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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:21 pm Post subject: Guide about buying new plants Reply with quote

 Atlast  I  finished  my  DIY  LED  lighting  hood  following  Andrew's  thread  Cheering  That  thing  is  bright!  
 This  is  my  tank  parameters:
 Tank  size:  48  x  17  x  17  inches.
 Light:  16  x  10W  6500K  LEDs,  5  x  1W  blue  LEDs,  4  x  1W  red  LEDs
 Filter:  Internal  power  filter  +  radial  powerhead  (wavemaker  type).
 Substrate:  river  sand  (above)  +  garden  soil  (below).
 Ferts:  DIY,  everytime  during  the  weekly  water  change.  (macro  only)
 Photoperiod:  8-9  hours.
 CO2:  None.
 
 This  was  the  condition  of  my  tank,  if  someone  wants  to  know.  Now,  for  the  last  month,  I  have  been  switching  off  my  lights  at  mid-day  (1-2  pm)  for  an  hour,  and  as  a  result,  more  than  50%  of  the  diatoms  have  gone  away   Very Happy  
 
 I  have  attached  the  LED  system  with  an  arduino  to  automate  the  mid-day  blackout,  and  also  to  control  the  pumps.
 
 Now,  these  are  the  plants  I  have  selected,  please  suggest  if  they  will  do  good  in  my  tank:
 1.  Java  Moss,
 2.  Anubias  Barteri  var  Barteri,
 3.  Echinodorus  Amazonicus,
 4.  Egeria  Najas,
 5.  Vallisnaria  Spiralis,
 6.  Myriophyllum  Aquaticum,
 7.  Ludwigia  Palustris  -  Hi  Red,
 8.  Sagittaria  Sp.  (Dwarf).
 
 Most  of  the  plants  here  are  non-substrate  feeder,  except  the  Amazon  sword  &  the  Sagittaria,  since  my  substrate  is  quite  old  and  also  has  a  lot  of  Aponogetons  in  it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:46 pm Post subject: Re: Guide about buying new plants Reply with quote

 Dear  Rajdeep,
 Congrats  on  your  new  lights.
 
 With  that  amount  of  lighting,  any  plant  would  do  well.  
 But  I  would  suggest  using  some  form  of  CO2  to  avoid  other  types  of  algae.  
 
 Although  I  do  not  have  a  very  good  idea  about  LED  lighting,  I  feel  you  are  in  the  high  light  region,  and  might  feel  the  proverbial  algal  pinch.
 
 You  can  use  root  tabs  under  the  amazon  sword  and  in  parts  of  your  substrate  where  you  have  root  feeders  to  boost  their  growth.
 
 Thanks,  
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:36 am Post subject: Re: Guide about buying new plants Reply with quote

 Atlast  someone  replied!  Thanks.  
 I  have  omitted  the  Amazon  sword  as  these  are  sometimes  available  in  LFS.  I  don't  want  to  do  CO2  right  now,  but  I  have  read  here  that  a  powerhead  is  usually  enough  in  bringing  CO2  from  air,  since  air  has  more  co2  concentration  than  water.  
 Also,  there  will  be  a  mid-day  blackout  for  1  hour.  
 Can  I  keep  shrimps  with  Yoyo  loaches?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:51 pm Post subject: Re: Guide about buying new plants Reply with quote

 The  plants  you  mentioned  will  do  good  without  co2  but  reduce  your  photo  period  to  7  hours  maximum  8  hours  is  enough  for  mature  tank,  and  yoyo  loaches  will  eat  baby  shrimps  doesn't  bother  the  adult
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:52 pm Post subject: Re: Guide about buying new plants Reply with quote

 Just  brought  my  plants  from  courier  Very Happy   Very Happy   Very Happy  I  took  a  picture  of  each  step  in  unpacking.  These  plants  were  bought  from  'sreepadma.com',  with  a  shipping  cost  of  Rs.250.  They  shipped  it  on  Monday,  and  today  is  Wednesday.  So,  if  anyone  is  planning  to  buy  from  them,  you  can  watch  my  photos  and  get  and  idea.
 P.S.:  How  do  I  store  the  plants?  I  will  be  planting  them  tomorrow  ,  so  can  I  keep  the  plants  submerged  in  water  in  a  bucket  tonight?
 
