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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:59 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 doc,  a  doubt.
 
 
                                                 
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 the  refugium  is  heavily  planted  and  the  basic  idea  is  the  plants  will  utilize  the  ammonia,  nitrite  and  nitrates  in  the  water,  keeping  the  water  clean  reducing  the  need  for  frequent  water  changes.
 
 
                   

 
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 pics  of  my  sump  refugium-  18''x24''x15''  with  controsoil  substrate  45  watt  CFL  bulb  running  24x7  for  now.  may  reduce  if  theres  an  algae  bloom.  
 
 
                 

 
 Contro  soil  in  itself  has  quite  lot  nitrates,  so  why  dint  you  rather  use  a  inert  substrate?  like  sand  or  laterite  etc.  As  plants  take  major  uptake  from  roots  will  it  be  effective  to  absorb  from  column?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:00 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

                                                   
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doc,  a  doubt.
 
 Contro  soil  in  itself  has  quite  lot  nitrates,  so  why  dint  you  rather  use  a  inert  substrate?  like  sand  or  laterite  etc.  As  plants  take  major  uptake  from  roots  will  it  be  effective  to  absorb  from  column?                

 
 you  have  a  point   Smile   but  people  who  keep  refugiums  advise  to  use  good  quality  substrate  so  that  the  plants  grow  easily
 
 
 the  plants  still  do  the  job.  thats  the  reason  people  keep  adding  nitrates  and  other  fertilizers  in  planted  tanks  tanks  even  with  good  substrates.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:18 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Scaping opinion? Reply with quote

 added  plants  yesterday   Smile  
 anubias  nana  120
 narrow  leaf  java  fern  25
 a  little  christmas  moss
   (wanted  small  leaf  plants  to  make  the  tank  look  big)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 all  the  plants  were  added  to  the  wood  on  the  right.  wanted  to  make  it  look  dense  like  a  forest.
 will  this  look  good  when  the  plants  grow  out  in  a  few  months  ?  Neutral  
 
 im  thinking  of  adding  java  moss(  front  part)  and  flame  moss(back)  to  the  4  foot  wood  on  the  left
 do  you  guyz  think  it  will  look  good  ?  
 
 any  suggestions  on  adding  any  more  plants  etc  ?
 
 what  do  you  guyz  think  of  the  scaping  ?  (some  rocks  will  be  rearranged  to  cover  the  base  of  woods  on  the  right)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:09 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 looks  just  awesome....  great  built  keep  updated...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:04 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 Very  nice  indeed.
 
 The  scale  of  your  canvas  can  help  you  do  even  better  stuff.
 All  the  best  and  look  forward  to  the  livestock.
 
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 Awesome!  What  kind  of  fish  is  swimming  there  already?  :D
 
 Do  you  plan  on  putting  floating  plants?  Some  plants  in  the  back  which  reach  to  the  surface  would  be  great  for  your  fish,  eg  some  vallisneria?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:32 am Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 thank  you  guyz   Smile  
 ive  exceeded  my  budget  for  wood/plants   Sad   might  not  be  adding  much  for  a  few  months
 
 
                                                 
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Awesome!  What  kind  of  fish  is  swimming  there  already?  :D
 
 Do  you  plan  on  putting  floating  plants?  Some  plants  in  the  back  which  reach  to  the  surface  would  be  great  for  your  fish,  eg  some  vallisneria?                

 
 there  are  about  40  fish  in  there  but  u  can  hardly  see  them  in  the  pics   Very Happy  
 
 added  one  of  my  favourite  kind  of  fish.  loaches   Smile  
 
 clown  loaches  6
 zebra  loach  8
 yo  yo  loach  6
 tiger  loach  6
 zipper  loach  1
 some  rainbow  fish,  rams,  etc
 
 wanted  to  see  if  the  loaches  would  escape  into  my  modified  oveflow  box  in  the  corner.  they  did  Chuckle  and  all  exits  are  taken  care  of  now.
 
 will  add  a  school  of  Puntius  denisonii  and  a  few  other  fish  in  a  week
 
 planning  to  add  geophagus  fish  in  a  few  weeks
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:37 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 Mexican  Dwarf  crayfish  will  be  a  great  addition  too..  Heard  they  do  not  bother  your  plants.  A  couple  of  Vals  will  look  good  on  the  back  corner  &  let  them  spread  the  entire  length  at  the  back..  I  have  some  vals  to  spare  if  you  need  some,  I  actually  took  them  out  of  my  tank  as  they  grew  2ft  +  in  length  with  very  lowlight..  Or  if  you  could  get  your  hands  on  some  spiral  vals  that  would  be  even  better.
 
