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OK, so the tank is just waiting for me to do something. There's nothing to show yet. But since I need to start from something, I might as well start this thread

Tapwater:
pH 7.9
conductivity <20 mS/m
carbonate hardness 1.4 dKH
total hardness 3.8dGH
Ca 2.5dGH
Mg 1.3dGH
NO3 0,3-1 mg/l
NO2 <0.003 mg/l
Ammonium 0.01 mg/l
Fe 0.03 mg/l
Mn 0.02 mg/l
No chlorine or chloramine.

The tank:
500 liter / 132 us gallons
200x50x50cm

Population to be:
Crystal Red shrimps
Pink and ivory apple snails
Clams, MTS
Yes, no fish



Lighting:
3x70W metal halides (Philips Mastercolour 942)

Filtration:
HMF, Hamburger Matten Filter

300W thermostat heater

Ferts:
DIY CO2 for now, pH-controller & friends are in the shopping list
Tropica MasterGrow
Seachem Flourish & Trace
PMDD
Tetra Crypto -tablets
Self-made clay&peat balls
Some other stuff I bet I will never use

Bottom:
Sand blasting sand
Underneath a thin layer of clay and some peat

Decoration:
Apple tree branches and sticks, pretty

This is how the tank looked before:


I am planning to make it a closed paludarium, but lets see how it will turn out. I am still thinking about the fertilisation. Also I need to raise GH and KH (so the pH will be about 7). About the ferts, I'm not sure how to do it, I know I would like to have varying type of fertilisation, like week1: TMG, week2: Seachem, week3: PMDD so the plants will be getting everything they need. But would that be making it too difficult. And what kind of PMDD should I use.

Now I have this basic mixture (10ml/100l(26.4 us gal)/week):
# 12 ml Hortigrow Mikro (B 0.33, Cu 0.05, Fe 2.0, Mn 1.14, Mo 0.025, Zn 0.3 g/100 ml)
# 6 ml chelated iron
# 5 ml chelated manganese
# 42 ml magnesium sulfate
# 21 ml kalium sulfate
# 914 ml water

But I suppose that will be just the lazy option and I should be start to study the EI and other ways.

I hope this tank will be as beautiful as I dream it to be.
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Your off to a good start. With your previous setup im sure this new setup will be very pleasing. Keep us posted.

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I've always thought of snails as 'hitchhikers'. Those would be welcome guests.

The room setup is terrific. Great view from the bed.

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Thank you

I really love my room. The mirror in the oppisite wall reflects the tank nicely and it feels like I am sleeping inside the aquarium. And it is nice just to lay on the bed and watch the creatures to do what ever they are doing. And the plants moving in the faint current is really calming sight. Sometimes I listen to a cd with rainforest, stream, waterfall, whales and other nature sounds and watch the tank. I also have lots of house plants so the room is a miniature jungle

Tomorrow I will try to hunt down the appropriate sand for the tank. The one I usually use is out of stock and I really don't want to use the alternative since it is so dirty, need to wash so many times it makes you angry. *fingers crossed*
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I haven't found that good sand and it looks like I have to use the really dirty one. Lots of fun washing to do. This week I am going to find some pine branches and roots (already dead and dried so there's no fresh resin on them), and some apple tree branches too. I will use the pine ones on the back and sides of the tank in vertical way and apple tree ones in more horizontal way. Both will be sticking out of the water and I will plant some ferns and mosses and some other small plants on them.

My initial plan:

Above water level:
Monosolenium tenerum
Riccia
Ficus pumila
small Pteris ferns
Marsilea
etc.

Floating plants:
Ipomoea aquatica (it might get too large, but hey, I've kept Alternanthera aquatica too and I bet NO floating plant will get bigger than that )
Phyllanthus fluitans
Ludwigia helminthorrhiza
I might be too weak to resist other species too, floating plants are my soft spot...

Plants growing both emersed and submersed:
Marsilea
Cyperus alternifolius
(Riccia, Monosolenium...)

Underwater:
Vallisneria spiralis, nana, caulescens, tiger
Echinodorus tenellus, angustifolius
Hemianthus callitrichoides ''Cuba''
Aponogeton ulvaceus
Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata ''Cuba'
Rotala wallichii
Cladophora
Microsorum pteropus "Red"

I want the tank look grassy and mossy with some red highlights. Crystal Reds will look neat in this tank, also the pink and ivory apple snails

Next weekend I will have help with moving the tank a bit and replacing the uhm, foamed plastic(?) plate with thicker styrofoam. We will also put the metal halides ready. And then I can start setting up the tank =)
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those snails are great i cant wait to see photos of the setting up should look great
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I hope there will be enough light for the HC with all those floating plants.
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The tank looks like this now:


I got tons of baby apple snails and sacrificed my dreams of paludarium for awhile. I think I will try to do the paludarium thingy this fall.

And I've been really busy feeding the babies and taking care of them. Sorry for being so quiet after a good start here. Now I managed to get one tank free of apple snails and I will start working with it. Going to get more shrimps soon too But more about that in another place and time.
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