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Stephanie

540L beginner planted tank.

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Turns out I did a very poor job of "returning" to the forum because I was meaning to post this in December but then...i forgot and life happened. But I thought I might just throw some photos up now while I pretend to study.

I bought this 540L tank in November, total impulse buy but I managed to justify it as my dream, a great way to fill a dead space in my house, and i probably said a lot of other things. After some sweet talking, finding a little truck to use, managing to convince my partner to drive this truck all the way to the North Shore from Cambridge we set off on what I thought would be a fun after work adventure. We returned at midnight realising two people to lift this tank off a truck and into our garage was a dick idea, but we managed! I am forever optimistic.

More images to come once I downsize them so they will upload! But this photo was taken the day I got it inside the house about a week after its arrival, and I was beginning to wonder why I sometimes make terrible life choices.

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The big fill and the big disaster.

The waterlogged wood was not so waterlogged and wanted to float, so my handy dinner plate shifted and the hose pointed down into the aquatic mix. It took a whole week and a bag of filter wool jammed in the sump to clear. Exciting times.

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I have brutal green algae covering the front of the tank and keep forgetting to get decent blades to sort it out, but, even though it's  still not showing nitrates and I'm getting annoyed, it's starting to fill in. Lighting looks a little weird because one light is off to be checked and get new perspex. I'm super excited about this now, but I need some colour next!

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FYI - The eheim 2010 is only hanging in there while I shuffle the other tanks around, just in case anyone is concerned about my filtration.

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The algae on the glass is being caused by too much light getting to the front of the tank - could be indirect light so coming from a window across the other side of the room.  It looks very very good - your hardscape is beautiful imo and the plants are coming along well.

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Thanks! :)

I'm pleased you think that about the hardscape, I've been halfway in the tank trying to make it appealing for the last two months ha ha. I sit and wonder what to shuffle next. Who even needs TV anymore? B|

There is actually a window right next to the tank, so I did sort of anticipate a bit of extra algae growth from that. It's been going through some weird changes lately but now that's all that remains. No more stringy brown algae yay!!

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