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Old 10-17-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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My 4 months old planted tank. Pls comment


This is my 4 months old planted tank.
It was started in June.
Please comment.
Thank you.

Size: 33 gallon (36x18x12)
Substrate: ADA Amozonia II, pool filter sand mixed with silica sand
Rock: Dragon stone
CO2: 10 LB Milwaukee, 3-4 bubbles per second, atomizer, airstone on for 14 hours at night after light out
Light: 3 x 39 W T5HO plus LED moon light. (1 x 39W @ 3 hours, 3 x 39W @ 3 hours, 2 x 39W @ 4 hours, LED moonlight @ 14 hours)
Filter: Eheim professional II 2026 (foams, bio balls, purigen, polishing pad)
Fish: wild dwarf golden pencil fish, cardinal tetra, oto
Plants: Echinodorus tenellus mixed with Eleocharis sp. 'mini', B. Japonica, Rotala macradra (green), Lindernia rotundifolia, Alternanthera reineckii 'Purple', Pogostemon erectus, Ludwigia arcuata, Microsorum pteropus
Parameters: Temperature at 78 F, pH at 6.8, KH at 3, GH at 3
Dosing: N, P, K, Micro, Iron, equilibrium.
Water change: daily 15% water change (before dosing in the morning, the ferts were then mixed with new water and dosed), weekly 50% water change
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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Great job there...Dragon stone looks awesome...
Wish I could do something as good... :/
On second thought...even if I had the skill my fish wouldn't let as is, but that's another story...

Can I ask why so many water changes? or is the 15% one what volume of water you require to mix the ferts?
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:15 PM   #3
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Hi fish rookie,

Very nice tank with healthy looking plants and fish. If you are looking for suggestions I would suggest reading and applying some of the rules used in photography and art like the Golden Ratio and Rule of Thirds. Also, a lot of the plants have are a similar color of green with similar (grass like) leaves. Visual impact could be improved by adding some plants with lighter green different shaped leaves like Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan'.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #4
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I think you tank looks very beautiful! If I had anything to say I'd agree with Seattle Aquarist, maybe have a different shape leaf,color like bronze or red. Otherwise your
tank is lovely, wish mine looked as good
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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Maybe you could find a spot for a brown/red crypt?I think it would blend in nicely with your setup and it would increase the colour range as seattle suggested. But to the darker side.

Leaf shape
C. lingua
C. retrospirallis
Hydrocotyle sp

Colour
C. undulata red
C. hoduroi
C. wenditti brown
C. crispadula
C. diversen
C. wenditti maroon

Some suggestions...Dont know what others think...ask them..they know better..
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:09 PM   #6
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Nice it's looking good.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:10 PM   #7
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Awesome looking tank!!
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:13 PM   #8
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Looks great! Post more pictures
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:20 PM   #9
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Default Your tank is gorgeous

The only thing I would do to the tank is add some plants with reddish leaves in the background, maybe a slightly different plant mixed in there with a different shaped leaf.

Honestly if that was my tank, I would leave it alone. No changes.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #10
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That tank looks really good and healthy!
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:18 PM   #11
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Liking them dragon stone rocks, where did you get them?
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:19 PM   #12
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Hi,
Thank you for the comment.
I got the dragon stones from a store here in Canada. They cost me a bit over $100 USD in total. There were quite a few pieces but some pieces hidden among the plants now that they have grown. I chopped some fern and mixed them with a bit of milk and rubbed them on the rock then placed the rock under the sun to get a more "aged look".
I was using a glosso carpet but I decided to go for a more natural and "messy" look which is why I used the hairgrass and pygmy chainsword mixed on the front and the B.Japonica in the midground.
I do have some purple plants around the back but they are on the side. I had macrandra red and hygro purple behind the two rocks in the middle before but I did nto want to have too much red so I changed to the green variety and took out the hygro. I wanted to keep more plants with finer leaves, and not too busy with too much variety. Having said that, it is hard to see in the picture but I do have some stem plants with different texture and leave shapes, in the background. I should have left the background unpainted so the background plants would show up with more contrast. It has been painted black.
I change 5 gallon of water in the morning and then mixed my ferts with the new water and dosed. It is just one bucket of water but in my opinion, it helps to reset the redox balance, replenish the water and also helps me to clean up the sand path in the middle getting rid of fish poo and such. While doing water change the filter outlet would spread out lots of water with airbubbles as water level drops. Since I started doing it algae is almost non-existent
Please keep the comment coming, really appreciate it.

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I never thought of growing algae like the way you did by aging the rocks outside in the sun. I am new to planted tanks and did not know of this process.

How long do you recommend to leave them out for aging and will this cause any problem putting it back into the tank?
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:38 PM   #14
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such a nice tank, I really like the rock you chose !
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:06 AM   #15
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I never thought of growing algae like the way you did by aging the rocks outside in the sun. I am new to planted tanks and did not know of this process.

How long do you recommend to leave them out for aging and will this cause any problem putting it back into the tank?
I learned this from a gardener. Appearently this is a very common procedure with gardening when they want some "aged" and "weathered" rocks covered in green moss and such without having to spend the time.
You do not need to put the rock outside for too long but it depends on how much sun you have. You will see it looking greenish and then you can put it back.
I did not have any problem but if you are worried you can try it before you put any fish into the tank...
If you find that it is too green you can just re-do or take out some green that you dont like and leave the rest.
Chopping the moss up, in my case, helped me to get that finer and more natural look on the rocks than the convential way and allows me to control where I want to have more shades of green.
You can also just use super glue or epoxy to glue the chopped moss on although I did not do it that way.
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