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My first attempt at "El Natural" tank

 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:38 pm Post subject: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 This  is  my  first  attempt  at  20g  "El  natural"  tank.  Used  garden  soil  as  bottom  substrate.  No  Co2,  No  fertilizers.  32w  T5  lighting.  This  is  a  week  old  tank.  Java  fern  and  Anubias  were  planted  just  today.  Inhabitants  -  6  juvenile  Rainbows,  4  glass  bloodfin  tetra,  4  zebrafish,  2  golden  algae  eaters.
 
 Need  to  wait  and  watch  how  this  tank  shapes  up   Smile  
 
 Feedback  most  welcome  ...
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:46 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 looks  beautiful,Ravi!  all  the  best.  do  keep  us  updated.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:21 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 nice  looking  tank..
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:36 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 no  cycling  of  tank  Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:20 am Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 A  very  clean  and  nice  setup.
 
 @gurpreet:  i  dont  think  you  need  to  cycle  a  planted  tank.  the  plants  help  a  lot  to  maintain  the  nitrate  levels.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:49 am Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

                                                   
biswadeb  wrote  (View  Post):                
@gurpreet:  i  dont  think  you  need  to  cycle  a  planted  tank.  the  plants  help  a  lot  to  maintain  the  nitrate  levels.
                 

 
 Thats  not  the  case.  Regardless  of  a  tank  being  planted  or  not,  cycling  is  necessary.  Even  before  you  get  nitrates,  Ammonia  has  to  be  converted  to  nitrites  and  then  to  nitrates.  Unless  its  cycled,  you  wont  get  nitrates.  Better  read  about  establishing  nitrogen  cycle.
 
 The  right  way  of  doing  it  -  Nitrogen  cycle  has  to  be  established  in  any  tank  before  any  fauna  is  introduced.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:35 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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@gurpreet:  i  dont  think  you  need  to  cycle  a  planted  tank.  the  plants  help  a  lot  to  maintain  the  nitrate  levels.
                 

 
 Thats  not  the  case.  Regardless  of  a  tank  being  planted  or  not,  cycling  is  necessary.  Even  before  you  get  nitrates,  Ammonia  has  to  be  converted  to  nitrites  and  then  to  nitrates.  Unless  its  cycled,  you  wont  get  nitrates.  Better  read  about  establishing  nitrogen  cycle.
 
 The  right  way  of  doing  it  -  Nitrogen  cycle  has  to  be  established  in  any  tank  before  any  fauna  is  introduced.                

 
 Ok.  I  forgot  to  mention.  I  took  half  the  water  from  another  tank  and  topped  it  up  with  RO  water.  Also,  there  is  a  hang-on  filter  (not  visible  in  the  pictures)  that  has  ceramic  rings  taken  from  my  Eheim  2217.  I  have  removed  the  fine  filtering  material  as  suggested  in  Diana  Walstad  book  and  just  added  ceramic  rings  to  give  water  movement.
 
 Thanks,
 Ravi
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:20 am Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 Good  looking  aquscape.  Add  some  carpet  plants  between  the  V  shape  of  wood.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 12:03 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 Very  neat  setup  man.  But  I  agree  with  Deepak  that  "cycling  is  necessary"  in  tank.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 6:58 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 Hello,
 
 Wishing  all  the  IAH  members  a  great  2010  ahead.
 
 Just  wanted  to  give  an  update  on  the  progress  I  am  making  with  my  tank.  As  suggested  by  Deepak  (from  ASK),  I  replaced  the  top  layer  of  substrate  with  a  proper  2-3mm  gravel  carefully.  Also  added  some  more  plants  (Cabomba,  Dwarf  Amazon  and  Crypts),  removed  a  really  fast  growing  plant  (I  don't  know  this  plant  but  it  looked  similar  to  Parthenium  Smile   and  re-scaped  a  bit.  Here  is  how  it  looks  after  3  weeks  from  start  (pictures  attached..)
 
 Looks  like  the  Diana  Walstad  method  is  really  working!  All  I  do  is  trim  the  Cabomba  every  now  and  then.  Rest  of  the  plants  too  seem  to  be  growing  fine.  No  fertilizers,  no  Co2.  Just  the  T5  lights  for  12  hrs  a  day.
 
 One  question  I  have  is  regarding  the  Java  fern  attached  to  drift  wood.  When  I  brought  these  from  Matsyavatar  their  roots  were  brown.  Even  after  3  weeks  they  seem  to  be  like  that.  Is  this  how  it  is  supposed  to  be  or  is  something  wrong  with  the  roots?
 
 Thanks,
 Ravi
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:15 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 Yes,  java  fern  roots  are  brown  Smile,  as  long  you  plant  it  the  right  way,  they  will  grow....they  will  take  sometime  to  establish  them  self  in  a  new  tank.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:40 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at "El Natural" tank Reply with quote

 nice  setup  man.
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