Probably the most drastic change of all my tanks has been the thick growth of my 65g! Though I'm battling an outbreak of BBA, I'm loving the look of this tank after 4 months of growth! I can definitely say the plants have filled in, and the mosses have begun covering the wood as intended. This tank is the next one ready for a huge and much needed trim and clean up of the BBA. I've found the most effective method is spot treating with 100% hydrogen peroxide, it's a cheap and effective way to kill most algae!
My @studioaquatica substrate ball has been taking off! Lots of species I added at the start are starting emerge from under the faster growing plant species. Cant wait to see this take over the top of the blackwater tank and spill out the sides! These plants provide fantastic natural cover for my trio of samurai gourami that thrive in this filterless tank!
108 likes / 3 comments / 4 days ago
So as promised in my previous post, here's an update of the big 150g! Some good and some bad :( Earlier this week I went through and gave the tank a much needed giant trim, the vals in the back spread too far, and began overtaking the foreground. As well as were blanketing the entire surface of the tank, which caused many of the ferns to starve of light and grow unsightly leaves. So I cut it all back removing almost all if the ugly growth and hacking back the vals. Overall I'm very happy with how the tank looks ...
80 likes / 1 comments / 5 days ago
I realized today it's been over a month since I posted anything last, which is way too long and I owe my followers some fresh updates on all the tanks! It's so easy to loose track of time when your super busy! I've been traveling a ton, visiting a ton of new places, feel free to check out my photography page @photofranqui! Also been investing a lot more time into my other major hobby that I can only really enjoy in the warmer months, which is drifting! Check out my drift page @thealexfranqui! None the less keep an eye ...
The 65g is in need of a big trim for the pearl weed. This plant grows out of control! Been debating on replacing it with somthing a little more compact, and less invasive. I could use some suggestions, what's your favorite carpeting plant?!?
118 likes / 3 comments / 1 months ago
The two overgrown tanks! 150g on the left and 65g on the right.
Took a few more shots of the 150 gallon, before trimming the vals way back swipe to see some detail shots! Really wish enough light got through to the lower plants with this much growth, but that's the only downside to using such a large background species. Even in a tank of this size (48in × 24in × 33in) the vals have no problem reaching the front of the tank and more. But loving how this scape has matured, so enjoyable to just sit on couch and enjoy the energetic life of this tank!
173 likes / 5 comments / 1 months ago
Who's loving the over grown look of my 150g, is it ready for a trim or should I let it grow a little longer?? I honestly can't believe how crazy the valisinaria is growing. Many of the leaves are over 5ft long and beginning to curl off the front of the tank. Soon I will be forced to cut the vals way back, as the lower plants are getting starved of light. But for now the filtered light makes for some amazing colors and contrast, and very relaxed and energetic fish!
Sorry I havnt been making many posts, been super busy the past few weeks and havnt been home much, but heres the start of a few tank updates. The black water cube is officially cycled, and definitely full of tannins. Didnt realize how hard it is to get a good picture with the dark brown tannin rich water. But with some editing got it pretty close to the real thing! Definitely ready to start stocking, cant wait to see some colorful life in this tank!
Its filled! As expected even with boiling all the branches and seed pods they still wanted to float a bit so had to use the rocks and sand to hold everything down. I think this made for a more natural layout and everything is nicely placed together. Cant wait for the tank to cycle so I can stock it! What should I put in this tank with my toucan tetras!?
Finally got around to redesigning my 7.5g cube! After taking down the previous saltwater set up, I wanted to go in a completely different direction with this tank, and try somthing I've never done before with easy maintenance. So a black water tank was the obvious answer! Ordered a bunch of awesome botanicals from @tanninaquatics to get the tank looking awesome! Definitely go check them out for amazing natural materials! Also going to be using @studioaquatica new substrate ball for some emersed plant growth out of the top! Should make for a cool dynamic against the black water bottom! ...
186 likes / 5 comments / 2 months ago
Heres my submission for the Nano tank competition by @atlantis.aquatics ! My custom rimmless 10g tank.
The 150g is starting to turn into exactly what I envisioned. The valisinaria has exploded with growth this past week! It hasnt been spreading as much, but is finally getting some length and arching over the hardscape. The longest leaves are over a meter long! Everything else has been growing steadily after the last trim. The only other addition has been a few tiny crypt wenditti brown between the rocks that I think will add some nice contrast between the rocks and sand. Otherwise the tank hasnt needed much maintenance, just regular weekly water changes.
The 150g is doing great, did a big trim on it yesterday. The only down side is my new Male neon blue angel passed from unknown causes. Wish he didnt get sick while I was away and could have caught the early symptoms. But on a good note my valisinaria in the background has exploded with growth! Tons of new shoots spreading across the back of the tank just like I was hoping for!
832 likes / 8 comments / 3 months ago
I'm bummed my vacation is almost coming to end, but eager to see what the tanks are going to look like when I get back. Hopfully wont need to do much to get them looking in top shape! . Here is a picture of both big tanks before I left. 150g on the left 65g with the new hardscape on the right.
Some more shots of the 65g rescape, really loving how this wood flows! Lots of cool twists and pockets to fill with plants! Thinking of some ferns, more bolbitus, buces, and mosses. With lots of smaller plant species mixed into the rocks to mix with the mosses. Really excited for how this tank turns out, but that can wait till I get back from my trip to vegas with my amazing girlfriend :D
255 likes / 6 comments / 3 months ago
Fished up the 65 hardscape this weekend and got the tank running again! Added a few more pieces of wood to make the grouping more natural and create more surface area for ferns and mosses. Also started planting using some of my extras I've been hanging on to since the rescape of my 150g tank. Cant wait to fill in this tank with lots of species of plants.