Advice on 4 ft. semi-planted tank - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-01-2006, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 58
Advice on 4 ft. semi-planted tank

Hi! All,

Planning to setup a 4 ft semi-planted tank. This is my plan:-

1. 4 inch substrate of "calcium free river sand" with 5 mugfulls of laterite as the bottom most layer.
2. place a long driftwood on the middle of the tank (the driftwood would be about 3 ft long and will be placed horizontally).
3. The driftwood will be covered with Java Ferns & Anubias Nana.
4. Other than this I would like to plant some Spiral Vallisneria, Crypt etc. but not plant very densely.
5. The fauna in the tank will be 5 medium size Orandas.
6. Filter will be Eheim Professional 2224 (hope this filter would be sufficient?)
7. Lights Philips Truelite @ 2 gallons per watt. Lights I want to keep low as most of the flora don't require high lights.
8. I do have a provision for injecting pressurised CO2 but then even if I do it, I don't want to add any ferts. In other words I want to have as natural a setup as possible.
9. What heater should I aim for?
10. How long the lights needs to be switched on? Do I have to follow the 12. hrs photoperiod or I can go for less?
13. Can I manage to maintain the plants without adding any macros & by only adding micros?
14. My experience of adding ferts hasn't been good and hence would like to avoid getting into it again.

Suggestions from Planted Experts will be very helpful.

Regards,

saugata
saugata is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-01-2006, 02:58 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 365
I'm no expert, but I can tell you that you're on on the right track. Low-tech tanks are easy to maintain...go with a comprehensive fert mix to start and then see what happens from there. As for heating, use an inline heater that will be out f the way (if the tank is not heavily planted, a conventional heater could be hard to hide). And photoperiods can be shorter than 12 hours.
Good Luck.
Adrian is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-01-2006, 09:05 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 47
Can I just ask what an inline heater is?
Kiran is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-01-2006, 09:49 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 365
When a peice of equipment (heater, co2 reactor, uv sterilizer) is "in-line" it essentially becomes a working part of the continuous sequence of operations at large; the operation in this case being the filter. So, an in-line heater would simply be hooked up to the outflow of your canister -heating the water which passes through it, thus keeping it out of view.
Adrian is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 04:20 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 47
So I am just about to buy a Eheim 2026. How would I go about doing this. Sorry I am just not sure of how to hook it up to the outflow.
Kiran is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 04:23 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: toronto. canada
Posts: 21
hydor inline heater:

http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/.../9092/cid/2198

i own the 300 watt model and am very satisfied with it's performance. and i cannot see it in my tank.

rick
aspen is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 10:11 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 47
Cheers. Thats a really good idea. might have to get me one of them!
Kiran is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-02-2006, 11:04 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
ringram's Avatar
 
PTrader: (67/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: West Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,602
Send a message via AIM to ringram
Eww $64 for the 300w on that site. I got mine recently on bigals for about $49.

90g journal:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

---------------------------------------------------
SFBAAPS member -
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


SAPS member -
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
ringram is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome