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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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My first planted tank

New to the planted scene

Its a fluval Curve 87 litre (really 106 litres after measuring)
Ive removed the light to replace it with the following pattern. These are MakeMyLED lights from a group in Western Australia.




I originally set the tank up with some Gold Vine wood, but didn't like the fungus consuming and killing the plants. I also had way too much aquasoil in there



So after 4 weeks, I tore it down and started again. and ditched the piece of wood for anther stone.



This time I set up the tank with:
Fluval 306 with lilly pipes and converted hosing
mechanical filter, and packed it with ceramic bio media
inline Co2 diffuser
Hydor 200w inline heater
UV sterilizer (had one laying around thought why not - thoughts?)

Plants:

Dwarf Echinodorus Parviforus
Sagittaria subulata (small and large)
alternanthera reinckii mini
eleocharis belem
micranthemum monte carlo
some random crypts
hygrophila pinnatifida

This was just after planting. about 2 week later the tank completed mini cycle (disturbed the peace).

So I added:
10 neon tetras
3 cherry barbs (will find them some wives soon)
a small bristlenose pleco (is this a bad idea)
a white cloud came along

planning on getting some oto's and maybe something else, but will wait for the plants to establish a little more


The tank parameters are

ammona: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: under 10ppm
Co2: 22-30 ppm

I need to tidy up the back of the tank, or hide it with some large plants so i'm welcoming any suggestions. as well as opinions on the setup.


Thanks guys!

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Since then I had made a few changes again to the setup.

I didn't like the fact the co2 bubbles would go straight to the top. To achieve the proper co2 levels I had to bump up the regulator; which made it worse. Changed to one of those Up inline diffusers, which worked a lot more efficiently, except now it filled the tank with micro bubbles.

Couldn't find a reactor big enough to suite 16mm hosing, and the ones available, weren't getting the best reviews. So I made my own..

It unscrews as well for cleaning and if I want to adjust the plastic bio balls in there. not sure it doesn't anything though..

I know a lot of people said that this would be a very efficient way of dissolving the co2, but I didn't think it would be this efficient. co2 levels jumped to about 40ppm and I halved the amount of co2 going into the tank in the end. an efficient 3 bps at a healthy 22-30ppm of co2
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and finally, the tank as it currently sits. those pots in the background were a bit of an experiment to see how well the cal aqua black earth soil works the larger crypts (all four of them) at the bottom were previously in there, with only 2-3 leaves each. two weeks and they literally exploded in growth.

since the first pic in post one, I had added:

Jungle vals
the crypts
Rotala macrandra
Christmas moss (taking over the stone)
and frog bit.

the inhabitants are:
neon tetra
cherry barb
rosy barb
Siamese Algae Eaters
endler guppies
white clouds
Otocinclus
and some cherry shrimp

im quite happy that everyone leaves eachother alone.

I had to remove the skimmer and at a pre filter to the top as one of the guppies gave birth and the fry is still alive swimming around.

planning on putting some more plants in the pot and filling up the foreground to the right, any ideas??

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So after 4 weeks, I tore it down and started again. and ditched the piece of wood for anther stone.



I need to tidy up the back of the tank, or hide it with some large plants so i'm welcoming any suggestions. as well as opinions on the setup.
I like the second scape.

I was thinking that Pogostemon Erectus would be good for hiding things. The hygrophila pinnatifida eventually get as tall as the tank and hide things too.
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thought of the Pogostemon Erectus. Would make good coverage for the shrimp and guppy fry too. might give it a try! thanks!
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