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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-26-2014, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Hey there, i have been looking through the forums and looking at tank setups but I cannot decide for myself what I want to add to my tank and wanted some advice.

Tank is a Juwel Rio 180
light: 2x 45w T5 with reflectors
substrate: sandblasting sand
filter 1: Tetratec ex700
filter 2: Hagen Fluval 205 with the outlet morped into a diy co2 Reactor

plants already in there
rotala rotundifolia (left corner)
cryptocoryne "tropica"
Vallisneria nana
some sword plant whose name i don't know
some "grass" in the front
anubias barteri var. nana


The tank is very bare and i was wondering if you could reccommend some plants to fill it up. i have diy CO2 and the drop checker solution is lime green



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because the tank looks quite big and bare personally i would get a really nice bit of wood (with lots of sticky out branches etc) and tie on some Anubias.
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I would also like that, i've looked upp all the stores in the country but the branchy type of wood doesn't seem to be available. could be a matter of restrictions (there are a lot of import restrictions in iceland) for example killifish eggs can not be imported.

note: is there anything i can do to make my moss look better, I've tried to have moss in the tank but it always starts to deteriorate while the same moss in my 20 liter tank grows like a weed.

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im not sure about the moss- im a newbie myself having just set up my first proper planted tank.
the wood that i have is called redmoor wood. and mopani wood i think its called has good branches. if you cant buy these things online maybe get a few more pieces of that wood you have and find a way to stack them somehow to make an interesting hardscape.
and maybe more of that sword plant for the other side to fill that bit out a bit?
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Any tall and bushy plants i can add for my specs, i don't have substrate fertilizer, had a rough experience with trying to add tetra initial sticks after water :S
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Wisteria is/gets large but also uses up lots of ferts. This link has Osmocote+ capsules for cheap and they are complete ferts.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...393&highlight=
The sand looks a bit less than usual, more of it might help the plants get better rooted.
Not a lot and sloped towards the back, but just a bit more depth to it.
Look up Mazanti wood on e-bay if they will ship there.
The sand has no ferts so that is most of the reason for lack of growth. Light bulbs in
6500/6700K and 10,000K are commonly used together in a tank that is fairly tall like that one. Almost any bulb will grow them but some do much better than other K rated ones do. GE and Philips both make 6500K bulbs in T5 that are usually found in home
remodeling supply stores and usually are fairly cheap. Two of those will do but one of the 10,000K will make the tank brighter. But the 10,000K is usually only from aquarium supply stores.
If that is an Amazon Sword it will take up the middle of the tank eventually. The Rotala will also get full/tall. Fish waste supplies some nutrients but as the plants grow more they will need more than it can supply.

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My vallisneria nana isn't growing very tall it spreads like crazy but the runners stay short
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Sand has no nutrients. Plants don't grow without nutrients.

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Just ordered 250 capsules of osmocote from ebay hopefully the plants live until they arrive

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Added about 20 pounds of sand and found some manzanita wood this is looking better the water is still bit cloudy from the sand
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