Lava Rock Valley- Low tech can look good too! - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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Lava Rock Valley- Low tech can look good too!

Have not posted in a while because I was waiting for this tank to mature ........This tank has taken over a year to mature.....one of the downsides of low tech but on the other hand, it has been relatively low maintenance. However, it does have a lawn that I would say looks pretty decent for a non-CO2 tank without using organic soil. (cross posted to UKAPS)

Soil: Mr Aqua aquarium soil and Eco complete combination.
Tank: ADA 36 inch by 18 inch by 18 inch
Hardscape: lava rock
Plants: Micranthemum montecarlo, dwarf anubias, wisteria and some assorted buces (none of which did well)
Fish: Mix of apistos and congo red tetras. I know this is a bit small for congo reds but I will eventually upgrade the tank
Lighting: Two satellite Current LED strips to get better coverage across the 18 inch deep tank. This allowed me to grow the lawn but needless to say it was challenging to keep algae at bay. Used a 7 hr photoperiod and about 40-60% light intensity. Still have some algae but nothing major.
Ferts: Daily excel, with weekly doses of Seachem Flourish, Trace and API leafzone. I did a dry start first for about 2 months using a mister and then flooded the tank. However the pace of growth was really slow for 9 months.....until I started using Seachem Advance and dosed phosphate (tested phosphate levels). At that point growth rate doubled from very slow to just slow .
Water change: 50% every two weeks.

The rock hardscape to quite a bit of time to assemble. It does get challenging to clean and annoying when fish get trapped in hard to get places. It may be hard to see but there are multiple caves that the fish love to use and there are shrimp hidden in there as well. Please note that this is meant to be relatively low maintenance so ignore the algae covered fixtures and my novice picture taking skills!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm, can others see the pictures or do you have to click on the links to see them. I could see them on one computer in the thread but not on another one.
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I can see the pictures in the thread.

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Nope...they are showing. Looks good. Wish I had access to lave rock like that. I can get it cheap...but shipping is the killer.


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Nice rockwork.

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Thanks. Had one or two near disasters where rocks shifted and learned my lesson. I do have a layer of light diffuser crate and sand at the bottom. Biggest problem is fish getting stressed during water changes or when establishing pecking order and getting trapped between glass and rock. In future scapes, I would leave more of a gap.

Also had a lot more bucephalandra in there but they did not do well. I think the combination of moderate light and no CO2 was too much for them. If anyone has suggestions on how best to get them to grow in this setting, let me know.
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awesome hardscape
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That is a spectacular hard scape. Where did you come across lava rock like that


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Some of it bought locally at pet stores but the larger pieces had to be purchased online. Lot of them have great texture and holes large enough for small caves
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Here's another pic showing natural caves in the lava rock as well as artificial ones I created using the smaller pieces

The most interesting challenge for me was getting the monte Carlo to form a lawn without CO2 or using organic soil. Dry start was slow and growth was even slower after flooding. It was really ironic to me that it took dosing of phosphate for the growth to take off. I also had to remove many of the buces as they could not handle the light

Mind you I used double the recommended dose of excel daily.
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