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    Hi all,

    I’m finally brave enough to share my attempt at a planted tank. I think I finally have all the plants I want, though they still need to grow in a lot. Below are some pics of the setup. Criticism more than welcome!

    Dimensions: 120x45x45
    Lighting: 4x54watt T5 with reflectors
    Subrate: Building sand with Osmocote thanks to @AdrianT
    Filters: 1x Aquaclear110, 1x Aquaclear50 and 1xinternal filter (For CO2 diffusion)

    Plants: Many, ek sal selfs hulle name leer eendag wanneer ek groot is.
    Fish: Some, still busy stocking... slowly

    Dosing Seachem Flourish and Excel, will be adding DIY CO2 when I've earned the right to do so (Thesis made me promise)

    Full tank shot:
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    Panorama:
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    Close-ups:
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    PS, cellphone pics....
     
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    Lyk goed man....not bad for a Roux
     
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    Nice setup. I just still have to figure out how to post pics.
     
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    Good start bud! Are those Crypto. Pygmae? (3rd pic front):thumb:

    Take care with that fish, they like highly oxygenated cold water.. and high flow. And from my understanding, they are notorious for being escape artists..
     
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    Very cool tank.
     
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    Nice man,post some pics when it grows out
     
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    Looking good! And great to meet you. Looking forward to seeing this tank grow!
     
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    Hi guys, thanks for all the kind words!

    @Chongkie, those are actually cryptocoryne petchii "pink" (I think), which came in with the anubiu shipment the other day. Was looking for the pygmy, but so far they are doing pretty well and have all started growing new leaves etc...

    @AdrianT, the feeling is mutual! Can't wait to see you fill up that beast of yours... It seems you are living the dream ;)

    Also, I added DIY CO2 today. Might have slightly overdone it with the yeast. I'm currently diffusing the CO2 with the internal filter outlet, however, I'll be improving on this a bit in the very near future. Some of the plants started pearling almost immediately, which leads me to a quick question:

    I'm guessing pearling is a pretty good sign and basically means the plants are happyish. My question is, will the plants pearl if there is some sort of deficiency, or is it as simple as, if they pearl, all is well?

    CO2 through internal filter...
     
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    Also, thanks for the heads-up on the fish. I've seen videos of them climbing, also know that they probably prefer a fast flowing river setup. So far so good though.... I'm actually trying to keep the water temp at the bottom end of what the fish prefer, also, I have PLENTY of filtration with surface movement. The only real concern is them going for a walk, so I'm wanting to DIY something. Till such time arrives, I've asked them to approach the water surface with caution...
     
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    Update: Plants growing well with CO2!

    Anubias flower; A first for me
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    View from desk
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    Really like the left corner of tank
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    The right side is a bit of a work in progress. The sword plants aren't really turning out the way I thought it would. The center-back is also a bit off a mess, I'll probably end up using only one plant there and I need to trim and replant the center carpet.

    All in all, I'm just trying to experiment a bit, as I'll be tearing down the tank in a couple off months... Any feedback will be much appreciated.
     
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    The plants have really grown out well! moving the position of some of them may help them to grow better like your Swords, perhaps they aren't too happy where they are for some reason. I found this with swords in my tank, moved them to another spot and they just took off.
     
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    I really like this has a ordered chaos look to it.
     
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    Thanks guys,

    Mark, you inspired me to rescape... So moved all the swords (6 of them) to where I can actually see them. I also took out the stem mixture in the center and moved it to where the swords where. Wanting it to grow into a thick bush. Also swapped the filter intake and spray-bar so the stems can grow upright. Pics or it didn't happen...

    Swords and 'cleaner' center:
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    Stems on the right of the tank now. I want the carpet to fill the front right corner, then I'll keep the middle stem about the length it is currently, but more bushy, and then right back I want full grown forest.
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    And full tank shot (It's really not as yellow as in the picture)
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    Thoughts?
     
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    I think your tank looks yellow becuase of the tannins from the wood.Either way its a realy nice looking tank.
     
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    Thanks man! And what I meant with the yellow is, in person the water is crystal clear, it's just the cellphone pics that makes the tank look yellow for some reason (there's probably an app for that, but I'll just wait till I'm really happy with the tank, then I'll get a proper camera to take pics).
     
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    try a different white balance setting. the fluorescent and the day time/light setting usually works for me
     

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