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Anna's 28 gallon planted transformation!

Just wanted to show-off my 28 gallon's transformation.
It's my favorite tank at the moment. I've got 4 other NPT's at the moment along with a 10 that I'm about to switch over from bare-bottom to NPT. Then eventually whenever I figure things out on if I'm moving soon and where I can put it, I'll be doing a 50 gallon NPT thanks to Skyewillow :)

Anyways, heres some pics!

When I first really got into the idea of doing a planted tank October 2012

When I started the specs on the tank were:
2 tetra 10 gallon filters (was working on buying the new one thats running right now)
aqueon single tube t-8 flourescent. 18w 6500k bulb
tetra 100w submersible heater

Flora in this pic: 2 amazon sword, anarchis, bacopa monierri, rotala indica, marimo moss, anubias nana petit, banana plant, and java fern (probably more that I'm forgetting)

December 2012, when I finally got a hardscape going.
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Finally got a pretty decent plant package in, it helped fill up my tank quite a bit more February/March 2013


The day I changed out the clown puke susbtrate over to NPT style.
It was really dirty then but it's the only pic of have from that time/day
Mid-April
2013


After adding co2 to the tank and having it running for about 2 weeks, here is the result so far:
Today, 5/5/13
Tank Specs Now:
Aquaclear 50
Finnex Ray2 6500k LED's with high par (can get more specs on it if asked)
Paintball co2 injection, UP Aqua Regulator, Aquatek paintball adaptor, aquatek bubble counter, UP Aqua drop checker, Aquatek co2 diffuser
Flourish Comp. dosed 2x/week -- looking into getting PPS pro dry ferts package



As of today this is my stocking::
Flora: Baby tears, myrio mattengrossense (sp), vallisneria tape + jungel, ludwigia repens + ovalis, bacopa carolina + monnieri + australis, rotala magenta, telanthera, amazon sword, dwarf saggitaria, mayaca fluviatilis, hygrophilia polysperma regular + sunset, java fern, apongenton, dwarf chain sword I think (something grassy with runners), guppy grass, crypt balansae + wendtii + parva + petchii, water wisteria, brazilian pennywort, and I think that's it.
Fauna: 5 female betta, 6 GBR (hoping to get a pair before I seperate and rehome), 2 green dragon BNP, 2 albino BNP, 2 ADF, 4 tiger endlers, and 4 peppered cories. (yes, I know it's overstocked. working on thinning things out quite a bit ATM, no worries! everything tests good)


I will probably update pictures on this tank here every few weeks so that I can get a sense of what's growing well and what's not, what needs more nutrients, etc.

thanks for looking!! any questions, comments, suggestions, constructive critisicm, etc. is welcome!

10 HM, 3 HMPK, 5 HMPK fry
8 German Blue Ram, 5 Green Dragon BNP, 4 Albino BNP, 4 Calico BNP, 6 Red BNP, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 2 ADF, 7 Peppered Cories, & 6 Tiger Endlers + Fry
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cool! love the wood. where did you buy plants?
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I'm so looking forward to the photos of the 50 NPT! -drool-

I also love the term "Clown puke" for that gravel! XD

It looks great, especially once you added the hardscape and switched the sub!

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lol I was wondering what you meant by "clown puke!"
Your planted tank looks so nice, the fish must be enjoying the many plants! :)
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Thanks everyone!!

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cool! love the wood. where did you buy plants?
I bought alot as package deals on aquabid, a few from petsmart/pet supplies plus, and then most recently went on a shopping spree on peabody's paradise LLC.
Peabody's Paradise is by far my favorite place. Very reasonable prices, large bunches, 8-10 stems/bunch @ 8+" tall, rather than the normal 5 stems at 4-6".
http://www.peabodysparadise.com/shop/

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I'm so looking forward to the photos of the 50 NPT! -drool-

I also love the term "Clown puke" for that gravel! XD

It looks great, especially once you added the hardscape and switched the sub!
I'm looking foreward to it too! Thanks so much for letting me have it :)
it really was clown puke! I hated it! Just a collection of all the different left over gravels from other tanks because I didn't want to buy anymore when I first started this tank. Oops!


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lol I was wondering what you meant by "clown puke!"
Your planted tank looks so nice, the fish must be enjoying the many plants! :)
Haha, well, now you know!
Thanks!! The fish are really enjoying it a lot from the looks of it. Plenty of hiding places for them, which kind of sucks because it's hard for me to find a lot of them when I need to do head-checks! especially with the endlers

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I'm looking foreward to it too! Thanks so much for letting me have it :)
I wasn't planning on using it, why not pass it along?

I'm almost thinking about finding a tiny piece of driftwood for mine. Pancake loves all of the foliage and says thank you!

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Lookin good..let me know how the pps ferts goes. I want to switch over to the EI method once all my ferts are done seems more economical.
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Oh GBRs! I love them so much! I am sure they are happy in your tank. You have done a great job.

Any words of wisdom on keeping them?
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Oh GBRs! I love them so much! I am sure they are happy in your tank. You have done a great job.

Any words of wisdom on keeping them?
Thanks! Words of wisdom, no more than 2 pair in any tank smaller than a 40 breeder, don't put them in a 10 either, parameters aren't even stable enough in those. You'll want to purchase more than you want because it's pretty much guarenteed for everyone to lose a couple. An if you decide you won't want to breed, get 2 females rather than 2 males. Still somewhat agressive, but not neearly as nippy as my males.



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Lookin good..let me know how the pps ferts goes. I want to switch over to the EI method once all my ferts are done seems more economical.
I will definitely let you know! It may be a while though as I'm clueless on the whole dosing regiment of it. Someone suggested it to me and I figured tht I'd try it, but have to figure out HOW to mix and dose it and all that goodness first lol


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I wasn't planning on using it, why not pass it along?

I'm almost thinking about finding a tiny piece of driftwood for mine. Pancake loves all of the foliage and says thank you!
Driftwood would look great.
PEt supplies plus carries nice pieces of Malaysian DW in their reptile section, that's where I got my piece, may want to chek it out, I got mine for like $10 so it's pretty cheap IMO

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Pet supplies plus carries nice pieces of Malaysian DW in their reptile section, that's where I got my piece, may want to chek it out, I got mine for like $10 so it's pretty cheap IMO
Fabulous! I'll have to look there when I get paid again! ^_^ Thank you!

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