New Java fern nano

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    Hi All

    I started a new nano over the weekend. Decided to go low tech and basic.

    Tank dimensions: 50x34x33
    50w heater
    Aquaclear 200 HOB
    Light: Heto 11w T2 6500K
    Substrate: crushed lava rock
    Rocks: picked up at beach
    Fauna: 10x Cardinals
    Flora: Java fern, Singapore moss (carpet), brazillian pennwort

    The water, filter,plants and substrate came from an existing tank so there was no need for cycling.
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    Oooo, Going to look awesome.

    One thread to keep a eye on!! ;D
     
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    yeah, i am looking forward to this one :)
     
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    Awesome pictures with the way you set this one up. It is definitely going to a very interesting thread to follow.

    Have to ask where you got those rocks from?

    :)
     
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    Thanks guys I appreciate constructive critisisms too. All imputs welcome.
    I found the rocks at the beach between Sunrise Circle and Strandfontein, where the pine poles are.
    I hope the Singapore moss works well as a carpet. Wish me luck! ;)
     
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    Wow, when we spoke earlier I did not imagine something as impressive as this.

    Really like the layout and don't worry, if the Singapore moss does not work out for you, then you can always come get some Spiky or Taiwan moss from me.
     
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    Wow... really love the layout.... esp the rocks ! good luck and i hope it grows out soon...
     
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    DUDE! u guys in ct have such nice variety of rocks to choose from!!! dammit.. my sis was in ct last week.. cant believe i forgot to tell her to get me some rocks!!

    and +1 on the cool scape man! this has inspired me :)
     
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    haha, hey sis get me some rocks.

    no i'm not a crackhead, i meant real stone rocks...
     
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    Thanks guys! The actual planning took longer than the setup. It took me about 2hrs too get the layout perfect. Cutting the mesh to fit took a while, I did it this way so I can remove the moss to trim it. Thereby not making a mess in the tank.

    RC - thanks for the offer dude, lets see if the Singapore moss works first, might hold you to it later ;)

    Do you guys think I should up the lighting? I know the moss growth will probably slow under this light but I didn't want it too harsh for the Cardinals.
     
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    Discovered my impellar broke, what a joke...not!!! Nog geld. :(
     
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    Hi Boebie
    Like your set up
    Where did you get the mesh to cover your moss? It is really a novel idea
     
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    I believe Stodels sell that particular mesh.
     
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    speaking of rocks,the black rocks that u buy at garden centers,are they coated or are they naturaly black.i ask coz im goin to set up a 2 footer soon and am planing to use black rocks.
    Can i use coated/ painted rocks
     
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    I did get it at Stodels a long time ago, can't remember pricing.
    Thanks Ross
     
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    Hi Ebrahim,

    Depends on the rock! Some are naturally dark, but few natural rocks are "black" (plenty of dark grey ones though) - about the only "black" rock you're likely to see regularly in large chunks is obsidian, which is very "glassy". Generally, I wouldn't recommend putting anything coated in your tank - you can never be sure what they're coated with. Often, I've found "black" rocks are frequently dark grey with a dark waxy substance on them - putting them in boiling water leads to waxy scum coming off - if it does this, don't use them in your tank. I found a nice bag of flat, smooth round stones at Mr. Price Home once, but sadly they ended up being coated, so I couldn't use them :(

    You should be able to find some slate or shale around the place that's a pretty dark grey. I was tempted to pick a bunch up last weekend as I drove through a pass that cut through a rock formation called Ecca Shale, but there wasn't really any safe place to stop :(
     
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    thanx 4 the info.
    What about those pebbles that landscapers use in gardens.if i boil them and do the vinegar fizz test will they be ok to use.there are loads of redish ones around where i live(in peoples gardens,maybe i could liberate some 4 aquarium use.lol)?
     
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    Try scraping (see if any waxy or painty things scrape off) try boiling and try the fizz test - pool acid works better than vinegar, but watch yourself! Note that if you're happy to have "hard" water in your tank (i.e. your planned fish and plants don't mind it) the fizz test is optional.
     
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    im planing to use rocks in a 2 foot for white cloud minnows.do they like hard water?
     
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    from what i heard, they do!
     

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