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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:44 am Post subject: Suggest : starting a 6ft planted tank Reply with quote

 hi,  
 
 iam  planning  to  start  a  6ft  planted  tank.  And  iam  not  new  to  planted  tank  i  already  had  2  planted  tanks  one  in  my  office  and  another  one  at  home  but  unfortunately  both  the  planted  tanks  didnt  do  well  i  guess  due  to  the  poor  selection  of  substrate  i  used  clay  &  sand  in  both  the  tanks.  And  later  i  found  it  very  difficult  to  uproot  the  plants  even  if  i  happen  to  do  it  everything  gets  messed  up  water  goes  murky  etc..  And  another  problem  that  i  faced  with  my  home  planted  was  unable  to  see  any  plants  the  only  thing  that  i  could  see  in  the  tank  was  algea..  algea  and  some  more  algea  nothing  else  was  happy  in  one  way  or  the  other  at  least  the  algea  looked  green..  It's  all  my  fault  anyway  i  have  learnt  a  lesson  in  a  hard  way....  And  this  time  i  dont  wanna  face  such  problem  i  am  gonna  do  it  only  once  without  messing  thing  up..  i  have  no  urgency  will  go  slow  and  steady  so  gurus  kindly  suggest  me  what  to  do  and  what  not  to  do  i  have  mentioned  the  equipments  below  that  i  already  have.  Based  on  the  equipments  kindly  suggest  me  a  planted  tank  setup.
 
 
 Tank  size  -  w  -  6Ft,  H  -  2Ft,  B  -  2.5ft  
 
 Light  -  MH  8000K
 
 substrate  -  ADA  aqua  soil  amazonia  2  +  Power  Sand  Special  +  ADA  multi  bottom  
 (suggest  me  the  quantity  that  i  got  to  use  and  how  to  use  them  iam  yet  to  purchase  the  substate  part.  based  on  our  members  suggestion  will  add  or  drop  few  items)
 
 co2  -  pressurized  co2  (9kgs)
 
 Filter  -  Eheim  2217  (2nos)
 
 plants  -  i  have  no  idea  what  plants  to  choose  and  what  not  too..  gurus  suggest  me.
 
 fish  -  only  angels  
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:25 am Post subject: Re: Suggest : starting a 6ft planted tank Reply with quote

 Install  3  X  150W  MH@8000K.
 
 One  Eheim  2217  will  not  suffice  for  this  tank.  You  can  either  install  2  Eheim  2217,  of  1  Eheim  2260,  or  one  Eheim  Pro  3  2080.
 
 Plants,  you  have  too  many  options.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:01 am Post subject: Re: Suggest : starting a 6ft planted tank Reply with quote

 All  the  best  Sampath.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:40 am Post subject: Re: Suggest : starting a 6ft planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Sampath
 
      Ok  based  on  past  expereinces  here  are  a  few  suggestions
 
 1.  you  will  need  to  use  the  following  Qty  of  substarte
    For  a  2.5  inches  of  avg  ht  of  the  sustrate
      Aquaamazonia  -  10  bags
      Power  sand         -  3  bags
   
    For  3  inches  of  avg  substarte  ht
      
    Aquaamazonia   -  12  bags
    Power  sand           -  4  bags
 
 2.  Lights-  If  you  want  to  use  MH  then  you'll  have  to  go  with  3,as  already  recomemded  by  Nytyn.
      Here  you  could  try  a  combination  of  MH  and  T5HOs.  2nos  8000k  Mh,  2nos  54W  T5HO(  4000K),  2nos  24W  T5HO(4000K)
 
 3.CO2  SYSTEM
      
   Make  sure  that  you  go  with  2  reactors  for  this  tank,  its  very  essential  for  this  tank.  Or  you  could  try  the  external  reactor  with  the  Ehiem  Pump.
 
 4.  Filtration  -  looks  good.
 
 5.  Plants  -  well  there  is  a  good  choice  now.  Try  out  some  Glosso,  Crypts,  Stelleta,  Bonsai,  Didipilis  Diandra,hygro  compacta...the  list  can  go  on   Very Happy   but  get  plants  that  are  not  very  difficult  especially  initially,  since  the  substrate  is  new  to  you.
 
   A  30  inch  deep  aquarium  sounds  really  good  make  sure  you  have  space  all  arround  it  for  maintanance.
 
 
   All  The  Best!!   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:28 pm Post subject: Re: Suggest : starting a 6ft planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Sam
 
 All  the  best  with  your  project,  you  have  already  got  the  first  step  for  a  good  planted  aquarium,  going  slow  and  steady   Smile  
 
 My  Comments/Suggestions
 
 1)  Tank  Size:  Impressive,  has  good  depth  hence  you  will  have  a  lot  of  space  to  aquascape  and  give  depth  to  the  scape  as  well.
 
 2)  Lights:  Not  an  expert  here   Smile  
 
 3)  Substrate:  Good  choice,  the  below  link  maybe  useful  in  calculating  the  amount  of  ADA  required
 
 http://www.cau-aqua.net/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=43
 
 4)  CO2:  Good,  but  as  Harshal  has  suggested  keep  2  reactors  on  either  corner  of  the  aquarium,  this  will  improve  the  CO2  circulation  in  the  tank.
 
 5)  Filteration:  Good,  no  issues  here.
 
 6)  Plants:  With  this  setup  you  can  go  in  for  any  plant   Very Happy  
 
 7)  Fish:  Good  Choice,  IMO  2  Dozen  Cardinals  in  this  tank  will  be  an  added  attraction   Very Happy  
 
 All  the  best,  keep  us  posted  with  some  pictures   Thumb Up
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