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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-28-2020, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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Beginner low tech planted tank!

Hey fellas,

Thought I would post my conversion of a Red Sea max 130 to a planted freshwater.

Had marine tanks all my life and even worked for an aquarium collector back in the day in my time off from work.

Fast forward few more years and now kids are interested in a tank.

So I jumped at it first chance and found a cheap Red Sea on gumtree.

And so the nightmare begins!!!

First up not much chop in the back and so many dramas with water levels and pumps blowing what appeared to be a snow globe into the tank.

So I made a media rack out of Perspex added 4 bags of sea hem matrix, heater, glued Polly pipe extensions on the pumps to prevent suckin water.

Then the light unit blew up so I had to gut the hood and installed a 60cm plant gero AquaOne light!

Cycled the tank for a month or so and have finally just started adding few things slowly over the last couple of months, thanks to mates and pruning their tanks.


Picking up a heap more Anubias and fern off a good mate tomorrow.

Wanting to add more shrimp at some stage.

Current fish are

6 black neon
3 serpae tetra
2 corydorus

Not dosing seachem yet, as want to try balance the bioload and mainly have water column feeder plants!

Thanks

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-28-2020, 02:56 PM
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Black neons are amazing fish. Widely overshadowed by the neons and cardinals.


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Hi there! I’m new to it as well, just setting things up and starting cycling!

Sounds like you went on quite an adventure so far!

I thought we had it bad, having to return the tank we bought as we discovered hairline fractures on it as we were setting it up lol

Yours looks so lovely. Looking forward to learning with you on your journey!

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Welcome to TPT!
The tank is coming along nicely.
Enjoy!


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Updated with a heap more Anubias and fern


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Whatís the substrate? It looks awfully white like Dolomite gravel. Maybe thatís just the photo but thought Iíd ask.
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The color of this substrate is ideal to make bluish coloured shrimps like Blue dream or blue tigers stand out.


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The color of this substrate is ideal to make bluish coloured shrimps like Blue dream or blue tigers stand out.


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YES,color of substrate looks nice, but not if itís carbonate based and causing PH/KH/GH to shift upwards totally different set of problems. Color has absolutely 0 to do with it. Like I said it could be 100% just the white balance of photo/camera.
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Fellas sorry itís just plain white sand nothing fancy at all!


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But of a tank update


Trying to find a hill stream loach in Australia is impossible!

Prob the final addition to the tank!

Decided to go pressurized CO2 in the next month so hopefully will update once thatís up and running.


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