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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:05 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Some  modifications  to  this  tank  as  of  now:
 
   Second  DIY  CO2  setup  will  be  added  this  evening.  Lighting  is  not  completely  working  (only  two  of  them  are  working),  but  gives  16XX  k  for  the  tank.  Am  keeping  them  on  for  about  4-5  hours  in  the  evening  and  2  hrs  in  the  morning.  I  have  some  plants  floating  on  the  surface  too.  Since  the  filter  agitates  the  water  much  and  uproots  the  plants  much,  I  kept  them  switched  off  in  the  tank.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:08 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Power  filters  are  always  a  problem  in  a  planted  tank.  The  current  occasionally  roots  plants  like  cabomba  &  tennelleus,  till  the  roots  take  to  the  substrate.
 Howerver  if  you  switch  it  off  there  will  be  no  water  circulation,  and  that  will  be  a  problem.
 Either  point  the  outlet  of  filter  else  use  the  bottle  to  cut  down  the  flow.
 I  have  used  such  bottles  and  results  are  good.
 Take  a  500  ml  pepsi  bottle,  punch  a  hole  in  the  cap  such  that  the  outlet  of  your  powerfiter  goes  inside  it,  glue  the  bottle  cap  to  the  outlet  so  that  the  fitment  is  strong.
 Now  punch  a  lot  of  holes  in  the  bottle  with  a  hot  needles,  screw  this  bottle  to  the  cap,  now  when  you  start  the  filter  the  bottle  will  break  the  force  of  bottle.
 When  you  need  to  clean  the  bottle  simply  unscrew  &  clean  it.
 There  are  many  variations  to  this  method.
 The  only  downside  is  that  your  filter  looks  like  it  is  having  a  feeding  bottle.  Very Happy  
 I  will  post  a  picture  of  my  tanks  in  which  I  have  used  the  same  as  soon  as  I  can  find  it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:10 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Also  Plants  need  a  photoperiod  of  12  hrs,  if  you  cut  it  down  the  problems  will  occur.  what  ever  lights  you  have  leave  them  for  10-12  hrs.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:22 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 That's  a  good  idea  Sandeep   Smile  
 
   Other  way  I  thought  was  to  use  the  splitter  to  divide  the  force  and  have  it  used  as  a  diffuser  for  CO2  as  I  need  2  CO2  DIY  setup  until  I  go  with  pressurized.  If  I  don't  go  this  way,  I  will  have  one  power  filer  and  two  power  heads  on  the  tank  that  I  don't  think  good  at  all  for  the  plants.  Also  I  need  to  look  at  how  the  splitting  work  on  a  1100  ltr  /  hr  power  filter   Surprised
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:23 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Also,  am  looking  curious  to  know  your  comments  on  Plant  Base.  I'd  given  some  details  on  what  the  plant  base  contains  and  what  it  supposed  to  do.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:08 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 This  is  the  picture  referred  in  my  earlier  post.  It  is  taken  from  a  dirt  cheap  mobile  so  the  pic  quality  is  patheic.
 
 
 
 I  have  not  used  powered  substrate  so  cannot  comment  on  the  same.  let  other  comment  on  it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:14 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Good  one  Sandeep,
 
   Can  this  bottle  be  fixed  towards  the  back  side  wall  so  as  to  get  a  more  good  of  tank?  And  while  thinking  on  it,  I  looked  at  one  more  option  of  taking  a  1"  hose  (not  a  pvc  pipe)  instead  of  this  bottle.  The  hole  made  over  the  tube  by  means  of  gradually  increasing  the  size  and  count  going  towards  the  end  of  tube.  End  of  the  tube  is  partly  closed  to  avoid  extra  flow  or  targeted  flow  at  the  end.  Would  this  give  more  lengthier  space  and  moreover  will  be  invisible  to  the  eyes  Smile  looks  good  or  I  need  to  learn  a  lot  ??   Chuckle
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:52 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Sandeep,  could  you  please  post  some  closer  pictures  of  the  filter  area  alone?  This  would  help  knowing  how  its  fixed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:13 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 A  transparent  plastic  pipe  can  also  be  used,  however  it  gets  difficult  to  clean  after  some  time  when  algae  starts  to  grow  inside  the  pipe.  Also  you  need  clamps  to  hold  the  pipe,  somewhat  like  those  come  with  eheim  canister  filters.  This  is  excately  what  i  meant  by  variations,  i  just  found  bottle  easier  as  I  have  two  left  thumbs.
 
