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50G – First Planting

November 11th, 2008

Even though I’m still waiting on my 4x39W T5 light fixture to arrive from Catalina Aquarium, I’ve managed to borrow lights from some other tanks so that I can get going on the planting. I hooked up the Eheim 2026 Canister Filter, Hydor In-Line Heater, and CO2 canister so I’m good to go on everything but the light. I also added a few more rocks to fill in the hardscape. As this is my first planting, everything is subject to change and refinement as it grows in.

50G Aquascape

I’ve surrounded the large manzanita root ball with Stargrass, which I hope will provide a bright green backdrop to the wood. In front, I planted Hemianthus callitrichoides along with a little bit of hairgrass mixed in. This transitions up to some Blyxa japonica in the midground areas. In the back, I’ve planted five or six varieties of Rotala, which I’ll groom and cull once they’ve grown in a little bit. Unfortunately, I didn’t have full bushes of many of the stems, so they’ll all have to grow for a little while before I can truly scape with them. I still need to obtain a bunch of Fissidens fontanus moss to accent and soften the wood and rockwork. So, it’s definitely still a work in process… Comments welcome!

4 Responses to “50G – First Planting”

  1. Phillip Brown Says:

    Looking good to me. Needs a bit more height at the sides but that will come with time.

  2. Mallory Says:

    Where are you getting your Fissidens from? I’ve always had an awful time finding any species of it for a decent price, especially in the US.

    I’m looking forward to seeing this tank progress!

  3. guitarfish Says:

    Thanks for the comments so far! Mallory, I haven’t ordered any yet. I’m hoping to get some from other GWAPA members. Otherwise, I have a little bit already myself, so I may just grow it out.

  4. 50G Aquascape: 3 Weeks In-- Guitarfish Says:

    […] been about 3 weeks since I first planted my new 50G aquarium. Since then, I got my 4×39W T5 lights from Catalina Aquarium, which are fantastic, and have […]

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