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Old 11-29-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Hello everyone

I have decided to start a journal for my tank. I am going to need some help keeping it in good condition so I hope you good folks can be there for me.

Anyway, I have already posted asking for advice..

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...185&highlight=

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...057&highlight=

In the past I have pushed the gravel to the back of the tank to create a raised section but over time the gravel would work its way back level. I bought a seed tray, cut it up and glued the pieces together to form one long strip. I put this in the tank and then added substrate to the 'deeper' area at the back of the tank.

Then I added a few plants, stones, wood to begin the landscape...



Unfortunately algea decided to try to take over the tank so I added a few more plants to try to combat it..not too successfully...



Looking back, I think that I made a mistake in adding the wood. It had a fair bit of algea on it and I think it bloomed when placed in the tank. I removed the wood.

The tank is clear now. Pictures to follow.

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Old 11-29-2013, 11:06 PM   #2
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Hi John
Your pictures are not too good, so it is difficult to see how did your tank look like.
1 take picture when it is dark in the room. The only light allowed is your tank lights.
2 do not use flash on your camera.

Think about replacing background. Photo wall paper with water plant doesnt look well. It is far from being natural.

Black or dark blue paper, paint or even black plastic bin bag looks better.


I don't think that wood is source of your algaes. Most of us have them in our tanks.
Usually algaes grows in every fresh tank.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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Hi John
Your pictures are not too good, so it is difficult to see how did your tank look like.
1 take picture when it is dark in the room. The only light allowed is your tank lights.
2 do not use flash on your camera.

Think about replacing background. Photo wall paper with water plant doesnt look well. It is far from being natural.

Black or dark blue paper, paint or even black plastic bin bag looks better.


I don't think that wood is source of your algaes. Most of us have them in our tanks.
Usually algaes grows in every fresh tank.
Thanks.
Thanks for the hints Cap

It's daylight here now and my tank lights are not due on yet. I'll do as you say later.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:23 PM   #4
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You have diatoms which is normal. You also have what looks to be blue green algae . The one I hate most.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:24 PM   #5
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Ok guys/gals

I have a new camera that I am coming to grips with (I didn't know that by pressing the button half way, the camera auto fucuses)

Here is the latest pic. I turned my lights out as suggested. The tank is unbelievably clean of algea now...



Time I brushed up on photography techniques I think.

P.S. The plants in the tank are going to need moving as I learn more about aquascaping.

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Old 12-01-2013, 02:33 PM   #6
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Visited the lfs today and bought 8 Cardinal Tetras and 6 Harlequins. The shrimp are going nuts. Moving about the tank at speed.

I was going to buy Rummies but when I looked at the tank I noticed one of them had a white spot on its head. I informed the owner who immediately put a 'not for sale' sign on the tank.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:08 PM   #7
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Hey Guys/Gals

Here is a quick video I took of my tank.

Altogether I have 3 Octocinclus, 3 Amano Shrimp, 8 Harlequins and 8 Cardinal Tetras. I reckon that this will be all the fish that I will be placing in the tank.

I will be adding C02 to the tank around Christmas (Christmas prezzy dontcha know) so I want to begin landscaping the tank in the new year.

In the video you can see the barrier I made out of a seed tray at 25 seconds in.
As I said earlier, this is to stop the gravel leveling out after time. I want a 'cliff' feature. Not too sure I will keep it though...what do you think?

Anyway here's the video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXgFI...ature=youtu.be

Criticism welcomed.

Oh yeah, I have yet to replace the background paper.....watch this space.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:34 AM   #8
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Hi Everyone

I have added the C02 to my tank and cut down a few plants coz they were getting leggy. So I am hoping that they start to get bushy and fill the tank.

One thing that is really troubling me is my amano shrimp. 2 of them have developed a kind of 'hunched' look. Like they are trying to bring their tail underneath themselves.





I am concerned that they are suffering...any thoughts?
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