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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:52 pm Post subject: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 My  first  ever  attempt  at  a  Planted  Tank.  I  preferred  to  call  it  The  Poor  Man's  Pico,  because  of  its  low  economic  value.  
 Unfortunately,  I  am  going  to  strip  this  scape  (dont  know  if  it  even  deserves  to  be  called  one   Smile  )  and  go  for  a  moss-only  setup  for  my  RCS.  Anyways,  wanted  to  share  with  you  all,  more  as  a  token  of  gratitude  to  IAH,  for  all  the  learning  and  experience  I've  gained  here.  Thank  you  all   Clapping   Clapping  
 
 Tank  Details:
 
 Dimension:  12Lx6Wx9H  (10  Ltrs/2.5  Gallon)
 Substrate:  River  Gravel
 Filtration:  Tianrun  200L/Hr  HOB
 CO2  -  None
 Ferts  -  None
 Light  -  6W  LED  Bulb
 
 Flora:
 Blyxa  Japonica  (background)
 Sagittaria  Subulata
 Echinodorus  Tenellus
 Cryptocoryne  Wendtii
 Amazon  Sword
 Hydrocotyle  Verticallata
 Java  Moss
 
 Fauna:
 RCS  -  6
 Otocinclus  -  3  (now  moved  to  a  10G)
 Assassin  Snails  -  5
 Pond  Snails  -  dozens,  but  fast  disappearing,  courtesy  the  assassins
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:33 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Well  no  one  can  stop  if  you  have  decided  to.  But  the  above  looks  good,  may  be  you  can  allow  it  to  grow  up  a  bit  more.  
 Also  you  can  see  RCS  more  often  in  this  tank  than  moss  tank  :)
 
 BTW  how  old  is  the  setup?  looks  very  clean
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:57 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  so  much  @saikumar  :)
 
 This  photo  was  taken  when  I  was  just  setting  the  tank  up,  and  filling  in  the  water  for  the  first  time.  
 I  hadn't  introduced  any  fauna  yet,  maybe  thats  why  it  looks  clean   Very Happy  
 
 However,  the  tank  looks  pretty  much  the  same  today,  except  all  of  my  pygmy  chain  swords  melted  away  Sad  I  guess  the  6W  light  was  too  much  for  them  initially.  I  should  have  increased  the  light  height  or  something  to  allow  them  to  adjust  
   Wall Bang   Wall Bang  
 
 I  will  try  to  post  a  current  pic  this  weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:15 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Light  seems  to  be  fine.   It  isn't  a  high  light  tank.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:39 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Really?  That's  a  relief  for  me!!  Is  there  a  possibility  that  the  chain  swords  melted  because  of  wrong  spectrum?  I  bought  this  LED  bulb  off  ebay  and  it  said  6500K.  
 
 Here's  the  link:  5W  LED  Bulb
 
 I  assumed  the  melt  happened  due  to  either  of  the  2  reasons:
 1.  High  light,  but  no  CO2  and  ferts
 2.  Incorrect  spectrum
 
 Do  you  think  there  might  have  been  something  wrong  with  the  substrate?  I  assumed  no,  because  I  was  able  to  get  good  plant  growth  in  the  same  gravel  with  DIY  CO2,  but  no  ferts.  Please  refer  attached  image.  This  was  a  7  ltr  sump  I  used  to  kind  of  nurse  my  plants,  before  they  went  into  the  tank.  This  tank  had  no  fish,  just  plants.  However,  I  failed  terribly,  because  this  was  placed  on  a  window  sill  and  the  irregular  indirect  sunlight  resulted  in  all  sorts  of  algae  issues  Sad  I  abandoned  the  nursery  idea  there,  and  this  is  now  a  QT  for  fish  only.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:29 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Nice.  also  post  pic  of  the  light  please  ?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:20 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Nice  start  Abhi   Smile  
 
 I'm  sure  the  Pros  must  be  nostalgic  since  this  is  how  most  of  them  start  I  guess  Wink  
 
 Thanks,
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:22 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Most  of  those  plants  will  grow  too  big  for  your  tank
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:17 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 @shyamhegde  -  sorry  I  am  late,  but  here's  a  pic  of  the  light  setup  you  asked  for  :)
 
 @karthik1521  -  thanks  karthik,  I  hope  I  am  on  the  right  track  then   Thumb Up  
 
 @mortis  -  you're  right,  one  of  the  reasons  I  am  planning  to  re-scape  this  pico   :)
 
 
 P.S:  Please  pardon  the  dirty  tank  pic.  My  assassins  took  care  of  the  adult  pond  snails,  but  those  buggers  had  laid  god  knows  how  many  eggs   Surprised   Surprised  
 I  am  seeing  a  sudden  explosion  of  baby  snails  everywhere  !!!  I  am  literally  picking  out  100's  of  them  and  yet  they  keep  coming.  But  there  is  good  news  too  !!  The  assassins  seemed  to  have  realized  its  an  arduous  task  exterminating  these,  so  they've  laid  eggs  of  their  own   Cheering     Cheering  I  am  now  gonna  wait  for  tiny  little  assassins  to  hatch  before  I  rip  the  current  setup   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:01 pm Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 welcome  to  IAH  Pulsarbhabhi-  I  say  its  a  very  good  tank  Thumb Up
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 @garothmaan  -  I  had  to  literally  pinch  myself  to  believe  reading  your  post  !!  It  means  a  lot  getting  such  words  of  encouragement   from  veterans  like  you   Cheering   Cheering  Thanks  a  lot  Smile  Like  I  mentioned  earlier,  this  is  just  a  novice  attempt  and  I  have  done  way  many  rookie  mistakes.  But  one  thing  I  am  sure  of,  I  am  hooked  !!   Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:09 am Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Going  good.  I  wonder  if  that  bulb  was  sufficient  enough  but  plant  growth  indicates  it  is.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:53 am Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Yes,  I  guess  so.  There  is  plant  growth  albeit  very  very  slow.  The  cryptocoryne  gets  a  new  leaf  like  every  2-3  weeks  and  the  dwarf  sag  you  see  in  the  foreground  has  hardly  grown.  But  the  Hydrocotyle  Verticallata  has  sent  out  4-5  tiny  sister  stems.  I  originally  had  bought  10  stems,  and  now  I  have  like  15-16  Smile
 All  in  all,  the  slow  growth  kind  of  suits  my  low  maintenance  requirement.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:07 am Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

                                                   
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@garothmaan  -  I  had  to  literally  pinch  myself  to  believe  reading  your  post  !!  It  means  a  lot  getting  such  words  of  encouragement   from  veterans  like  you   Cheering   Cheering  Thanks  a  lot  Smile  Like  I  mentioned  earlier,  this  is  just  a  novice  attempt  and  I  have  done  way  many  rookie  mistakes.  But  one  thing  I  am  sure  of,  I  am  hooked  !!   Thumbs Up                

 
 
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 Seriously  its  a  good  tank.  And  you  cant  go  away  from  this  hobby  even  after  we  are  all  dead.  My  grave  will  also  have  a  fish  tank  above  it   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:47 am Post subject: Re: The Poor Man's Pico - MY first attempt at a Planted Tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  again  sir  !!  And  you  got  me  cracking  on  that  grave  stone  one   ROFL  
 But  jokes  apart,  such  a  noble  thought  !!   Thumb Up   Thumb Up
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