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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-08-2017, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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My amazon biotope tank (so far)

Ive been trying to finish this for so long.
During the summer (prob june) I had the idea to redo my tank into an amazon biotope. I didnt really like the way my tank looked, as it looked kinda dinky and beginner-like. First, i started by replacing fish with amazon fish. I already had a few tetras, but i replaced my mollies and a few other fish with stuff like Angelfish, hatchet fish, and tetras. I planned out a dozen or two plants i wanted that gave the tank an amazon look. im STILL trying to finish. I got about a quarter or half the plants on my list, and ive been trying to get the rest. I did a special order through my LFS (midway tropical fish and pets) and the shipments were supposed to come yesterday, but they didnt for God knows what reason.
Current Info (will upload pic soon)
30g tank
Fish/inverts
2 Angels (one marbled one silver stripe)
5 hatchets (two silver three marbled)
3 veiltail black skirt tetras
1 Clown Pleco
4 nerite snails
1 amano shrimp. Ive had him for a year, barely ever see him

Plants
Amazon Sword (one turned into three)
cabomba
Itallian Val
elodea
java fern
hornwort
red ludwigia
moss balls (5) home for my pleco during the day
java moss
two anubias (attached to wood

What I need
more cabomba
Hygrophilia (red)
Telanthera (red/purple)
false tenellus
Bacopa
cardinal plant
glosso
moneywort
red rotala
Fish
tetras (a few penguin, neon, and jellybean)
it may look like way too many plants, but trust me its barely enough.
Im going for the heavy planted look, just not a carpeted look.
Its probably a little overstocked so ill increase water changes to weekly. Ill update when i get stuff.
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Looking forward to seeing it. What subtrate and hardscape have you got in there?

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i didnt want to use a specialized plant substrate. The black stuff didnt really look very "amazon". I instead have a natural-looking beige-brown substrate. I had the same situation with rocks. I'll probably add some rustic marble or slate, but spiderwood looks muuuch better. I recently got a second piece a few days ago, and i discovered this white-clear gel like substance on the wood. Never had this problem before. I called my LFS and the guy said to rinse it off. So i did, only to discover more the next morning. Called again, and he said to either take it in or wait for it to go away. Know what this stuff is?

ill get a pic tomorrow of the tank, wood and some fish close-ups

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Yep its still releasing tannins. How long did you submerge it for before putting it in your tank? Wood does that if its not been left to soak long enough. Another way is boiling it. Ref subtrate, have you got anything under your sand/gravel for subtrate?

Should always do a setup in stages so as not to disturb stuff.
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the wood is pre-prepared spiderwood from some brand. i never soaked any of the others and they were just fine.
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I think it is some kind of fugus or something like that. From what I remember it is not harmful and will eventually go away. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Yeah it does go away but should still always soak it first. Looks horrible when it does it. If you can take the wood out without messing anything else up i would, just until it finishes leeching

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Just keep in mind that when people use the word biotype they are generally pretty strict about the setup being really specific to an area and not including any plants or fish from outside of that area, or in some cases not including any (or many) plants at all, and using fish from only one small area. In this case the Java fern and moss and Anubias are not from South America (south east Asia and Africa respectively), moss balls are from Japan and other parts of the northern hemisphere, Glossostigma is from Australia, Rotala from south east Asia), jellybean tetras are from Africa, etc.

Not a big deal though. I keep most of my fish in aquariums by continent but with plants I just use whatever looks nice for the most part and in my South American tank I have kuhli loaches and a female Betta because I had nowhere else to put them.


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I will usually try and do that, but there are plenty of plants (like moss) that give it an amazon look.
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The fungus is fine, every piece of wood I've ever had has done that. Guppies/endlers, shrimp and snails have all eaten it for me. Any fish that'll pick at the substrate or aquascape will take care of it in days
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The snails are all over it.

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How to upload pictures? whenever i try to, it ends up like [IMG]file:///C:/Users/Owner/Pictures/10-11-2017/DSC09895.JPG[/IMG]

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The snails are all over it.

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How to upload pictures? whenever i try to, it ends up like [IMG]file:///C:/Users/Owner/Pictures/10-11-2017/DSC09895.JPG[/IMG]
You will need to use an online image hoster, such as Imgur.

Then, you can just copy/paste the link into the text box

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Take the pic from on your phone, hit the little (^) at the left of the text and attach. Will give you the option to optimise if its too big

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Ok. Just cleaned the tank, (it was really dirty) and replaced the plants (put them in a planned position, not get new ones). my lfs FINALLY got some of the plants in yesterday. Ill prob pick them up in a day or two.

Bump: Im using ferts like excel, potassium, iron, and nitrogen. Should i be dosing carbon, too? if so, what brand is best?
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I find gas is best deppending on what plants you have in.

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