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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2017, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Smile First planted tank, first scape!

Advice needed :-)

I have been an aquarist for 7 years but with Malawi so no plants and no "scape", just rocks throw around ;-)

Two weeks ago I cleaned my tank and made my first attempt to aquascaping :-) Changed the substrate from gravel to fine sand and planted a lot (for me) of plants, started with CO2, PMDD and bought new bulbs, reflectors and, off course, fish...

Tank: Juwel Vision 260 lit (68 g)
Substrate: 1 cm of Tropica Plant Growth, then fine sand
Ferts: CO2 and PMDD plus "pills" in the sand where needed
Lighting: original juwel ramp with 2 T5 bulbs 54w (reflectors added), 1 highlite color and 1 highlite daylight (juwel)

Fish: 12 endlers guppy, 6 corydoras adolfoii, 6 ottocinclus affinis, 4 Mikrogeophagus ramirezi (2 of them electric blue)

Echinodorus Bleheri - left side behind stones
Echinodorus "devil"?- left back corner behind stones
Lysimachia Nummularia 'aurea' - In front of terrace right side
Anubias Nana Bonsai - on roots right side
Anubias nana pinto - [censored]on roots right side
Anubias Nana Pangolino - [censored]on roots right side
Taxiphyllum barbieri - [censored]on roots right side
Staurogyne repens - low terrace
Marsilea Hirsuta - high terrace
Bacopa Compact - middle, front
Hottonia palustris - in front of terrace, behind lying root
Monosolenium tenerum - on the edge and in front of the cave, left side
Hygrophilia difformis - high terrace, left of filter
Ludwigia palustris - behind rocks left side
Rotala Rotundifolia - low terrace right side, behind root
Bucephalandra 'Wavy Green' - on stones left side
Fontinalis antipyretica willow - on stones left side[censored]
Bucephalandra Mini Needle Leaf - on stones left side
Eleocharis Parvula - in front of root right side and different places left side
Microsorum pteropus windelÝv - on root between terraces left of filter
Hygrophila polysperma rosanervig - in the middle, left of terrace
Eleocharis sp. - middle, in front of "root tunnel" in the middle
Crinum calamistratum - in the middle of stones, left side
Murdannia keisak - in front of cave opening left side
Ceratophyllum Demersum - in front of filter, right side and on root hangning on filter
Alternanthera reineckii lilacina [censored]- Behind stones left side
Anubias barteri ”coffeefolia” - high terrace under root
Anubias Heterophylla - [censored]on hanging root in front of filter
Heteranthera Zosterifolia - in front of lying root, right side
Limnophila Hippuridoides - low terrace, behind root
Hygrophilia Pinnatifida - On lying root right side
Hydrocotyle Vericillata - on roots on terrace and to the right side of the "aisle"
Hemianthus Callitrichoides "Cuba" - in front of the lying root, right side

To build upp the higher level on the left side I just used sand and thin pieces of stone to keep it in place. The visible stones I guess is dragonstone.

To build my terrace i just uses 2 standing stones with a flat stone on top closest to the filter, then a glasbowl (for pasta... haha) ont top of that, filled with sand, and attached parts of a thin background piece, then attached some stones to conceal the edges.

The lower terrace is just an icecream plastic container filled with sand and also "decorated" with the same background pieces as the other bowl.

Under the top terrace there is a cave.

It has only been going for 2 weeks so some of the plants (like the Limnophila Hippuridoides and the Rotala Rotundifolia) does not show in the pictures. And also the echinodorus hardly shows.

My hope is that the blue background only will show in the middel, under the "tunnel" when the tank is fully grown ;-)

But can you give me some advice? Something that looks wrong? Or plants you think should be moved?

I also think I need some more colour... The only coloured plants I have is the Reineckii, Ludwigia, Limnophilia, Polysperma and maybee the Pinnatifida (I think it will be a reddish-brown?). Maybee the Rotala will be a little diffrent then just green also?

But please, give me any advice - I am a beginner and need all the advice I can get. Regarding plants, scape, aquipment and everything else :-)

Here is a pic from yesterday.
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A clip after todays waterchange and some pruning
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A video from after todays waterchange and pruning :-)

Please tell me what you think :-)
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A video from after todays waterchange and pruning :-)

Please tell me what you think :-)
Looks great!

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agree, looks really good
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Thanks!!! :-D
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