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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 6:10 pm Post subject: Need help setting up a planted tank for tetras ... Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  need  help  to  set  up  a  planted  aquarium  all  by  myself  .  I  got  some  quote  from  aquarium  designers
 and  they  seem  to  quote  such  exorbitant  rates  and  i  wld  like  to  learn  as  i  do  it  myself  .
 
 I  have  a  2  feet  yuemei  RT  620  imported  tank  .  I  would  like  to  convert  it  to  a  low  tech  planted  aquarium  .  With  no  co2  if  it  is  not
 mandatory  .  the  tank  itself  comes  with  two  t8  tubes  20  w  each  ,  one  in  white  and  one  in  blue  .
 
 I  am  currently  using  can  water  bought  from  shops  ,  since  we  dont  have  RO  .
 my  idea  is  to  have  a  planted  aquarium  with  some  carpet  plants  and  few  other  cheaper  plants  .  I  have
 this  rock  bought  from  aqua  star  which  is  porous  (  dont  know  exactly  what  it  is  )  .
 
 i  have  a  air  pump  for  filtering  already  set  up  .  this  is  the  present  situation  .  i  wld  like  to  convert  this  to  a  planted  one  .
 
 Now  my  questions  for  which  i  seek  answers  from  all  helping  hands  here  :  (  i  may  sound  completly  stupid  ,  plz  tolerate  my  ignorance  as  i  am  a  newbie  )
 
 1  .  Is  the  t8  lighting  enough  for  a  low  tech  planted  aquarium  for  photosynthesis  .  i  currently  dont  have
 a  provision  for  LED  as  this  is  a  closed  tank  and  the  budget  is  low  .  both  are  20  w  each  and  2  feet  in  length  ,  one  is  white  and  other  one  is  aqua  blue  .  
 
 2  .  From  what  i  have  read  here  red  soil  and  sand  ratio  works  well  for  the  bed  .  will  it  be  clear  or  muddy  if  using  red  soil  ?  i  am  gonna  try  this  .  but  if  i  am  to  buy  substrate  ,  tell  me  the  cheaper  options  and  where  i  can  get  them  in  chennai  .
 
 3.  what  is  laterite  ,  is  it  nothing  but  construction  sand  ?
 
 4  .  my  choice  of  fauna  is  to  have  tetra's  ..  what  other  faunas  can  be  introduced  along  with  tetras  .  i  also  wld  like  to  add  one  or  two  shrimps  ,  if  it  is  advisable  .
 
 5  .  where  can  i  get  cheap  plants  in  chennai  ,  also  in  kolathur  ..  looking  for  carpets  as  well  as  other  cheaper  ones  .
 
 6  .  is  fertilizer  mandatory  ,  if  so  ,  which  and  how  much  to  use  and  where  to  buy  and  the  cost  of  it  plz  .
 
 7  .  as  of  now  i  dont  want  to  go  for  co2  .  can  an  air  pump  and  air  stone  be  a  alternative  (  stupid  question  ??  may  be   Sad   )  .  hope  they  dont  disturb  the  sand  .
 
 8  .  can  any  porous  stone  be  used  in  a  planted  aquarium  ?the  stone  i  have  is  not  volcanic  ,  but  a  porous  one  .
 
 9  .  last  time  when  i  tried  having  tetra  in  a  normal  ,  non  planted  tank  ,  the  tetras  didn't  eat  much  and  died  one  by  one  .  wats  is  the  best  feed  for  small  fishes  like  tetras  .
 
 10  .  how  frequent  is  a  water  change  necessary  in  such  a  setting  without  co2  .  if  setting  a  low  end  co2  ,  what  wld  be  the  approximate  cost  of  installing  one  for  a  2  feet  tank  .  
 
 11  .  how  long  should  the  tubes  in  the  tank  be  switched  on  for  a  day  .  say  like  how  many  hours  photo  period   ?
 
 I  know  this  is  too  much  to  ask  ,  but  lot  more  queries  coming  up  as  i  start  it  ..  there  is  always  a  joy  in  DIY  projects   Thumbs Up  
 
 have  attached  a  pic  of  the  tank,  in  present  condition  .
 
 thanks  a  lot  in  advance  ,
 
 prem
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 11:22 pm Post subject: Re: Need help setting up a planted tank for tetras ... Reply with quote

 not  relevant  to  your  question  -  But  I  too  started  with  the  same  idea  of  low  tech  planted  tank,  but  ended  up  in  a  diff  style.
 
 some  of  the  stuffs  like  plants  are  exchange  from  hobbyist.  But  light,  ADA,  hang-on  filter  and  other  stuffs  took  money  anyway..
 
 this  is  how  it  looks  now..  http://i1174.photobucket.com/albums/r615/thishon1/IMG_0322_zps295122d1.jpg
 
 have  some  neon,  cardinal  and  fancy  guppy  living  happily  for  more  than  6  months
 
 try  to  use  some  plants  which  require  no  or  less  co2  like   Java  fern,  anubias  etc
 Go  for  a  DIY  light,  many  topics  are  there  in  IAH
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 11:53 am Post subject: Re: Need help setting up a planted tank for tetras ... Reply with quote

 Hi,  
   thank  you  for  your  reply  ,  yes  i  am  choosing  to  go  for  low  tech  plants  too  initially  ..  regarding  the  light  i  already  have  two  t8  comming  with  the  tank  ,  i  dont  want  to  change  the  light  as  of  now  .  
 
 your  setting  looks  great  .  what  substrate  did  u  use  and  how  much  does  it  cost  .  the  guppies  are  so  lovely  .  
 
 thanks  
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 1:02 pm Post subject: Re: Need help setting up a planted tank for tetras ... Reply with quote

 Hi  -  substrate  is  ADA  &  the  price  have  PM  you.
 
 these  guppies  are  3rd  generation  and  still  breeding  everymonth...  Cheer
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