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70G High Tech Jungle Aquarium

I have been working on a Dutch aquarium for the last month and half or so with a little documentation here and there on the status of the aquarium. I have decided to consolidate all the information onto one source and post links on the various forums I follow. All the aquarium info is available here with plenty of photos:

http://canaquaticgardens.wordpress.com/

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I have taken the dutch tag off this tank. I'm not sure how to classify it now. I think more jungle but really not much of a traditional style. I've done some major trimming and replanting on the right side of the tank. All the species in there couldn't survive long term and be healthy. I have scaled back to growing only a Nasea 'Tropica' species, Limnophilia Aromatica, Ludwigia vent. 'Cuba', HM and Rotala Walichii. I've also expanded the Blyxa Japonica towards the front and moved the Red Rubin Sword more towards the back where a plant of its size belongs. Here's the tank the afternoon after the trim.



I've also moved the rocks around a bit as they were getting lost in the plants. I realized they cannot be anywhere near the back and contribute anything to the tank. Midground is about right for the sizes I have. I seem to have won the war with the algae in this tank. The final corrective action that balanced things out was moving the light up about 3" from the original height above the tank. It is now about 6-8" above the tank. I haven't seen any BBA or hair algae in weeks. There has been some GDA on the glass but it is pretty minor and is receding. The dry ferts have been great so far. Tons of pearling on the plants and some great colourations and no algae. The fish seem to be doing very well too. Active and eating lots. The raspboras are starting to get to a decent enough size that they should be able to hold up against the discus they eventually will be hanging out with. I'm hoping the right side should be back grown in and should be more sustainable long term within 2 weeks. I need to hide that ugly equipment somehow. I'm still working out the camera settings that take the best pics so stay tuned for more pics as I try the new camera out.

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Very nice tank! Looking forward to more pics. A little hard to see as of now, but the plant selection sounds great.


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Yes my camera skills are terrible at this point. Working on that. My website has some better pics of the tank before the big hacking.

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Since the big hacking and rescaping I haven't had much to do with this tank other than re-planting the stems that have unrooted and floated to the surface. I did another trim the other day. Even the slow growers are starting to grow at pretty good rates now. I have noticed that 1 of the Red Rubin leaves has some holes in it. Potassium deficiency in dosing maybe? I've been using Fertilator on APC forum to calculate ferts and have kept the N and K dosing to the lower end of the range. I've been slowly increasing the K dosing with the new dry ferts but don't think I'm quite there yet.




The blyxa japonica has been taking off since being put directly under the light, towards the front of the tank. It's getting pretty red as well. The crypt balansae on the right side are well over 18" now. I can't see any runners of small balansae yet though. Anyone have any experience with balansae reproducing in there tanks they can share?
Right now I am thinking I am going to trade the rotalla wallichi in the front right for the didiplis diandra in the 10G tank. It just doesn't fit with this tank. I'm going to let it grow to the surface before I decide but right now it is overwhelmed in this tank....I think anyways.
It seems like the green algae on the front glass pane has been expanding its presence of late. Any thoughts on working this algae out of the mix? I'm thinking it is low water flow to the front of the tank that is causing this. I haven't been keeping up on cleaning the filter intake screens to make sure the flow in the tank is optimum. Am I on the right track here, or just hoping?
I would have to say, as a nylon carpet fibre spinning process engineer by profession, I love the troubleshooting process of algae in an aquarium. About 15 variables maximum (if you include the obscure stuff), and usually only dealing with 1-2 variables at a time. In my job I deal with hundreds of process variables and hundreds of human interactions and get paid to optimize them all. Working in aquariums is a simple and rewarding as testing gets. I really appreciated some of the commentary by Tom Barr on the recent The Planted Aquarium Podcast on testing in tanks and using your current situation as your control. Spot on comments and some great synopsis of the danger of trusting the forums. The forums are some of the best sources of information on the net, actually, the best, but as Tom stated, you will always have someone who replies to your post saying it won't work. His ultimate point is perfect; if you have a theory, just test it and see what happens. See the results and then refine/rethink your hypothesis and move on to the next test. These aquariums we run are complex systems but there are limited variables that influence the outcomes we are looking for. Test the variables, note the results and learn. That is how to approach the hobby and your own setups. Eventually you will get things dialed in precisely....and then you will change it all.

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Eventually you will get things dialed in precisely....and then you will change it all.
So true. As far as the crypt balansae, I think mine has spread one new plant. It sprouted up about 5 inches from a mature plant that is at least 20" tall.


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Just curious what the timeline was to getting the plantlet? Mine have been in the same spot for about 2 months now. I have been looking closely and there might actually be 1 new balansae about 3" tall but it is tough to ID right now.

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Looked back at my pics. I think I planted the balansae early July and I just noticed the new plant a few days ago, so probably about two months.

I looked at your blog. Your other tanks are nice as well. I really like the 10 gallon. I think you should try some more photographs of this tank. I get a sense the pics are not doing the tank any justice. Could you remove the floating plants on the left long enough to snap some pics? I think it's tough to get a sense of size and feel with the left side so dark. You have some beautiful plants in there, but I think they need a chance to shine in some pics.


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Thanks freddie. I also like the 10G the best in terms of its looks. Hopefully the 20G will get there too. The 70G currently has too much variety to be really nice looking. It has provided a good testing ground for growing many varities to see what I like.

I will probably take another round of photos tonight. The problem is my 20G is in the way of taking shots of my 10G so it is extra work.

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These guys are my favourite fish in the tank. I think they are a type of pygmy or miniature cory. At feeding time these guys are really active. Most of the time they are foraging through the plants for food. The blyxa japonica seems to be a favourite hang out in the tank right now. Iíve got a few shots but nothing super close up. They move too fast to get them focused for a good closeup.


4 Pandas with a Bronze Cory



Diggin' for food



Pandas sucking on some worms

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Nice cories!

I read the "blog" in the first post, all your tanks are beautiful!

PS: you can change the title if you want, by editing the original post or by double clicking near your thread on the "tank journal and photo album" page. . . If you know what I mean.

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Thanks for checking out the blog and the tip on the changing the thread title. I've been trying to figure that out for a while.

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I've added a bunch of new rummynose tetras to this tank again. The total is up to 13 now, but I have yet to count 13 in sight at once so one or two others may have died as well. I'm normally not a big fan of silver based fish but these guys are quite nice. Very active and the larger ones have some pretty distinct red faces and striped tails.
When I introduced the new batch of rummy nose there was an outbreak of ick on them after 2 days in the tank. Some ick guard and leaving the drip system going for a few days seems to have cleared it up. This has been an issue before from a certain LFS.
Here's a full tank shot. Soon all the riccia floaters will be gone and you will be able to see the left side better.



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