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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:52 am Post subject: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 Hi  all,  
 
 My  first  planted  tank,  its  a  9G  Nano  tank  (~35  L).  
 Tanks:  15''  (L)  x  9''  (W)  x  16''  (H),  acrylic  tank  with  built  in  top  filter.  I  got  the  used  tank  and  replaced  the  power  head  and  the  lights.  
 Lighting:  9W  LED  -  6500K.  
 Filteration:  Top  filter  with  filter  media  and  activated  carbon.  
 Substrate:  Fluval  Plant  and  Shrimp  substrate.  
 
 Plants:  Hygrophila  angustifolia,  Bacopa  monnieri,  Bacopa  caroliniana,  Amazon  Swords,  Dwarf  Chain  swords,  Echinodorus  cordifolius,  Echinodorus  ozelot
 Fish:  Black  mollies  and  zebra  danios.  
 CO2:  Nil
 Dosing:  Seachem  Flourish  Excel
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:25 am Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:47 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 Very  nicely  done  sudhir!  Clearly  shows  you  have  researched  well  before  taking  the  plunge.  The  selection  of  plants,  less  messy  substrate,  the  density  of  planted  area...   Thumb Up  
 
 Don’t  let  the  water  from  topfilter  drop  directly  onto  the  surface,  which  will  not  create  optimum  flow.  Instead  try  to  direct  the  flow  towards  front  glass  beneath  the  surface,  this  can  be  achieved  using  some  spare  filter  pipes  /  elbows…
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 Looks  great!
 I  love  the  dense  planted  areas.  Is  there  a  piece  of  wood  in  there  as  well?  
 How  long  has  it  been  since  the  setup?  What  is  the  photoperiod?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:43 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 Thanks  @Da_vipin,  will  send  a  pic  of  the  top  filter  for  your  suggestions.  The  powerhead  does  have  an  outlet  inside  the  tank  which  creates  some  circulation.  But  I  agree  it  may  not  be  optimal.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:07 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

                                                   
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Looks  great!
 I  love  the  dense  planted  areas.  Is  there  a  piece  of  wood  in  there  as  well?  
 How  long  has  it  been  since  the  setup?  What  is  the  photoperiod?                

 
 Thanks  @ashwin1224.  There  is  a  piece  of  wood,  but  it  is  just  there,  there  is  no  scaping  around  it.  
 I  am  using  the  wood  to  keep  the  H.  Corymbosa  stems  upright,  it  seems  to  do  a  decent  job.
 
 Its  about  a  month  old,  the  photo  period  is  between  8-9  hours.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:24 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 This  picture  was  taken  a  few  days  after  first  planting
 
 
 
 Found  that  2  Kg  bag  of  Fluval  Plant  and  Shrimp  substrate  was  not  enough  to  give  me  coverage.  
 I  later  bought  another  bag  and  topped  more  substrate.  I  keep  topping  some  substrate  every  once  in  2-3  water  changes.  
 
 The  B.  caroliniana  had  almost  melted  away,  the  mollies  made  small  work  of  what  was  left.
 Now  a  last  couple  of  stems  are  holding  on.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:12 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 We  were  away  for  3  days  and  there  was  no  photoperiod  or  feeding  during  this  time.  
 We  come  back  to  find  that  the  fishes  and  plants  are  both  doing  fine  and  what  ever  green  spotted/  brown  algae  was  on  the  leaves  are  completely  gone.  
 
 So  what  can  this  be  attributed  to?  The  lack  of  photo  period  or  the  mollies  not  getting  their  timely  feeds?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:39 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 Nicely  done  sudhir.  Love  the  contrast  of  the  black  mollies  and  the  green  plants.  Just  pray  and  hope  there  isnt  a  population  explosion  of  mollies   Chuckle
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:46 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 Nicely  done,  welcome  to  planted  tank  journey.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:13 am Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 Full  Tank  Shot  -  Lots  of  trimming  during  maintenance  over  the  weekend
 
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 Lots  of  plants  died  out  due  to  lack  of  care.  
 
 I  managed  to  salvage  the  remaining  plants  and  keep  on  to  the  existing  layout.  
 All  the  Echinodorus  varieties  are  completely  out.  
 
 The  dwarf  sagitarria  was  also  not  doing  well.  I  have  added  root  tabs  and  it  seems  to  be  picking  up  with  new  broader  shoots.  
 Bacopa  caroliniana  is  almost  done,  few  stems  are  surviving,  B.  monnieri  is  doing  well,  but  not  thriving.  
 
 Possibly  time  to  change  the  light  bulb  or  replace  with  a  new  fitting.  
 But  there  is  no  stopping  the  Hygrophila.  It  is  still  growing  very  quickly.  
 
 Now  the  tank  holds  Shrimps  and  Neon  tetras  and  a  lone  black  Molly  baby.  Few  recent  pics.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:43 pm Post subject: Re: My first attempt at an aquarium with plants Reply with quote

 Awesome  Thumb Up   Cheering  
 
 I  went  to  the  next  room  to  see  the  Pictures
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 Hi  sudhirr,
 If  possible,  please  remove  the  activated  carbon  from  the  filter.  It  will  absorb  all  the  nutrients  you  are  giving  to  your  plants.  Also,  top  filter  is  not  good  for  planted  tanks,  as  it  breaks  the  water  surface,  thus  reducing  the  Co2,  required  for  the  plants.  Try  a  DIY  Co2  (yeast+sugar)  for  optimum  growth  of  your  plants.  Everything  else  looks  good   Thumb Up  .  Good  work.
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 @koushikman,  had  removed  the  activated  carbon  long  back.  outlet  of  top  filter  is  almost  at  the  level  of  the  water,  there  is  hardly  any  break  in  water  surface.  
 Deliberately  not  going  for  a  CO2  setup  to  keep  it  low  tech.  
 
 @garothmaan,  when  posting  did  not  check  the  image  width,  will  be  cautious  on  this  aspect.  Sorry  and  thanks.
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