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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:23 pm Post subject: Newbie from Chennai - Planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  All,
 I  am  Avinash  from  Chennai.  Very  happy  to  part  of  this  forum  and  glad  to  meet  you  all.  
 I  am  a  complete  rookie  for  this  hobby  and  looking  forward  to  experiment  with  my  first  planted  tank.  Having  spent  months  together  on  reading  different  forums  finally  decided  to  buy  a  tank  and  take  my  baby  steps.
 
 Here  it  goes,
 
 
 Tank:  60  cm  (L)  x  30  cm  (D)  x  35  cm  (H)
 Substarate  :  ADA  Amazonia
 Filter:  HOB
 Lights  :  T5  (24w  x  2)
 Drift  wood:  Picked  from  Aquastar
 Stones:  Picked  from  ADA
 Fertilizers:  EI  dosing  (Yet  to  purchase  the  chemicals)
 Co2:  Not  decided
 Fish:  Not  decided
 
 
 Plants:
 Have  collected  the  below  names.  Not  sure  how  many  I  could  get  from  Chennai.
 Java  Moss
 Dwarf  hairgrass
 Dwarf  Baby  Tears  -  HC  Cuba  
 Heteranthera  zosterifolia
 crypt  parva  (cryptocoryne  parva)
 riccia
 
 Echinodorus  amazonicus
 EICHHORNIA  AZUREA
 Amazon  sword
 
 Anubias  Nana  or  Java  Fern
 Eleocharis  acicularis-  Japanese  hairgras
 Eleocharis  parvula
 Water  wisteria
 Cabomba
   
 Please  give  me  your  suggestions  how  I  could  modify  my  aquascape  for  the  better.  Also  any  other  suggestion  is  most  welcome.
 Thanks.
 
 Regards,
 Avinash
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:30 am Post subject: Re: Newbie from Chennai - Planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Avinash..welcome  to  IAH,
 
 Tank:  60  cm  (L)  x  30  cm  (D)  x  35  cm  (H)..  Very  nice  tank,
 Substarate  :  ADA  Amazonia  ..  good  that  you  started  off  with  the  best  soil,
 Filter:  HOB..  No  problem  with  these  filters.
 Lights  :  T5  (24w  x  2)..  No  problem  here  as  well,  plants  wont  have  problem  with  your  lighting,
 Drift  wood:  Picked  from  Aquastar..  Not  good  enough,  buy  a  good  one  with  atleast  3-4  branches.
 Stones:  Picked  from  ADA..  Not  good  enough,  buy  bigger  ones  and  you  need  more  quantities.
 Fertilizers:  EI  dosing  (Yet  to  purchase  the  chemicals)..  research  and  be  ready  with  in  2  months.
 Co2:  Not  decided..  decide  now,  co2  will  give  vigorous  growth  of  plants  and  keep  algae  at  bay.
 Fish:  Not  decided..  give  the  tank  at  least  a  month  to  cycle,  so  have  enough  time  to  think  about  the  fishes.
 
 Plants:  I  have  rated  the  plants  from  easy,  moderate  and  difficult.
 
 Java  Moss  -  easy,slow  growth.  use  it  on  drifts  or  rocks.
 Dwarf  hairgrass  -  easy,  fast  growth.  fore  ground  use.
 Dwarf  Baby  Tears  -  HC  Cuba  -  moderate,  medium  growth.  foreground  use.
 Heteranthera  zosterifolia  -  easy,  fast  growth.  mid  ground  plant.
 crypt  parva  (cryptocoryne  parva)  -  easy  and  slow  growth.  can  be  used  as  fore  ground  or  mid  ground.
 riccia  -  easy  with  co2  dosing,  not  recommended  for  non  co2  tank..  easy  and  fast  growth  (  with  co2).
 
 Echinodorus  amazonicus  -  too  big  for  your  tank.
 EICHHORNIA  AZUREA  -  I  have  not  come  across  this  plant,  so  no  comments.
 Amazon  sword  -  once  again,  too  big  for  your  tank.
 
 Anubias  Nana  or  Java  Fern  -  easy  but  slow  growth,  keep  them  in  shaded  part  of  the  tank  (  go  for  dwarf  varieties).
 Eleocharis  acicularis  -  Japanese  hairgras  -  easy  and  fast,  good  for  background.
 Eleocharis  parvula  -  easy  and  fast,  foreground  plant.
 Water  wisteria  -  easy  and  fast  groth,  for  background  use  or  mid  ground.
 Cabomba  -  easy  and  fast,  back  ground  or  mid  ground.
 
 My  take  on  your  tank  is..
 You  have  good  enough  lighting  and  substrate  to  go  for  a  pressurized  co2  set  up..
 The  drift  wood  and  the  rock  work  needs  more  quantity  and  sizes..
 You  need  to  give  the  substrate  more  sloping,  mound  more  at  the  back  and  reduce  it  in  the  front.
 Choose  any  one  type  of  fore  ground  plant.  either  dwarf  hair  grass  or  H.C.  cuba.
 Dont  use  plants  which  grow  too  big  for  your  tank,  they  can  make  your  tank  look  small.
 I  would  recommend  rotala,  ludwigia  species  of  plants  for  your  tank  size.  avoid  the  water  wisteria  and  any  other  stem  plants  which  has  large  leaf  size..
 
 As  I  said  earlier,  dont  worry  about  fishes..  take  your  time  to  cycle  the  tank  first.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:15 pm Post subject: Re: Newbie from Chennai - Planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Nidhi,
 
 Thanks  for  your  awesome  response.
 I  will  take  your  suggestions  and  go  with  CO2  set  up.
 
 My  initial  plan  was  to  go  with  a  simple  and  clear  setup  with  just  carpet  plants  (H.C  Cuba).  That's  the  reason  selected  a  low  height  tank.  So  didn't  pick  much  wood  or  stone.  I  will  reconsider  that.  Also  plan  for  the  plants  you  have  suggested.  I  have  added  two  more  plants  (Blyxa  ;  Staurogyne  repens)  in  this  list.
 
 Can  you  help  me  clarify  these  two  things.
 
 1)  Is  it  possible  to  grow  HC  Cubu  in  Chennai  weather  condition.
 2)  I  am  planning  to  use  bore-water.  I  think  it  will  be  hard-water  and  very  high  PH.  Just  adding  some  water  conditioners  is  enough  ?  It's  difficult  to  go  for  a  RO  water  if  it's  a  weekly  water  change  :noway:
 
 I  am  definitely  going  very  slow  and  going  to  have  fish  only  when  the  tank  is  stable.
 
 Thank  you  once  again.
 
 Regards,
 Avinash
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:29 pm Post subject: Re: Newbie from Chennai - Planted tank Reply with quote

 Its  ok  to  use  bore  water  for  planted  tank,  especially  with  co2  injection.
 I  have  had  it  with  out  any  problem..  with  out  Co2.
 I  think  HC  cuba  wont  have  problem  wit  the  Chennai  temp,  but  moss  and  ferns  might  not  like  it.
 Yes  Blyxa  japonica  is  a  good  plant  for  your  setup..
 And  one  more  thing,  restrict  the  number  of  plant  varieties  to  4-5..
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:27 pm Post subject: Re: Newbie from Chennai - Planted tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  Nidhi.  Good  to  know  that  it  works  in  bore  water  as  well.
 
 Regards,
 Avinash.
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