AndriesJ's 60 liter planted tank

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    This poor tank is what got me into the hobby. After keeping fish for a while, I got one of those 60liter starter tanks with everything included.
    I used everything except the white course fish tank gravel and opted for river sand.
    I went out and bought a hand full of plants, stems mostly and then some crypts and an Anubia.

    Stuck everything in the sand, poured in the water (with "dechlor") switched on the light and let it be on its way. This tank have been running since 1 Novermber 2012. No major outbreaks or anything, until recently.

    This tank housed alot of "rescues" plants and fish from people that either lost interest or found out they where incompatible with their current tanks. At least now for the first time in 18 months I have decided on the fish.

    My "nightmare" on this tank started with an ick outbreak a month ago after I introduced a sick fish. This was treated with a heat treatment 30'C for a week and regular water changes. NO MEDS!

    After this I had a hair algae outbreak that is just about under control now, after more water changes and adjusting my photo-period.

    I will post some pictures I took over the past two years as soon as I can get them.
     
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    show us! :p
     
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    Ok. First pic. Just after it started. Nothing really to show random plants in random places with a pile of rocks.

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    Second pic. Only change was the growth. Oh and some carpet that failed due to low lights.

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    Last pic. More recent. Added some wood. And Vallis.

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    You can see. Nothing really to talk about. But its mine and I like playing.

    Will take more pics after the next trim and move.
     
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    Update please!
     
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    This tank was supposed to be for Dario dario. I did all my research, (at that point I was still more interested in the fish than the plants). I had varios containers outside for cultivating my own live foods since they are "picky micro preditors" I had containers for daphnia and mosquito larvae.
    Soft fine substrate, rocks and some plants, that I was assured would grow fast and provide a lot of cover.

    This was all until I found out that no-one in Cape Town stocks these little gems. At that point I didn't know of the online shops (mind you we didn't have that many 2 years ago). I am still a little apprehensive to order live stock on-line. Anyways. Long story short, since I couldn't get the fish I really wanted, live stock in this tank was non existent, this is how the tank became the "rescue tank". It housed various fish that was destined to be flushed. The only fish currently in there that was planned is my lovely group of Ottos and my male albino bristlenose.

    Complete side track, isnt it funny that how when you stop looking for that ONE FISH, it becomes as common as grass? Look at my Ancistrus, I so wanted one, and the LFS's had them few and far between and then at a hefty price. Then once I decided well bugger that, I am happy with my ottos, every other LFS had Ancistrus, common, albino, long finned ... and at very reasonable prices.

    Back to my 60liter.
    Plans for the future: Let it grow and "evolve" as it sees fit.
     
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    Thanks for the update and pics. Murphy's law how that works eh :D

    Hope you don't mind my input... trim those stems at the back and replant the trimmings. The stems you trim will grow bushier and fill the space really nicely.
     
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    Do not mind the input at all. Will take a photo tonight. As I have been waiting for the water to clear a bit. But this tank received a replant over the weekend, stems have been trimmed and moved to the other side of the tank. Wood and Valis have been moved. Rocks have been removed, except for the one that the Anubia attached it self to.
     
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    Oh cool, pics :D
     
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    Last night was a little busy with the treescape and trying to settle my male bristlenose after he didn't like the new friend.
    Had to remove the driftwood to catch the "friend" and as such stired up some "stuff" and didnt want to take a pic.

    The plants is in dire need of some maintenance again. Will do that over the weekend. But here is a pic as promised.

    As you can see some minor changes since the last photo.

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    Nice :) Is that a lace leaf in the front (can't think of the name now)
     
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    that looks like a sword with its leaves grazed to the veins :p

    bristlenose? or bristlenose sword? :p
     
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    or that :D hehe
     
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    Yup. Its a bristlenose sword. Hehe. Need to trim back the old leaves.
    Trim the stems again.
    Clean the glass. Water marks on the outside.
    Decide what I want to do with the big anubia.
     
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    Buggers.... can't believe it. Was scheduled to rescape today... then I found these
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    Counted 7 batches of 2...

    Only fish I have is
    1 Lone male ancistrus
    2 Peppered cories
    6 Ottos.

    Who do you think is the culprits?

    Guess the rescape will have to wait
     
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    Carries or ottos
     
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    Ottos congrats dude check them in two days
     
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    Reaally hoped so.
    Guess they wont hatch faster the more I look at them? Haha.
    They do seem to multiply tho. More and more patches since I first noticed them.
    Will keep you updated. Fingers crossed for good results.
    Even if nothing happens. At least I know my fish are happy ... yay me!
     
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    FANTASTIC! congrats AndriesJ :D Little babies everywhere ;)
     
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    updates!!!
     
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    No real update yet. Rushed home hoping to find the eggs have hatched. Seems like about half the visible eggs went white. Other eggs seem to develop slowly.
    Will update again soon hopefully with goodnews.
     

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