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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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What Direction should I go in.

This is my first post so firstly, Hello. It really is a pleasure to be here. I've been lurking on the site for a while but I'm not sure if this is the right section but here goes.

A combination of circumstances means my tank is in dire need of a revamp. I've never had any clear direction or goal for the tank I just love the hobby and so have tried different things with varying degrees of success but right now my filter is and has been busted for a few months. Low turn over rate has resulted in various algae blooms but having dealt with algae before that's not my major concern. What I'm here for is clear direction on where to take my tank. I like the idea of a Dutch but I'm having trouble with my plant list and usually buy plants which should do ok in my tank but fail while others which should fail are absolutely fine. Some stats...

Tank: 180L / 47.5gal
Lighting: 2X 35 W Day and Nature 9000K And 4100K
Filter: just ordered Ehiem Pro 3 2073 (for tanks upto 350L)
CO2: Pressurized
Plants: Hygro mini, Micranthemum Monte-Carlo, 1 large Hygro
Ferts: EI
Fauna: 5-6 Bee shrimp, 6 rasbora.
Substrate Eco Complete.

Oddly enough the Monte carlo carpet while not in the best state is still ok despite me not adding ferts for months on account of the broken/low turn over filter.

Primarily a plant list which will do well with my setup. And also a list which has a diverse range of colour.

Please excuse the essay. Though I hope it conveys my genuine need for help and ability to take direction.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2015, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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I had it suggested to me that I should perhaps move this to the plants section.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-23-2015, 04:38 AM
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You have not told us what substrate you are using.

Is your personal preference is a planted tank with emphasis on the plants - absolutely no hard-scapes and indifferent to fishes

Or is it more of plants as some of the rest?

If you have a choice, you have a problem, till you elect your choice. No choice, no problem, only consequences, learn to live with them.
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My apologies about the substrate, I'm using eco complete and have added that to the op. It has a decent carpet of monte-carlo which I believe is a hybrid of HC. Whatever the case it is quite resilient and was growing quite fast at one point. I also have Bee shrimp which are berried, I'm maintaining a tds under 400 which for these London Bred Bee shrimp seems to be ok. The Rasboras can be removed to a smaller backup tank and I'm totally open to anything else.

I'd like it to be heavily planted but also have an active small fish which are 100% shrimp safe. With the new filter (due to arrive on monday) Being for aquariums up to 350L then once things have settled get a small center piece apisto borelli pair as I've kept them in the past successfully with shrimp too. But right now a colorful planted tank is the main focus. Once I get that sorted and everything stable I'll add fish.

I was thinking about a school of Pseudomuguil Gertrudae rainbows which I stumbled across recently but again plants first.
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Are you using GH booster? I found that even though my water GH is 3-4 there wasn't enough magnesium for easy Rotala. GH booster is part of EI dosing!

Keep to the smaller leaved easy plants and you can have a fantastic tank. Find the general rules of dutch scaping and just use the plants that work best for you. Use light and dark green as contrast if reds are hard. Even if Rotala is supposed to be red if it is growing well then use it as a light green plant. Remember texture and leaf shape is important as well.


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Hi Kathyy

I live in London and have kept Rotala with relative ease via EI dosing. I mention my location because London's water is laden with metals so I think I've been ok without the GH booster.
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you mentioned "small fish that are 100% shrimp safe" What fish are those please? my previous attempts at cohabitation have resulted in a shrimp buffet.

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you mentioned "small fish that are 100% shrimp safe" What fish are those please? my previous attempts at cohabitation have resulted in a shrimp buffet.
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