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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:14 pm Post subject: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 After  attending  the  Sunday  meets  for  couple  of  times  now,  I  kind  of  got  encouragement  and  confidence  enough  to  go  for  it  !
 What  I  learnt  from  people  is  that,  it  is  okay  to  make  mistakes  and  no  need  to  fear  of  failures  in  this  hobby  Smile  ...Thanks  to  all  for  that  !  :)
 
 
 Here  is  the  snaps  of  my  tank  that  I  started.   
 
 Made  a  mistake  of  not  considering  enough  depth  for  placing  the  Sobo  300  HOB  and  had  to  dig  some  substrate  in  the  right  back  corner  to  accommodate  it,  after  filling  it  with  water.  Plants  were  already  in.  So,  it  caused  water  to  become  cloudy  and  later  was  cleared  overnight.
 
 Lights  are  on  for  5  hours  a  day.  It  is  a  36watts  PLL  based  light.  Have  a  pressurised  CO2  also  but  it  is  running  around  20bpm,  24  hours,  as  no  solenoid  there.  Filter  is  running  24  hours  with  carbon  filter  cartridge  it  came  with.  nothing  else.  using  water  from   Kent  RO.
 
 I  have  few  queries  as  well  for  which  I  seek  you  help.
 
 1.  What  percentage  and  frequent  water  change  you  suggest  ?
 2.  After  the  water  became  bit  cloudy  and  later  cleared,  there  are  some  dust  deposits  on  green  leaves.  Should  I  be  worried  about  it  ?
 3.  Anubias  has  turned  a  bit  light  from  dark  green.  It  was  in  water  at  the  shop  i  got,  had  kept  it  with  me  for  4-5  days  in  partially  immersed  comndition  before  putting  it  in  the  tank,  had  bought  the  plants  in  kind  of  installments.  And  also  few  donations  from  IAH  friends  as  well.
 4.  What  is  the  best  depth  and  location  for  CO2  diffuser  in  the  tank  ?
 
 Below  are  the  snaps  of  my  tank  that  I  started.   
 
 Thanks!
 Shyam
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:43 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Hi  Shyam,
 That's  a  neat  scape..  the  Co2  level  is  too  high,  get  it  down  to  1bps.  gradually  increase  the  lighting  duration  to  8  or  more  hrs  over  the  next  couple  of  weeks.
 And  why  are  you  using  water  from  RO  unit.  Normal  water  would  be  fine  as  the  plants  will  be  needing  the  salts  in  it.
 
 1.What  percentage  and  frequent  water  change  you  suggest  ?
      25%  weekly.
 
 2.  After  the  water  became  bit  cloudy  and  later  cleared,  there  are  some  dust  deposits  on  green  leaves.  Should  I  be  worried  about  it  ?
      Nope..  just  let  them  as  it  is.
 
 3.  Anubias  has  turned  a  bit  light  from  dark  green.  It  was  in  water  at  the  shop  i  got,  had  kept  it  with  me  for  4-5  days  in  partially  immersed  comndition  before  putting  it  in  the  tank,  had  bought  the  plants  in  kind  of  installments.  And  also  few  donations  from  IAH  friends  as  well.
      Depending  on  the  light  conditions,  they  will  vary  their  colour.  Probably  yours  came  from  an  emersed  set  up.
 
 4.  What  is  the  best  depth  and  location  for  CO2  diffuser  in  the  tank  ?
      You  already  have  it  in  the  right  place..   the  opposite  side  of  outflow  from  filter.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:54 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Very  neat  and  nice   Thumb Up   
 I  feel  substrate  is  bit  more.  I  may  be  wrong  i  too  a  beginner   Very Happy   
 
 1)  Water  change:  Though  many  suggested  for  25  -  50%  change  waster  at  least  once  in  a  week  in  the  beginning,  I  didn't  do  it  in  my  case.  After  1  month  i  changed  25%  and  after  that  once  in  two  month  30-50%  water  change.  All  plants  are  doing  good.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:16 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Very  neat  setup.
 
 +1  Nidhi.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:23 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

                                                   
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 I  feel  substrate  is  bit  more.                

 Yes,  its  too  much..  could  have  used  to  give  more  sloping..
 1  inch  at  the  lowest  level  would  be  better.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:07 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Thanks  all.
 
 Nidhi  -  Thanks,  you  were  the  first  one  to  talk  in  my  first  IAH  sunday  meet:)
 
 I  meant  bobbles  per  minute.  May  be  slightly  more  than  20  bubbles  per  minute  when  i  checked  once  again.  Just  around  3  second  for  a  bubble.  Bubbe  size  is  not  very  small,  so  i  guess  it  is  okay.
 My  partment  is  mostly  on  water  tankers  and  borewell  is  deeper  at  1000  feet.  Really  bad  hard  water  i  must  say  for  human  consumption.  So  I  thought,  it  could  be  somewhat  not  good  for  plants  and  fishes  (in  later  point  of  time).  Also  I  did  not  want  to  have  that  marks  of  driwater  solicate  on  the  top  level  of  the  tank.  Last  time  I  cleaned  it  with  acid  wash,  it  still  was  mildly  there.  I  had  used  normal  water  when  it  was  not  a  planted  one.
 
 
 MoveOn  -  thanks  for  water  change  experience  you  shared,  abhis9  -  thank  you.
 
 About  too  thick  substrate,  I  guess  I  too  felt  after  doing  the  whole  thing  up.  Cant  change  it  now  anyway.
 Only  thing  I  feel  with  this  is,  it  has  brought  the  plants  near  to  light.  
 
 It  was  bit  tough  to  keep  the  slope  more  as  the  width  i  had  from  front  to  back  was  just  10  inches.  The  slope  got  reduced  a  bit  while  planting  I  guess,  further.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:43 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Nice  setup  for  a  beginner  keep  it  up  I  agree  there  is  excess  substrate.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:56 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 All  the  best  and  keep  it  up.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:38 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Nice  setup.
 
 which  is  the  substrate  you  are  using  and  what  is  the  size  of  your  tank.  
 I  feel  the  hang  on  filter  is  heavy  for  your  tank  (  as  in  the  flow  of  water  )
 
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:10 am Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Nice  scape  shyam:
 
 1.  36  watts  for  a  18  liter  tank  is  way  too  high  as  per  me.  That  too  the  depth  is  very  less  so  you  need  only  half  of  it.
 2.  add  some  filter  media  like  sponge(filter  floss)  and  little  german  clay(for  bacteria  space)
 3.  CO2  is  fine  for  the  tank  size  you  have
 4.  do  a  50  %  water  change  every  alternate  day  for  the  1st  15  days  or  more.  This  will  really  help  in  reducing  the  initial  algae  bloom.Later  change  only  once  a  week  and  that  also  50  percent.....  For  smaller  tanks  you  need  to  do  more  water  changes  than  bigger  one.
 5.  You  can  use  RO  if  your  the  borewell  water  is  that  bad  but  make  sure  you  dose  the  tank  with  micros  and  macros  after  1st  month.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:24 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Thumb Up  Nice  tank.  Too  much  substrate  will  help  under  substrate  organism  like  Snail  and  tiny  worms  to  thrive..  my  experience
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:31 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Nice  setup   Thumb Up  
 
 +1  Jabba
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:37 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 nice  setup  Hegde-avare   Clapping   Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:22 pm Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 Very  nice  setup  Shyam.
 
 Reduce  the  light  if  possible.
 
 Keep  it  going!
 
   Clapping  
 
 Thanks,
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:39 am Post subject: Re: Shyamhegde's planted tank attempt - beginner level Reply with quote

 As  a  beginner  really  a  good  start.
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