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1100L Non-CO2 Planted at Avion Resort, Lonavla (Pics+Video)

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 11:48 pm Post subject: 1100L Non-CO2 Planted at Avion Resort, Lonavla (Pics+Video) Reply with quote

 By  the  generosity  of  Poseidon,  I  had  the  opportunity  to  setup  a  really  big  1100  litre  planted  aquarium  for  Avion  Holiday  Resort  in  Lonavla.  This  is  one  of  two  aquariums  and  a  pond  at  the  resort.
 
 Lonavla  is  a  hill  station  and  the  drive  there  from  Bombay  goes  through  scenic  elevated  routes.  You  come  across  several  mountains  facing  each  other  while  hiding  a  green  valley  in  between.  And  the  entire  region  transforms  into  nature’s  paradise  in  the  monsoons.  It  was  this  exact  spirit  that  we  pursued  to  embody  in  the  aquascape.
 
 So  after  months  of  designing  and  planning,  the  aquarium  was  setup  in  the  winter  of  2016  over  a  span  of  4  days.  Here  is  a  journal  of  this  tank’s  journey.
 
 
 
 
 Location:  Avion  Holiday  Resort,  Lonavla  (Google  Maps  link)
 
 Dimensions:  60x36x32  inches
 
 Volume:  1,100  Litres  /  300  Gallons
 
 Filter:  Fluval  FX4  external  canister
 
 Substrate:  ADA  Amazonia
 
 Lighting:  6500K  CFL
 
 CO2:  None
 
 Additional  fertilizers:  None
 
 Flora:  Anubias  barteri,  Bacopa  caroliniana,  Cryptocoryne  wendtii,  Echinodorus  amazonicus,  Hydrocotyle  leucocephala,  Limnobium  laevigatum,  Nymphaea  lotus,  Sagittaria  subulata,  Samolus  parviflorus,  Vallisneria  sp.  Gigantea
 
 Fauna:  Ancistrus,  Apteronotus  albifrons,  Caridina  multidentata,  Corydoras  sterbai,  Crossocheilus  oblongus,  Neocaridina  davidi,  Paracheirodon  axelrodi,  Poropanchax  normani,  Symphysodon  sp.  Blue  Diamond


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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:05 am Post subject: Re: 1100L Non-CO2 Planted at Avion Resort, Lonavla Reply with quote

 Setup  Process
 
 Situated  in  game  room  of  the  resort,  this  tank  originally  housed  a  good  number  of  monster-sized  fish;  including  a  3’+  Alligator  Gar,  ~3’  Silver  Arowana,  Giant  Gourami,  and  Tiger  Sharks.  These  fish  had  been  put  in  there  when  they  were  small  a  few  years  back.  And  by  2016  they  had  totally  outgrown  the  tank.
 
 
 
 
 So  the  first  step  was  to  transfer  these  guys  out.  Luckily  the  resort  had  a  large  pond  that  would  be  perfect  for  them.  However  the  challenge  was  to  take  these  beasts  out  of  the  tank.  The  staff  had  previously  tried  and  failed  at  it.  The  Arowana  and  Gar  would  completely  panic  as  soon  as  they  sensed  any  attempt  to  catch  them  and  lash  out  in  the  water.
 
 We  then  tried  to  commission  Aquanature  and  Nautilus  for  this  job.  But  they  refused  to  take  it  up  after  realizing  the  riskiness  of  the  situation.
 
 
 
 
 So  finally,  we  took  it  on  ourselves  to  get  them  out.  We  put  on  our  Breaking  Bad  hats  on  and  figured  out  how  to  tranquilize  them  using  Clove  Oil.  It  took  some  time  to  calculate  the  concentration  required  for  this  variety  of  giant  fish.  And  it  ended  with  an  adventurous  two  hours  of  knocking  out  the  fish,  jumping  in  the  tank  and  pulling  them  out,  taking  them  into  the  pond,  and  then  pushing  them  around  like  toy-trains  in  water  till  they  were  able  to  swim  on  their  own  again.  Whew!  That  was  really  something.
 
 
 
 
 After  that  memorable  ordeal,  the  tank  was  buffed  up  for  its  new  look.  The  stand  was  elevated  a  few  feet  higher  to  horizontally  align  with  the  viewer’s  eyes.  The  Styrofoam  sheets  at  its  base  were  replaced.
 
