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- Dallas, Texas
- 2 years
Back in May, @Vishaquatics hosted a plant package giveaway on Instagram to celebrate reaching 1,000 followers. I was randomly selected as the winner. I wanted to share my progress on my new tank setup utilizing the plants he sent me.
This is what came in the plant package:
Ludwigia Glandulosa (also known as Ludwigia Peruensis; 3–4 stems)
Ludwigia Mini Super Red (Ludwigia Palustris; multiple stems)
Ludwigia Ovalis (multiple stems)
Bacopa Monnieri (Moneywort; multiple stems)
Micro Swords (Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis; large clump of runners)
Cryptocoryne Wendtii Bronze (medium–large)
Riccia Fluitans (Crystalwort; 4x4 inch portion)
Broad-Leaf Water Sprite (Ceratopteris Cornuta; several plantlets)
Salvinia Minima (Water Spangles; several handfuls)
Staurogyne Repens (one stem)
It was already pretty hot in Texas, but everything arrived quickly and healthy! There was minimal heat and transit damage done to the plants, such as the salvinia's roots (common for floaters to lose root systems in shipping) and the water sprite (a very delicate floating fern and hard to ship). Luckily everything was able to recover with time and TLC. I was very impressed by the size of his plants; they were enormous! The Ludwigia Glandulosa was a rich, deep red color like I've never seen before. And the Mini Super Red was a stunning, intense red. And the crypt? Wow! Just gorgeous.
If you didn't know, @Vishaquatics is based in beautiful Southern California and grows his plants outside, fully submerged, with lots of sunlight, high-quality fertilizers, and pressurized CO2. Many plants he sells will do just fine in low-tech tanks but high light, CO2 and fertilizers will have them growing their absolute best. Unfortunately I do not have a CO2 system at this time, but I plan to get one for this particular tank in the future.
I impulse-bought a new tank setup for my birthday at one of my LFS, The Fish Gallery in Dallas. It's a Lifegard Aquatics Full View 7 gallon aquarium. They make 4 different models: mine came with a full spectrum led light (9000K), a preset 100w heater, glass lid, cushion mat, a cool fish net, a magnetic algae scraper, and a digital thermometer. I bought the display tank at my LFS and I just now found out there was a piece missing — it was also supposed to come with an internal filter, but I suppose my LFS misplaced it. I bought a Penn-Plax Cascade 300 internal filter for it. I also ended up ordering a 25cm Chihiros A-Series light (A251), around 8000K, as an extra light source to hopefully keep my red plants colorful.
I ended up stocking this tank with assorted male endler hybrids. I had 8 at one point but they recently became infected with internal and external parasites so now my numbers are going down. I initially wanted to add 3 African Dwarf Frogs since I found local healthy stock, but I think I will hold off on those. I'm considering getting an Orange Mexican Dwarf Crayfish (CPO) in the future.
On with the setup: First I used a layer of black aquarium gravel (5lbs) from Petco. I was running out of my go-to substrate, Black Diamond Blasting Sand, so I needed something that would add some depth. No, I'm never getting rid of my (now defunct) EXO-M poster.
Then I arranged a bunch of river rocks I bought from an LFS into a pile and added a layer of Petco black sand.
Now for the plants! I sort of planted things willy-nilly at first, just for the sake of getting them out of a bucket and into the tank. I topped the substrate off with my remaining blasting sand and added Osmocote+ root tabs. This is what it looked like when I was done.
I found the perfect piece of spiderwood at The Fish Gallery to finish the scape.
Plants from locals/my other tanks that I eventually added:
Cryptocoryne Wendtii Bronze
Bucephalandra Green Wavy
Unidentified Bucephalandra (Mini Coin?)
Narrow Leaf Java Fern
Marimo Moss Balls
The following photos were taken more recently. The second one was from a couple days ago after I trimmed and replanted the ludwigia forest. This is 2 months' worth of growth dosing Nilocg Thrive+ EI liquid fertilizer twice a week, adding Seachem Iron when I remember, and one or two ~50% water changes a week. As you can see, even without the use of CO2, the red plants are still colorful. Not as intensely red, but still very pretty. And I've noticed new growth isn't green.
I am looking forward to the new plant selection Vish has coming up in August, ESPECIALLY the crypts! He has a good variety of uncommon-to-rare kinds such as Flamingo, Nurii, Mi Oya, Spiralis Tiger, Hudoroi, and many more. Check out his current(ly huge) selection here and give feedback on what plants you'd like to see from him here. If you are interested in his plants, you can message @Vishaquatics privately or reply to his selling posts in the Buy, Sell, Trade, Free section of the forum. He ships within the continental US.
Follow Vish on Instagram @Vishaquatics for more photos and videos! You can also follow my Instagram if you want, I am much more active with tank and aquatic life updates there than I am on here. I only update my Stories though, and I post other stuff too (mainly my cats). Too lazy to deal with actual Instagram posts lol. My IG is @lostshorelines.
More plant and tank photos to come in the comments!