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Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!!

 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:30 pm Post subject: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 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)
 
 Fish:
 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  )
 
 Ferts:
 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.
 
 50%  WC  weekly
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:56 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 Looks  nice.  The  large  area  of  Dwarf  hairgrass  will  look  very  good  once  it  settles  in.
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 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?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:28 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 Preetham,
                        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   Thumb Up  
 
 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.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:48 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 The  substrate  is  a  layer  of  red  potting  soil  +   fine  sand  +  5-8  mm  Gravel  
 
 I  have  hair  grass  for  over  3  months  at  about  the  same  lighting  levels  in  an  other  tank,  grows  well  and  has  sent  runners.
 
 I  am  looking  for  some  emmersed  growth  of  plants  too,  thats  the  reason  i  dint  go  for  a  18"  high  tank.
 
 I  have  also  added  about  10  stems  of  Glosso  among  the  hair  grass.  I  am  testing  to  see  if  I  can  grow  it.
 
 Any  opinions  on  back  ground?  I  haven't  decided  on  a  color  yet  so  I  am  open  to  suggestions.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:15 am Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 On  your  tetras,  they  are  albino  buenos  aires  tetra  and  are  know  to  eat  rather  nip  on  live  plants...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:07 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 @Preetam...  good  satrt.  But  do  not  go  with  EI  method  right  now  as  you  have  very  less  plants  in  it.  EI  best  suits  for  heavily  planted  tank.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:08 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 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  Thumb Up  either  ways  you  must  get  a  emmersed  growth  Very Happy  
 Well,  putting  diffuser  at  rear  end  of  tank  must  look  better  too.
 
 ...hey  moksh[edit  your  profile  to  add  your  name  to  signature   Smile   ]
 Well  those  tetras  musn't  matter  unless  Preetam  has  thin  leaved  plants  like  cobamba,  r.wallich,  ambulia  etc...doubt  the  hair  grass  though  Sad  
 
 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  Chuckle  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!
 
 Good  luck.[too  much  a  blab  from  me  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:06 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 Actually  that  is  not  a  full  tank  shot,  my  camera  battries  ran  out  of  juice,  the  tank  has  a  thickly  planted  area  beyond  the  amazon  swords  about  12  inches  of  forest.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:14 pm Post subject: Re: Finally, My Tank with plants in it!!! Reply with quote

 Preetam
 
 Looking  forward  to  get  pictures  of  complete  aquarium.
 
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