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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2018, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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48g Low Tech Cobbles & Emersed Growth

Setting up a new tank It's on order 4 weeks still to wait. Plan is...

Aquarium: Opti-White 36"x18"x18"
Filtration: Planted Aquaclear 70 HOB
Lighting: Fluval Plant 3.0
Hardscape: Mixed size cobbles/pebbles & redmoor
Substrate: Tropica Soil & Fine Gravel
Fauna: Otos, Ember tetra, Sundadanio axelrodi, C.Habrosus, Scarlet Badis
Flora: Big lilly on the left, mixed anubias/buce/ferns on the wood/rocks, some crypts, sparsely planted carpet and rotala at the back
Emersed: HOB Breeder Box on back with a mix of aquatics grown emersed




Hardscape mock up.... need to work out support as the back rocks are currently supported on a brick.
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Love the layout. Soft surfaced round rocks look satisfying.


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Love the layout. Soft surfaced round rocks look satisfying.
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Forgot to setup the lights % so got a smidge of algae, clearing up already though (honest). I'm not worried, gives the shrimp and soon to be added Otos something to make them feel at home.
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Need to take a fts algae's cleared up and plants are growing (slowly).

Just got some dinky (finger for scale) Scarlet Badis, asked for a couple of males and then the dullest in the tank of 100 so I'm hoping for some females. Very cute. They are in a separate tank quarantining atm Corys are on order but will have to see if they actually come in.
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Absolutely love what you've done with this! Even the algae looks nice, it adds a natural feel.

Did you silicone the rocks in any way or are they balanced? How do you find cleaning behind/in-between them?

Looking forwards to seeing where this goes

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Thank you

No silicone, it's all stacked, but I did cheat a bit. Stood behind the long flat rock is an egg crate table covered with a sock filled with gravel so that gave me a level platform again for the higher parts. It did take a fair bit of trial and error to get rocks in the right place but it all feels pretty stable now.

I don't think cleaning will be a big issue, I back filled any big gaps with gravel and to clean I'm just wafting my hand over to lift any detritus and sucking it up with a syphon just like you would clean the substrate. You can also use a turkey baster to puff into any nooks and that will blow out anything gathering.
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My stocking is now 9 otos, 9 habrosus corys, 7 ember tetras, 10 scarlet badis and some cherry shrimp. Not sure what (if anything) else I want to add.

Plants are doing fairly well, although I get the impression my water column is missing something. I think I'm gong to try going back to Tropica Ferts, the TNC doesn't seem to work as well and I'm a bit suspicious of how separated it is in the bottle. Anything growing in the substrate is fine, but others not quite right.
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Really like how you aquascsaped this. The rock work is exceptional. Very natural- almost looks like it could transition into a biotope.
I would not get rid of all the algae, it is what gives it that very natural- special- look.


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Really like how you aquascsaped this. The rock work is exceptional. Very natural- almost looks like it could transition into a biotope.
I would not get rid of all the algae, it is what gives it that very natural- special- look.

Thank you I wanted something that looked more like you might imagine actually finding underwater. The biotope look without being strict about matching plants and fish.


I love the algae on the rocks, the issue is hair algae. If you look around the scarlet badis picture, for example, there is a lot of fine thread algae I would prefer gone and it annoys the fish too if I don't clear it out frequently enough and it builds up.
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I love this tank. The rockwork is gorgeous, and your livestock looks stunning. Those Embers are insane! Hoping for more pictures and a fts.
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So, so pretty! Would love an updated full tank shot!
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Here is a full tank shot. It's slow growing but I can see new leaves on most plants. I wish the lily would stick some leaves up and the bright green crypt on the far right is growing new leaves but they are only an inch tall. I'm contemplating something tall for the back behind the right rock pile - maybe a sword - at the moment you can see the back glass through the anubias stems (the leaves are escaping out the water) and I'd like it solid green.
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Here's a current photo - the originally lilly just wouldn't take off, so I've added in a lotus.

And here are my habrosus spawning yesterday:

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