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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:18 am Post subject: New tank Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 Started  a  new  tank.  thought  I'd  share  it  with  you  all.
 
 Tank  specs:
 36  x  15  x  18(H)  -  42  Gallons
 Substrate:  Contro-soil.  Used  a  bit  of  aquaclay  at  the  bottom  and  vermicompost  (about  4-5  tsp)
 Decor:  locally  collected  stones.
 Plants  (not  sure  of  all  names):
 Hygrophila  difformis
 Hygrophila  corymbosa
 E.  tenellus  (supposedly  name  changed  to  Helanthium  tenellum)
 Hydrocotyle  verticullata
 Lymnophila  aquatica
 Cryptocoryne  (2  varieties.  not  sure  of  var.)
 Sagittaria  sp.
 
 Still  to  add:
 Blyxa  Japonica
 H.  tripartita
 Pogostemon  helferi
 Vallisneria
 
 Fish:
 Have  added  3  rummynose  tetras  &  1  marbled  angel.
 
 Planning  to  add  some  more  rummynoses,  and  a  few  other  tetras.  Not  really  decided.  May  go  with  a  larger  school  of  just  rummy  nose  tetras  (love  those  fellas!)
 
 CO2:  not  added  yet.  Plan  to  get  pressurized  cylinder  setup  (for  the  first  time  in  my  life!)
 
 Lights:  right  now  running  on  2  x  24W  T5HO  (24")  +  1  x  12W  T8.  These  are  just  placed  on  top  as  a  stop  gap  arrangement.  Planning  on  making  an  LED  fixture  (DIY),  but  first  need  to  get  my  CO2  sorted  out.
 
 Dosing:  not  yet.  planning  on  low-tech  EI.
 
 Filtration:  Sunsun  302HW  canister  filter.  will  add  some  power  head  when  I  setup  my  CO2  for  better  circulation.
 
 
 
 Do  please  give  me  feedback.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:29 am Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Athreyan,  Its  a  nice  start.   All  the  best.  Go  ahead.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:50 am Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 The  rocks  are  good,  I've  used  the  very  same  in  mine,  but  the  color  of  the  middle  one  seems  to  make  the  tank  odd,  possible  to  change  it?  The  rocks  look  naked,  maybe  add  some  moss  to  it?
 
 I'm  sure  the  tank  would  look  good  once  the  foreground  plants  grow.
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 The  rocks  are  good,  I've  used  the  very  same  in  mine,  but  the  color  of  the  middle  one  seems  to  make  the  tank  odd,  possible  to  change  it?  The  rocks  look  naked,  maybe  add  some  moss  to  it?
 
 I'm  sure  the  tank  would  look  good  once  the  foreground  plants  grow.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:45 am Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 Nice  start!  Thumb Up  
 Seems  you  have  used  two  types  of  rocks..  What  kinda  scape  you  have  planned?  Do  you  have  any  layout  or  sketch?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:54 am Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 Nice  :)
 
 Plan  for  background  plants.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:05 am Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  all!
 
 @Navneet:  Yes,  i  agree  about  the  one  rock.  It  is  actually  the  same  granite  as  the  others,  but  strangely  when  I  put  it  in  water  it  turned  like  that.  I'll  try  to  replace  that.  Getting  a  rock  to  replace  another  is  such  a  pain.
 
 I'm  planning  on  adding  some  B.  Japonica  in  between  the  rocks  &  also  have  the  H.  tripartita  kinda  grow  like  a  creeper  around  the  rocks.  So  I'm  guessing,  that'll  make  it  more  interesting.  I  don't  have  these  plants  yet,  so  waiting  for  them.  
 
 @Dinesh:  I  wouldn't  call  it  a  scape.  I'm  trying  to  make  it  look  as  nice  as  possible.  I'm  planning  to  make  it  look  triangular.  The  corner  where  the  filter  inlet  is  (behind  the  large  rock)  will  be  planted  with  vallisneria.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:29 am Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  Gokul!
 I  have  planted  some  BG  plants.  Waiting  for  them  to  grow  out.  Since  I'm  not  using  CO2  yet,  they  are  a  bit  slow.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 Ok,  so  here's  my  query...
 
