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Discussion in 'Freshwater Section - The Fresh Box' started by Colin, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Colin

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    Well I've bought a new tank, a huge 60L, an absolute stunner! Yes this is the right section, it's going to be a freshwater planted, I've been fretting for another for ages so eventually I bit the bullet.

    Got so far:
    Tank ADA 60P and under mat
    Light ADA Aquasky 602 LED
    Filter Eheim Pro 3 250T
    CO2 Reg/solenoid and needle valve
    ADA CO2 diffuser, bubble counter, check valve and drop checker
    Do!Aqua violet lily pipes
    ADA Power sand
    ADA Amazonia power soil and power sand
    Some substrate additives

    Going to get a cabinet made at work this week as the ADA ones are too low for my taste

    So in a couple of weeks I should be in a position to start playing with dirt and rocks/wood or whatever I decide to do

    I'll put some pics up when it's on its stand
     
  2. CEECH

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    Sounds good colin :) just seen this thread today. I have had a few planted tanks before . I can post you a video later of one i had. Fresh water i know about :)
    Looking forward to seeing you pictures and setup :)
     
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    Are you doing a specific biotope Colin ?

    Eg Amazonian Tetra or Asian with Killi Fish
     
  4. Colin

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    No biotope, I've done a couple in the past, the last being the discus tank. Just planted a mixture of plants:

    Eleocharis parvula - Tropica Aquarium Plants as a carpet in the front
    Rotala 'Bonsai' - Tropica Aquarium Plants solitary in the mid ground
    Penthorum sedoides - Tropica Aquarium Plants centre mid and back
    Limnophila hippuridoides - Tropica Aquarium Plants back
    Pogostemon erectus - Tropica Aquarium Plants back
    Rotala wallichii - Tropica Aquarium Plants back

    No idea about fish yet, still cycling, ammonia is 4ppm at the moment :lol:, it's the ADA substrate that pees the stuff out so a few weeks before shrimp go in then fish
     
  5. CEECH

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    Excuse the music :-D
    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q92ukxYGnKA[/video]
    I had a breeding pair of Apisto in this tank , each month like clock work i took fry from the same area in the tank with suction hose :)
     
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  6. Colin

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    Nice black widows :)

    This is mine just now just as the lights went on

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  7. CEECH

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    Wow that looks amazing so it does :) keep the pictures coming as it progresses.
     
  8. 372xp

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    Lovely looking setup Colin. Watch that red stuff at the back, its like a weed specialy under decent light. I'm constantly pulling it out.
     
  9. Colin

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    It was sold to me as Rotala Wallichii but I suspect it's Myriophyllum matogrossense. I don't like it so it's coming out this next week, I've ordered Rotala green from the Green Machine to replace it

    Ammonia down to 2 today and nitrite up to 0.5, should be OK for Amano shrimp next weekend
     
  10. 372xp

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    Good luck with the eleocharis, I always struggle with the stuff. This needs good rooting time before introducing bottom feeders. I am running a tmc tile for light and only adding flourish excell 3 times a week and this is how far mine has got in 6 months IMG_20150315_114540.jpg IMG_20150315_114346.jpg
     
  11. Colin

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    I've got CO2 and EI dosing along with the ADA substrate so growth has been good on the Eleocharis, there's new shoots around every clump so far, I'm hoping it will carpet quite quickly
     
  12. Colin

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    This is what's happening:

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  13. Colin

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    An update picture after a bit of replanting and a trim:

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  14. 372xp

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    WOW, thats looking great Colin. Looks like you went with a heard of tetras, solid little fish. I am a big fan of rummy nose tetras striking coluors and that black and white tail realy sets them apart. I love the look of backless lidless tanks, neither of my tanks have backing. Whats next?
     
  15. Colin

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    Update time, got to keep on top of them you know!!

    Well this was the closing shot of that last scape, the missus wanted a Betta but it ate the shrimp so green rocks, bought a new tank for it now but it's still cycling, maybe another week before it's ready

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    Anyway, that was the closing shot. The killer was an infestation of Bladderwort which became a royal pain and killed any enjoyment of the tank. So off to The Green Machine we went a few weeks ago and came up with this

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    Bit of a rubbish pic but it's what I got

    So ADA power sand, ADA Power soil and ADA Power soil powder in and ordered the following in 12-Grow pots
    5 x Hemianthus callitrichoides
    1 x Rotala macrandra
    2 x Rotala 'Bonsai'
    1 x Staurogyne repens
    1 x Pogostemon erectus
    1 x Didiplis diandra

    I wanted the 12-Grow pots as I really wanted to avoid another Bladderwort type outbreak as unlikely as it would be. I did sterilise all the equipment after the breakdown.

    Day 1 Wednesday 27th Jan

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    Today

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    I think it's coming on well so far but I've never grown HC before so nothing to compare it with

    Fert wise I've changed from EI and am giving the ADA ferts a go, why? Well why not, I'll never know unless I try. I didn't have any issues with EI but I read here a post from George Farmer from UKAPS saying ADA ferts worked well with ADA substrate. So far it's only been Brighty K and Green Bacter.

    I've chucked a Chirihos Twinstar in there too, cheap enough at £40 so why not
     
  16. dorsetZsteve

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    I love planted tanks, it's a real shame you don't see more.
     
  17. Colin

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    Probably because of the amount of work with them, this little one takes twice as much maintenance than my reef tank :w00t:
     
  18. dorsetZsteve

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    Different sort of maintenance though isn't it.
     
  19. Colin

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    Yes, trimming, scrubbing and water change, all I do in my reef is change the water once a week. I do like planted tanks though, they are very relaxing to look at whereas the reef is, well more exciting
     
  20. dorsetZsteve

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    All I do to my reef is;
    Add 4ml of tropic Marin A&K elements, feed fish
    Test KH and CA every other day,
    Clean front glass and skimmer every third day,
    Once a week test
    KH, Ca, Mg, K, SG, No3 and Po4
    Top up KH,Ca and freshwater resivoirs. Add K and No3 If required.
    Then every fortnight I change 10%
    Once it's grown out again after the rescape, say six months there will be monthly pruning of corals to keep it all in check.
    Low maintaine really...lol.
     
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