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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-26-2005, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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My auntie tank

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This is my aunt's tank 1st step. Manage to put in the hardscape of driftwood only and progress have been slow. Will update when the rest of the plants are in.

I'm planning to put in java fern, java moss, other slow growing and low maintenance plants. Any suggestion on plants/aquascaping/... is appreciated.

The light for this tank is about 1.5 watt/gallon only. I may want to increase it to 2 depending on growth rate and look.

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Light - 1.5 watt/gallon
Filter by Eheim Classic 2217 (i think).
Substrate - Aquaclay

Things are moving slow as she lives quite far away and I am always busy...

Anyways, here it is... Step 1 - hardscape
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Nice wood and placement. Anubias should work in that low light. You might also consider a background plant such as Valisneria, which could look cool behind that wood and will help hide the mechanicals.
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Looking good so far, thats a nice piece of driftwood. I've been trying to find a piece that looks like that, but haven't done yet.
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That's a great looking piece of driftwood. Some narrow-leaf java fern and java moss will look great tied to the branches. Check out the extensive range of cryptocorynes - most are low light tolerant and can fill in the bare spots where java fern and moss won't.

Maybe I missed it, but what size tank is it?

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I am thinking of using java fern primary, java moss on flat rocks on the ground. Crypts would be interesting but I don't have rich substrate. Clay gravel size (aqua clay) is used. Would crypt be able to thrive? In fact, there is no base fert.

My aunt likes parrot fish (not my taste), therefore, I am limiting my plants choice to those that grows on wood/rock just in case.
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I was just at a guy's house.
He had 2 good sized parrots in an unplanted tank w/ pretty large gravel.
The gravel was piled up along the sides, with the center front bare to the tank bottom.
He said he levelled the gravel almost every day, and they immediately redistributed it.
So your thought of using only anchored plants may be sound.
But that is my sole familiarity with parrots.
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Update to the aquarium after 2 weekends. Tied moss and plants and awaiting growth now. Plan to add a little more light to make it 2 watt/gallon and CO2 which I have bought but unfortunately, solenoid missing the valve. Will exchange it later.

Anyways, here is the tank.


The middle bunch of plants is not planted and are floating. Going to leave it there as some reserve plants if I need to do more planting.

Sorry, didn't have any other photos.

Comments appreciated.
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That's going to look absolutely stunning in a few months. Simple and elegant. Very well done! Are those moss covered rocks spread across the bottom? Almost fooled me into thinking it was HC.

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That should look really nice in a few months! What kind of substrate? Is it the "Red Sea Florabase" stuff?

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It's listed as AquaClay, although I don't know exactly what that is. Looks pretty nice though.

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Click link to see more about Aquaclay.

I choose it because it is more cost effective here. Besides, it looks nice.

The rocks in the bottom is moss. Not spread fully yet.
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Hey, I'm an aunt... how come my nephews don't show up and start setting up a beautiful aquarium like this?!? Oh wait, maybe it's because last time they were here they found themselves moving huge (and I do mean HUGE) rocks from my neighbours yard for my future pond.

I absolutely love that piece of driftwood and agree your placement gives this tank a lovely simple elegance. I'm assuming from your fist post that's java moss you've attached to the rocks? I can't wait to see what this looks like in a couple months. Very nice!

You can't talk your aunt into a different type of fish? Maybe some nice rainbows? What size tank is it btw?
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Hi joan
Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for the comments.

Nice to know that you have a pond. Must be a fun time setting it up.

The tank is 60 gallon I think. My auntie visit a LFS and decided on cardinal tetra and rummy nose. I've added some congo for her and lots of shrimp and kuhli.

Update is in my next post.
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Updated 17/July/2005

Update to the tank after some time of letting it grow. I just went to her house to put in congo tetra, kuhli loach and cardinal tetra. Previously added quite a number of cherry, bee and blue.

Click on photo for bigger picture.

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Amazing tank, the moss is growing like crazy. The cardinals seem to love the moss.
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