 I'm  seeing  a  few  snails  in  the  tank.  the  small  round  transparent  ones  (pond  snails?).  Can  someone  suggest  some  fish/snails  to  control  their  population.
 
 I've  read  that  loaches  are  good  snail  eaters.  I'd  love  to  have  some  yoyo  loaches  in  the  tank.  But  would  they  dent  my  ambition  to  grow  a  carpet?  I've  read  they  are  diggers.
 
 How  good  would  assassin  snails  be?  Will  assassin  snails  affect  my  carpeting  plants?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:55 pm Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 Snails?
 
 Starve  them  to  death.
 
 I  had  no  option  this  summer.  Guppies  started  dying.  So  removed  all  of  them  and  gave  it  to  a  nephew.  No  since  the  tank  was  having  no  fish  so  no  food  deposits  +  no  algae.  so  suddenly  no  snails.  
 
 So  therefore  they  starved  to  death  Sad
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 How  I  wish  I  could  do  that  Percy.  Yes,  I've  read  that  leftover  food  is  the  main  cause  for  snails  growing  in  numbers,  but  I  guess  they'll  start  eating  up  my  plants.  Will  they?
 
 Also,  I  read  in  a  forum  that  methylene  blue  will  kill  snails.  Is  that  a  good  idea?  I  don't  really  like  making  chemical  soup  of  my  tanks.
 
 The  problem  is  not  that  bad  yet,  but  it  could  catch  up  pretty  fast.  So  I  want  to  take  some  action.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:16 pm Post subject: Re: New tank Reply with quote

 Athreyan,
 
 The  best  solution  to  eradicate  snails  is  a  pair  of  juvenile  clown  loaches  in  your  tank.
 
 But  in  six/eight  months  the  will  grow  in  size  and  will  be  too  big  for  your  tank.
 
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 Their  large  size  is  the  only  reason  I  don't  want  them  Thuds.
 
 What  o  you  think  of  yoyo  loaches?  Actually  my  biggest  concern  are  my  plants.  i  wanna  know  if  they  will  get  uprooted.  Its  too  much  of  a  hassle  to  find  plants  floating  around  every  morning.
 
 Actually,  the  story  of  this  tank  is  that  I  made  it  with  my  bala  sharks  in  mind.  I  realize  that  this  tank  is  still  too  small  for  them,  but  that's  the  best  I  can  do  at  this  point.  But  when  I  introduced  them  in  the  tank,  they  started  digging  up  the  substrate  and  uprooting  the  plants.  That's  when  i  found  out  that  they  were  going  after  the  snails.  So  for  now  they  are  back  in  a  smaller  tank  until  the  plants  settle  down  really  well.  ut  let  me  tell  you  they  really  hunt  the  snails  down!
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 Athreyan,
 
 Yoyo  loaches  are  difficult  to  procure,  the  local  fish  stores  will  give  you  Zebra  Loaches  (Which  they  call  Yoyo)  and  you  are  right  they  dig  and  uproot  plants  but  clown  loaches  don't  dig  and  uproot  plants  and  are  easily  available  at  LFS.
 
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 Actually  I  agree  with  Percy's  method.  its  your  best  choice  for  now.  Since  its  a  new  tank  loaches  and  assassins  are  out  of  the  question  as  they  can  easily  uproot  your  plants.  I  made  that  mistake  once  when  I  was  out  of  station  and  returned  and  saw  uprooted  dead  plants.  
 
 Also  I  know  how  much  of  a  headache  it  is  to  change  rocks,  but  it'll  give  you  a  better  looking  tank.  And  h.tripatita  grows  on  rocks?  Or  did  you  mean  it  grows  in  the  substrate  around  the  rocks?
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