Hi there, this is my first post and thread on this forum.
Thought I´d introduce myself by showing my first attempt towards a planted aquarium/scape.
I´m a total newb when it comes to scaping and more demanding plants so I have no big expectatons of growing a lush carpet and so on. I would love some input and pointers.
The lighting and hardware is still a work in progress... The cables are supposed to go inside the copper tube etc.
ADA 60p on a DIY cabinet
Ebay par38 30w leds @ 60 degree lenses @ DIY stand
Eheim ecco 300 @ do!aqua glassware @ silicon tubing
Tropica system 60 passive Co2 (for the time being.)
* Am I on the right track with planting my glosso? Looks kinda flimsy :/
* Recomendations fort water changes? 50%/week?
* How much ferts and such?
* Hours of light?
Last edited by Matsnork; 06-03-2013 at 09:48 AM.
Something didnt feel right so I replaced the anubias on the front left with some more repens. Thinking about removing all the anubias and only using repens and glosso, perhaps adding something for contrast later.
So it´s filling in quite slowly with minor bubbling, but this is to be expected I assume - first carpet attempt so... not really sure if it´s a sensible time estimate. Even the small test patch of HC seems to be happy enough so far.
I don´t have any real plan regarding ferts and light, just using what I have, trying not to rush things and hoping for the best. So far only minor "normal" algea. Using surface/floating plants (don´t know the english name for them) to compete with algea.
Two rasbora fish went suicidal jumping for insects, other than that everyone seems happy.
Bonus pic of a locally caught snail from a big lake here in Sweden now living in my old community kitchen tank. It´s name directly translates to ´spider snail´:
The algae is under control I think, but the growth is kinda in recovery mode. Waiting fo the plants to really get going now that I´ve got pressurized co2.
Today I installed a SunSun 2.3 liter pre-filter to help keep muck out of the bio-media. I´m going to remove all foam out the eheim and only keep biological filtration in the trays. Should make things more efficient.
I don't know about lights and mold or how it gets started per se, but it *really* looks like mold to me. Algae isn't white. It looks like it started on your wood and then spread. Apparently it's really common for mold to start on wood.