Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:01 pm Post subject: Re: Aquaspacing help
Just an honest advice. Go for plants that are easy to maintain...you have all the time to graduate into more demanding carpet plants, plants that require ideal water parameters, colourful etc.
So here is what you can do to have a beautiful, yet less demanding planted tank.
Plants: There are some plants that do well without CO2. Cryptocoryenes (and there are some wonderful species of them), Ferns and Anubias comes readily to mind. Vallisneria, dwarf Saggitaria, Tenellus would do too. But it would be ideal to keep the front portion empty, for once you have mastered the planted tanks and the tank is matured, you can always plat the carpet plants you so desire. Till then, my unwanted advice is:
No CO2, moderate light (PLL would do), a nice sandy (not too fine) substrate. Good decors (driftwoods and/or rocks) and some less demanding plants.
Regarding your loss of Neon, here is what you na do. Take a sponge and cut a hole such that you scoop out a bit of the sponge.
Then use the sponge as a 'cap' on the filter inlet. In that case, even if a fish gets 'sucked', it gets sucked to the sponge and can easily swim free.....keeping it open or even covering with net may lead to further disaster.
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Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:29 pm Post subject: Re: Aquaspacing help
Your tank size is 31x16x18”, so the tank volume is 39g or 146 lit.
A thickness of 2-3 inches is best for a planted tank, this way plants with large root system can flourish.
You can go in for branded substrate like ADA or controsoil, you will need 25 lit for a 3” substrate.
Alternately go in for riversand + laterite substrate. Lower ½ “ inch layer of laterite topped with 2.5” inch of river/construction sand.
Aim for 2-3 watts of light, so you will need approx 120w of lights.
You can go in for 36w pll, you can get fittings with reflectors.
If you are not using good quality reflectors go for more lights.
For a tank of this size pressurized co2 equipment is best.
You will need following
CLYINDER: Go in for a 3-5 kg CO2 clyinder, cylinders used in welding industry are best, you don’t need to modify them.
They should be available for about 2xxx to 5xxx depending upon size.
Make sure it is tested and the test certificate is valid
Regulator : This is a very important part of whole setup, they come in two types, single stage and double stage.
Single stage are cheaper but do not give you good control over co2 flow,the regulator destabilizes when cylinder is nearly empty, and dumps a lot of co2 in one go.
I have lost many fish before I switched to Double stage regulator.
Eagle, Festo, Yamato are some common brands.
They come in price range of 2xxx to 5xxx
Tubing: Get PU tubing, it is blue in colour, and has 6 mm outer and 4 mm inner dia. It should be able to withstand pressure of 10kg/sqm.
Do not use airline silicon tube.
Needle value: This is placed after regulator and is needed for fine tuning of co2 flow, cost 5xx.
Diffuser/Reactor: You can use simple simple diffuser or reactor.
Bubble Counter: If you are going for diffuser, they come with built in bubble counter. However you can easily DIY them.
Fertilizers: You can purchase branded macro, micro or DIY them
Dear Sandeep , Thanks for your kind reply..... Is the entire (CLYINDER , Regulator , Tubing, Needle value ,Diffuser/Reactor) CO2 kit will be provided, while I purchase from the shop... or else need to buy everything separate...
if you can find someplace where you can get everything, it would be nice, get in touch with local aquarists.
I had to buy everything separately.
If i want to refill the Cylinder, Then I want to dismantlement all my CO2 setup.
You just need to disconnect the regulator from the clyinder.
what will be the sufficient Cylinder Size for the single tank of 8hrs run daily.?
At present, I don't have tank cover, Which i want to make it with help of carpenter...where they provide light fixing also.
Buy your light fitting and ask carpenter to fix them.
You have mentioned ,You have lost many fish before I switched to Double stage regulator.
This is happened while using single stage or Double stage regulator?
The fish died when I was using single stage regulator
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