 
                                                 
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 Can  this  bottle  be  fixed  towards  the  back  side  wall  so  as  to  get  a  more  good  of  tank?                  

 Not  in  this  tank,  the  back  side  a  val  jungle  in  inverted  U  shape,  the  front  had  tenneleus  to  give  angels  a  free  space  to  swim,  and  the  vals  to  hide  in  when  they  wanted.  This  was  a  angel  only  tank.
 
                                                 
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Sandeep,  could  you  please  post  some  closer  pictures  of  the  filter  area  alone?  This  would  help  knowing  how  its  fixed.                

 Sorry,  this  tank  no  longer  exsists,  had  to  dismantle  it  when  i  shifted.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:22 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Great  Work  ravi..  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:34 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Clever  'DIY  work  with  stuff  around'  Mr.Sandeep,  but  as  I  see  that  bottle  is  distracting  the  view  of  your  tank  IMO  and  that  could  be  an  option  in  emergency.
   
 Heres  what  I  have  made,  the  diagram  of  a  simple  spraybar  I  have  done.
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:21 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Hi
 
 To  break  the  flow  you  might  want  to  do  something  similar:
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/gallery2/v/User_Galleries/honey_moksh/Planted+Tank/DSC03746.JPG.html
 
 (check  out  the  power  filter  at  the  back)
 
 All  I  have  used  is  a  piano  pipe  from  any  LFS  (RS  40/-)  and  1  meter  flexible  pipe  (Rs  8/-)  and  wohla..  its  one  under  5  mins..  including  using  hot  nails  to  increase  the  size  of  the  hole  of  the  piano  pipe  :-)
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:21 am Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

                                                   
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 To  break  the  flow  you  might  want  to  do  something  similar:
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/gallery2/v/User_Galleries/honey_moksh/Planted+Tank/DSC03746.JPG.html
 
 (check  out  the  power  filter  at  the  back)
 
 All  I  have  used  is  a  piano  pipe  from  any  LFS  (RS  40/-)  and  1  meter  flexible  pipe  (Rs  8/-)  and  wohla..  its  one  under  5  mins..  including  using  hot  nails  to  increase  the  size  of  the  hole  of  the  piano  pipe  :-)                

 
 @Honey_moksh,
 Why  are  you  using  separate  powerhead  for  CO2  mixing?  You  can  connect  the  CO2  tubing  to  the  bigger  filter  itself.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:13 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 Hi  Sandeep,  that  was  a  nice  tank  we  are  missing  to  see  now.  But  the  thoughts  on  using  pipe  looks  considerable  and  agreeable  too.  Will  make  the  setup  and  let  you  know.
 
 Hi  Deepak,  thank  you  and  let  me  add  few  more  photos  of  the  tank  shortly.  Few  plants  are  shooting  the  new  leafs  now.  Yesterday  I  saw  couple  of  them.
 
 Hi  Hamza,  that's  the  same  kind  of  idea,  but  I  used  transperant  plastic  pipe  so  as  we  get  two  benefits  if  other  end  is  open
 
 1.  If  dust/algae  forms  inside,  we  can  see
 2.  If  any  fry  or  small  fishes  gets  in,  we  could  identify
 
 @Honey_moksh  &  Mitra,  that  a  good  idea.  Will  attempt  or  mix  these  ideas.
 
 Thanks  all  of  you  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:41 pm Post subject: Re: My New Planted Tank - 4 Ft - WIP Reply with quote

 I  dont  see  any  reason  for  fry  and  dirt  getting  trapped  inside  a  spraybar.
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