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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:53 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 pics  of  my  sump  refugium-  18''x24''x15''  with  controsoil  substrate  45  watt  CFL  bulb  running  24x7  for  now.  may  reduce  if  theres  an  algae  bloom.  heavily  planted.
 
 
 
 salvinia  minima  floating  to  the  left
 
 
 
 
 
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looking  for  a  big  school  of  very  tightly  schooling  active  fish                

 
 Hello  Doc,
 
 congrats  to  that  fantastic  tank!  Looking  forward  to  the  further  development   Very Happy  
 
 I  don't  think  there  is  something  like  that  in  fresh  water.  Most  tetras  will  school  as  long  as  they  feel  insecure,  but  will  more  or  less  disperse  as  soon  as  they  have  settled  in.  You  may  influence  that  by  tank  design  (much  open  space,  no  cover  by  floating  plants,  but  imho  that  will  not  help  the  well-being  of  your  fish)  and  by  choice  of  tank  mates,  which  might  be  perceived  as  predators  if  large  enough  (crucially  there  should  be  no  other  fish  in  the  same  size  range  they  could  mix  with).
 If  that  question  comes  up  Hemigrammus  bleheri  usually  gets  recommended,  but  I  personally  have  observed  them  in  a  well  planted  tank  and  their  was  not  too  much  schooling  left.
 If  your  water  parameters  suit  cardinal  tetra  (Paracheirodon  axelrodi,  need  soft  and  rather  acidic  water),   I  would  go  for  200  of  those  because  they  look  stunning  and  I  have  heard  the  bigger  the  tank  and  the  greater  the  number  the  better  they  school  (no  personal  experience  here).
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 pics  of  my  sump  refugium-  18''x24''x15''  with  controsoil  substrate  45  watt  CFL  bulb  running  24x7  for  now.  may  reduce  if  theres  an  algae  bloom.  heavily  planted.
                 

 
 I  am  actually  curious  to  know  the  result  that  whether  this  concept  of  reducing  algae  would  work.  Its  a  success  in  marine,  may  be  your  tank  would  be  the  first  to  prove  in  freshwater   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:29 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 love  the  plants  in  the  sump  filter  dude  Rock On   Rock On   Rock On  
 bty  has  the  water  cleared  in  your  tank  Thumb Up   Thumb Up   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:32 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 a  giant  freshwater  mini  pond   Very Happy  
 what  are  the  lighting  specs  &  I  didn't  quite  understand  refugium  thing  despite  going  through  wiki.
 
 In  simple  words  will  you  add/already  added  any  plants  to  main  8ft  tank?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:13 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

                                                   
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a  giant  freshwater  mini  pond   Very Happy  
 what  are  the  lighting  specs  &  I  didn't  quite  understand  refugium  thing  despite  going  through  wiki.
 
 In  simple  words  will  you  add/already  added  any  plants  to  main  8ft  tank?                

 
 thx  :)
 
 the  lighting  is  aquazonic  T  5  HO.  one  4  foot  -  54W  x  4  and  one  3  foot  unit  -  around  40  W  x  4  i  think
 
 im  going  to  add  some  plants  to  my  main  tank  but  only  low  light  low  tech  ones.  the  refugium  is  heavily  planted  and  the  basic  idea  is  the  plants  will  utilize  the  ammonia,  nitrite  and  nitrates  in  the  water,  keeping  the  water  clean  reducing  the  need  for  frequent  water  changes.  its  very  useful  in  a  marine  setup  as  people  dont  keep  plants  in  the  display  tank.  
 in  freshwater  tanks  its  not   that  necessary,  but  helps  in  stabilising  ph,  etc  and  controls  algae  blooms  and  to  house  any  fish  or  invertebrates  that  cant  be  kept  with  other  fish  in  the  main  tank.
 
 i  have  my  refugium  with  a  45  watt  CFL  bulb  running  24x7  since  12  days  and  theres  no  sign  of  any  algae  yet.  im  planning  to  keep  shrimp  in  there
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 about  90  kg  stones  and  16kg  driftwood  in  total  added  to  the  tank.
 
 scaping  has  been  done.  by  the  end  of  it  the  water  became  too  cloudy  to  see[sand],  so  had  to  stop  .  still  some  rearrangements  to  be  done
 
 what  do  guyz  think  of  the  basic  layout
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 plants  will  be  added  soon  {only  on  the  wood}
 planning  to  tie  about  a  100  anubias  nana  to  the  wood  group  on  the  right  half  with  java  fern  at  the  peaks.  trying  to  make  it  look  like  forest.  have  to  see  if  it  works   Confused  
 
 the  single  big  piece  of  wood  in  the  left  half  will  have  to  be  flipped  to  expose  a  better  looking  side  and  will  be  covered  with  java  moss  and  maybe  a  few  plants.
 
 do  you  guyz  think  it  will  look  good
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 pics  all  blurred.  should  use  a  better  cam
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 Its  a  stunner  in  making  Clapping  
 
 If  you  tie  Anubias  Barteri"Petite"  to  wood,  you  can  very  easily  give  the  look  of  two  Banyan  Trees  by  slight  rearrangement  of  wood.  Dangling  roots  of  Anubias  will  give  an  impression  of  roots  of  banyan.
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 I  love  it..Now  that  your  have  figured  out  how  your  intial  hardscape  would  be,  you  can  always  make  changes..I  am  not  fully  convinced  about  the  layout  of  the  second  driftwood  on  the  left.  Flip  it  and  see  how  it  looks.  You  can  try  and  add  some  riccia  as  well.
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 Nice  setup.   Thumb Up  Hows  the  planted  sump  setup  working  for  algae  control,  is  it  proving  ?
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 thx  apcmge,  rishi,  ruchit   Smile  
 
 hopefully  the  scape  will  turn  out  good.
 
 
                                                 
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Nice  setup.   Thumb Up  Hows  the  planted  sump  setup  working  for  algae  control,  is  it  proving  ?                

 
 theres  no  sign  of  any  algae  yet.  refugium  lights  running  24x7  and  display  tank  lights  run  about  12  hrs  a  day
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 Rock On   Rock On   Rock On   Rock On   Rock On  
 wow  dude  thats  rocking  man
 love  the  setup
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 keep  it  up...  waiting  for  the  next  update..
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 I  love  it...keep  it  up...   Thumb Up
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