Alton Journal: MY 225lt Planted Tank

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    So I just join this community and it feels great to be here. I see most of the members make their own journal , so now I'm doing mine . Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions

    Setup :

    Tank size: 1220x440x400 mm
    Light: 2x Ai.M Bio-Lux 40W
    1x Ai.M Day Hi-Glow 40W
    Filtration : RS Electrical RS-55 ,950lt/hour ,Size:290x290x445mm
    CO2 : DIY CO2 diffuser (with a Resun King 2 pump 1000lt/hour )
    Water temp : 25C
    pH Level : 7.4

    Fish Feed : Blood Worms, Flakes , Ground Pellets.
    Plant Feed: 101 Fish Plant Nutrition Additive TL-6815
    Fish: 5 Yoyo, 2 Zebra, 2 Clown Loaches ,4 Gold Algae Eaters, 4 Algae Eaters ,2 Sword Tails , 12 Neon's , 2 Sliver Tips , 6 Pepper cat, 5 Pristella Tetra(x-Ray) , 2 Hoplo catfish , 1 Blue Ram

    Plants: Java Ferns ,Alternanthera reineckii 'Purple',Vallisneria spiralis 'Tiger, Aponogeton crispus 'Red' ,Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia , Ludwigia Repens and a few other witch I can't ID
    This a pics of what it looked like .

    10.09.2010
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    Current look
    11.09.2010 Right
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    Ok so if made some changes . I removed all my non-aquatic pants and replaced the front right grass plant with this . Got no idea what they are called , but they grow very fast . Had them in my 50lt tank.
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    This space I would like to stick some Java moss on the sides of the drift wood to proved more cover for my loaches . Also replanted the Java Fern on the one drift wood and this little tool came in handy. This tool I used to make my own saltwater flies back in the days :)
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    And here make a moss wall to cover up that bad glass .





     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    Very nice setup.

    IMO the temp is a bit low. Ideal temp will be 27 °C.
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    how would this evect my neons ?
     
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    I'm not sure, but the Neon's in their natural habitat has a temp between 26 and 27 °C.
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    Thanks for the info. Will this promote an increase in plant grow rate if i change the temp to 27C?

    Also some bad news . My lit has rotted so bad that my light are starting to come out . But I'm busy fixing it with what I've got @ home .
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    So basically I took a BIG PVC pipe cut it in half . After that cut some small riffs on the sides to prevent it from sliding off . Now I'm just waiting for my friend to bring his drill so that I can drill some holes for the light fixtures
    Will post some more pics once I'm done
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    "Plants, like all living things, need water to grow, but the temperature of the water can have an effect on that growth. There is not complete consensus on the effect of warm water on plant growth, but there have been studies showing definite differences, albeit somewhat slight."

    I got this from a website.

    Hope it answers your question.

    I like the DIY!! I like the PVC pipe idea, might give it a try! ;D
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    Thanks Q89
    I'm done with the fix and this is the final results .
    View from the top
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    I noticed that there more light in the tank (+1)
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    it actually doesnt look too bad.. maybe paint the pvc pipe the same colour as the wood to give it more of a complete look :)
     
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    it prob makes the tank brighter as well
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    Looking very nice, would love to see ones the plants starts spreading.
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    looks good alton!

    are you hatching brine shrimp, what is the bottle for?
     
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    Thx all . ;D


    Thats my CO2 DIY . Is there beter DIY methods than that out there .
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    The lights looks really nice!!
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    Just some reading parameter

    pH 7.4
    NH3\NH4+ :0
    NO2:0
    Cl2:0
    Fe:0
    CO2:16ppm
    NO3:25 high range 5.0 low range
    I get a reading of 0 Fe is this good ? and would I need to increase it with the type of plants I've got ?
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    iron tests are notoriously in accurate. you can get some kent iron or seachem iron, or any of the other iron supplements and add some of this, you have to add loads of iron to run into trouble so dosing as per the recommended levels even if you already have iron in your tank will not cause any issues...
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    Well I'm getting the following
    1 x Seachem flourish Iron 500ml
    1 x Seachem flourish exel 500ml

    I see there's Seachem Amguard Liquid 500ml can I use this with my cycling water and how good is this ?
     
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    Re: Alton Journal: MY 250l Planted Tank

    I got my moss today
    Java moss
    Spiky moss
    Taiwan moss
    Flame moss

    Java moss
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    Flame moss
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    Full Shot
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    nice! show some pics soon!! :)
     
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    nice job with the moss!

    can you explain how your CO2 is working? it looks like you get quite a mist of bubbles coming out of there...
     
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