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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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My 6 foot tank - updated Dec 25th 2009

Folks,

Here is my tank that I started February this year. It is viewable from three sides, one of the 2 foot side backs to a wall. The tank acts like a room divider.

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Size: 6 by 2 by 2 foot (600 litres or about 160 gallons)
CO2: compressed; 24x7; Red Sea kit (reg, reactor, counter)
Lights: Aqua One 3 x 150 Watts MH plus 6T5 tubes
Substrate: Eco Complete mixed with Marble chips
Fert: Sea Chem range (Excel, Flourish, Iron, Potassium, Trace, root-tabs) plus KNO3
Filter: Fluval FX5 with Peat, Carbon, Purigen, ceramic noddles and fine woolen media.
Water params: 6.8 PH; 0 Amonia; 0 Nitrite; 5 ppm Nitrate; 3 KH; 5 GH
Flora: Crypt Balansae; Riccia Fluitans; Rotala Macrandra green; Rotala sp. Green; Red Lotus; Hygrophila Angustifolia; Blyxa Japonica; Echinodorus Ozelot; Bolbitis Heudelotii; Spiral and normal Val; Anubia; Hair Grass; Glosso; Christmas Moss; Swords and Ambulia.
Fauna: 5 Discus; 4 Siamese Algae Eater; 4 Bristle noses; 20 Cardinal Tetras; 20 Rummy noses; 10 Apple Snails;

Please let me know what you think.

Regards,
Jang



Front side



Back side



Edge view




Back left




Close up of my crypt



Front left



Front middle


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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 10:44 AM
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Beautiful. I love the river in the middle.
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Very nice tank indeed! Discus are sweet looking. Is there alot of DW in there??

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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Epicfish,

Thank you for your feedback. The "river" was made out of crushed marble. I did not plan for it in the beginning. It sort of evolved.

Glenn,

There are 4 major pieces of DW. 3 on the left of which 2 are visible. One on the right behind the Crypt where the Anubia is attached too.

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Great job! Very natural looking.Im glad to see you only have 4 discus in a big tank. Gives them plenty of swimming space. What did you attach the riccia to? how is the maintenance when trimming the riccia? Can you post a pic of the fore ground to see the hair grass and glosso?

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Great job! Very natural looking.Im glad to see you only have 4 discus in a big tank. Gives them plenty of swimming space. What did you attach the riccia to? how is the maintenance when trimming the riccia? Can you post a pic of the fore ground to see the hair grass and glosso?
Marimoball,

The riccia is attached to christmas moss. The moss is, in turn, either wedged under rocks, DW or twisted amongst the hair grass. The mosses act as a foundation body that determine the shape of the riccia contour.

I will take a close up picture soon. I am about to go to work now.

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hohohho nice inspirational tank, love the discus

hey...my algae pearls
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that is absolutely beautiful
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post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-28-2008, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Marimoball,

The riccia is attached to christmas moss. The moss is, in turn, either wedged under rocks, DW or twisted amongst the hair grass. The mosses act as a foundation body that determine the shape of the riccia contour.

I will take a close up picture soon. I am about to go to work now.

Cheers,
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I have a photo of the foreground of that I took a while back. Pardon the quality but it shows the glosso grown amongst hair grass and moss plus the riccia on top of the moss.



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Fantastic tank!

Did the riccia/moss/hairgrass happen by "accident" or did you plan it that way?

Have you had any issues with the underlying moss dying off leaving the riccia to float?

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Fantastic tank!

Did the riccia/moss/hairgrass happen by "accident" or did you plan it that way?

Have you had any issues with the underlying moss dying off leaving the riccia to float?
Lauraleellbp,

I planned to have hairgrass and glosso as carpet in the beginning. But as months went by I found that glosso was over-taken by hair grass and moss. So I let hair grass and moss carpet the tank. Then Riccia exploded on the surface and I began to place them on top of the moss. Lo and behold, the trio of hair grass, moss and Riccia turned out to be quite nice!

The mosses do die back underneath the Riccia but strangely the dead moss fibres inside the moss "lumps" are very wire-like and so act as a frame that maintain the overall shape. So the Riccia are not floating anywhere. All I do is trim the Riccia from time to time.

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Wonderful tank. Beautiful in every way.
Great job.



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Wonderful tank. Beautiful in every way.
Great job.
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April 2009 pic update

The tank has evolved again and here is the latest picture update. Comments/feedback/suggestion/criticism welcomed.

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wow, it looks like a painting!
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