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Old 07-26-2012, 01:29 PM   #1 
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Planted Tank Set up-with pics

Yesterday I picked up my tank, and found a few bargains along the way so ended up setting up my tank!

The tank before i cleaned it


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The tank again, after i cleaned it and in its permenant home:


Sand!


I decided I didnt want a layered substrate showing so I put sand all around the edges before adding soil:


the soil, and going through it to pick out sticks and stones (lol)


In the tank:




Now the fun part! The plants:






At this point I was tired (it was about 3am lol) So I didnt take step by step pictures...

The finished product, the day after, still a bit cloudy but thats fine. My filter is in the mail so hasnt been set up yet, but i do have some MTS digging around in there.




I wont be adding fish for another month or so, so I am hoping the plants fill in, I still need java moss and I have a piece of driftwood to put in.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:46 PM   #2 
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Nice! I'm happy for any photos like this showing how to start a planted tank. What fish are you going to put in there?
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:49 PM   #3 
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im going to be putting 6 female bettas for a sorority, which is why im waiting for the plants to fill in before adding any fish (and of course to stabilize the tank)
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Very nice..Love how you layered the sand and dirt !!!
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:41 PM   #5 
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thanks! the water is still a tad cloudy but Im not too worried about it right now. I added java moss so I need to take a picture (though I just sort of crammed it in lol)
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:44 PM   #6 
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First of all, congrats, that is a beautiful tank! Can't wait to see what it'll look like when the plants grow even more.
Also, that divided tank in the back, I just wanted to say that those bee nest cave things are SUPER adorable! Where did you get them?
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:54 PM   #7 
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First of all, congrats, that is a beautiful tank! Can't wait to see what it'll look like when the plants grow even more.
Also, that divided tank in the back, I just wanted to say that those bee nest cave things are SUPER adorable! Where did you get them?
Thanks! I got the beehives at petsmart for about five bucks.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:04 PM   #8 
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I want to thank you for posting the pics! I have been thinking of starting a planted tank and had no idea how to start it, this is a good first step for me in learning how and your tank is absolutely gorgeous and will look even more amazing when all the plants fill in and your fishies are in there! PS YAYY for another person from Ontario!!
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:19 PM   #9 
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Thanks! I got the beehives at petsmart for about five bucks.
http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...n_jtt_redirect

Yay another ontarian and starr lol
If you have any questions about it let me know, the tropical fish sister site and planted tank. Net sites helped me a ton.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:16 AM   #10 
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just a quick update, yesterday I added some java moss which I just squashed onto a lava rock and piece of plastic mesh, I also added in a little bag of gravel from my established tank to help get beneficial bacteria going. Today i went out and bought some trim to put on the top and a glass lid because the light is getting some condensation on it. I have a better bulb on the way and some cichild stones and hides which will be going in the tank at some point.

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