal, Eco-Complete, plants - Brown Crypt, Black Sword, Micro Sword, Cardinal plant, Ludwigia Reopens, Red Sword, Cabomba...
 

Jimold

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Wow, I am truely impressed. This looks like it came straight out of a page of one of Amano's books. I am very curious about your lighting and EI dosing... details, we need details man! lol! Seriously, check out my new project:

I find it ironic that our tanks in some ways are so similar and yet so very diffferent. I really would love to compare notes.

Oh, and miker, unless I'm mistaken those aren't microswords, they're pygmy chain swords.
 

primerowan

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Your tank is gorgeous!! I'm a beginner about to start a 55gal. planted tank - and I'm totally envious of yours! What kind of lighting and plant maintenance are you doing?
 

finmama

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Wow I love your tank. Someday....lol
 
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neverendingninja

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Its 130w of compact fluorescent lights, so I'm sitting right at 2.36WPG. I'm planning on upgrading to around 3wpg pretty soon, though. I'm supplementing CO2 through a pressurized CO2 tank, blowing through a glass diffuser under a power head, which further atomizes the bubbles and blows them across the tank. According to the drop checker, I'm right around 35ppm CO2.

Plants include; Alternanthera Reineckii, Ludwigia Repens, Echinodorus Tenellus, Hygrophila Dimorphis, Nuphar Stellata, Rotala Rotundifolia, Microsorum Pteropus v. 'Windelov', Cabomba Carolinia, Hemianthus Callitrichoides, Cryptocoryne WendtiI v. 'Brown', Cryptocoryne Parva, Cryptocoryne Ponterdiifolia, Taxiphylum sp. "Peacock Moss", and some others...I've never written that list up before, quite a variety! edit; Also Anubias Heterophyla, Anubias Nana v. 'Petite' and Anubias Afzelii.

Fauna includes; Apistogramma Cacatuoides(pair), 14 Rasbora Heteromorpha, 3 SAEs(young, so they still eat algae), 7 Otocinclus sp., Keyhole Cichlid(male, ~5"), 2 Neritina Reclivata, and some odd number of ghost shrimp(the cichlids eat them). I know its over the 1"/gal rule, but that is totally void when you have a high rate of growth. Even with all those fish, if I were not to dose nitrates, they would fall to 0ppm(it happened on my 10gal...talk about algae!).

When it comes down to EI dosing, on days 1, 3 and 5, I add 1 gram of KNO3, along with 2 gallon of K2SO4. Once I get my hands on some K2PO4, I'll be adding that also, but for now I add Flourish Phosphorus(too expensive to dose often). On days 2, 4 and 6 I add Flourish Comprehensive and Iron(will be switching to Plantex CSM+B). On every day, I double dose Flourish Excel...10mg for 50g. On the 7th day I do a 50% water change, and add ~7g of MgSO4·7H2O(Epsom Salt) to bump up the water hardness a bit, and supplement magnesium.

The substrate is 60lb Eco-Complete mixed with 25lb Estes Deep River gravel.

I really had NO plans when I started this tank. You can see what it used to look like, and I've transformed it into what it is now.

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Anyhow, I have to be up at 6am, and its 12:10am now!
 

miker

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You have chosen your plants very wisely. It is a nice surprise to see that you are growing all the colorful plants for just 2.36 w.gal

CO2 helps too!
 

pinky93

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B-E-A-Utiful! I love both! Simply a fish haven
 

MagpieTear

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Bravo!
 

Jimold

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Ninja, unless I'm mistaken, that's an ADA (Aqua Design Amamo) all glass drop checker on the upper right side of your tank. May I ask where you bought it, locally or on-line? I have a cheap plastic RedSea and I'm looking for a nice ADA glass one, but no-one locally carries them.
 
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neverendingninja

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Its not ADA, its a ripoff, but it is glass, looks nice and does the job well. I bought it from AquaticMagic on eBay. It cost me $15-$20, but shipping took almost a month. However, there is a fellow who bought a bunch of them and imported them, so we wouldn't have to wait like that. Unfortunately, I didn't see his ad when I was looking for mine.

I would get it . Mine came all the way from Singapore.
 

Blub

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Hi!

