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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 3:19 pm Post subject: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 My  planted  tank  was  doing  great...  but  all  of  a  sudden  I  lost  6  Neons  in  a  single  day.  Don't  know  what  happened.  The  Neons  were  mature  and  were  with  me  for  more  than  a  year  now.  20%  water  change  was  done  atleast  2  weeks  prior  to  this  incident  (I  do  it  monthly).  Once  I  picked  out  the  dead  ones  I  did  a  30-40%  water  change  and  added  Do!aqua  'Relax'.  The  remaining  3  Noens  also  died  in  3  days  of  the  water  change.  So  the  whole  tank  was  left  with  only  one  Glowlight  terta  and  2  Corys  among  the  fishes.  
 
 The  plants  are  doing  extra  fine  I  guess..  (Thanks  to  Madan  sir's  substrate).  Bunch  of  Crypts,  2  types  of  java  moss  and  2  types  of  ferns  and  with  a  plant  that  I  picked  up  from  our  office  pond  (please  let  me  know  if  you  can  identify  it  -  the  light  green  plant  with  small  leaves  in  the  left  side  of  the  pics  and  it  primarily  floats).  
 
 The  tank  has  a  continuous  presence  of  button  shrimps  which  probably  came  with  the  Red  Cherries.  There  must  be  about  50  Red  Cherries  of  different  sizes  in  the  tank  and  they  are  doing  good.  
 
 Last  weekend  I  did  another  20%  water  change  and  introduced  few  Neons  and  couple  of  Rainbow  tetras.  One  of  the  Neons  died  on  Sunday.  So  am  worried  what  is  happening.  Will  observe  closely  every  day  and  see  if  the  rest  are  doing  ok.  All  the  remaining  inhabitants  look  very  good  and  active  at  the  moment  and  no  sign  of  any  infection.  The  water  is  crystal  clear.  
 
 Another  problem  I  am  having  is  that  the  glass  has  a  few  almost  invisible  patches  of  algae  which  I  was  unable  to  scrape  out  using  a  blade.  Please  let  me  know  your  thoughts  on  this.  
 
 Thanks  
 
 Regards  
 
 Indrajit  
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 Tank:  18in  x  9in  x  12in
 Light:  CFL  25watts  (planned  to  get  2  x  36watts  PL  lights)
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 7:10 pm Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 It  could  be  neon  tetra  disease.  Google  it  for  details
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 9:19 pm Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 And  What  about  temperature  of  the  tank?
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 10:05 pm Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 what  about  CO2?  Surprised
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:29 am Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

                                                   
indrajit  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Another  problem  I  am  having  is  that  the  glass  has  a  few  almost  invisible  patches  of  algae  which  I  was  unable  to  scrape  out  using  a  blade.  Please  let  me  know  your  thoughts  on  this.  
                 

 Use  Scotch  Brite  Non-Scratch  Pad(normally  comes  with  pink  color)  to  clean  the  glass.
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 10:12 am Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 garothmaan,
 
 Inderjit  does  not  use  CO2.
 He  used  my  original  "Devanahalli  Magic"  substrate  that  I  mixed  for  my  tanks  last  year.
 
 I  set  up  my  tanks  with  CO2  and  I  wanted  someone  to  try  the  substrate  with  no  CO2  over  a  long  term.
 Inderjit  agreed,  and  I  am  happy  the  tank  is  still  doing  well  after  a  year.
 
 Inderjit  a  Full  tank  Picture  will  help,  I  am  really  anxious  to  see  the  results.
 
 Just  goes  to  show  our  very  own  soil  is  much  superior  to  branded  products  and  easily  available.
 
 The  Tank  Thread  and  about  the  substrate  Devanahalli  Magic
 My  tanks  are  doing  very  well,  very  little  maintenance  over  the  past  one  year,  plants  are  thriving.
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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 2:17 am Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 Is  the  devanahalli  magic  available  in  Mumbai?
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 4:28 pm Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 Madan  Sir,
 Like  Ajeesh  I  would  be  interested  in  this  Substrate  if  available  in  Mumbai?
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 9:36 pm Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 Boss  !!
 
 I  made  that  susbtrate,  and  gave  it  that  name  after  where  the  laterite  came  from  in  Bangalore.
 
 It's  not  available  anywhere,  Check  out  my  other  thread  in  the  link  on  a  previous  post  of  mine  for  what  all  I  put  into  it  !
 
 Not  all  of  that  is  needed,  you  can  do  with  less.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:25 pm Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 Sorry  I  couldn't  reply  earlier.  Was  busy  with  my  other  tank  as  it  leaked!!  
 
 I  will  post  the  full  tank  pics  soon  as  I  can.  
 
 (Some  pics  are  posted  in  my  gallery  here)
 
 
 Regards
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:52 am Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 Here  are  the  Wonders  of  Devanahalli  Magic
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 And..  The  Real  Thing
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:33 am Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 Thanks  Madan  Sir,
 Will  try  and  see  if  I  can  replicate  it  with  inputs  from  your  link
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:03 am Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 Hey  Indrajit,
 
 Thanks  a  lot  for  the  pictures  and  the  patience  to  see  this  tank  mature  over  a  year.
 It's  proved  a  lot  to  me  personally.  
 
 The  plant  growth  is  awesome,  especially  the  crypts.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:34 am Post subject: Re: Small planted tank - Biotope Reply with quote

 Hi  Madan  Sir,
 
 95%  credit  goes  to  you  Smile  and  your  Devanahalli  Magic.  I  haven't  seen  a  small  tank  going  so  green  without  CO2  
 
 I  retain  5%  credit  for  my  patience  probably  Cheering  
 
 To  All,
 
 Just  FYI,  I  have  another  fishy  member  at  home  and  I  named  him  Sadanando.  My  wify  wanted  a  flowerhorn  and  I  brought  him  for  her  muse.  (I  dismantled  my  chichlid  tank  to  accomodate  for  Sadanando!  Sad  )  But  last  Friday  I  got  home  to  find  all  the  water  drained  out  of  the  tank!  But  Sadanando  survived  miraculously.  I  had  to  replace  the  old  2ft  tank  with  a  new  3ft  x  1.5ft  x  1.5ft  one.  But  now  am  waiting  to  make  it  a  planted  one   Ninja  I  like  Sadanando  a  lot  as  he's  hyper  active..  but  I  have  the  green  bug  on.  So  let  me  see  if  I  can  work  on  my  convincing  project   Poke  .  I  know  it  will  take  a  year  or  more..  unless  I  plan  for  my  third  tank  sooner.
 
 Best  regards
 
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