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i got my new tank today from Coburg aquarium a LFS in outer suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. it is a 60x30x36cm (same dimensions as a 60p i believe) rimless tank with beveled and polished starphire glass. silicon is minimal simmilar to ADA. The brand is Yi Ding, i've never heard of them till now but its the nicest tank i've ever had.

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no solid plans for scape at the moment but i know i will be using seiryu stone. same deal with fauna, at the moment i have some neons, harlequin rasboras, ember tetras, rocket pencilfish, endlers and threadfins. what fish i use will ultimately depend on the scape but i'm leaning towards ember tetras and pencilfish. i'll probably throw some shrimp in there too.

i'm still a noob when it comes to ferts so i'll be doing some research while i'm supposed to be studying for exams...
Get a hold of Dave Wilson in Darwin(ferts and native plants), and the clubs in the East. Up Aqua makes a nice version of ADA aqua soil like, but rolls some activated carbon dust so it's a real nice product. Cheaper in Oz than ADA.

Pencils will jump out BTW.
A 2215 or 2217 would be a better choice for the filter.

I use a Rena 3 on my 60cm same sized tank, which is about 13000 l/h

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yeah it does look a bit green in the photos, it looks much more "starphirey" in person. not the lid though its just regular glass, but still is nicely beveled and polished.
Speaking of the lid, how do you plan to use your Eheim with pipes, since the lid almost goes edge to edge, on the right and left sides? Or are you planning on putting your pipes on the back side of the aquarium?
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tom - noted about the pencilfish. i've seen people using up aqua soil, it seems like a good product and doesn't yellow the water like ADA. however i'll be using old substrate from another tank. i'll keep up aqua in mind for my next tank though. lol 13000 lph, i'm guessing you mean 1300lph, i would like a more powerful filter but i already have the 2213 and the lily pipes from my old tank so i'll be sticking with it. a 2213 on 60cm tank still does the job in my experience

i checked out daves site and he supplies KH2PO4 and K2SO4 but no NO3 (im trying your EI method). i've been looking around and it seems like a hard chemical to get a hold of being a volatile substance. any idea of where i can get some in Aus?

volatile - the lid leaves space all along the back, about an inch or 2 for filters. but i'm not going to use the lid anyway unless i go on holiday or something and i want to prevent some evaporation.
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i checked out daves site and he supplies KH2PO4 and K2SO4 but no NO3 (im trying your EI method). i've been looking around and it seems like a hard chemical to get a hold of being a volatile substance. any idea of where i can get some in Aus?
You'll need to use either AusChems or eBay for KNO3, I prefer eBay as it works out at roughly half the price. There are a couple of sellers and mine came from Brisbane I think.

Dave also sells a Micro mix, which for all intents and purposes is identical to CSM+B
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cool thanks, i take it thats all i need ferts wise for EI? (KNO3, KH2PO4, K2SO4 and micro mix) is Fe necessary as well?
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Yup you'll need Iron, I use Yates Chelated Iron that can be had at Bunnings. Dave sells the same stuff if you don't want to go for a drive.
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i checked out daves site and he supplies KH2PO4 and K2SO4 but no NO3 (im trying your EI method). i've been looking around and it seems like a hard chemical to get a hold of being a volatile substance. any idea of where i can get some in Aus?
Yes, 1300 l/hr

I know several folks in your state can and have it. You might call Fishy Chick in Brisbane or ask on aquariumlife.com.au

They should be able to let you know of a supplier. Stump remover is likely available there also. But check first.

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You'll need to use either AusChems or eBay for KNO3, I prefer eBay as it works out at roughly half the price. There are a couple of sellers and mine came from Brisbane I think.

Dave also sells a Micro mix, which for all intents and purposes is identical to CSM+B

Thanks CRF529,

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http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/forum.php

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thanks, i just ebayed 1 kg of KNO3. i've been doing some reading and some people say that you dont need K2SO4 because K is already in the other macro ferts and Fe is already in the trace ferts. should i just buy those 2 in smaller amounts?
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ive started trying out scapes in an old 2ft tank (same dimensions as the new tank except 2 inches shorter). if i end up using this scape the sand in the front right will be left unplanted.







lots of substrate


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I really like the right side, but feel the left needs more rock height. Too level across the back of the tank.

If I can make one attempt. If you draw a line down the middle for reference to the rocks.

On the right side, swap the two back left rocks with the two back left rocks from the left side of the tank. Maybe?

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i changed the whole left side and altered the slope and thickness of the substrate a little to get more height on the left.

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Much better ... the one before was awesome but this is much better! I love that bottom right side. It reminds me of a cave on a beach.

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+1. that little cove you have on the right is so sweet. definitely keep the sand in front un-planted. perhaps a very small anubias petite nana right up against the rocks? i'm curious to see how you scape this with such a high slope at the back.

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