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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 04:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Another "first"

Hello all-
I had mentioned in a post a week or two back that I was new to the planted tank world. Well, forums with information and pics like this one have inspired me.

Here are a few pics of my 2 creations. One is a 10 gallon planed tank which is in my son's room and the other is a 3 gallon setup that sits on my desk at home.

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10 Gallon...
3 Gallon...
"river bottom" in the 10 gallon...

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 05:20 AM
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The white color "rock" is crashed coral? If yes, it is not suitable for planted tank. Because it will raise the PH level.


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That rock looks like "texas holey rock" to me, not coral.
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You are right.... it is texas holey rock
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Is that a floater in the top left of the 3 gallon?

everything is looking good, i like it
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HAHA Good observation! But no... it is a plant bulb.
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If this is your first time with planted tanks, I must say that you have the "aquascaping gift". Congratulations!

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 05:57 PM
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I have to say I really like the way you arranged the rocks and gravel in the 10 gallon tank. I try to keep from just using flat gravel in my tanks, though over time it often flattens back out, anyway.
That Texas Holey rock looks like it might be limestone based. If it is, the same advice goes for it as crushed coral, which is that it isn't appropriate for planted tanks. Also, I noticed that you seem to have an undergravel filter on your 10 gallon. That is not necessary in a planted tank and interferes with the growth of your plants. They don't like water flow near their roots and it can stunt their growth. At least that is what I have heard repeatedly, though I followed that advice without testing it myself.
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Nice, I like them both a lot.

As for the undergravel filter, I've heard the same thing as Aphyo, and I've also heard the exact opposite (think hydroponics). Go figure. If what you have now is working fine, then don't go to the trouble of changing it. But if I was starting a tank from scratch, I wouldn't use an undergravel. Just doesn't look very natural, you know.
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Thanks for the kind comments and helpful hints. I tried to create a "terraced" effect. I have some neon tetras in there that love the "river-bottom" in the center.

Concerning limestone: How fast does it "leach" into the water and raise the PH? Is it an issue if I maintain frequent water changes?

The tank isn't that old, so I don't think I will do much w/ the undergravel. I will watch out for that on the next one though! (more tanks, more tanks...)
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