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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:54 pm Post subject: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 1st  Test  Planted  Nano  [Beginner]:
 
 Nano  Size:   20”  x  10”  x  10”
 
 Volume  of  Water  ~  26.5  L
 
 Substrate:   non  mineralized  dark  Brown  moist   soil  from  the  yard,  was  a  bit  clayey  here  and  there.  Topped  off  with  med  sized   aquarium  gravel  [has  some  crushed  coral  3-5  gms].
 Soil:  1.5”         ,      Gravel:  1”
 
 Filtration:  600  L/hr  submersible  [old  with  bio  media]  [No  aeration]  [causes  a  strong  current,  no  damage  to  plants]
 
 pH:  measured  using  btb  and  litmus  nearly  neutral  around  7.8pH  [aiming  little  acidic  ~6.5]
 
 Water:  Tap  water  [moderatly  hard  water  from  bore  well]
 Others  parameters  such  as  KH,  GH,  NH4,  NO2,  NO3  not  measures  yet   [no  kit]
 
 Temperature:  ~28  C
 
 Lighting:
 
 
 8-10  hours  of  photo  period
   15W   [Tubular]  Cfl  +  23W  [Helical]  Cfl                 6500k
 LUX  [Beecam  Lux  meter,  android]  ~150  [measured  through  glass]
 Lighting  Calculator:  
 http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/lighting/80289-aquarium-lighting-calculator-1st-draft.html
 calculated  using  7”  water  depth  +  3”  air  [Depth]
 LUX  @  Depth=  6423  [23w]  +  5027  [15w]  =  11450  [Low  lighted  tank]
 Fertilization:  5ml  on  every  50%  water  change  [Low,  because  soil  was  used]
 
 With  trace:  Manganese,  Copper  [low  ppm],  Sodium.  [Should  not  have  mixed  macro  and  micro,  read  somewhere  that  it  degrades  some  components]
 
 Water  change:  50%  every  week
   
 Flora:  Anubias  Barteri,  Windelov  Java  Fern,  Limnophila  Aromatica,  Subwassterang,  Hemianthus  Micranthemoides,   Jungle  Vallisneria,  Hydrocolyte  Tripatitia,  Taiwan  Moss,  Riccia  Fluritans.  
 [The  last  5  plants  on  the  list  are  recovering  from  melting  due  low  light],  HM  has  melted  away  completely.
 
 
 Just  upped  the  lighting  by  15W,  planning  on  a  total  of  40w-50w  [2x  tubular  cfl]  in  the  next  month  [not  sure,  maybe  overkill  by  wpg  ,  not  according  to  lux  calculator,  John  Fisch  calculator]
  http://www.aquagar.com/fish-tank-calculator
 
 Fauna:  2x  Red  Rams  Horn  snails,  ~10x  Rainbow  shrimps
 Diy  CO2:  single  2.25L  Bottle  running  for  almost  2  weeks.  Will  put  1  more  2.25L  as  backup.  Using  cotton  stuffed  in  silicon  pipe  as  diffuser.
 
 The  nano  was  setup  based  on  a  couple  of  methods,  had  a  single  algae  outbreak  in  the  1st  week  which  was  controled  using  H2O2,  no  problem  so  far  except  for  thin  film  on  the  wall,  which  is  removed  during  water  change.  
 Its  my  1st   temporary  planted  tank  and  growth  is  top  priority,  so  didnt  give  much  thought  about  the  looks.  Would  be  real  good  if  you  guys  could  help  me  out  with  your  pro  advice  and  tips.
 
 
 
 Thank  you
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:32 am Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Nice  start.......  Good  writing  as  well
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:05 pm Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Thank  you  jabba.  .  .  .
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:29 pm Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Good  to  see  that  you're  taking  great  efforts  to  raise  plants.   I  also  see  you've  invested  a  lot  on  expensive  plants.  Unless  you  got  them  free.   You  can  also  consider  spending  a  bit  on  a  good  quality  substrate.   That'll  go  a  long  way.  Some  points  I've  noted  :
 
 I  don't  think  Hemianthus  Micranthemoides  will  grow  too  well  in  this  light  &  substrate.   Please  do  tell  us  your  progress  on  this  plant.
 
 Make  sure  that  you  do  not  bury  the  rhizome  of  Anubias  in  the  substrate,  only  roots,  else  it'll  start  rotting.
 
 You  can  try  making  a  DIY  CO2  diffuser.  Try  this  link  http://www.qsl.net/w2wdx/aquaria/diyco2.html     1.25  ltr  diy  CO2  should  be  more  than  sufficient  for  a  tank  of  this  size  if  you  use  a  better  diffuser.
 
 I'll  leave  the  fertilizer  dosing  advice  for  the  experts.   I'm  fighting  on  that  front  myself   Sad   But  I  think  EI  is  for  high  light  setups.   You'll  face  algae  problems.
 
 Finally,  I  personally  don't  recommend  the  use  of  H2O2  to  eliminate  algae.   Instead  I'd  request  you  concentrate  more  on  the  lights,  fertilizing  &  cleaning.   Remove  the  dead,  decaying  stuff  and  consider  introducing  some  algae  eaters.
 
 Just  my  2  cents
 
 Tip  :  A  better  picture  will  help  the  experts  advice  better.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:10 am Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Nice  Tank.......  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:19 am Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 +1  Mistryde.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:29 am Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Thumb Up  Good  start
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:18 pm Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Nice  start.  What  wood  have  you  used  it  looks  like  its  rotting.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:21 am Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 My  best  wishes.   As  you  told  this  is  the  first  planted  tank,  means  you  are  trying  to  walk.   Don't  stop  your  walking  at  any  cost.   Try  to  run.   Marathon  run.   All  the  best.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:49 pm Post subject: Re: 1st Planted Tank Reply with quote

 hey  guys  ,  
 thanks  a  lot  for  the  input  .   most  of  the  plants  melted  away   Sad   but  now  i  guess,  the  tank  is  getting  well  established  ,  the  other  plants  are  going  crazy  everywhere,  except  for  the  occasional  algae  problems  on  the  anubias.  here  a  picture  of  it  now  [sorry  about  the  pic,  i  am  not  home,  so  asked  my  bro  to  take  a  snap  and  this  is  all  i  got].
 
 
 
 I  made  a  diy  diffuser  and  a  drop  checker,  but  scrapped  both  and  attached  the  co2  pipe  to  the  submersible  filter  [was  afraid  there  would  be  a  negative  pressure  in  the  bottles,  but  it  worked  out  great],
 learning  a  lot  from  this  test  tank.  at  present  ther  's  no  fauna  in  the  tank  due  to  the  excess  co2.
 
   I've  got  a  second  nano  planted  tank  [dirted,  looks  better  and  no  problems  as  of  now]  in  my  student  apartment  now,  will  start  a  new  topic  for  that,  and  ask  for  suggestions.
 
 @ruchit:  the  wood  is  not  rotting,  it  just  looks  that  way  ,  its  been  in  my  other  aquarium  for  almost  5  years  now
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