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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:34 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Hi  Maninder,
 
   I  have  read  your  post  and  it  was  awesome!  My  tank  is  into  its  23rd  day  as  of  yesterday  like  yours.  But  there  are  few  issues  and  mistakes  in  my  tank  so  not  having  lush  green  effect
 
 1.  I  started  with  lack  of  experience  in  planted  aquarium     Sad  
 2.  I  do  not  have  CO2  pressurized  cylinders  for  a  4  feet  planted  tank,  just  using  DIY.  Though  it  works,  I  need  to  keep  an  eye  on  every  day
 3.  No  filtration  on  the  tank  so  far,  I  just  connected  2  power  heads  (100ltr/hr)  with  filtration  media  which  is  not  enough  on  filtering  as  well  as  cycling  the  water  .
 4.  When  I  bought  the  plants,  I  was  unlucky  to  get  some  good  stem  plants  but  began  with  available  plants  at  that  time.  Also  planted  them  like  a  mesh,
 
 Not  a  pro  so  I  have  poor  scaping  (or  nothing  there     Crying or Very sad  )  and  learning  and  getting     Cheer Up  from  posts  like  yours  and  people  over  IAH  on  all  these  that  I  missed.  Will  take  those  inputs  from  your  tank  and  will  improve  mine.  Thanks  for  routing  me  with  your  thread  information   Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Sure  Kaushik,
 
   I  had  the  plants  picked  from  Camy  yesterday  and  had  planted  them  on  available  places.  As  I  said  I  have  not  decided  on  scaping  the  tank.  So  would  take  your  suggestions  for  sure  and  will  contact  you  while  I  setup  with  desired  varieties  and  ready  Smile  Thanks  for  your  suggestions   Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:47 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 @Kaushik,
 
   More  over  I  had  not  been  getting  good  results  out  of  echinodorus  osiris  (??)  getting  more  brown  leafs.  May  be  dosing  would  help.  I  planned  to  get  rid  of  50%  of  cabomba  at  the  final  stage.  So  let  me  plan  and  set  thing  in  next  30  days.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:53 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Not  bad,  Ravi.  Still  a  long  way  to  go  for  the  lush  green  aquarium.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:04 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 I  understand  Shankar  ji  Smile
 
    Progressing  slowly  and  steadily  but  learning  rapidly     Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:44 am Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - Progress Reply with quote

 Hello  All,
 
   Â Just  a  snap  of  day  37,  plants  growing  steadily  and  every  time  I  change  the  DIY  CO2  source  (refill/redo),  in  next  two  days  pearling  begins  and  vanishes  in  the  next  3  days.  I  began  dosing  micros  as  of  now  and  with  a  photo  period  of  11  hrs.  
 
   Â Newly  added  plants  leafing  out  in  8  days.  So  this  gives  a  confidence  of  tank  getting  matured  Smile  I  would  be  adding  pressurized  CO2  very  shortly  (in  fact  hunting  for  cylinders)  and  a  good  filtration  in  next  couple  of  days.  Below  are  some  pictures.  I  would  add  some  more  plant  varieties  and  do  scaping  at  that  time.  Now  its  open  for  suggestions  and  shouting  Smile  
 
 Lot  of  bubbles  at  surface  and  plants  are  kind  of  breathing  Very Happy  A  lovely  vision  though  it  happens  for  a  short  span  of  2-3  days
 
 
 
 The  complete  tank  as  of  now  (Day  37)
 
 
 
 Pearling  on  plants,  am  not  a  good  photographer  as  well  as  am  not  sure  if  this  is  what  you  really  call  it  as  good  pearling.  The  bubbles  are  over  many  other  plants  and  it  goes  from  plants  to  surface  too.  I  captured  an  easy  one  to  me.
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:43 am Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 nice  pics  Ravi...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:47 am Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

                                                   
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every  time  I  change  the  DIY  CO2  source  (refill/redo),  in  next  two  days  pearling  begins  and  vanishes  in  the  next  3  days                

 
 If  I  were  you,  I  would  restart  the  DIY  CO2  thingy  every  4  days.  because  it  works  only  for  four  days.  And  watching  the  tank  pearling  in  a  feel  good  thing,  so  I  am  sure  its  worth  the  trouble!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:47 am Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Coole'.  Looks  very  good  as  a  beginner.   Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:32 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 You  are  absolutely  right  Nitin,  and  I  change  my  CO2  source  every  5-6  days  and  won't  leave  more  than  a  week  at  all.  All  these  are  for  next  couple  of  weeks  Smile  
 
 And  do  not  want  to  add  any  more  plants  until  I  make  it  a  pressurized  setup  (mean  time  no  delay  too),  being  the  reason  for  sparsely  planted.  My  tank  is  now  waiting  for  the  EHEIM  that  I  ordered  with  you  Smile
 
 Thank  you  Shankar!
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 That's  an  interesting  background.  How  did  you  make  it  or  where  did  you  buy/get  it?  
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:20 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

                                                   
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My  tank  is  now  waiting  for  the  EHEIM  that  I  ordered  with  you                

 
 Sure,  your  Eheim  2217  is  waiting  for  you  here.  All  you  have  to  do  is  come  and  pick  it  up!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:39 am Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Chuckle   Chuckle  Will  pick  it  up  when  I  meet  you  Nitin  
 
 
 @  bullrider,  this  tank  I  picked  up  from  Camy  and  the  background  was  there  when  I  picked  up.  This  is  made  of  styrofoam.  The  better  picture  is  below
 
 
 
   Its  simply  awesome!
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 Ravi,
 
 Any  idea  regarding  what  material  was  used  to  coat  the  thermocoal  sheet?  Is  it  regular  cement  mix  and  some  paint?  What  paint  could  we  use  which  will  not  have  side-effects  in  the  long  run?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:00 am Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Good  show  Ravi!  All  your  hardwork  is  giving  you  the  desired  results.
 
 Once  you  have  your  pressurized  CO2,  be  ready  with  your  seat  belts....
 
 Cheers,
 Prem
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