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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:34 pm Post subject: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins.....Pics updated! Reply with quote

 Hello  fellow  IAH  members.
 
 
 Last  two  years  into  fish  keeping  and  moderate/good  success  with  low  tech  tanks(  thanks  to  IAH  and  some  really  helpful  members  ),  i  am  contemplating  on  starting  a  hi  tech  setup.
 
 Background  :
 
 *  I  had   been  out  of  town  for  about  a  month.  My  low  tech  didnt  do  very  well  under  the  care  of  my  friends.
 *  In  process  of  shifting  (  temp.  staying  with  friends.  Will  move  to  a  new  apartment  within  a  month  or  so.  )
 *  Had  to  bring  down  my  two  (  nano  1.25'X.9'X1'  and  a  3'X1'X1.25'  low  tech)  tanks.
 
 i  foresee  myself  shifting  again  after  6-10  months.
 
 Now,
 
 *  Should  i  have  my  3  footer  or  nano  to  be  my  first  hi-tech?
   -  nano  seems  to  be  a  better  option  due  lower  start-up  and  running  cost.  Easier  to  clean  up  the  mess,  if  I  end  up  making  it.  More  convinient  to  shift.
 
 If  experts  agree,  this  is  what  I  have  in  mind  -  nano  with  the  driftwood  (in  the  pic  )  and  carpet  plant  like  hairgrass/glosso/HC  cuba/moss.  I  think  dwarf  hairgrass  in  the  forefront  and  regular  ones  in  the  back  ground  would  look  good..
 
 
 Suggestions  on  aquascaping   are  awaited  .
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:27 am Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

 Hi  Jack
 
 I  would  start  with  the  Nano,  As  you  said,  Easy  to  shift  and  also  It  would  go  a  bit  easy  on  your  pocket  for  the  Substrate,  Lighting,  Plants  and  Ferts.  However  do  invest  in  a  good  CO2  system  which  can  be  altered  to  supply  to  multiple  tanks  if  you  develop  the  MPTS  (Multiple  Planted  Tank  Syndrome)  like  a  lot  of  people  on  IAH   Chuckle  
 
 Now  coming  to  the  scape,  I  would  not  go  with  that  driftwood,  Look  for  something  different.  Take  a  look  at  the  below  link  to  get  an  idea  of  how  you  can  create  a  simple  yet  stunning  scape  in  a  Nano.
 
 http://www.aquascapingworld.com/forum/aquascape-month/4654-april-2011-aquascape-month-eternal-tranquility.html#post45600
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:41 am Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

 Hi  Seetharam,
 
 Thanks  for  the  quick  response.
 I  did  suffer  from  multiple  tank  syndrome  so  I  am  likely  to  suffer  from  MPTS  too   Chuckle  ...Will  consider  a  buying  a  good  CO2  system.
 
 The  link  that  you  posted  indeed  is  helpful  but  just  out  of  curiosity,  why  would  you  advise  me  against  using  that  driftwood?
 
 Below  is  the  youtube  link  which  could  give  you  the  closest  visualization  to  what  I  have  in  mind.
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYcB4cYtjw0
 
 Honestly,  in  comparison  with  the  one  in  the  link  that  you  posted,  this  one  is  not  much  of  a  stunner  Sad  .....Could  this  be  the  reason?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:26 pm Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

 Hi  Jack
 
 The  driftwood  that  you  have  does  not  have  what  we  term  as  "Character"  which  renders  a  nice  appeal  to  the  scape.
 
 You  could  use  that  driftwood  if  you  like  ,  but  I  am  very  picky  when  it  comes  to  hardscape  in  the  tank,  If  it  does  not  give  the  right  effect  i  would  not  use  it   Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 2:27 pm Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins.....(Deciding on plants) Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 
 I  am  soon  to  shift  to  my  new  apartment  and  want  to  be  ready  with  plans.
 
 I  shall  be  going  ahead  with  3'L*1'B*1.25'  tank  ~  28G.
 
