Joined: Nov 07, 2007 Posts: 2029 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:30 pm Post subject: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!!
So, I dont know if this qualifies for a planted tank but here it is any way...
I made the hood my self today, pretty neat and actually looks like one that is professionally done. well it needs a bit of paint but all in all i'm satisfied.
The LFS guy was procastinating for over 10 days so I got frustrated and decided to make it my self. cost about 450 including lights. The DIY thread will come later
Tank: 36" X 12" X 15" (h) (about 25 gallons)
Co2: pressurised at 90 bubbles a minute. (1.5/sec)
lights: 2 X 14 W CFL - Osram 6500K (After reading Tom Barr's thread I decided to go with less light, I will Add more lighting if it is necessary)
Complete 24 hours black out every 15 days. been experimenting with a couple of other tanks and plants. The plants showed a growth spurt after every black out (not done to control algae)
2 X golden algae eaters
20 X albino tetras (Id please? not sure which ones they are)
2 X black mollies
10 black molly fry (probably going to end up as feeders for my other fish)
Planned:4 X ( Punctis denesoni or half beaks )
Got micros and macros but have not yet started dosing. I will use the EI method
When do I start dosing ? The plants were planted about 2 weeks back.
Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:56 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!!
Looks nice. The large area of Dwarf hairgrass will look very good once it settles in.
Isn't the light a little on the low side for Dwarf Hairgrass?
Wouldn't both the Echinodorus Sp grow a little large for the tank?
Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:28 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!!
Good call on the lights. Once your plants grow outside the water level COand the hairgrass has formed a carpet you can stop dosing CO2 as well. If you balance the fish load then thia has the potential to become a low maintanence tank
Golden algae eaters, are they the same as chinese algae eaters? for planted tank its better if we stick to ottos and true SAE and shrimps for algae eaters.
Joined: Jan 30, 2007 Posts: 2224 Location: HYD-is-good
Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:08 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!!
Hey nice open look on the tank, still some journey left before it looks stunning.
Little suggestion: The sword on left is too much towards the front glass, may be pushing it way back must help to have a better future "viEw". But it would look even better if you get it just to left of the other sword in center either ways you must get a emmersed growth
Well, putting diffuser at rear end of tank must look better too.
...hey moksh[edit your profile to add your name to signature ]
Well those tetras musn't matter unless Preetam has thin leaved plants like cobamba, r.wallich, ambulia etc...doubt the hair grass though
Reg backgroung- white must do good. Especially for your scape because it will look like grass field soon, and you would want the sky[B.G.] to be white unless you feel you will not be able to see your tetras.
BTW those tetras may have a frenzy on half-beaks so do check out!
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