"Peace in nature" by Pierre07

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    Hi guys
    After breaking down all my tanks I decided to setup one tank only. After cleaning all equipment and selvageing substate, washing out all the gunk and drying the substrate out in shallow trays in the sun. After rinsing plants with tap water I kept them going in a holding tank with a air filter and air stone. supplied them with minimal light and added some excel daily and dosed some tropica green by occasion. Then after all the prepping was done I got some spider wood from Sarie "AquaS" today and started setting up again from scratch with a clean start. This is what I managed to come up with.

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    Tank - 10 gallon 45cm x 27cm x 30cm High
    lights - 3 x 13w Atman clip on lights 7200k
    Filtration - fluval 105 canister filter
    heater - no heater at the moment
    CO2 - pressurized with glass defuser
    substate - to fill in at the back some mocrobe lift plant substrate and the rest aquasoil.
    Fertiliser - will be discem products and trelmix for traces. Also added some osmocote under the substrate for extra root feeding.
    Photo taken 10min after filling so everything must still settle, grow in and mature. Hopefully over the next three months this tank will have done just that.

    hope you enjoy
     
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    Re: little peice of nature

    looking good!! My 4ft scape is 6 months old now and i have to say all the slow growers is looking fab. so with your tank it will look good and keep on looking good for some time.
     
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    Re: little peice of nature

    Thank you ivan :occasion14:
     
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    Re: little peice of nature

    Would love to see this tank mature.
     
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    Re: little peice of nature

    also :thumbsup:
     
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    little peice of nature

    Stunning tank man! Wish I could scape tanks looking this natural
     
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    Re: little peice of nature

    Thanks all I'm sure in time it will grow in and mature nicely.
     
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    Re: little peice of nature

    If you flop the image and add a little moss it reminds me of the current TOTM, while
    the fish look very similar :)

    Great little scape in the making !

    Was trying to see what you had in the foreground, but difficult to zoom in with great clarity or is it
    Lilaeopsis brasiliensis on the right and glosso left ? :scratch:
     
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    @ Trevor forground plants is a Mix of Micro Sword on the front right HC on the left and some hairgrass in some places. Hoping for it to create a sort of mixed carpet in the end with places that is more dominant in the varies plant species. Also got some tenelis in the left back and front right. Will see how this works out
     
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    Re: little peice of nature

    Thanks, Micro sword being the same as Lilaeopsis brasiliensis of course..also like the idea of a subtle mix of carpet plants :thumbsup:
     
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    Been playing with some backgrounds. Think the white will work for the tank, but maybe something a little transparent so I can add a back light to it. :scratch:
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    Very clean!

    Now i just want to fast forward a year..
     
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    Nice tank. Why do you have so much surface agitation whilst running CO2?
     
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    Thanks guys :thumbsup:
    @ Raymond lots of tank maintenance = very clean tank. :evil6: Did 50% water change every freaking night since setup and removed any melting plant material. Cleaned the filter ones already. Added seachem stability every day to help the filter along. Dosing EI but divided into 7 doses. So dosing after each water change. Also dosing excel after each water change just as a precaution to algae. So all round good maintenance :headbang: Hopefully I will be rewarded for my efforts :evil6:

    @ Joshua Tree the photo I took was taken more than 30min after my lights went off. CO2 is hooked up to the same timer as my lights. So when I switched on the lights to play the CO2 went on with it. Air stone only runs during the night. ;D
     
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    Cool. Thanks :icon_thumright:

    You don't stagger your lights and your CO2 coming on and off? :icon_study:
     
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    Now what fish would work in this tank and how many. Would like to also add say 3 ottos in the tank and a few creepy crawlies at some point in time. Will only start adding live stock after four to six weeks in.
    Also would a little 17L tank be big enough for a quarantine tank. Would like to keep fish in there for a few weeks before adding them to this tank :scratch:
     
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    Not this time round use to do it. A few members do the same with no ill effects and you use less timers
     
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    I used my 12l as a quarantine tank for awhile. I had a small internal filter which had Seachem Matrix added to it. Did the job but maybe I was just lucky.
     
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    would only add say max 5 small fish in at a time. Add a sponge filter and small 25w heater?
     
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    I can recommend the Sicce Scuba 25w heaters. They are expensive but I found them to be the best at maintaining the temperature.

    Regarding the sponge filters, where is your beneficial bacteria? I assume it will grow in the sponge but how effective are they? I know guys use them for breeder tanks but they do daily water changes...
     

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