 Tank  dimentions  :  3'L*1'B*1.25'  tank.
 Lighting  :  4*36W  PL
 Substratre  :  ADA  amazonia  2
 Co2  :  Pressurized
 
 Will  buy  all  of  these  in  the  coming  week.
 
 Plants?  -  Need  help  with  that.
 
 I  eventually  plan  to  have  something  like  this  :  http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2006.cgi?&op=showcase&category=0&vol=1&id=104  -  Not  sure  if  it  will  be  Iwagumi  layout  but  HG  will  dominate  the  scape  as  the  tank  evolves.
 
 -  After  reading  a  lot,  i  understand  to  counter  algea  I  need  to  have  lot  of  plants  to  begin  with.  For  that  reason  I  need  advice  on  the  plants  that  will  look  good  with  HG.  I  could  think  of  tall  HG,  Echinodorus  Tenellus,  Blyxa  Japonica,  Hemianthus  micranthemoides???...please  suggest  me  more  on  this.
 
 It  shall  beging  like  a  usual  tank  with  all  sorts  of  plants  and  as  the  tank  matures,  I  intend  to  give  it  a  shape  that  would  appeal  to  me  the  most.
 
 -  Also,  after  establishing  the  tank  (maybe  by  15-20  May)  I  need  to  travel  for  ~  20  days.  I  was  thinking  of  having  the  lights  on  timer  for  ~4-5  hours/day.  Hopefully,  with  enough  plants  to  compete  with  algae,  I  shall  have  a  much  more  beautiful  tank  on  return.  (  Or  maybe  a  crashed  algae  infested  rotten  tank????  )
 
 Kindly  advise.
 
 PS  :  Mods,  I  hope  it  is  okay  to  discus  it  here..it  could  be  like  a  journey  log  to  Hi-tech  setup??
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 7:31 pm Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

 Sugggestions  pls.....  Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2011 11:25 pm Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

 Its  really  sometimes  difficult  and  annoying  to  shifting  places  and  really  annoying  thing  is  to  setup  all  things  well.  So  I  really  don't  like  much  shifting.  And  you  have  a  nice  tank.  But  only  two  picture  please  post  more  snaps  its  seems  interesting.
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 12:17 am Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

 Those  were  my  first  two  tanks.  I  am  to  set  up  a  new  hi-tech.
 Will  post  pictures  once  done..
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 12:31 am Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

 No  offense  Jack  during  the  initial  stages  you  need  to  do  the  most  water  changes  with  amazonia  II  more  so  with  stems  not  being  there  to  absorb  excess  nutrients.
 Why  not  do  the  planting  on  your  return  instead.  The  weather  will  also  be  more  cooler  during  monsoon  giving  you  a  better  chance  with  HC.  Just  my  opinion  though.
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 1:16 am Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

 as  Rahul  Rai  said,  start  the  tank  after  you  return.  you  need  to  monitor  and  maintain  the  tank  regularly  in  the  first  two  months.  i  have  had  some  very  very  bad  experiences  because  of  lack  of  maintenance  in  the  initial  two  months  of  the  setup.  
 
 iwagumi  is  my  favorite  style.  tried  it  once,  but  a  few  mistakes  and  it  got  destroyed  Razz  for  plants  you  can  try  Eleocharis  Parvula  for  foreground  and  Blyxa  Japonica  for  the  background.  i  have  heard  that  Blyxa  Japonica  is  a  very  good  plant  for  absorbing  excessive  nutrients  in  the  water  column.  OR  if  you  want  slow  controlled  growth  of  your  tank,  you  can  go  with  Staurogyne  Sp.  Tropica  for  foreground  and  Eleocharis  Vivipara  or  Blyxa  Japonica  for  the  background.  Staurogyne  and  Eleocharis  Parvula  are  my  favorite  plants.  they  grow  slow,  are  easy  to  maintain  and  are  very  hardy  and  do  not  need  a  lot  of  nutrients.  Staurogyne  has  this  amazing  shade  of  green  that  is  just  love.  very  bright  and  fresh  green.  and  Hairgrass  is  like  impossible  to  kill  Razz  i  have  kept  it  in  high  light,  low  light,  NO  light,  NO  CO2,  every  condition  you  can  think  of.  never  managed  to  kill  it.  but  i  managed  to  kill  the  easiest  plants  like  Anubias.  
 
