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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-03-2013, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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First attempt 60p

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.

Setup:

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.)
Environment soil

* 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?










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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-03-2013, 12:55 PM
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i really like this hardscape. cant wait to see it fill in



There are 2 types of people on this forum. Those that have algae, and those that lie and say they don't.
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post #3 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-03-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thx man.

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.
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post #4 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Bubbling is going on under the cheap light/co2 setup

Amanos, ottos and now some rasbora have been introduced.

Next on the agenda is to clean glassware/switch to silicone tubing, get everything neatly installed inside the cabinet and fixing the lighting fixture to something not so scruffy looking.


Hard to catch on camera. Smallest fish I could find.

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Digging the height on the left side. Lookin' good.
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Wow the tank looks really good. Also I love Rasbora maculata.
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Looks really good. You are not struggling in scaping department and your carpet is coming a long really well. Very nice.
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wow
tank looks great!
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post #9 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Wasnt prepared for praise Getting all warm and fuzzy inside... Thx a bunch!

Not a big update but I cleaned out the glassware and installed silicone tubing. No more stiff plastic tubes!

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post #10 of 67 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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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´:
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post #11 of 67 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Forgot one of the lights on for four days so... algea!

Purchased a soda stream co2 kit so hoping to overcome this.




Algea!!!
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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.



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That white stuff really looks like mold, not algae. If it's gone, then you are good to go. If it's still in there, I'd pick up API's fungus cure. That stuff kills plants.

Aside from that, I really like your scape! Nice work!
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post #14 of 67 (permalink) Old 09-12-2013, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Mold you say. I got it after leaving the light on for 3 days. Is that a mold friendly accelerant?

Edit: Don´t think we have "fungus cures" here in the north of europe but I´ll have an e-look around.

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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.

This is what I used to kill it:
API Fungus Cure API Fungus Cure


Maybe start a thread outside of your journal and see what people think. I could be wrong.
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