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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-04-2008, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Newly Planted Tank - Need comments

Hi, I have recently setup my old arowana aquarium to a planted one. Im quite new to planted aquariums so comments would really be appreciated. My tank size is 72x18x18 (100 gallons), for lighting i have 4x40 watts of GE flourecent light which some say is enough for a low-tech aquarium. I also have a diy c02 with a glass diffuser. for filtration i have a 200 per hour canister filter. for fertilization i use fertilizer for my moms orchids which is 14% nitrogen, 14% phosporous, and 14% potassium. this is inhabited by 3 panda corydoras, 5 flying foxes, 7 shrimps, a betta and unknown number of MTS. and my plants are philippine java fern, java moss, riccia, amazon sword and 3 that i dont know.

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I think the right side looks absolutely wonderful. I'd try something similar with the left side, and perhaps leave a little bit of space in the middle.

Great job!

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I think the right side looks absolutely wonderful. I'd try something similar with the left side, and perhaps leave a little bit of space in the middle.

Great job!

Dave
Thanks dave! actually the left side is kinda the foreground and the right side is where the big plants grow. I made it that way because this tank is acutally a divider for my dining area and living room. the effect is you can view it both ways from the living room side and the dining area side... ehehe confusing...

ill take your advise and do it on my other tank.
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Ahhhh...I see! I am still new at this too, so I'd wait for more responses.

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I really like it. The layout looks like the edge of a stream or lake moving into open waters.

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looks very amazonian... i could see you having some rams and a school of rummies or cardinal tetras in there... nice tank

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Very nice, kinda like how I wanted my tank to look, but the problem is, it isnt big enough lol. I would also be concerned a bit with your fertilizer with fish in the tank. Typically the ratio is 20:1:20 with phosphorus being the 1. Also with it being not for aquariums specifically they sometimes use not so great components, like ammonia. Dont get me wrong though, some will work fine, but I would read the label and see what it is made of.
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I really like it. The layout looks like the edge of a stream or lake moving into open waters.
Thanks skabooya thats the effect im trying to do.
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looks very amazonian... i could see you having some rams and a school of rummies or cardinal tetras in there... nice tank
thank you saltura, after the tank is established im really planning to put rams and rummies..
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Amazing job on this one. I love the rock that is being used as a sort of transition piece. Reminds me a little bit of the "drop off" in the ocean.

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Very nice, kinda like how I wanted my tank to look, but the problem is, it isnt big enough lol. I would also be concerned a bit with your fertilizer with fish in the tank. Typically the ratio is 20:1:20 with phosphorus being the 1. Also with it being not for aquariums specifically they sometimes use not so great components, like ammonia. Dont get me wrong though, some will work fine, but I would read the label and see what it is made of.
oh i didnt know that, maybe i should look for a good fertilizer thats really made for aquatic plants.. im not yet familiar with aquatic plant needs.. i just know i need light, ferts, and c02.. hehe. thanks for the advise Spiritwind
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Amazing job on this one. I love the rock that is being used as a sort of transition piece. Reminds me a little bit of the "drop off" in the ocean.
thank you dave!
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Your Welcome . I really like the shape and texture of those rocks. Do they form a cave in the center?

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Your Welcome . I really like the shape and texture of those rocks. Do they form a cave in the center?
yes there is, but you can only see it on the other side, its where the shrimps hide.
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