 Packaging.  I  was  expecting  a  thermocol  box  atleast,  but  they  sent  the  plants  in  a  cardboard  box   Thumb Down  
 Here  is  the  package  after  opening,  still  not  satisfied!   Sad  
 
 
 Here  are  all  the  plants,  the  smallest  one  is  the  anubias.  Also,  I  got  two  bunches  as  free  gift,  don't  know  which  plant  they  are!
 
 
 Here  are  the  plants:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The  free  gift  mystery  plants  
 
 
 Feedback:  The  packing  was  good,  but  could  have  been  better.  Shipping  time  was  excellent.  A  lot  of  plants  in  each  bunch,  I  didnot  expect  that  much   Cheer  The  seller  should  have  mentioned  the  name  of  the  plants  he  is  giving  as  free  gift.  Also,  the  seller  should  try  to  give  as  a  free  gift  the  plants  which  are  in  the  buyer's  wishlist  (I  was  expecting  an  amazon  sword,  as  it  was  in  my  wishlist,  these  are  cheap  also;  still  no  complaints)
 
 Right  now,  I  have  kept  the  plants  like  this.  
 Will  it  survive  the  night?  Experts  please  comment!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:51 pm Post subject: Re: Guide about buying new plants Reply with quote

                                                   
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Just  brought  my  plants  from  courier  Very Happy   Very Happy   Very Happy  I  took  a  picture  of  each  step  in  unpacking.  These  plants  were  bought  from  'sreepadma.com',  with  a  shipping  cost  of  Rs.250.  They  shipped  it  on  Monday,  and  today  is  Wednesday.  So,  if  anyone  is  planning  to  buy  from  them,  you  can  watch  my  photos  and  get  and  idea.
 P.S.:  How  do  I  store  the  plants?  I  will  be  planting  them  tomorrow  ,  so  can  I  keep  the  plants  submerged  in  water  in  a  bucket  tonight?
 
 Packaging.  I  was  expecting  a  thermocol  box  atleast,  but  they  sent  the  plants  in  a  cardboard  box   Thumb Down  
 Here  is  the  package  after  opening,  still  not  satisfied!   Sad  
 
 
 Here  are  all  the  plants,  the  smallest  one  is  the  anubias.  Also,  I  got  two  bunches  as  free  gift,  don't  know  which  plant  they  are!
 
 
 Here  are  the  plants:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The  free  gift  mystery  plants  
 
 
 Feedback:  The  packing  was  good,  but  could  have  been  better.  Shipping  time  was  excellent.  A  lot  of  plants  in  each  bunch,  I  didnot  expect  that  much   Cheer  The  seller  should  have  mentioned  the  name  of  the  plants  he  is  giving  as  free  gift.  Also,  the  seller  should  try  to  give  as  a  free  gift  the  plants  which  are  in  the  buyer's  wishlist  (I  was  expecting  an  amazon  sword,  as  it  was  in  my  wishlist,  these  are  cheap  also;  still  no  complaints)
 
 Right  now,  I  have  kept  the  plants  like  this.  
 Will  it  survive  the  night?  Experts  please  comment!                

 Hi  Rajdeep_Banik,
 Plants  are  excellent  in  condition.  When  i  was  bought  plants  from  Aquaswild  the  Sagittaria  Subalata  was  entirely  decayed  &  other  plants  was  not  too  good.  According  to  my  opinion  u  can  keep  plants  in  bucket  over  night.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:30 pm Post subject: Re: Guide about buying new plants Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  regularly  buy  from  Sreepadma  the  plants  always  arrive  in  excellent  condition.
 
