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Old 09-28-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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My 180l Planted Tank


Hi all, This tank has been a long time coming. After almost 2 years since I started planning it I have finally got to start it! So here's a few pictures to show what I have done so far: The start! took me a while to find the right wood but here it is! More substrate added and shaped And after 12 hours of planting here it is at the start of it's Dry Start! 3-4 weeks then it will be flooded and cycled. After that a couple of large shoals added then some angels and possibly rams not sure yet. Let me know what you think.

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Old 09-29-2013, 09:56 AM   #2
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forgot to mention, the plants I am using are
Hydrocotyle tripartita, Eleocharis acicularis and
Rotala rotundifolia


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Old 09-29-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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OK so 2 days in and I have found what looks like mould or fungus growing on my bog wood. I emediatly cleaned it off bytbit has got me worried. Is this a problem? Is their something I can do to stop it gowing ? Any help or input would be great.
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How'd u get the wood?? Did u pre soak...?? I ha some white fungus on mine before... It went away after a while:
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it was brought from a LFS and soaked for 2 weeks as their was a lot of tanning.


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OK so far the mould or fungus seems to be controllable with the help of a tooth brush. So now I just sit and stare at the tank for 3-4 weeks!
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OK so a week into my dry start and things are going well. Seeing some good growth with all plants, the Rotala are throwing out lots of side shoots from being laid mostly on their sides. The mould or fungus has subsided and I no longer need to scrub it off. My DHG is growing really well, the have almost doubled in size. Was planing to hold out for 3 weeks with the DS but am going to have to keep an eye on the growth. Once it starts to get to the point where it can't hold its own weight and starts to bend I'll have to get on with the flooding. Over all I'm quite happy with the start. Although I'm sure testing times are just round the corner!

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Old 10-05-2013, 04:13 PM   #8
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Grab a pleco If you can, a small one.. maybe an otto? that's candy for them!
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:23 PM   #9
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OK so here's some pictures after a week of DSM






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Old 10-12-2013, 08:46 PM   #10
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Its been 2 weeks and today I have decided to flood my tank. its a week early but because of a mystery green/yellow substance appearing on the surface of the substrate I chose to do this. I am using 25% RO 75% tap water. my parameters are:
PH 6.8
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 4 ppm
Ammonia 2ppm
Kh 6
GH 10

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Is that hydrocotyle japan? Looks good, and I think you should add some variety in your background. Maybe moss on the driftwood.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:45 PM   #12
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its Hydrocotyle tripartita love the plant when it grows around wood it Iooks great. The background has a lot of filling in to do. I make sure that about a third of the Rotala is laying on its side during the dry start. This makes it grow shoots all along the stem so you can turn 1 stem into 3-6 in 2 weeks.


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Old 10-15-2013, 03:42 PM   #13
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I think it looks good just needs a little filling in that's all. no need to clutter up the background with too many species. keeping yourself contained to a few species will turn good results. I think your selection with this one is great. good work!
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:59 PM   #14
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Thanks, that's the plan for this tank. Get 3 species in and as near perfect as I can before I add anything else.

Here's a crappy phone PIC update. The rotala is filling in well a lot of new shoots growing which arnt quite visible yet.
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Idk if I'd add anymore plants. It's filling in great and looks awesome!
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