Me and my daughter started this tank back in June. It is our first "real" planted tank. There were quite a bit of hiccups along the way but thanks to all the wonderful members on this forum the tank is finally ready for the contest.
I want to give a big shout out to thank Charles, Pat, Gary, Neven, and all other wonderful members (in no particular order) for all their help. We have learned so much during the whole process and your valuable input are greatly appreciated.
I want to specially give a big thank-you to Pat (mykiss) for his time and effort in organizing this contest. He is a very busy man and I know it must have taken a lot of his valuable time from his family, hobby, and work to send everyone emails and to go through all the entries and such. This contest really helps me to understand what went into the beautiful pictures we see in the ADA contest and how much time these professionals put in, and of course, how difficult it really is.
This contest is very special because it started my daughter's interest in fish keeping especially in regard to planted tank. When we started this she was 9 but she is now 10 and has her own little 25g tank that she is very proud of.
So, all in all really want to thank everyone for your help, and thank the VAHS for organizing such a meaningful contest.
We have been submitting our summary and pictures to Pat on a regular basis and this will be the last picture.
It has been a lot of fun. thank you everyone.
Size: 33 gallon (36x18x12)
Substrate: ADA Amozonia II, pool filter sand mixed with silica sand
Rock: Dragon stone
CO2: 10 LB Milwaukee, 3-4 bubbles per second, atomizer, airstone on for 14 hours at night after light out
Light: 3 x 39 W T5HO plus LED moon light. (1 x 39W @ 3 hours, 3 x 39W @ 3 hours, 2 x 39W @ 4 hours, LED moonlight @ 14 hours)
Filter: Eheim professional II 2026 (foams, bio balls, sintered glass, purigen, polishing pad)
Fish: wild dwarf golden pencil fish, cardinal tetra, oto
Plants: Echinodorus tenellus mixed with Eleocharis sp. 'mini', B. Japonica, Rotala macradra (green), Lindernia rotundifolia, Alternanthera reineckii 'Purple', Pogostemon erectus, Ludwigia arcuata, Microsorum pteropus
Parameters: Temperature at 78 F, pH at 6.8, KH at 3, GH at 3
Dosing: N, P, K, Micro, Iron, equilibrium.
Water change: daily 15% water change (before dosing in the morning, the ferts were then mixed with new water and dosed), weekly 50% water change