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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-07-2013, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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2ft Mr Aqua

After a failed attempt at growing HC and pennywort with the dry start method (pennywort did ok, HC not so much), I've decided to go with a lower-light tank.

Hardware:

2ft Mr Aqua low iron
Eheim 2217
T5HO lighting
Inline heater
Co2 Pro pressurised kit

Flora:

Needle leaf Java
Cryptocoryne petchii
Anubias nana
Pennywort
Rotala sp "green"

Substrate:

ADA Amazonia


This is the tank immediately after flooding. The Rotala was pretty scraggly so I've cut it all up and planted short stems up the back left, which you can't see very well yet.




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Are you planning on tying anything to the branches? The tank looks great already!

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Thanks mate :-)

I'm planning on tying some moss to the branches but I'm not sure what species yet. Any suggestions? The only thing I'm sure of now is it's not going to be flame moss.

Hopefully once the Rotala and pennywort fill in it'll be looking a bit better.

The petchii have started to melt as well, which isn't unexpected. Hopefully they'll come good again soon.
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Looking great! Can't wait to see this one fill in a bit.
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2.5 week update



2.5 weeks later there's been a few changes.

First thing you'll notice is the tannins leeching out of one of the pieces of driftwood. It's actually cleared a bit now, but still leeching a little. As for the plants:

HT is growing very well, if very tall. I'm slowly trimming bits and replanting it in the FG. 2/3 crypts melted, but both of those have come back with new growth. A number of the older NL Java leaves have started to go bad, so I've removed a couple of them, but left others. On the bright side, there's growth of existing leaves, and quite a bit of new growth coming through. Anubias also seem quite happy. Rotala is perhaps the least happy of the lot; growth is slow, but it is growing.

Had some issues with the solenoid malfunctioning, but Adam from AquaScape Design provided me with some very helpful advice so it's now all sorted. Diffuser is now gunked up so the Co2 output is reduced; need to buy some bleach to clean it up.

When I initially set up the Eheim 2217, I neglected to install the quick-release things. This resulted in two problems, the first being that I obviously couldn't use them to disconnect the filter easily, and secondly I was unable to use them to reduce the flow, and the flow was quite a problem. I've now got the quick-release thing on the outflow at least and I've been able to adjust the flow to a much more reasonable rate.

And the final bit of news: the tank has now fully cycled is now the home of 10 seemingly happy celestial pearl danios. I was hoping for some Corydoras hastatus to start, but I was unable to locate them. Having said that, I'm loving the CPD so it's worked out well so far.
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Check it out

I get a link to Practical Fishkeeping from Australia.
This months' edition has a tank designed by George Farmer.
He uses crypt willisi and crypt parva in his scape. Looks
nice. Check it out. Maybe some- e. belem also in the carpet.

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If all goes well this will turn out nice. Good job! +1For the CPD's


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