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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:26 pm Post subject: My Planted community tank- 1.5 months update Reply with quote

 Hi  all
 
 I  have  a  thickly  planted  tank  which  is  now  2  months  old.  
 
 Specifications:
 
 Dimentions:-"50X18"X24"
 Substrate:-1.5”  laterite  red  soil  topped  with  1.5”river  sand.
 Decorations:-Bogwood  and  laterite  rocks
 Water:-bore  well  water  (never  tested  the  parameters)  with  50%  water  change  every  week.
 Filters:-1XBoyu  2400l/h  internal  power  filter  +  1XDolphin  1000l/h  canister  filter
 Lighting:-4X54W   T5HOs  12  hours  a  day   
 Plants:-  
 Dwarf  Hairgrass  (Eleocharis  parvula)
 java  moss  (Taxiphyllum  barbieri  -  Vesicularia)  
 Dwarf  Anubias  (Anubias  nana)
 Green  Wendtii  Crypt  (Cryptocoryne  wendtii  'green')
 Baby  Tears  (Micranthemum  umbrosum)
 Nanjenshan  Rotala  (Rotala  sp.  'Nanjenshan')
 Blyxa  Echinosperma  (Blyxa  echinosperma)
 Java  Fern  (Microsorum  pteropus)
 Whorly  Rotala  (Rotala  wallichii)
 Dwarf  Sagittaria  (Sagittaria  subulata)
 Pink  Ammannia  (Ammannia  gracilis)
 Dwarf  Bacopa  (Bacopa  monnieri)
 Green  Cabomba  (Cabomba  caroliniana)
 Dwarf  Hygrophila  (Hygrophila  polysperma)
 Needle  Leaf  Ludwigia  (Ludwigia  arcuata)
 Creeping  Red  Ludwigia  (Ludwigia  repens)
 Glandular  Ludwigia  (Ludwigia  glandulosa/perennis)
 Water  Sprite  (Ceratopteris  thalictroides)
 Eichhornia  (Eichhornia  azurea)
 Amazon  Sword  (Echinodorus  amazonicus)
 Water  Banana  (Echinodorus  cordifolius,  radicans)
 Giant  Hygrophila  (Hygrophila  corymbosa)
 Rubra  Water  Lily  (Nymphaea  sp.  "rubra")
 gaint  mint  (Hygrophilla  guyanensis)   
 Water  Cress  (Cardamine  lyrata)
 Ludwigia-Common  (Ludwigia  palustris)
 
 
 Dosages:-Micro  and  macro  nutrients  brought  from  an  LFS  near  my  place.  I’m  not  sure  about  their  prescribed  doses.  They  are  prepared  by  the  LFS  guys  only.  They  told  me  to  dose  4  drops  of  both  daily  after  lights  off.  But  I’m  still  a  little  bit  suspicious  about  the  effectiveness  of  those  especially  the  so  called  Macros  (A  pink  color  solution).  So  now  I’m  looking  for  some  alternative  fertilizing  options.  Found  here  that  E.I  method  is  very  good.  But  don’t  know  where  to  source  them.  Please  give  your  comments  and  pointers  on  this.
 
 CO2:-Currently  using  DIY  method  diffused  using  the  power  filter,  will  soon  change  to  fully  automated  system.  changed  to  pressurised  because  in  NOV  2008
 Fishes:-
 Common  pleco 2
 Sharks   2
 Bronze  corydoras 2
 Angels                        6
 Mollies   4
 Loaches 2
 Zebra  danios   4
 Rainbow  fishes 6
 Cardinal  tetras                 10
 
 I’m  feeding  them  varieties  of  flake,  pellet  and  frozen  foods  twice  daily.
   
 Is  my  tank  already  over  stocked?   I  recently  had  a  few  deaths  in  my  tank.  2  of  my  blue  rams  and  one  clown  loach  died  suddenly  last  week.  That’s  why  I’m  doubtful  whether  it  is  an  overstocking  issue?
 
 I’ll  try  to  post  the  tank’s  pictures  soon.  
 
 Please  give  your  suggestions  on  Fertilizers  and  CO2  system  to  be  used  and  Stocking.  
 
 Regards,
 Hari


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:02 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures will be added soon) Reply with quote

 Surprised  very  strange!!!
 so  many  varieties  in  such  a  small  50"X18"  Sad  
 
 Just  too  much  inclined  to  see  the  scape.
 
 ...and  ya  your  tank  looks  a  bit  overcrowded  too  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:40 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures will be added soon) Reply with quote

 Truly  over  stocked.
 