 best  of  luck  with  your  tank  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 11:34 am Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins..... Reply with quote

                                                   
angel_lover  wrote  (View  Post):                
Why  not  do  the  planting  on  your  return  instead.  The  weather  will  also  be  more  cooler  during  monsoon  giving  you  a  better  chance  with  HC.  Just  my  opinion  though.                

 
 Point  taken!   Shall  set  up  the  tank  on  return  and  plan  to  use  the  new  aquasoil.
 
 
                                                 
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 for  plants  you  can  try  Eleocharis  Parvula  for  foreground  and  Blyxa  Japonica  for  the  background.  i  have  heard  that  Blyxa  Japonica  is  a  very  good  plant  for  absorbing  excessive  nutrients  in  the  water  column.  OR  if  you  want  slow  controlled  growth  of  your  tank,  you  can  go  with  Staurogyne  Sp.  Tropica  for  foreground  and  Eleocharis  Vivipara  or  Blyxa  Japonica  for  the  background.  Staurogyne  and  Eleocharis  Parvula  are  my  favorite  plants.  they  grow  slow,  are  easy  to  maintain  and  are  very  hardy  and  do  not  need  a  lot  of  nutrients.  Staurogyne  has  this  amazing  shade  of  green  that  is  just  love.  very  bright  and  fresh  green.  and  Hairgrass  is  like  impossible  to  kill  Razz  i  have  kept  it  in  high  light,  low  light,  NO  light,  NO  CO2,  every  condition  you  can  think  of.  never  managed  to  kill  it.  but  i  managed  to  kill  the  easiest  plants  like  Anubias.  
                 

 
 Thanks  Polya  for  the  advice.  I  too  thought  of  starting  with   Eleocharis  Parvula  as  forground,  Blyxa  Japonica+Eleocharis  Vivipara  at  corners  and  stems  (  only  during  initial  months  )  to  compete  with  alage.  As  you  concur  with  me,  I  think  ill  stick  to  it  for  now  Cool
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 IT  IS  DONE!  Finally  my  dream  of  having  a  hi  tech  tank  came  true!
 Transformed  the  above  low  tech  nano  to  an  aquarium  that  i  envisaged.
 
 Below  are  the  details  and  pics.
 
 Dimensions:  15"LX10"X10"  -  Odd  dimensions,  I  know  -  is  the  2nd  tank  i  bought  a  couple  of  years  back!
 Substrate  :  new  ADA  amazonia  
 Lighting  :  3X10W  6500K  LEDs
 CO2  :  pressurized@2bps
 
 Had  it  not  been  for  IAH  and  members  like  Shelly  who  helped  me  a  lot.
 I  doubt  if  I  would  have  ventured  beyond  low  tech  setup.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The  driftwood  may  not  be  the  best  one  but  this  is  how  I  always  imagined  my  tank  to  be.
 Sorry,  do  not  have  the  initial  shots.  The  above  pics  are  after  1.5  months  of  setting  it  up!
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:54 pm Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins.....Pics updated! Reply with quote

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vidhyasagar99
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:23 pm Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins.....Pics updated! Reply with quote

 great  tank,  very  beautifull
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:06 pm Post subject: Re: Journey to Hi-Tech tank begins.....Pics updated! Reply with quote

 Jack  that  a  good  show...only  the  drift  wood  get  the  very  odd  look...you  might  have  changed  it...but  you  are  definitely  successful  in  Hi-tech..I  must  say
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