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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:18 pm Post subject: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys,  
 
 Need  a  quick  advice  ..
 i  am  setting  up  a  part  planted  tank  ...  front  portion  covered  with  Chipped  sand.  and  the  rear  portion  with  river  sand.  (divided  wd  a  partition)
 Only  Giant  grass  to  be  planted  in  the  background.  Now  here  are  a  few  question.  
 
 1.  Which  river  sand  is  preferred  ..  Granular  or  Fine.  Is  fertilizer  a  must  for  just  Grass  ?  
 2.  I  ve  choosen  following  fishes  :  Zebra  3  pair/  rummy  nose  3  pair/  pencil  1  pair/  1  pair  electric  ramirez,  3  pair  mountain/  3  pair  cherry  barbs  ..  is  it  a  good  idea  to  choose  all  schooling  fishes  ?  'd  it  look  good  ?
 
 pls  do  let  me  know  ...  anxiously  waiting  for  a  reply
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:26 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 Have  a  layer  of  red  soil  in  the  portion  you  plan  to  grow  the  vallesneria.  Top  this  with  river  sand.  with  this  setup  you  need  not  add  fertilizers.  The  sand  could  be  coarse  or  fine
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:58 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 Thanks  buddy  ..  wil  surely  implmnt  your  ideas  ..
 any  say  on  the  choice  of  fishes  ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:14 am Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 Prax,
 If  you  can  get  laterite  gravel  in  your  place,  use  it  for  the  plants  at  the  back.  Front  side  can  be  2-3  mm  river  sand  granules.
 If  you  are  referring  to  vallisneria  as  giant  grass  then  the  above  setting  will  be  good  enough.
 Do  you  have  enough  lighting  requirements  for  the  plants..?
 I  would  recommend  2  -3  varieties  of  schooling  fishes  in  4-6  pairs  plus  the  Rams..
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:53 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 Hey  Nidhi,  
 
 Thank  you  fr  your  reply  ..
 i  gt  most  f  wot  u  explained  ..  apart  4m  de  pro  jargons  ...     Unsure  
 
 yes  i  do  have  enuf  lighting  ..  bt  dn  ..  m  doin  a  low  light  plantng..  wdout  Co2   ..  so  keeping  it  to  basic  plants  ..[vallisernia  &  'Giant  Grass'  or  is  it  called  sea  weed  ..   Confused     /  Small  grass  (shall  share  pix  soon)
 
 here's  wot  i've  done  ..  in  ma  24"L  *  12"  W  *  15"  H  (bad  @  math  ..  dno  hw  mny  gallons  does  dt  make)
   -  did  a  3'  tall  glass  partition  ..  to  separate  the  river  sand  from  normal  graven  ..  
   -  planted  all  kinaf  grasses  @  de  BAckgrnd  ..  alligned  prprly  ..   amngst  drftwds  
   
 Now  coming  to  fishes  ...  can  i  hava  pro  opinion  ..  on  de  count  f  fishes  dt  i  can  keep  ..
 
 Gosh  !  cnt  belv  i  typd  soo  mch  ..   Very Happy     lol
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:01 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 SMS  kind  of  short  cut  typing  is  not  tolerated  here,  You  may  get  warnings  from  the  Moderators.
 Your  tank  is  around  19  gallons,  you  need  minimum  of  40W  of  light  on  your  tank.  even  for  a  low  tech  the  plants  need  atleast  this  much  of  light  light.
 Go  for  2  X  2  foot  T5  tubes,  or  2  X  23W  of  CFL  bulbs..
 Google  out  Vallisneria,  and  you  can  see  and  compare  it  with  your  plant,  sea  weeds  are  not  for  fresh  water  tanks  and  I  dont  think  your  plants  are  one  of  them.
 As  I  told  earlier,  round  30-40  nos  of  small  species  of  fishes  is  the  maximum.  don't  buy  the  fishes  all  at  once,  start  introducing  the  fishes  in  batches  of  6-8  nos  with  an  interval  of  at  least  2  weeks  in  between.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:37 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 Wow  ..  i  didnt  know  that  ..  thank  you  for  the  alert  ..  
 
 Great  !  now  i  know  how  much  water  i  am  dealing  with  ..  yep  ..  lights  sounds  good  as  well.  
 
 You  r  sure  right  ...  but  the  thing  is  ..  drs  a  slight  diff.  between  the  thickness  of  what  i  have  ..  (how  do  i  upld  pictures  on  this  ?)
 
 THanks  for  the  count  ..   Thumbs Up  
 Correct  me  if  m  wrong  ..  wouldnt  too  many  fishes  invite  territorial  issues  ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:42 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 There  will  be  a  few  playful  territorial  disputes,  but  nothing  serious.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:47 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 NICE  !!!
 i  thnk  m  gna  luv  this  ..  
 
 thank  you  Srinidhi  !
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:09 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 Hey  Nidhi  ..  
 
 just  an  idea  of  what  i  have  done  ..  
 Qstn  01  :  Have  i  kept  enough  swimming  space  ?
 Qstn  02  :  Jst  to  show  u  the  diff.  betwn  de  grass  i  got  ..  the  bunch  that  you  see  on  side  pic  is  Vallisneria  ..  in  the  front  view  the  other.  
 Qsrn  03  :  ANy  suggestion  for  which  low  light  plant  to  fill  in  space  under  the  filter  ..  
 
 
 Thanks  in  Advance.


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 Hi.   What  you  have  here  is  valsineria  gigantea  (Nidhi  sir  correct  me)?  Swimming  space  looks  good  enough.  The  Vals  are  going  to  be  really  tough  to  deal  with  once  they  start  multiplying  and  form  a  bush.  Keep  control  of  the  runners.  What's  the  smaller  plant?  Amazon  swords?  If  yes,  they  get  big  too.  For  low  light  plants  in  the  corner  you  can  try  java  ferns  or  anubias.  Add  live  stock  after  cycling  the  tank.  Safest  bet.  
 
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 Thanks  KArthik  ..  
 Java  Ferns  Sounds  GuhD  !  will  take  cre  f  de  Runners  ..  
 
 The  shopkeeper  said  its  some  kind  of  Dwarf  Grass  ..  so  picked  up.  
 
 Whats  Cycling  the  tank  ?
 
 You  guys  ROCK  !
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:52 pm Post subject: Re: Setting up part planted tank Reply with quote

 Hi  Prax,  
 
 See,  when  the  fish  have  to  be  introduced,  they  need  to  have  benefecial  bacteria  etc.  in  the  water  for  their  survival.  Without  tihs,  they  would  be  really  stressed  out  or  die.  When  the  fish  is  introduced  and  produces  waste,  the  bacteria  helps  in  converting  it  to  become  less  harmful.  Plants,  however,  add  to  this  benefit  too.  Please  read  about  the  nitrogen  cycle  and  how  to  cycle  a  tank.  
 
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 Yes,  those  are  Giant  vals..  but  those  will  be  too  big  for  tank.  the  leaves  will  be  covering  all  over  the  surface  of  the  tank.  and  you  will  be  trimming  the  leaves  very  often.
 Try  to  get  smaller  varieties  of  vallisnerias,  like  Vallisneria  Nana.
 Cant  really  tell  about  the  small  plants.  They  are  echinodorus  species,  but  cant  pinpoint  the  type.
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 Last  warning:  Prax
 
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