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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:12 am Post subject: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 
 I  have  started  rescaping  my  50G  tank  and  had  started  a  thread  on  substrates  (see  below)  it  gives  basic  details  of  my  setup  and  intentions.
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=21211
 
 Have  set  up  the  hardscape  as  below  and  for  detailed  pics  you  can  check  out:
 http://picasaweb.google.com/kamath.vikram/NewAquascape?feat=directlink
 
 please  give  me  your  comments  so  that  i  can  improve  and  then  proceed  further.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:26 am Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 your  setup  looks  good..i  like  the  hood  and  the  lights  too..
 just  a  word  of  thought,i  think  the  driftwood  would  look  better  if  it  would  be  placed  vertically..
 what  plants  are  you  planning  to  add?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:24 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 Good  looking  Hardscape.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:05 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 @  Hrishi  --  i  will  try  to  get  the  driftwood  vertical  but  I  am  concerned  with  stability  of  this  piece  as  i  dont  want  it  falling  down  every  time  i  do  some  maintenance  or  try  to  rescue  a  sick  fish  or  banish  a  troble  making  fish..lemme  see  what  i  can  do.
 
 
 Hi  all,  
 
 Thanks  for  the  boquets  ....any  brickbats?  Please  note  that  i  will  be  covering  this  hardscape  with  golden  color  2-3mm  gravel  so  the  dark  stones  will  be  further  contrasted....more  stone  available  but  they  are  in  my  temporary  tank  holding  my  displaced  fauna.  The  substrate  that  you  see  now  is  2:1  laterite  &  Soilrite.
 
 I  will  include  some  more  pics  of  the  stand...its  actually  a  wooden  "dress"  if  u  will  -  mounted  onto  my  old  powder  coated  M.S  stand...got  my  carpenter  to  make  this  alongwith  the  furniture  for  our  house.  The  hood  lets  me  slide  it  back  and  forth  for  maintennace.  All  electricals,  filter,  CO2  set  up  etc  will  be  concealed  in  the  stand.
 
 My  tentative  plant  plan  is  as  follows.  Please  feel  free  to  comment  with  regard  to  the  type  of  plant  or  the  number  of  plants  planned.  it  may  look  like  underplanting  but  since  its  not  an  ADA  tank  i  guess  i  can  take  it  slow  and  cut/  replant  at  will...
 
 Foreground
 ELEO  PARVULA  -->  DWARF  HAIR  GRASS  -->   15  nos  
 
 
 Midground
 APOnogeton  CRISPUS  -->   RED  BULB  PLANT-->  2-3  nos  
 BLYXA  JAPONICA  -->  DWARF  BLYXA  -->   4  nos  
 DIDIPLIS  DIANDRA-->  DIDIPLIS  -->   5  nos
 HYDROCOTYLE  LEUCOCEPHALA-->  PENNY  WORTH  LARGE  -->  3  nos  
 
 Background
 CABOMBA  CAROLINIANA  -->  GREEN  CABOMBA  -->   5-10  stems  
 CABOMBA  PIAUHYENSIS-->  RED  CABOMBA-->   5-10  stems  
 MAYACA  FLUVIATILIS  -->  MAYACA-->  10  stems  
 ROTALA  ROTUNDIFOLIA  “RED”  -->  SMALL  MINT  (RED)  -->   10  stems
 ROTALA  WALLICHII  (RED) -->  RED  AMBULIA  -->  10  stems  
 VALLISNARIA  SPIRALIS  -->  COMMON  VALLISNERIA  -->   5  stems  
 
 On  driftwood
 MICRO.PTEROPUS-->   'NARROW  LEAF' JAVA  FERN  -->   1  nos  
 Java  Moss
 
 The  intended  liquid  dosing  regime  will  be  with  Potassium  Nitrate,  Sulphate  &  Phosphate  for  Macros  and  Microsol  B  solution  for  Micros...  water  changes  once  in  10-15  days....I  am  very  bad  with  weekly  WC  hence  not  comitting  to  that.
 
 Light  will  be  almost  4  WPG  as  i  have  55W  X  4  Osram  HO  PLLs  -  but  give  the  height  from  water,  etc,  etc....i  think  i  shoudl  get  an  effective  3W/  Gallon.  The  lights  will  be  on  a  Frontier  timer  and  i  will  need  to  vary  the  timings  as  per  growth  of  plants.
 