 I  think  its  KNO3  which  is  pink  in  colour.  
 It  will  be  better  to  go  for  tetra,  zebra,  cory  and  CAE  setup.  Just  my  opinion.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:50 am Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures will be added soon) Reply with quote

 Thanks  Sai  and  Swapnils,
 
 Initially  I  was  planning  for  an  Angelfish  tank.  But  all  the  rest  has  happened…  Crying or Very sad
 
 The  Gowramis  and  mollies  are  the  first  inhabitants  of  my  tank  and  will  be  shipped  to  my  native  next  week.  There  I  have  some  huge  cement  tanks/  pools  where  they  can  be  bred.  
 The  Pleco  are  very  small  and  will  go  to  my  native  when  they  get  to  some  5"  length.     Chuckle
 
 So  finally  there  will  be  2  Sharks,  2  Corys,  5  Angels,  3  Loaches,  4  Zebras,  6  Tetras  and  4  Rainbows  in  the  tank.  
 
 I’m  also  planning  to  replace  the  current  tetras  with  some  8  cardinal  tetras.   Confused  
 
 Is  that  fine?  Or  Shall  I  add/remove  some  fishes?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:55 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures will be added soon) Reply with quote

 do  your  fishes  have  any  place  to  swim?  They  must  be  cursing  you  every  bump  they  encounter.  
 
 IMHO  you  should  reduce  your  stock  immediately.  Also,  it  does  not  make  a  brilliant  tank  by  putting  10,000  varieties  of  plants.  If  you  see,  most  good  looking  tanks  have  4-8  species  of  plants  in  them  depending  on  the  lay  out  style.
 
 Hope  this  helps.   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:12 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures will be added soon) Reply with quote

 Dear  Harikamal
 Request  you  to   post  a  photo  ASAP.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:25 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures will be added soon) Reply with quote

 Hari,
 
 Please  post  Pics  ...I  dont  think  it  is  as  bad  as  it  sounds  to  be....
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 1:31 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures will be added soon) Reply with quote

 Sorry  Double  posted
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:08 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures will be added soon) Reply with quote

 Could  we  see  a  pic  of  your  tank......Please?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:35 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (photo links added) Reply with quote

 Sorry  all,
 
 I  don't  have  updated  pictures  of  my  tank  because  my  Home  PC  is  not  working  now.  So  no  net  at  home,  can't  upload  new  pictures.
 
 But  I  have  the  complete  life  of  my  tank  till  last  week  uploaded  in  picasa  web  album.  Here  is  the  link
 
 http://picasaweb.google.com/kamalharimenon/MYFISHTANK?authkey=IC1CvPZ53UA
 
 I  don't  know  whether  it  is  right  to  give  the  picasa  link  here.  Please  tell  me  if  it  is  wrong.  Eyebrow  
 
 Please  feel  free  to  share  your  views  on  my  tank..
 
 Regards
 Hari
 
 PS:  the  big  gowramis  shown  in  the  picture  is  not  there  now.  I  got  rid  of  them  when  I  got  my  Rainbows..
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:03 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures link added) Reply with quote

 nice  set  up.  I  would  prefer  some  moss  on  the  driftwood.
 
 Experts  comments  will  help  you  more  though.
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 nice  setup.reduce  the  fish  load  and  prevent  algae
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:46 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures link added) Reply with quote

 Hari,
 
 Thats  a  nice  setup  there.Even  with  so  many  varieties  in  there,you  have  done  a  good  job  there  Thumb Up  
 The  wood  piece  looks  nice  in  there.
 
 1  little  doubt  why  are  most  of  the  plants  so  small?have  you  given  a  trim
 And  yes  your  tank  is  surely  overcroded  there!
 
 suggestion-if  you  can  just  return  back  the  fish  you  dont  want  to  your  LFS,because  they  are  all  regular  kind.
 Better  hold  back  the  angels,rainbows,coreys-That  must  be  a  decent  number  then  Smile
 I  liked  your  yellow  molly  Very Happy  
 
 All  the  best!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:56 pm Post subject: Re: My Planted community tank. (Pictures link added) Reply with quote

 Hi  Hari
 
 Good  looking  tank  you  have  there   Thumb Up  
 
 Tank  is  definitely  overcrowded.  
 
 Suggestion:  You  could  look  at  keeping  the  Anubias  on  the  driftwood  and  also  adding  Moss  to  the  driftwood,  will  give  a  very  natural  look.
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 The  plant  list  that  you  have  mentioned,  were  all  of  them  in  the  tank  when  the  pics  were  taken?  Or  they  had  been  added  over  the  time?
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