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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-20-2016, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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3FT Low maintenance, low light, co2 tank

Just finished setting up the tank earlier this week.

Thank you guys for helping me to start this journal. I greatly appreciate it!

For this tank, I intend to keep Cardinal Tetra in this tank so I scape the tank with only drift woods, making sure there were lots of cover for the timid fishes.

As this is a low maintenance tank, I chose java ferns, narrow java and trident ferns. So no stem plants, no foreground plants that require frequent trimming.

Tank specs: ADA 90-P, 90cm x 45cm x 45cm, 185L approx; 49Gallon
Substrate : GEX Best Bio Soil 6 litres
Filtration : Eheim 2215/ 350
Plants : Java, Narrow, Trident ferns and Anubias Nana Petite
Lighting : Finnex Stingray 20w (40) 7000k + (8) Actinic Blue LEDs + (8) 660nm Red LEDs
co2 system: Aluminium 2L Ista cylinder with ANS co2 regulator with solenoid
Photo period : 6 hours

Some pics to share.

Day 1



The lights from Finnex is very nice. The transformer runs very hot but the LED is warm to touch, still much cooler than your PL light. The purplish cast on the nana petite looks good.





The initial plan was to use ADA Aquasoil, but seeing that it leeches ammonia frequently, I decided to go for an inert sand. GEX Best Bio Sand is a type of volcanic ash. Best of all, you don't need to wash it and it's grandular. The black color soil was very nice too. Many thanks to Paul from Rein biotech (in Singapore) for recommending Frosty Haven (online shop) so I can get free shipping and delivery. Thumbs up.



I am using the Do!Aqua Inflow (VV-2 13mm) from ADA, hope the large oval shaped inlet should help with better flow.





That's all my sharing for now. Thank you.
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This looks great! Cant believe that is a day 1 picture! Looking forward to future updates!
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wow if day one looks that good, Im questioning how day 92 will look!
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This looks great! Cant believe that is a day 1 picture! Looking forward to future updates!
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wow if day one looks that good, Im questioning how day 92 will look!
Thank you for your compliments.
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Heavily planted from day one. The way to go.
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Heavily planted from day one. The way to go.
if you plant thick on day 1, does that increase plant growth or something? I always thought it was a good idea to plant heavy but then I thought well if one plant grows faster then the other, it will kill the slower growing plant... idk lol
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if you plant thick on day 1, does that increase plant growth or something? I always thought it was a good idea to plant heavy but then I thought well if one plant grows faster then the other, it will kill the slower growing plant... idk lol
I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is just adding a handful of plants to a new set up. A large plant mass is going to give you a more stable tank from the start. It also is more aesthetically pleasing and you don't have to wait so long for it to fill in.
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I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is just adding a handful of plants to a new set up. A large plant mass is going to give you a more stable tank from the start. It also is more aesthetically pleasing and you don't have to wait so long for it to fill in.
See my "strategy" for my 5 gallon (long) was to put, a handful of plants in there, then over time propagate those plants. I mean it worked lol but I guess thick planting is another method
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I love this tank! I'm trying to build a similar scape, except Java Fern won't be across the entire tank. Awesome build


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if you plant thick on day 1, does that increase plant growth or something? I always thought it was a good idea to plant heavy but then I thought well if one plant grows faster then the other, it will kill the slower growing plant... idk lol
I wasn't planning for increase growth or anything, seeing this is a low maintenance tank, I am assuming a rescape or a trim 1 year down the road from setup. Java ferns are quite slow growers, so instead of waiting for it to grow, I just went ahead and plant heavy and let it run it's course. More plants will also give my Cardinal Tetra sufficient cover and hiding place.

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I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is just adding a handful of plants to a new set up. A large plant mass is going to give you a more stable tank from the start. It also is more aesthetically pleasing and you don't have to wait so long for it to fill in.
This was coming from plantbrain some years back when i first started my 1ft cube. I agree that a large plant mass will give a stable tank from the start.

[QUOTE=freshwater1;9778114]I love this tank! I'm trying to build a similar scape, except Java Fern won't be across the entire tank. Awesome build

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Wonderful aquascape. I gotta ask, how many Java Ferns did it take? Are they all tied to the driftwood?

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How's the flow from the 2215? I have a 44 and I am debating a 2215 or 2217. I will have an inline diffuser on it either way.


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Wonderful aquascape. I gotta ask, how many Java Ferns did it take? Are they all tied to the driftwood?
All java ferns were tied to driftwood. Total number of pots is around 80. 1 pot is around 20 leaves. Took me 19 hours just sitting at the kitchen sink cleaning them.

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I was also contemplating on the 2217, but since I was using the Nano Hydor, I figured a 2215 would be sufficient. The water current goes in a circular motion in the tank.

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