I generally only hang out in T's IRC and chat there but I figured I'd get a bit more active on the forums here since the other place I originally met everyone on is now a cess pit
I've had a 75G planted aquarium running for about 2 years now and when I originally set it up, I'll be honest, I knew nothing about how to maintain a planted aquarium and thus I began seeking advice. My plants never really grew properly and I was pretty ignorant on how to maintain a planted aquarium as a whole. Let me show you folks some pictures of my planted tank from a while back;
(PLEASE IGNORE TIME-STAMPS, MY CAMERA IS EMO AND RESETS THE DATE WHEN IT TURNS OFF)
This is how my aquarium looked for about 6 months while it was infested with BBA because I did not properly dose the required nutrients (thank you job!), keep in mind, the tank was properly established and was still running great, no fish deaths (I haven't had any in over a year), it was simply an infestation of BBA (kinda like those annoying ants at your picnic, or the one cousin who comes to visit that always likes to talk about your least favorite sports team).
Not so good looking right? I know, but hey, I was new!
I've been pretty good friends with Mik (section mod here) for a while now and we originally met on the Cess Pit. She was good with plants and I was good with computers (which she sometimes needed help with hers), Mik was pretty much the only plant geek that I met that was willing to help me get my tank straight over a period of time.
When I met her she helped me get the required lighting on my aquarium (previously I was on less than 1W/gal) and she helped me build a 154W CFL DIY hood and now I have over 2W per gallon, then came the BBA... BBA is a slow creeper and I didn't notice how bad it had gotten until a couple of months down the road when my plants were pretty much covered in it. So she helped me diagnose my BBA problem (which was due to ferts) and she gave me a dosing guide and I bought dry ferts from GLA. I then slowly pruned all of my plants of BBA and scraped it all off my walls. Here is where we are at today;
(ALL CRYPTS, FERNS, & FLOATERS WERE GIVEN TO ME BY MIK)
The crypts are finally starting to show adequate growth the other plants she shipped me are also doing quite fantastic. Please bare in mind that a lot of the plants will look naked due to the mass pruning I had to do in order to rid my aquarium of BBA. It also looks a tad bit disorganized, but obviously my main priority was to get them to grow right before aquascaping.
Anyhow, it's still a work in progress and I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read.
Edited by AndrewM, 15 May 2013 - 12:08 AM.