 The  plants  you  get  extra  are  free  gift  from  them.
 
 Yes  no  problem  keeping  the  plants  in  a  bucket  of  water  overnight  I  have  kept  them  for  a  few  days.
 
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 Do  you  know  the  manes  of  the  plants  given  as  free  gift?  If  I  know  the  names,  I  can  look  for  the  plant  requirements.  I  don't  think  I  can  keep  the  red  plants  as  red  plants  need  iron  supplement,  and  I  only  feed  macro  fertilizers.
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 I  don't  want  to  do  CO2  right  now,  but  I  have  read  here  that  a  powerhead  is  usually  enough  in  bringing  CO2  from  air,  since  air  has  more  co2  concentration  than  water.  
                 

 
 Dear  Rajdeep,
 I  doubt  that  is  true.  
 
 Typically  water  in  contact  with  air  contains  less  than  10  ppm  co2.  Air  contains  400  ppm  co2.  So  the  concentration  gradient  is  dependent  on  around  390  ppm  divided  by  some  distance.  Compared  to  that,  once  you  use  pure  co2,  the  gradient  is  controlled  by  1  million  divided  by  a  similar  distance.  So,  the  increase  in  co2  concentration  is  much  more  effective  when  you  use  pure  co2.
 
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 Hello  guys   Cheering  
 
 I  have  been  absent  form  IAH  for  a  long  time.  Dug  up  this  old  thread  of  mine.  This  was  where  this  tank  started,  so  it  will  be  apt  to  end  it  here.  A  leak  had  sprung  for  last  few  months,  so  it  had  to  be  repaired.  But  the  glasses  are  terribly  scratched,  so  time  to  remove  the  front  panell.  It  has  been  one  and  half  years  since  I  planted,  and  a  lot  has  changed.  I  was  absent  during  my  studies,  so  my  parents  looked  after  my  tank.
 
 The  DIY  LED  lighting  with  timer  has  been  scrapped,  because  the  LEDs  keep  on  getting  burned.  I  changed  the  entire  lighting  with  4  x  12W  LED  bulbs  (the  ones  that  we  use  in  normal  bulb  holders).  This  sudden  change  in  lighting  jumpstarted  the  vallisneria,  and  the  whole  tank  came  to  life.  Also,  5  x  1W  blue  LEDs,  for  some  blue  lights.
 
 I  had  2  generations  of  angel  fish  in  this  tank  (my  first  breeding  project  and  all),  added  some  Bengal  Danios.  
 The  vallisneria  spiralis  are  the  only  plants  that  grew  like  crazy  with  runners  all  over  the  tank.  Some  have  more  than  4  ft  long  leaves.
 The  anubias  nana  melted  away  after  sprouting  a  couple  of  leaves.  
 The  java  fern  just  vanished,  don't  know  where  it  had  gone.  
 The  Dwarf  sagittaria  are  nearly  dead,  due  to  low  light  at  the  bottom  because  of  the  vallisneria  covering  the  entire  surface.
 The  java  moss  is  mostly  gone,  salvaged  some  and  will  try  to  regrow  them  again.
 The  egeria  najas  and  myriophyllum  aquaticum  are  crazy  growing  plants,  blocking  everything.  So,  these  are  outside,  in  the  garden.
 The  ludwigia  palustris,  I  can't  keep  these  red,  these  need  iron  supplement.  They  are  also  out  in  the  garden,  and  are  green  now.
 
 Here's  a  pic  of  the  tank,  before  it  was  taken  down   Crying or Very sad  
 
 
 And  here  is  my  smaller  new  aquarium,  had  to  built  this  in  1  week,  due  to  leakage  in  the  bigger  tank
 
 
 Thanks  guys  for  your  support  and  advice.  Will  post  again,  when  I  will  start  afresh,  with  an  even  bigger  tank.   Wink
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