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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-29-2006, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Newbie, 60 Gal Low Tech.. Its Pretty Rubbish..

Hey Hey, First time Poster, Short time reader here
My Tank is 58(60 Gal was wrong ) Gal And the Dems are
48' Long
20' Tall
16' Wide
Fine Gravel
9 Unkown Plants.. lol
2 Hair Grass
Then Made into 7.
DIY CO2
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2 Angelfish (Dont Know Sex's)
4 Corys (3 Albino - 1 Peppered)
Thats it but theres mroe to come just still deciding
Well heres the craptacula tank


Im Getting about 9- 12 Plants on Monday And Some more Liquid Fert.

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Welcome to PT. you sure got a lot of "growing in" to do, with that much tank space you coud stick TONS more plants in there.

What's the lighting on the tank?
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Erm.. lol Its Kind of Embarasing But its 35 Watt Flourescent But Im thinking in a couple of weeks to make my own diy Lighting Any tips? And yeah i have heaps of growing to do lol But this pet store i know has a deal on plants its 3 For $10 AUD so i think thats alright.


EDIT: Well If Anyone could actually help me on everything Thatd be great because im basically Putting plants in and hoping for the best haha.. Ive read heaps tho Just need to hear it from the horses mouth. Thanks in Advance
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Firstly,a warm welcome to PT.I think the first thing that you need to do now is to equip yourself with stronger lighting as it is necessary if you intend to make it heavily planted and mid to high tech. I am not a professional at it but i am sure the others will be most willing to help you along. Secondly,beneath your gravel,is there any substrate fert? You will need that if you are planning to keep certain plants like echinodorous.You will also need to doze some liquid ferts in time to come to keep your plants healthy. By the way,do you have any close ups of the plants that are currently in your tank? I am sure that if you do,the others will be able to help you ID them. From what i see,they look like some type of hygro. You will also need to get yourself an algae cleanup crew to help counter any algae outbreak that easily affects new setups. I also see that you have a piece of wood in the tank. It looks simple but i do like the way it strtches across the diagonal side of your tank. You may want to cover it with some moss to give it a more natural look. You also definately need to stock up your tank with more plants or a tank that size would simply go to waste.Lastly,you may want to provide us with specs of your tank eg. filter type,parameters so that we can better help you along. All the best~! and once again,welcome to PT=)
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Thanks For the Welcoming, Everyone seems so Open Arms.

And Yup I Was Thinking Stronger lighting just need to know some things first

* What Wattage?
* What Sort of Bulbs?
* Plains for a DIY Fixture

Any of that would be good As im trying to keep it at low cost.
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And Nope theres not Substrate Fert Sadly the Umm it Starts with Flo and its brown it costs $50 For a bag here!!

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Liquid Ferts are easy to get around here So I will have some soon.

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And Yup Here they are :


I really love this one..

Next:


This one i dont really like but its ok..

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And yeah i would like to but i cant find any moss around here and i can only buy on the net by Direct deposit Paypal doesnt work for me.
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Filter Type is a Sponge Filter... Dont know my Paramaters..

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Ok Thanks again guys All Helpful hints are well.... Helpful!
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Ok And well i think im gonna Get rid of all the plants in there when i get new plants If Theres a website that Can post to Aus and Has Direct Depiost Plase give me the link Thanks in Advance!.
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if you have DIY skills you can get a shop light and overdrive it. There is a HUGE thread about it in the FAQ section called cheap lighting ODNO

It takes a long time to get through the thread.

but on the plus side 4 foot tanks are much easier to light!
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You see that plant second to last? Not a true aquatic. Last one looks like emersed Hygrophila corymbosa.

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I Have some DIY Skills But Whats Overdriving?

And The Plants are gonna Go once i get more and the parts for the DIY Lighting
Anymore Tips And Stuff would be great guys.
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Would Two 40 Watt Bulbs be enuff for my Tank? What would be the Good Ammount of Wattage im looking for? Im going to the hardware store in 2 days.


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Oh Im also buying all my Plants online and my mum will be buying them for me So if you guys know any Plant Websites that post to aussie Thatd be Heaps of help! And If Some Could List some easy to grow plants(Low light i think...) Because The Lighting will be 80watts.. Ok Thanks
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hey Andyer,
Instead of getting the plants shipped, im sure there are many aquariums/fish shops in South Australia, just look them up in the yellow pages, alternatively you could try http://www.aquaria.com.au/catalog/ or http://www.aquariumproductswholesale.com/ each ship Australia wide. For lighting, if you go to your local Bunnings Warehouse you can pick up 4-foot double batten T5 lighting (at least you can in Sydney) for $65 i think, however im not sure about wirring them up, or if the right kelvin rated bulbs are sold.

I also think think your plants may benefit from a thicker substrate, especially if you buy stem plants.

Hope that helps and all the best, =]

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For Fert Substrate Does it have to be a substrate or can it be in tablet form?

Thanks for the links aswell
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It would be better if your substrate is in the form of actual substrate comprising of your plant's rooting material as well as base fert.. The tablet acts more as a plant booster for certain plants that require extra minerals. Eg echinodorus.
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Hmm I think ive Decided to Re do the whole thing, New Substrate (Only bought the current substrate a week ago! $40 down the drain!) New Plants, New Fish Except for angels, New Filter, New Lighting, New Heater only a 100 watt in there at the moment... Ok Well im getting the lighting this week Which is only costing me $30, Off Ebay. So I Want to hear some ideas from you guys on What sort of Substrate (Keep to Low cost! lol) New plants, New fish And Filters.
Itd Be much easyer if i had some more ideas So Guys if you can post me some! please
P.S I Get Paid in $80 Slots per week so its gonna take me awhile to get funds. but will buy things weekly.
Thanks again
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