Lovely! I'm going through that nightmare, when you set-up a tank for non-planted, then 2 months later you really want to go planted! I have a CO2 injector, 30watts of florescent lighting (I want to upgrade to 150 odd watts, but dad says that this is OK because flourecant puts out many times more light than normal light! I guess he's wrong...) Did you rip down the entire tank to put the substrate in?


 
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neverendingninja

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Yes, your dad is wrong. When we refer to light in the planted field, we're referring to fluorescent lights. If you want to do plants in your 47gal, I would suggest at least 130w, similar to what I have. Keep in mind, that all lights are different. It takes less watts of T5 lighting to equal the same output as compact fluorescents. is a headache for you. Read up!

Anyhow, if you go to link you can read the brief summary of what I did to change the substrate out.
 

Jimold

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neverendingninja said:
Yes, your dad is wrong. When we refer to light in the planted field, we're referring to fluorescent lights. If you want to do plants in your 47gal, I would suggest at least 130w, similar to what I have. Keep in mind, that all lights are different. It takes less watts of T5 lighting to equal the same output as compact fluorescents. is a headache for you. Read up!

Anyhow, if you go to link you can read the brief summary of what I did to change the substrate out.
Hey hey HEY, THANK YOU!!!! I've been looking for a long time at my Bowfront tank vs. my Column tank, and the wattage over each, and it just didn't make sense. I know what the WPG's are, but looking at it, it just wasn't RIGHT. The surface area of the bowfront is much greater than the column, which is tall and skinny, so it seemed to me like the WPG rule was thrown out the window somewhere. Plus combined whith the difference in depths, it wasn't working on my head. And that headache link you posted just proved I was right! hehehe. I have to print it out and read it more carefully, because I'm just getting ready to rebuild my column tank, and this could prove very valuable information. Again... thank you!
 
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neverendingninja

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Go with metal halides for your column tank. Its the only way to go when you have limited surface area on a deeper tank.
 

Blub

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neverendingninja said:
Yes, your dad is wrong. When we refer to light in the planted field, we're referring to fluorescent lights. If you want to do plants in your 47gal, I would suggest at least 130w, similar to what I have. Keep in mind, that all lights are different. It takes less watts of T5 lighting to equal the same output as compact fluorescents. is a headache for you. Read up!

Anyhow, if you go to link you can read the brief summary of what I did to change the substrate out.
Hi!

How can I thank you? Lol

Well, if you look in my Aquarium info you'll see the plants in there now .I'm thinking of ripping out the Elodea, and using a mix of Stargrass, Camboba (Which I already have) and Ludwiga sp. 'cuba', perhaps some Ambulia. I'm going to turn my log into a Java-moss log, use some Pygmy chain sword for the foreground, add some Brown wendtiI crypt, Echindorus 'red diamond' and possibly some Ludwiga glanduosa if I can find it for the middle.


 

Jimold

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neverendingninja said:
Go with metal halides for your column tank. Its the only way to go when you have limited surface area on a deeper tank.
Ahhh, I was leaning towards that, but about a week ago then I had one of those "mad scientist" flashes, and now it's not going to be an issue...hehehe (VERY evil laugh). My swamp tank is amazing, and running fine, so now all my attention can be refocused on my column tank... BWA HA HA... opps, sorry. I had a thought, that if I can make work... will make this even cooler looking than the swamp tank... (I hope)

Oh, and speaking of the swamp, check this out. It's a post I started last night with a pic of my tank a month ago and then yesterday.
I was a little startled at it myself, you don't notice how fast things grow until you do this. Anyway, i'm not telling you to show off my tank. I want you to do the same thing in about a month. Try and position your camera as close to the pic you posted here, them post them together so we can check out how the plants are growing. MrWaxHead has about 6 months of pics on his tank, and I just started doing mine, by all means join the fun!
 
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neverendingninja

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I spent an hour and a half chopping everything up 2 nights ago. I removed every stem plant and cut the bottom off, "topped" all the ludwigia, and replanted it. In a month, hopefully I'll be right back where I was at the beginning of this post.
 

Blub

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Hi!

Sounds cool! I can't wait to get some new lights and some more plants for mine! I've found some Brown wendtiI crypt, Ludwiga sp. 'Cuba' and Althenatera reinckiI on eBay that I'm going for this weekend. Does this sound good? I really need some opinions from Planted tank people right now.


 

corylover

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very nice looking tanks. I'm so jealous. I hope to get more tanks soon
 
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