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Rotala Rainbow - 90cm Journal

Tank:
90 cm x 45 cm x 45 cm

Lighting:
DIY IceCap SLR reflectors w/ 4 39 watt Giessemann Midday T5HO bulbs
10 hours total lighting, only 6 hours with all 4 bulbs.

Substrate:
Mineralized topsoil covered by 3M Colorquartz Aggregate T-Grade Black Sand
See this thread for full details regarding the topsoil.
I did 4 good wet/dry cycles with the soil this time and haven't had the algae issues I did before.

Filter:
Rena XP3

Plants:
Rotala sp. 'green'
Rotala sp. 'colorata'
Rotala sp. 'Vietnam'
Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan'
Rotala sp. 'Araguaia'
Rotala sp. 'Goias'
Rotala sp. 'Mini'
Rotala macrandra 'green'
Rotala pusilla
Rotala hippuris
Rotala sp. 'Ceylon'
Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC)
Fissidens fontanus
Pogostemon helferi (Downoi)
Bacopa sp. 'Araguaia'
Hygrophila sp. 'Bold'
Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia'
Ludwigia sp. 'Guinea'
Anubias minima
Anubias barteri var. nana 'Gold'

Fauna:
Pseudomogil furcatus
Hysonotis leucofrinatus
Caridina japonica
Olive Nerites

Here's the original setup date picture on 5/25/07


Here's an update today on 6/3


I haven't chosen a backround color yet, hence no backround. I'm trying to decide between white, black, or light blue.

Comments and criticisms are welcome.


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Looks very nice, Aaron.

I wouldn't go with a blue background. I've yet to see one I've actually liked.

In college....so no aquariums for a while.....
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Great start Aaron! Just needs to mature. Has a lot of potential to be a winner; I love the rock-scape!
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It's about time for an update so here it is so far.
It's still not quite filled in all of the way yet. I also still need a backround. The quickfilter and heater
are to deal with some ick I'm battling and aren't permanent additions.



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looks good! Its a really neat idea. I think it will only look better as it fills in.
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sweet tank, your HC filled in a little quick lol...

90 gal.
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Rotala sp. 'green'
Rotala sp. 'colorata'
Rotala sp. 'Vietnam'
Rotala sp. 'Nanjenshan'
Rotala sp. 'Araguaia'
Rotala sp. 'Goias'
Rotala sp. 'Mini'
Rotala macrandra 'green'
Rotala pusilla
Rotala hippuris
Rotala sp. 'Ceylon'
where is rotala wallichii?

looks very nice.
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And no Rotala rotundifolia??? How dare you leave out the most common of the Rotala's...lol.

Looks awesome. I am a big fan of Rotala as well. Not quite to the level you are, but close enough.

BTW...I love the hardscape.


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the wallachii is in the back above the tallest rock, the huge group there....can't miss it.

looks nice, good luck with the ick! I have seen some nice blue backgrounds, it really depends on the shade of blue, as many are so bad. Perhaps a celeste?
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I just went through that "soil making thread"...so let me get this straight...you don't dose at all???


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the wallachii is in the back above the tallest rock, the huge group there....can't miss it.

looks nice, good luck with the ick! I have seen some nice blue backgrounds, it really depends on the shade of blue, as many are so bad. Perhaps a celeste?
Actually, that's the Rotala 'Vietnam'. I left out the more common Rotalas for this scape.

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I just went through that "soil making thread"...so let me get this straight...you don't dose at all???
Nope, not one bit for 2 months running now. I have other tanks that have been running for 7 months with no dosing too.


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No dosing?!?! No algae?!?!? AND HIGH LIGHT AND CO2?!?!?

Aaron, you are God. LOL. Awesome tank, I love rotalas, even though I only own two species...

edit: I read the thread and that is awesoooome. Who started it? lol.


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But theere are drawbacks as far as what can be planted though from what i see right? Looks like no plants that need water column ferts can be established.


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What do you mean gmccreedy? What plants do need water column ferts? Looking at the plants he has now I think that's plenty enough for a great aquascape. And the water column fert needing plants I can think of are all low tech, such as moss, anacharis, and hornwort and I bet they would be fine with the lack of water column fertilizers. And isn't some of the substrate fertilizer dissolved inside the water?

And you do water changes right?


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There are a few finicky plants that won't grow in the soil without dosing. I'd say about 85% of all stems will grow in it without problems. I've mostly had issues with Ludwigias. Hygros, Limnophilas, Rotalas and many others have all done fine.

For me it's worth the hassle of not growing a few different species to be able to enjoy the tank without having to monitor dosing everyday or even every other day. As you can see from the picture the low nitrate levels maintained in the water column also make for some serious reds.

I do water changes every 1-2 weeks. If I let it go too long (several weeks) the hardness in the water gets depleted and I will notice potassium defficiencies. Otherwise, there are no issues.


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