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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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This is my second planted tank attempt. Tank has been running about a month now and all seems well so far.

A few details about the set up....

Tank - clearseal 30x12x12"
Filtration - Hagen Fluval 206 with Lilly pipes
Lighting - Cheapo light unit with upgraded 2 x 24w T5
Heater - Ehiem Jäger 75w
Substrate - JBL Aquabasis plus with manado cap
Co2 - 2kg pressurised with solenoid reg, full glassware with JBL diffuser
Dosing - EI dosing with 50% weekly water change
Fauna - Lots lol
Flora - Blyxa japonica, pogostemon helferi. I did have hc but that went

I currently run the lights at 6 hours a day and have the co2 kick in 2 hours before this. I've had major bba issues previous to this so I'm trying to be extra cautious with the photoperiod.

Here's a picture of the tank as of yesterday and after w/c and tidy up. Let me know what you think. I'm considering a moss for the wood but not sure. Suggestions welcome!



Here's a tweaked picture. Love editing apps on iPhone lol


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 08:27 AM
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Nice tank...really like that driftwood. IMO you should leave the driftwood bare it's to nice to cover up.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-06-2013, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback. Yeah I've been in two minds about the wood. I'll maybe leave it. I'm trying to get a carpet established but the corys I have make it difficult to do. I have planted and keep replanting staurogyn repens in the hope that I can make a nice carpet. It's going to be a slow and frustrating process but I'm determined.

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Quick update. Added a few more tank mates recently. A group of 5 young amano and 3 albino cory. All are doing well. Plants are growing well but I feel my light unit is too close to them so I'll be making a hanging bracket for it at work as soon as I can. A few pictures ...






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Honestly... I don't know. I'm guessing its just java moss. It wasn't actually labelled up. I Bought it locally for £3 I think it was. Waiting for Sunday when I do my weekly water change then I'll be attaching it to the wood.

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scape looks good!
Thanks very much. I didn't really have a plan when setting it up. Just used up what hardscape I had laying about. I think I need a top for it though. I had an Odessa barb jump last night :-(

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-18-2013, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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So had a delivery of staurogyne Porto velho from a friend on Friday. Got all that split up and planted. Also had a spare hour at work so decided to make a light mount so I can raise the light unit. I'm going to see how it goes with the light as I think it may be too high now lol...

Home made light stand


Planted up stauro


The light mount in action


I've also just added a pair of bamboo shrimp. Once they settle and start showing themselves I'll add a few pics.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Here's an updated pic of my tank. Added a frosted background and led backlighting. Looks awesome but camera doesn't really do it justice


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Looking good! Love the addition of the amano's and cory's!
Also really digging the fristed back and backlighting!

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First update for a long time. A few little changes but nothing major. Decided to add extra driftwood and some moss. Also added substrate supports to the left corner. It has slipped down a little but kinda worked in keeping it banked up. Had a few issues with BBA so added some floating plants and started dosing flourish excel. Seems to have restricted the outbreak. I've added dwarf hairgrass to try and form a carpet. This is coming along ok and spreading accross the tank. This new picture is just after a major trim so hopefully this will encourage new growth. With my current set up I am dosing the excel as mentioned earlier and also EI dose. Co2 is about 2bps. The plants seem to grow pretty well but still I never seem to get any pearling. In my smaller spec I had pearling but nothing in this one. Just wondering if anyone knows why? I'd like to achieve this at some point haha.

Anyway here's the tank as it stands today

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