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Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank.

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:03 am Post subject: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

 hi  Shelly,
 Hey  all,
 I  am  Shreyas.  I  am  from  nagpur  and  I  am  new  on  this  site.
 
 I  am  an  aquarium  enthusiast  from  childhood.   I  had  an  aquarium  that  I  used  to  maintain  as  a  kid,  then  when  I  was  14,  the  tank  started  to  leak  and  I  stopped  it.  Recently  I  got  a  bowl  and  then  my  interest  developed  again  and  I  am  ready  for  something  bigger  than  a  bowl  Smile  Planning  to  keep  a  Betta  in  the  bowl.
 
 I  also  want  to  build  my  own  tank.  I  don't  have  any  experience  in  making  tanks  but  if  it  helps,  I  am  studying  mechanical  engineering,  so  I  can  analyze  the  construction  of  my  tank  in  simulation.   Smile  
 If  possible,  I  wanted  to  make  a  single  piece  open  bottom  tank.
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7tq4LRurMs
 
 or  if  its  not  possible,  this:
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIx0IJNtf5s&feature=related
 
 and  if  that  is  also  not  possible,  I'll  make  a  3'  normal  tank.  
 
 I  am  also  new  to  aquascaping  and  I  want  a  planted  aquarium.
 
 I  have  experience  with  fish  but  none  with  plants.  So  I'll  start  with  a  simple  setup  with  easy  to  maintain  plants.
 
 I  am  planning  to  do  it  after  my  exams  are  over.
 
 I'll  need  your  help  in  all  departments:
 Construction
 Plants
 Fish  compatible  with  the  plants.
 
 Thank  you.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:31 pm Post subject: Re: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

 Here  are  some  links  that  I  found  out.  I  would  be  happy  to  get  your  suggestions  on  the  tank.
 
 This  is  a  DIY  video  of  the  tank  I  want  to  make:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1AEE3TGkQI&feature=relmfu
 
 Here  is  a  discussion  about  thee  open  bottom  tanks  in  the  equivalent  of  African  IAH.
 http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=32159
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 12:13 am Post subject: Re: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

 I've  done  open  bottom  in  the  past  
 its  not  that  difficult  and  u  dont  need  all  these  pumps  and  stuff  
 pm  me  your  number  
 if  u  need  any  instructions
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 1:58 am Post subject: Re: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

                                                   
Vipul  wrote  (View  Post):                
I've  done  open  bottom  in  the  past  
 its  not  that  difficult  and  u  dont  need  all  these  pumps  and  stuff  
 pm  me  your  number  
 if  u  need  any  instructions                
vipul  please  brief  on  the  procedure  so  that  more  people  can  use  it
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2012 7:27 am Post subject: Re: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

 You  can  grow  the  plants  on  small  perforated  plastic  pots  filled  with  2  -  5mm  sized  coarse  sand.  You  can  start  with  plants  such  as  vallisnerias,  bacopa,  rotala,  hygrophila,  echinodorus  rubin,  etc.   Use  some  hydroponic  mix  at  half  the  recommended  doasge  initially  and  then  introduce  acclimatized  hardy  hard  water  fish  such  as  guppy.  Provide  a  cfl  lighting  of  50  watts  minimum  and  wala  an  aquarium  marvel!
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 6:55 pm Post subject: Re: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

 @admin-  I'll  keep  it  in  mind  next  time.
 
 @vipul-  Thanks.  check  pm
 
 @coonooranand-  Thank  you  for  your  suggestion.  Will  the  normal  river  soil  do?  Can  I  plant  it  directly  in  the  soil  instead  of  pots?
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 12:21 am Post subject: Re: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

 Long  time  i  was  thinking  of  making  one,  any  one  know  where  to  get  peristaltic  pump  online.  which  is  a  very  essential  to  maintain  air  bubble  and  water  level  in  such  a  tank
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 5:25 pm Post subject: Re: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

 Thanks  to  Vipul,  I  came  to  know  that  the  trick  is  not  using  the  air  pump  but  to  use  a  water  pump  that  can  be  used  to  throw  fresh  water  up  into  the  water  column.That  will  ensure  the  water  is  circulated  and  also  the  filtration  issues  will  be  solved.  Hats  off  to  Vipul  for  his  idea!!!   Clapping   Clapping   Clapping   Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 9:25 pm Post subject: Re: Hello all, I want to make an open bottom planted tank. Reply with quote

 yes  you  can  use  the  normal  river  sand.  It  will  only  be  used  as  an  anchor.  The  perforated  pots  provide  aeration  to  the  roots.  This  type  of  setting  has  its  downfall  by  giving  out  algal  blooms  if  not  maintained  properly.
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