55 Gallon Planted

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55 Gallon Planted

I bought a used 55 gallon tank on 3/8/08 for $50.  The lights did not work and the glass canopy was broken.  I painted the  stand, back glass and the trim black.  The tank has a few scratches but nothing too bad.  I'm hoping to upgrade to a new tank one of these days.

(above) the tank before it was cleaned up

(above) the stand before it was painted

(above) The stand and tank and six bags of Eco-complete.  I was able to find the substrate on sale for 50% off ($12 per bag). 

The picture above was taken on 4/8/08 after plants were added (some were bought and planted on 4/6 and others (cuttings from the 14g) were planted on 4/8).

Plants include:

ludwgia (Ludwigia repens)
cardinal plant (Lobelia cardinalis)
watersprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides)
corkscrew val (Vallisneria americana v. 'Biwaensis')
banana plant (Nymphoides aquatica)
some type of red melon sword
pygmy chain sword (Echinodorus tenellus)
Brazilian pennywort (Hydrocotyle leucocephala)
micro sword (Lileaopsis brasiliensis)
java fern (‘Tropica’ or ‘Phillipine’) (Microsorum pteropus)
pearlweed (Hemianthus micranthemoides)
wisteria (Hygrophila difformis)
rotala indica
java moss (Vesicularia dubyana)

Japanese cress (Cardamine lyrata)

Fish include:

  • eight glow-light tetras
  • one angel fish
  • two pearl gourami
  • one bristlenose plec
  • one male betta

Equipment includes:

*Aquaclear 70 filter
*250w Visi-Therm Stealth heater
*Coralife 130w compact fluorescent light system (2.3 wpg)

*CO2 injection system with 5 pound tank and Red Sea CO2 Reactor 500


Here's a close-up of the middle part of the tank.  This shows a piece of driftwood partially buried to represent a tree root.  You can also see four of the five fish that were the current occupants of the tank at the time this picture was taken.  Look close and you can see a Malaysian Trumpet Snail.

This is the right side of the tank.  I have a piece of Malasian driftwood with a piece of Pacific Coast driftwood standing upright behind it.

Here's another full tank shot.  I'll replace this as soon as the tank grows in some and doesn't look so bare.