First tank journal

Discussion in 'Aquascaping and Member's Setups' started by Llewellyn, Aug 24, 2014.

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    Our photo journal for our first ever fish tank.

    14th June 2014
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    28th June
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    9th July
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    18th July
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    24th August
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    Started fertilising about a month ago. The difformis has been the fastest grower, we've had to cut it back several times. Our glosso is trying to escape its island; still deciding if I should let it roam or cut the runners. There's one downoi plant which is shriveled and stunted now, but we tried. I know that micranthemum should probably get off the wood since it's not going to attach there, so we have been cutting pieces off and planting in soil. Anyways suggestions welcome :) We're not taking the aquascaping too seriously at the moment, we just trying to keep plants and fish alive before getting fancy.

    Flora:
    • Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia'
    • Anubias barteri var. nana
    • Anubias sp. petite
    • Bacopa caroliniana
    • Glossostigma elatinoides
    • Hemianthus callitrichoides
    • Hygrophila difformis
    • Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae
    • Limnophila aromatica
    • Micranthemum umbrosum
    • Microsorum pteropus 'petite'
    • Pogostemon Helferi
    • Rotala sp. h'ra
    • Rotala sp. green
    • Staurogyne repens
    • Some sort of moss.
    Fauna:
    • 2 x Panda coridoras
    • 4 x Otocinclus
    • 1 x Siamese algae eater
    • Many ramshorn snails
    • Still looking for a school
    Doing EI dosing of
    • Potassium Nitrate
    • Potassium Phosphate
    • Magnesium Sulphate
    • Dolomite
    • Plantex CSM+B
     
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    Looking great!
     
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    Some decent planning going into this from the start. It looks good.
     
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    Looking good.
     
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    Stunning! Love to see how it comes together from the start!
     
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    I like it but I think your nice rock/wood layout has been lost with the stems.
     
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    i dig the added rock work!! :) nicely done
     
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    Yeah it wasn't what I originally had in mind but beggers can't be choosers. Most of our plants were freebies of stem cuttings. Maybe one day I will pull some of them out and replace with something smaller
     
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    Now this is what you call planning Well done. A good lesson to learn, fail to plan, plan to fail.
     
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    This went south since we had kids. There's more fish poop and ramshorn shells than substrate. I think it's time to go the nuclear option and start over with something zero maintenance
     
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    No no very savable .... good vacuum, less blue light, a few BIG WC - remove any dead fish snails as a result of the big WC and add loads of aeration to help restore the bacterial balance in the tank.

    Any tank plant that survived this is a low / zero maintenance tank.

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    just did a water top-up on such a tank ...

    You can DO IT !!!!

    Later Ferdie
     
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