 CO2  is  a  new  thing  for  me...so  will  have  to  fiddle  around  and  see  what  works  best.  Will  be  using  a  ceramic  diffuser.
 
 cheers  till  the  next  update...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:36 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 Best  of  luck  for  the  setup  mate....  Thumb Up   do  post  the  pics  after  it  gets  completed
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:49 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 all  the  best  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:26 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 wow..thats  a  long  list  of  plants  dude..all  the  very  best  with  them..
 btw,since  co2  is  a  new  thing  for  you,i  would  suggest  start  from  diy  co2...google  it  and  you  would  get  loads  of  information..
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:00 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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 btw,since  co2  is  a  new  thing  for  you,i  would  suggest  start  from  diy  co2...                  

 
 Why  do  you  suggest  this  ?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:03 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 due  to  its  inexpensive  nature..  Very Happy  
 on  the  other  hand  it   involves  more  hassle..changing  the  solution  every  7-10  days..
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:23 am Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 Bang  On!  Cause  the  way  you  put  it  seemed  like  you  were  recommending  DIY  CO2  since  he  is  a  beginner  to  using  CO2  !
 
 Also  DIY  CO2  produces  inconsistent  CO2  generation  based  on  temp  of  surrounding.  Inconsistent  CO2  is  root  cause  for  lot  of  algae's  including  the  tough  ones  like  BBA.  Unless  its  a  basic  level  planted  tank  ,  Its  better  to  go  in  for  pressurized.
 
 CO2  Kits  are  a  one  time  investment  and  not  as  expenisve  as  made  out  to  be  as  well,  Only  maintenance  is  CO2  filling  once  in  2-4  months  depending  on  the  cylinder  size,  On  the  long  run  they  prove  to  be  more  economical  and  less  headache.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:40 am Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 Even  I  stick  to  Seetharam.
 
 Initially  even  I  started  DIY  CO2...  Algae  Bloommmmmmmmmmm   Thumb Down   Thumb Down  
 
 Then  I  moved  to  pressurized  setup...  Now  no  more  algaesssss   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:12 am Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 i  can  see  my  "new  to  CO2..."  comment  has  set  up  a  chain  reaction  on  merits  of  DIY  vs  pressurised  CO2   ROFL  
 
 what  i  meant  to  write  was  that  i  was  new  to  pressurised  CO2   Chuckle  ...i  have  been  through  the  DIY  stage  during  my  last  scape...tried  the  airstone,  diffuser  &  reactor  options...somehow  could  never  get  the  needed  PPM  consistently...i  use  a  drop  checker  for  checking  co2  level.  I  am  afraid  i  couldn't  even  generate  CO2  necessary  for  an  algae  bloom   ROFL  always  had  issues  with  mix  needed....frequency  of  change...tried  using  2  bottle  "generators"  in  parallel,  etc...     
 
 anyway  long  story  short  i  planted  my  tank  on  Friday  night  after  a  back  breaking  5  hour  session...will  post  the  pics  asap...got  some  cell  cam  pics  but  not  too  happy  for  posting  purpose...
 
 now  the  challenge  is  in  dosing  &  Water  changes..
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:07 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 Kamthi,
 
 Can  i  suggest  you  one  thing?
 
 Try  to  use  something  other  than  the  dwarf  hair  grass,  of  course,  it  is  very  easy  to  grow  and  spreads  fast  enough  to  cover  the  foreground,  but  once  it  get  gets  established  ,it  becomes  a  mess  to  maintain  it,  you  will  have  algae  strangled  in  it,  pieces  of  moss  which  have  dislodged  start  growing  from  the  grass.it  becomes  very  dirty  with  time  loosing  all  its  shine  to  algae.  if  you  can  comb  the  whole  area  of  the  grass  then  it  would  be  one  of  the  most  beautiful  plants  to  have  if  not,  it  becomes  a  nightmare  for  maintenance.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:20 pm Post subject: Re: Re-scaping my 50G planted tank Reply with quote

 Mad  max,
 
 Can  you  please  suggest  one  nice  foreground  instead  Smile  
 or  2/3  for  me  to  choose  from,  i.e.  easy  on  scape  and  work.
 
 Thank  you.
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 Kamath,
 
 Please  go  through  this  post  here,  
 
 
 http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/general-aquarium-plants-discussions/61337-hunt-carpet-foreground-plants.html
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