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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:05 pm Post subject: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  All,  
 
 This  is  Jawahar  from  Hyderabad  .I  need  suggestions  and  comments  on  two  week  old  planted  tank.  
 
 Tank  dimension  :  36"X18"X18"  
 Substrate  :  red  soil  topped  with  golden  sand  
 lights  :  3  X  39W  PLL  lights  
 plants  :  Red  rotalas  ,  sagiritta,  3  or  4  crypts  ,  rest  I  dont  know  the  names  
 Fishes  :  4  pair  albino  corys  ,  2  female  guppies,  2  pair  black  mollies  ,  3  pair  rosy  barbs   and  few  guppy  and  molly  fries
 Co2  :  DIY  co2  diffused  using  internal  filter  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The  stones  are  placed  on  the  driftwood  to  keep  the  driftwood  in  place  .  Still  the  driftwoods  are  not  completely  sinking  in  water.  
 
 There  is  some  brown  patches  on  the  plant  leaves  and  also  there  is  green  algae  on  glass  edges  in  the  tank  .
 
 Any  suggestions  or  comments  is  most  welcome.  
 
 Thanks,
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:17 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Good  start!  You  have  some  real  good  pieces  of  driftwood.
 
 Few  poins  from  my  end  to  make  your  tank  look  stunning.
 
 1.  Cover  your  background  with  black  vinyl  sticker,  try  to  get  the  one  which  has  a  matt  finish  and  not  glossy.
 2.  Plant  densely  or  you  will  end  up  growing  algae.
 3.  Use  lot  of  stem  plants  in  the  intial  setup  phase.
 4.  Use  more  plants  of  the  same  variety  rather  than  differnet  types  of  plants.  This  will  give  your  tank  a  much  better  look.
 Have  a  look  at  all  the  good  looking  planted  tanks  you  will  notice  not  more  than  3  species  of  plants  will  be  used.
 4.  Use  some  Taiwan  moss  or  Java  moss  to  cover  your  driftwood  this  will  make  it  look  nice  and  also  avoid  algae  from  growing  on  the  wood.
 
 Whats  is  your  lighting  period  and  your  filteration?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:59 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 That  is  some  seriously  awesome  driftwood!!   Thumb Up  
 Get  some  ottos  to  help  with  the  algae  (if  you  get  any).
 Keep  us  posted  on  how  this  comes  along.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:29 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 @  Prem  ,  Raghu   thanks  for  the  comments  
 
 Lighting  period  is  13  hours  .  I  am  using  an  internal  filter  with  400l/hr  capacity  for  water  circulation.
 
   Initially  I   had  java  moss  tied  to  some  of  the  driftwood  branches  but  the  rosy  barbs  pulled  it  out  and  eated  Sad  some  of  the  mosses  and  some  of  the  mosses  were  floating  loosely  .   I  gave  it  up  after  tying  the  mosses  a  few  times  to  driftwood  .  DO  I   have  to  remove  the  rosy  barbs  ?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:34 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Hi  Jawahar,
 
 You  need  more  plants.  Cut  your  lighting  period  to  8  hours.  You  will  run  the  risk  of  an  algae  outbreak.  Your  filtration  is  also  grossly  inadequate.  You  will  need  circulation  of  around  4  times  your  tank  capacity.  A  HOB  or  a  canister  will  be  nice.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:46 am Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Suraj,   thanks  for  the  suggestions  
 
 I  have  cut  down  the  lighting  period  to  8  hours.  I  had  a  2215  running  in  one  of  my  other  tanks  .  i  moved  it  to  this  tank  .It  really  made  a  difference.  All  the  dust  particles  rotating  in  the  tank  are  now  gone  and  water  has  become  very  clear.
 
 
 It  will  add  more  plants  to  the  tank  this  week  .  Will  update  the  thread   how  the  tank  comes.  
 
 
 If  any  one  have  photos  of  their  planted  tank  when  it  was  two/three  weeks  old  please  post  the  photos  in  this  thread  .   I  want  to  check  if  the  plants  I  have  in  my  tank  are  adequate  to  control  the  algae  after  adding  plants  to  the  tank  this  week.
 
