Joined: Oct 09, 2011 Posts: 1854 Location: hebbal,banglore
Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:25 pm Post subject: Jaiby's first Journal! "The learning ground"
It is time that I post my first journal about my planted tank.
I started aquascaping 2 years back and till now I have done scaping on two of my tanks.
This post is the journal for my first ever planted tank and I name it “The Learning Ground”
I had changed the scape for once in this tank, when I had my room shifted.
2 FOOTER TANK SPECS. Dimensions: 24 inches(L) X 12 inches (B)X 15 inches(H)
Light: 24watt pll 6500K + 18 watt normal tube light
Filtration: Had used Hang On Back filter with 600liter/hour flow rate but later changed to Over The Top Boyu filter since it has more filter media space.
Substrate: Contro mixed with german clay and sieved river sand.
Dosing: I had started dosing after 3 months with a stock solution of macro and micros given by a fellow hobbyist(Muneer Ahmed Kabir AKA Naturelover in IAH). I was following EI method with a 50% water change every week. I was not dosing phosphates as I had enough fishes to feed. The excess fish food became my source of phosphates. I dosed as per his suggestion so can’t comment well on the dosage but was dosing it every alternate days with macros and micro. He made it on the lower side of concentration.
Plants: It has had almost every plant since I was on learning mode. Had success in vallisneria,amazon sword, crypt wenditi brown ,crypt parva,anubia nana,A. nana petite,A. barteri var barteri,A. barteri var cofeefolia, A.nana gold, A. nana wrinkled leaf, A. congonesis, A. nana round leaf,A. nana eye, A. lancelota,A. Minima,dwarf sagiteria,Pigmy chain sword,Normal java fern,Windlov java fern, H. polysperma,H. corymbosa,rotola rotundofolia red,Hydrilla, Echinodorus parviflorus 'tropica',marsila hirasuta, bolbitis heudelotii(had put it under my filter for good flow) and riccia(when kept directly under light),Flame moss, java moss
All the above plants(except for A. congonesis, rotola rotundo folia red and bolbitis heudelotii ) are therefore certified to be usable by dumbest of aqua scapers with minimum equipments
Fishes and invertebrates: Again I have tried most of the fishes and almost everything was a success.Serpae tetras,albino corydoras,danios,cardinal tetras,neon tetras, Glow light tetras, denisoni barb(excellent jumpers I lost mine since I had small gap for lights),twig fish(total failure since it was brackish water fish ),neon Rainbow ,otto cinclus,neritte snail,red cherry shrimp, Assassin snail,Hill stream loach(Lost it when I added a heater to treat my fish for ich),guppys, platys,mollys,Congo Tetras
1. The main villain for me was my house owner and room shifting. I found the first villain only after lots of research and it ended up like an easy catch. Here is how it went….
I normally go for vacation to my home for 10 days and I had no problem with my fishes on initial few times. I always used the normal holiday food and did 70% water change on return. Once I came back I saw 90% of fishes where dead . All I could think was starvation. This repeated once again after few other vacations. The second time it happened, I was away for only 2 days and then while I was discussing with my house owner He admitted that he did switch off power to my room so that I may not have to worry about anything that I would have forgot to switch off. I couldn’t say anything except 4 words “Don’t Repeat it Please”
2. Ich : This I treated by increasing the temperature to 28C and adding rock salt(I never got non Iodised salt but had to do it with what was available). I changed 70 % water with substrate vacuuming. This was done every day for 2 weeks but still I lost few fishes but not all.
3. Brown algae: It didn’t cause lot of issues for me and it went off luckily that time with 70% water change for 2 weeks every day.
4. Black beard Algae: I had them when I started DIY CO2.For the first 3 to 4 weeks I did regularly change the bottles to give continuous CO2 but when I got lazy then these algae appeared. I think it came due to irregular CO2. By this time all the plants in my tank seemed to be settled so I just stopped Co2, as most of my tank where low light plants. The plants with the algae were trimmed and all the Anubias was moved to a red cherry shrimp tank. In this tank there was no light and liquid fertilization so when the algae died the shrimp team made the leaf clean.
5. Anubias Rotting off: This took off almost 8 rhizomes of my healthy anubias. The issue occurred when I introduced anubia lancelota and crypts together. I had no clue for a long time until I had a discussion with some experts where they described it as a disease initiated by the cypts on anubias. The problem is cypts dissolve first before getting accustomed to the tank. During this time it will bring in the same on anubias. This turned matching for every thing in my tank. As the rizhomes which was rotting in this tank did well in my other tank. What I did is cut off the rotting rizhomes until the rizhomes don’t have a brown spot on the cut portion (This is shown in the affected anubia rizhomes). This remaining portion of my anubias was moved to another tank where they are doing well.
6. Less tank width: This is one of the most common mistakes done by all people in the starting of aquascaping. We choose the lengthiest tank that we can afford and forget about the width. This does not cause any trouble for growing plants but when it come to aquascaping it is a disaster to have a 2 feet long tank with just 1 feet for the depth(width). This I have avoided by getting my next tank with 2.5 feet length and 2 feet width
7. Low filter flow: Both HOB and Over the top filter has a problem that it doesn't give good and even flow for the rate that is marked on it. So Always get a 1000 liter/hr of HOB and Over the top for a 2 feeter to get sufficient filter media space and sufficient flow after putting more media. I corrected my mistake by moving on to a canister but It could have been handled by using 1000 liter/hour HOB filter
First scape (Not really )
Last scape: I should call it “last state” as this was what I became As I have moved the things I need from this tank for the next scape. It also has some wood pieces on which I have tied flame moss for my next tank. Now I am not dosing anything other than fish food for the last 3 months.
After stopping dosing I have had no issues except I had seen some potassium deficiency on H ploysperma but I will be dismantling it, as soon as my other scape is up.
Future (If god allows )
This tank will be partitioned: One partition will be used as sump for keeping the level of water same in my next setup and the other half will be used for keeping orange cray fish.
Last edited by jabba on Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:58 pm; edited 3 times in total
Joined: Jun 19, 2012 Posts: 336 Location: Rajasthan
Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:54 pm Post subject: Re: Jaiby's first Aquascaping Journal "The Learning Gro
Very interesting Journal Jabba, Reading this made me feel exactly kind of situation I was in before especially with tank depth. Many thanx for posting it as I am sure it can be very valuable for someone who wanted to start a planted tank for the first time
Thank you Radjanair sir..... It has been dismantled as I need to give more attention to my current scape. It was too hard to maintain 3 scapes.
My third tank (currently second).... I will be making another journal. There wont be much learning point as I don't do much for that tank but still I will do it when I get time.
Thanks a lot Radjanair sir for reviving this thread. I was little disappointed when I saw only few responses.
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