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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2005, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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23g pufferville

Well just showing this one off lol. I had alot of advice 4mths ago when setting up from here, and help fighting algaes and whatnot. Very grateful. The tank has started to mature.

Its a 24x12x18(high) - think its like 20g high to the americans. Fluval 204 external, 3 x 24watt T5 VHO daylights with seagull reflectors, pressurised co2 @ just over 1 bubble a second (JBL proflora equipment). Eco-complete substrate. Ferts are 2-4 drops flourish and 3-4 drops potassium a day. 10% water change a week (my water sucks). Occasional dose of nitrates if necessary.

Plants are Limnophila Heterophylia, Ludwigia Repens, Crypt Nevilli, some unknown crypts, Hydrocotyle (Pennywort), Java Fern and Sagittaria Lileopsis. No bogwood or other decorations.

I did cut down the repens after the pic and replanted a few bits lol - and pruned the limno a bit too. I need to sort a spraybar still. the background was made by myself and is essential a gravel wall with pebbles and java fern attached.

Occupants are 3 Dwarf Puffers, 2 TRUE SAEs, 6 Otocinclus, 19 Cardinia Japonica (Amano Shrimps) and 4 Red Cherry Shrimps. Everybody gets on fine so far. I was surprised the puffers havent bothered the SAEs at all, or the shrimps. SO far.

I am still battling algae a little. If you look (maybe on hi res linked pics) you can see lillaeopsis is bad. What should I do?? SHould I remove it all? Prune it (how??).... just wait longer and let shrimps and saes work?? (they have had a good couple months since tank has been under control). I could try peroxiding it, but Id rather not if poss, so any other suggestions welcomed as I am lost now.

The crypts are really going mad in there too. Is there a certain way to thin them easily?? I remove tattered leaves as and when and occasionally rip a few crypts out to rehome.





Link to hires versions - pic1 & pic2

ANyhow enjoy, and let me know what you all think and what I can do to improve it more.

Ken
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Very pretty pufferville!
What's that background made of? I like it.
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Very nice Kingkano!

Since you are going to have to keep us updated on "Pufferville", I am going to move this into the Photo Album section so you can make it a journal!

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Is that Co2 gauge on the front of the tank accurate?
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very nice, like the tank! Your South americans are very pretty!! Nice job!!
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Ken:

PLEASE post details on the building of the wall. I would tear down my tank tonight for a wall like that!

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the background was made by myself and is essential a gravel wall with pebbles and java fern attached.

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Your tank reminds me of the shoebox murals we used to make in grade school. I love it! One window into the puffer world. Only thing missing is David Attenborough's narration .

I've had minimal exposure to puffers. Are yours the 'friendly' species? The one that lives exclusively in fresh water?

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Looks great!

Re: the wall, seems to me you could spread aquarium-grade silicone on the rear wall with a putty blade (thin), and then coat it with substrate. Might be interesting if plants like Glosso would be able to anchor to it. Hmmmm?

Anyway, that's a nice place for puffers!

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