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My 200L 4ft Planted Tank

Don't really post on this forum very often, but I figured I may as well.... Took some pics a couple of nights ago, and since then I've done some minor trimming on the plants, mainly the L. Arcuata, H. Polysperma and Ploysperma Rosanvig.

Funnily enough there are fish in this tank, one of them even took the liberty of coming out just after I took these pics. 4 Discus and a LOT of plecos. Fancy plecos is what this tank was set up for initially.

I'v attempted to take pictures of the tank to show all its plants - though that is not possible as many many crypts and swords (at least 100+ plants) are hidden.

There is some L. Arcuata in this tank that I farm every week or so so I can reinvest in my tank

Volume -

200L

Lighting -

4 x 54W T5 HO Hagen @ 18000K powerglo
1x 6800K plant pro T8
1x actinic blue (flowering response) T8

DIY CO2 with pollen glass diffusers.

Water -

pH 7.0 natural
Ammonia 0.0
Nitrate / Nitrite 0.0
Phosphate ? - will update

Filtration -


2 x Fluval® 405, one with modded eheim expansion set.
1 x eheim® pro II 2028 with complete expansion set.

Flora -
Too many to name

Fauna -
Won't bother, but there are LOADS of fish in there somewhere.

Other -


7 pieces of medium/large sized driftwood about 30 - 40 cm each (yes you can come over and count them if you don't believe me)
1 large piece of schist to ensure plants do not grow there. This acts as a grazing ground for my plecos, cories, synos and discus.
Loads of salt.
Background - Black Vinyl from Spotlight® (store in New Zealand that sells weird embroidery stuff)

Heating -

1x Jager 300W @ 29.5C

Water Change Regime -

2-4, 30%-40% cold water changes per week. Mainly for the plants and discus, although they strictly speaking don't need that much. Still good fish keeping practice to take care of the water.

Treatments -


Seachem Prime
Stress Coat
Cycle
Flourish Comprehensive
NitraBan - only if I leave home for extended periods.
In filter - Phoszorb, Nitrazorb - was used to battle staghorn algae a while ago. No more algae now.

Pictures -







(This pic is stored in png format and the colours went a bit wonky. Least it looks like that on my screen).

Will switch to Hi-Tech CO2 relatively soon.


The foreground plant is s. microfolia. it is interesting to see how some has grow tall and some short. same batch of plants, same conditions. All were chopped to the roots and put in the tank so new leaves could grow.

Guess which side of the tank gets CO2, even if it's just DIY stuff with white sugar and yeast.

Newest additions (2/May/2010) - No regrets with this purchase. Will add more over the coming weeks.






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How in the world does your tank look so beautiful? I'm amazed at the brilliant colors.

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Love the tank and the colours.
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How in the world does your tank look so beautiful? I'm amazed at the brilliant colors.
The powerglo tubes bring out reds, blues and greens and sort of highlight colour tones.

Sort of like in the supermarket when you buy beef and its nice and bright red, and you go home and it appears darker.

The water is well polished, but I stopped using carbon on the tank about 2 months ago.

Thanks for the complements everyone. I've seen some tanks on here that have left me speechless.

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Nice to see someone from NZ on here

Is the dark red plant in the corner sunset hygro? Amazing colour!
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Hi Sarah, and thanks!
Yes, the plant on the extreme right is hygro. polysperma rosanvig AKA sunset.

Where abouts are you located?

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Wow, great looking tank! All you are using for ferts is comprehensive? You guys must have some great water over there...lol
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Beautiful tank.
What is the green plant in the middle of the 3 pictures with the neons swimming around?
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Nice tank!

What's the HUGE tree-like stem plant on the left?
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Hi Sarah, and thanks!
Yes, the plant on the extreme right is hygro. polysperma rosanvig AKA sunset.

Where abouts are you located?

I'm from Auckland.
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Beautiful tank.
What is the green plant in the middle of the 3 pictures with the neons swimming around?
*Cardinals!
That is bought from a Vietnamese market in the capital as "who knows what" - but I've been told over and over again that it is L. Aromatica. It however does not go red, and the people eat it! it smells pretty good but grows slowly in the tank. It's a well guarded secret in NZ ha ha.

I'd like a positive ID on it as well. Is there a section on this forum for posting plant ID's?

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macclellan - that plant is hygrophillia corymbosa stricta. Does not need very strong light, but with strong light you get some bright green leaves and the apex leaves go the rusty red colour.

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Nate - I think the success to the plant growth is the lights and a calcium layer under my gravel - pebble substrate. the only fert that is used is comprehensive, and that too is a recent addition to the tank. May give PMDD a go, but I don't want to have my hands in the tank everyday pruning the plants . I'd rather sit back and enjoy it

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sarahG - Neon! I thought it may have been you!

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Finally an update on the tank - added another dozen cardinals to it today. Looks a lot better now. Pulled the ludwigia repens on the RHS a little further down, and cropped the tiger lotus in the centre. I've been pretty successful at making sure it grows low, thankfully.
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Lovin this setup. The right side looks like it has a mysterious dark hole. Awesome colors, tank looks great!
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Absolutely beautiful. This is definitely one of my new favorite tanks. Subscribed!
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