 
 
 
 We  went  hunting  for  rocks  in  the  wilderness  of  Lonavla.  After  lots  of  searching  a  few  ideal  stones  were  shortlisted.  But  boy  were  they  heavy.  They  were  thoroughly  washed  before  being  placed  into  the  tank.
 
 
 
 
 Two  stones  were  finally  selected  for  the  aquascape.  They  were  positioned  to  resemble  two  mountains  facing  each  other  with  a  steep  valley  between  them.  
 
 The  golden  ratio  was  followed  in  their  placement.  The  keystone  was  placed  in  a  1:3  ratio  position  on  the  right  side.  The  secondary  stone  sank  well  in  the  centre.  Due  to  the  heavy  weight  of  the  stones,  they  were  placed  over  thick  Styrofoam  sheets  inside  the  tank  to  prevent  any  damage  to  the  glass  floor.
 
 
 
 
 The  tertiary  elements  were  added  next.  These  compromised  of  driftwood  and  dragon  stone.  A  thin  base  of  gravel  was  added  as  well.  A  commercial  powder  to  kick-start  the  bacteria  colonies  and  speed  up  the  cycling  process  was  added.  The  powder  was  also  added  into  the  new  filter.  This  would  allow  us  to  add  the  fish  into  the  aquarium  the  very  next  day  without  any  issues.
 
 The  driftwood  was  stacked  and  tucked  at  the  back  to  create  a  tall  structure.  This  driftwood  structure  would  eventually  get  overrun  by  plants,  and  would  no  longer  compete  with  the  primary  and  secondary  stones.  The  tall  nature  of  the  driftwood  would  also  serve  the  functional  purpose  of  serving  as  a  safe  zone  for  fish  swimming  in  the  mid  and  top  zones  of  the  aquarium.
 
 
 
 
 Thereafter  a  5-inch  layer  of  ADA  Amazonia  was  poured  in.  ADA  Amazonia  contains  all  the  nutrients  required  by  the  chosen  plants  for  a  few  years.  It  also  releases  CO2  for  an  initial  period  to  boost  their  growth.
 
 
 
 
 Once  the  substrate  was  evenly  spread,  a  few  inches  of  water  was  poured  in  to  allow  for  easy  planting.  The  plants  were  carefully  planted  in.  Since  the  planting  process  would  take  well  over  an  hour,  we  had  to  periodically  spray  the  exposed  plants  with  water  to  keep  them  from  drying.
 
 
 
 
 Finally,  the  water  was  flooded  in  gradually.  Ecstatic  and  exhausted,  we  called  it  a  wrap  at  around  3:00  am.  The  tank  stayed  murky  for  a  few  days,  but  eventually  cleared  up.
 
 
 
 
 After  1  month  (Jan  2017)
 
 
 
 
 After  5  months  (May  2017)
 
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:43 am Post subject: Re: 1100L Non-CO2 Planted at Avion Resort, Lonavla (Pics+Vid Reply with quote

 Like  the  monster  giant  fishes  and  also  the  setup......  Thumbs Up.....also  climate  will  be  excellent  in  lonavala  from  now  onwards  for  planted  tank.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:42 am Post subject: Re: 1100L Non-CO2 Planted at Avion Resort, Lonavla (Pics+Vid Reply with quote

 @Rahul_Discus  Thanks  man!  The  climate  in  Lonavla  is  actually  quite  hot  these  days.  It  gets  ideal  from  the  monsoon  onward.  Currently  the  tank's  water  temperature  is  at  32C  (it's  not  in  an  air  conditioned  room).  That's  why  all  the  Xmas  moss  that  was  there  on  the  rocks  in  the  initial  pics  has  completely  disappeared.  There  is  a  limitation  in  selecting  plants,  fish,  and  shrimp  that  can  only  survive  in  such  high  temperatures.  Otherwise  would  have  loved  to  put  in  some  Crystal  Red  Shrimps  in  there.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:20 pm Post subject: Re: 1100L Non-CO2 Planted at Avion Resort, Lonavla (Pics+Vid Reply with quote

 awesome  setup.loved  it
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