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Tanks size - 800mmx600mmx450mm
2 x Radion XR30W
Pressurised CO2, with Sera reader
Fluval 405- Matrix Bio filter

Aquasoil - Amazonia 2

Strike up date: Fathers Day 2012

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Just coming from SPS dominated marine tank. Thought to set up a freshwater planted, and see how I go growing an underwater garden. - certainly plenty more options for aqua scape variables. Been loving the freshwater buzz so far and thought its time to set up a journal .

Hope I have done this correctly!!

Now time to upload pics - see how that goes - stand by
 

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As i started my journal a little late, thought to share a bunch of prelude photos, of how I got to this.

My Fathers day present, set up ready to get wet!!

 

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This is about 3 weeks in - bit of an algae bloom, but the UG seems to be slowly settling in. Any growth and sustainability at this stage was very rewarding. I was unsure if success was going to be achieved with it, as I had heard mixed reviews on its success.

 

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Heres my tank at its current stage - Little dissapointed I have no more plants to buy, as set up is half the fun.

Now trimming, maintenance and hope it grows in nicely, with few isues along the way.






 

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Today I'm going to set up my lights and programme in some thunderstorms! Will post a vid once complete!

Radions with the spectrums adjusted are really giving great growth so far. I had to almost turn off the blue spectrums to he the right light. After all they are designed for marine!!
 

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I'm having trouble loading the vid onto YouTube. I will sort this out with the Mrs I think.

Got a lot of snails, that seem to multiply very quickly. I was killing them off for a while but no great results. - I will post a pic or two when Inge time, but any help on eradication would be appreciated.

I know a Paki loach will eat them up, but I also fear they will eat my yellow shrimp! Any safe suggestions?
 

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Unfortunately there are no assassins in Australia )-:
I dare say attempting to import them would be highly illegal.

back to the drawing board!!
 

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I'm dosing only at water changes, half strength only. WC are once a week to once a fortnight, depending on my mood -

Iron
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Phosphorous

I find dosing full strength gives me algae bloom - to be honest, I'm only dosing as it is said to be the done thing. However all my plants seem to growing at high rates, even when I don't dose at all. High light and CO2 sure do take care of most of it I think!
 
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