My 29 Gallon Planted Freshwater Tank



MsDannielle.com sent me a nice email about our site here and she mentioned she has a 30 gallon fish tank also (did you join our forum yet?). So it reminded me about my own 29 gallon (yes..1 gallon smaller) and so i went and found some old pictures of my 29 gallon planted freshwater tank.

This was really my first "real" tank that i set up. At that time, I was really mesmorized by Takashi Amano Planted Tanks and I actually went out and bought all his books. Heck, I even went to Japan and took a bus to his store and then lugged back like 20lbs of rock back to the US!

So anyways, here are some pictures I was able to find. Enjoy!

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This was the first layout I did after coming back from Japan. Notice the authentic Amano Co2 parts on the left side of the tank (the bubble counter and the diffuser inside the tank - i could watch the bubbles go through that tube all day long). I started out with some val's as freshwater plants in the background but they grew way too fast and I was always pruning them. The rock structures inside the tank are the rocks I bought at the Amano store.

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Here's the 2nd version of the tank. I removed the val's and introduced a new plant to the tank (and as of right now, i can't remember the name of it - no it's not riccia). I just remembered that if you give it enough light and c02, it'll grow horizontally instead of vertically. So with a bit of tuning to find the right amount of c02, i had my green carpet that i always wanted in my tank.

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here's a shot of the tank from the top. 100% coverage! yea! then i realized...how am i going to prune it? would it all start to grow on top of each other and then i would have a layered tank?

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Check that out! black hood, black background, black stand. black is back baby! the full tank shot. I still have all the parts..maybe one day i will start it up again. one day.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Panther28 May 21, 2007 at 10:41 am

Wow! Looks really nice. I like the grass bottom.

CoNMaN May 21, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Glosso (Glossostigma elatinoides) Is that the groundcover? I have always wanted taht but never had CO2 setup.

Johnny May 21, 2007 at 8:34 pm

oh yea! that was it. glosso…. ๐Ÿ™‚

msdanielle May 22, 2007 at 12:02 am

hey that’s a pretty nice set up. my tank is an eclipse, but i don’t keep it as clean as i should. i’ve been through lots of fish…my favorites by far were the bumble bee gobies ๐Ÿ˜€ right now my tank has one gold fish, one guppy and one algae eater. the gold fish is about 6 years old but he still has no name…he started out as a feeder fish but our oscar never ate him, and we gave away the oscar and now i’m stuck with no-name-gold-fish. have any ideas for a name? ๐Ÿ™‚

Johnny May 22, 2007 at 1:49 am

i’d call him Lucky for not being eaten by an oscar. haha…

msdanielle May 22, 2007 at 5:15 pm

ok Lucky it is ๐Ÿ˜€

any suggestions for a no-name guppy and a no-name algae eater? ๐Ÿ˜‰ jk their histories aren’t as interesting anyway…

Johnny May 22, 2007 at 5:32 pm

hmm. that’s a good one. i just name my fishes..by what species they are. so i’d call your guppy..guppy. hahaha.

ALTHOUGH..i did name one fish yesterday..i named him JACKPOT. i’ll post his picture tomorrow and you’ll see why…JACKPOT!

Soumen June 5, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Hey man i love the grass, i started with a small bowl but now have a decent fishtank. But watching your lively fishtank makes me envy. Awaw ! man that grass looks damn too good. Hey can you give some details on how to grow it and maintain it ??. I really one a grass bed.
Cool site

Johnny June 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

you just need alot of light and c02 and ofcourse the right plants. I haven’t kept a planted tank in a few years now so try asking on the forum for more details. I’m sure there are better and easier ways than a few years ago.

http://www.myfishtank.net/forum

Aleks@Aguarium fish tank July 23, 2008 at 11:09 am

Nice site, i have added it to my favourites, greetings

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