 
 
 thanks,
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:54 am Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

                                                   
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Suraj,   thanks  for  the  suggestions  
 
 I  have  cut  down  the  lighting  period  to  8  hours.  I  had  a  2215  running  in  one  of  my  other  tanks  .  i  moved  it  to  this  tank  .It  really  made  a  difference.  All  the  dust  particles  rotating  in  the  tank  are  now  gone  and  water  has  become  very  clear.
 
 
 It  will  add  more  plants  to  the  tank  this  week  .  Will  update  the  thread   how  the  tank  comes.  
 
 
 If  any  one  have  photos  of  their  planted  tank  when  it  was  two/three  weeks  old  please  post  the  photos  in  this  thread  .   I  want  to  check  if  the  plants  I  have  in  my  tank  are  adequate  to  control  the  algae  after  adding  plants  to  the  tank  this  week.
 
 
 
 thanks,
 Jawahar.                

 
 Posting  other  tank  pictures  which  was  2  or  3  weeks  old  will  not  help  you  to  asses  if  you  have  everything  under  control.
 
 The  key  to  control  algae  is  to  plant  densely  from  day  one,  consistent  photo  period  and  Co2  with  weekly  water  changes  and  your  tank  will  be  algae  free.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:33 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Aquarium   tank  after  1  month  
 
 
 
 1.  Added  few  plants  in  background  .  
 2.  Removed  rosy  barbs  as  they  were  dragging  the  mosses   from  the  thread.
 3.  Added  two  pairs  of  angels   and  one  pait  of  Ottos
 4.  Trying  to  tie  moss  to  driftwood  created  a  huge  mess.  The  driftwood  position  got  changed  .I  dont  want  to  disturb  the  substrate  so  left  the  driftwood  in  new  position.
 
 
 Algae  in  the  tank  has  come  down  .There  is  no  trace  of  brown  algae  in  the  tank  now  .only  some  small  traces  of  green  algae  in  driftwood  at  very  few  places  .
 
 
 Still  having  following  problems  
 
   There  is  not  much  pearling  in  the  plants  except  moss  and  java  fern  .  Currently  co2  from  DIY  co2  setup   is  diffused  to  inlet  of  Eheim  filter  and  co2  is  mixed  within  the  filter  and  comes  as  small  bubbles  in  filter  outlet  .  Is  the  plants  not  pearling  because  of  not  enough  co2.  The  tanks  has  3X36W  philips  pll  lights.  The  water  in  my  place  is  little  bit  hard  .
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:51 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Few  more  photos  of  the  tank
 
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:59 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Beautiful  Driftwood...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:13 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Nice  setup  ,  but  the  filter  outlet  looks  distracting.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:03 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Good  setup  mate  Thumb Up  
 
 I  noticed  a  blue  colored  fish  in  your  tank.  What  is  it??  If  it  is  Blue  Morph,  take  it  out  from  your  tank  and  keep  it  separately..
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:11 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Jawahar,
 
 Nice  looking  setup  &  fishes.  Please  have  filter  inlet  &  outlet  on  side  &  back  glass  of  your  tank  respectively.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:26 pm Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 Nice  driftwood.  Where  did  you  get  it  from?  Is  it  a  single  piece  or  several  tied  together?  I'm  sure  your  Tuxedo  Angels  would  love  this  tank.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:37 am Post subject: Re: Suggestions required on 3 ft planted aquarium Reply with quote

 @Niranjan  ,Arvind,Venkat,Yogesh,Rahul  
 
 Thanks  for  comments/suggestions.
 
 I  will  move  the  filter  outlet  to  back  side  of  the  tank  .  The  problem  is  when  outlet  is  placed  in  backside  of  the  tank  the  water  current  from  the  filter  outlet  is  pushing  the  stem  plants  in  the  background.
 
 The  driftwood  setup   is  made  of  three  driftwoods  tied  togeather.  Two  driftwoods  I  got  from  LFS  in  Hyderabad.  One  of  the  driftwoods   I  got  from  Dev  ,  Hyderabad  .His   IAH  id  is  Severumkid.  
 
 Currently  I  have  the  following  fishes  in  the  tank  
 
 1.  2  pair  tuxedo  angles
 2.  3  pair  zebras
 3.  2  female  guppies  and  guppy  fry
 4.  4  black  mollies
 5.  4  pair  of  corydoras
 6.  4  blue  Rams  (Papiliochromis  ramirezi)   (  Blue  color  fish  in  the  photo)
 
 Can  we  have  Rams  with  other  fishes  in  the  tank?  
 
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