 The  wood  on  the  left  looks  awesome,  try  adding  very  few  plants  only  &  not  any  moss  as  that  might  cover  the  shape  of  the  wood..  Ferns  or  Anubias  would  be  a  good  choice.
 
 Cheers,
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 Doc,
 
 Java  fern  is  a  low  light  plant  and  leaf  size  is  big  too.  Having  Anubias  nana  at  lower  level  and  java  fern  at  a  higher  level  will  give  an  unbalanced  look  to  tank.  Left  side  wood  is  a  gorgeous  wood  with  many  spaces  where  you  can  tie  java  fern.  This  would  balance  out  the  tank.  Java  fern  will  do  good  even  if  tied  with  rocks..
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 Hi  Doc,
 
 Wonderful  job  done  man.   Clapping  
 
 Still  lot  is  left.  Think  about  left  hand  side  scape.  It  can  be  better  I  think.
 
 Few  vals  will  be  ideal  for  tank  like  this.
 
 
 Keep  going......
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Doc,
 
 Java  fern  is  a  low  light  plant  and  leaf  size  is  big  too.  Having  Anubias  nana  at  lower  level  and  java  fern  at  a  higher  level  will  give  an  unbalanced  look  to  tank.  Left  side  wood  is  a  gorgeous  wood  with  many  spaces  where  you  can  tie  java  fern.  This  would  balance  out  the  tank.  Java  fern  will  do  good  even  if  tied  with  rocks..                

 
 Hmmm.  Aren't  both  anubias  and  java  fern  low  light  plants?
 I  wanted  the  peaks  of  the  wood  to  grow  bushy
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Hi  Doc,
 
 Wonderful  job  done  man.   Clapping  
 
 Still  lot  is  left.  Think  about  left  hand  side  scape.  It  can  be  better  I  think.
 
 Few  vals  will  be  ideal  for  tank  like  this.
 
 
 Keep  going......                

 
 Thx  abhis9   Smile  
 For  the  wood  on  the  left,  I'm  thinking  of  adding  java  moss  in  a  few  spots  and  adding  flame  moss  on  the  stones  below  it.  I'm  thinking  the  shape  of  the  wood  won't  b  seen  if  I  add  plants  on  it
 
 I  might  add  more  wood  at  the  back  in  the  future  with  bolbitis  on  it.  There's  still  about  a  foot  of  space  left  at  the  back.  Want  to  leave  space  at  the  front  for  fish
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:40 pm Post subject: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL P. filamentosus problems Reply with quote

 added  a  school  of  12  Puntius  filamentosus  to  my  tank  a  few  days  ago.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 THEY  STARTED  EATING  MY  CHRISTMAS  MOSS   Sad  
 only  half  of  it  is  left
 
 fish  are  healthy  and  started  colouring  up  good  (  bright  silvery  green)
 they  do  not  eat  the  anubias  or  the  fern.  but  ive  seen  them  nibble  on  the  moss
 
 removing  the  fish  will  be  a  hell  of  a  problem-  600  gallon  tank.  might  take  a  few  hours.
 
 i  had  plans  to  add  java  moss  and  flame  moss  in  my  tank.  will  they  eat  that  too  ???
 
 if  so  i  have  to  cancel  my  plans  for  moss  or  take  the  fish  out  Sad(
 experts  advise  please
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:20 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 Pretty  fishes  you  should  keep  them  in  my  opinion.  Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:11 pm Post subject: Re: MY 8 FEET TANK JOURNAL Reply with quote

 Keep  the  fish  and  drop  the  moss.
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