SiliKube's Setup

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    Before the "re-plant":
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    This setup had been running for over a year already and was my first attempt at just getting plants to grow. The tank had a very "natural" substrate I made from mainly garden based products. I am glad to say that I have learned a great deal more since then, and know how potentially disastrous some substrate ingredients could be.
    Anyway that being the first try I finally decided to redo not just the substrate, but everything in the tank...

    #new setup after 1 week:
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    It is a 100L, "high light" CO2 injected tank with an external canister filter rated for up to 240L tanks.
    2X25watt Gro-Lux tubes, 2X25watt cheap "full spectrum" tubes and 2X18watt Osram Bio-Lux tubes. All "old-school" T-8 tubes.Lights are set on a incremental "noon burst" method.. Totalling a combined 6 and a half hours of light.

    I do not really use alot of test kits, so I can't give any exact water readings :mad: I do test my pH every week, ranges between 6.8 -7.0.
    If there is any more "technical" questions, ask and I will try to answer.

    I replanted most of my older plants again and added some really nice stems bought at Aquah2o. The substrate consisted of a bottom thin "dust" layer of ground up clay,pottery clay powder and cleaned river sand. Over this I spread a thin layer of all the old subtrate I had. It was a mixture of peat,vermiculite and some potting soil, mixed well for a very "organic" layer?! That I then topped off with a layer of Daz Aquarium soil and a starter layer of Sera Floradepot followed by Hagen's black gravel. :eek:

    This is how the tank looks like now:

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    As you can see, I have no lawn yet!! :(

    The stem plants are becoming somewhat stunted and un-even?!. I have also concluded that trimming is an artform initself, and I can do with some more practice.

    My tenellus pretty much melted after I did a 4 day black-out. But has never fully recovered from it's intial dormant growth stage. It did however put out some new runners in the first week, after which, it just slowed down again. And now, well there almost nothing left.

    The rest are some ordinary crypts, 'green' and 'wendtii'. I have to bunches of Rotala rotundifolia, a small bunch of Micranthemum umbrosum and some other "unknowns". Dont have my list here... will get back to you!!

    The right hand side of the tank is a place holder of sorts. I still need to figure out what I am going to do there. There is alot of BBA popping up on the wood and then creeping up onto the anubias. I had to trimm of more leaves than I would have liked to. Thinking of perhaps taking at all out, and doing something with some of the gripevine pieces I found.

    Anyway, just wanted to share...!!
    Feedback Welcomed.
     
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    Well done Ruben!
    Thats an excellent planted tank you have there! WOW!
    Glad you finally share it with us, you have succeded making a beautiful aquascape
     
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    Awsome stuff!!!I love it!!!!GREAT JOB!!!!
     
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    That looks great!

    Perhaps you could do with some moss on your drift wood?
     
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    Thanks guys. I would love to get some moss soon. But right now I am struggling with the Rotala stems and some other minor "deficiencies". I added another 20w light. Fixed an old electronic ballast and added another cheap "colour bright light" I will scan in the light graph to show you guys where the peaks are situated.

    I am not sure how to proceed with my dosing routine. Still working that one out. Perhaps I can start a thread somewhere where I take it step by step and run it by the forum for more feedback.
     
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    Just replied about the fertilizer on the "Stunted" Rotala Leaves thread.

    Perhaps my comments will start more discussion about your ferts on that thread :)
     
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    Nice looking setup. Congrats :thumb:
     
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    Thanks Pedro, just took some more pictures.

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    Sorry for the double post, just wanted to add to please ignore the receding waterline!! :)
     
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    Looking damn fine Ruben. Needs some hardscape, have you considered adding some nice rocks or wood to the scape?
     
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    Very nice!!!
     
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    I'm with Cameron on the hardscape thing. A nice chunk of driftwood would look good.
     
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    Hey guys, just a quick update on my setup.
    Here are some pics I took the other nite....
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    It is a very messy tank. I am planning to re-organize soon, just trying to grow enough plant mass for a nice new much mor refined lay-out.
    Things that I have changed recently, added a stainless steel plate that serves as a pretty decent reflector. Went scrap metal hunting and found it at a steel factory that gave it to me for R40. Had to bend and cut it to fit in but turned out to be a very snug fit. Also modified the distance of the light tubes to the water surface, now the lights sit about 2cm above the water whereas they used to be more that 5cm above the water surface level. Here is a quick shot of what a R40 custom DIY reflector looks like: :)

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    I still need to sort out the wiring!!

    I have added extra Fe to my trace dosing routine. It made a big difference and overall plant health improved. Although I still get stunted rotala leaves, the other plants all look very happy. I am leaning towards a possible calcium shortage. Which is next to experimented with. Yes, I know all you "walstead" people do not tinker with your water!! ::)

    There is also a slow spreading BBA plauge!!! It has set up home on the piece of driftwood that I was trying to grow a nice bunch of Java Ferns on. Which is the reason why I do not want to remove the wood, but will have to, probably very much sooner than later....

    Still have the gripevine wood that I collected that can take the place of the infected piece, pitty I will loose my baby bush of Java Ferns that are only now starting to spread out on the wood.

    Sorry just saw how much I have typed already, so I am going to cut it short ...

    This is what it looks like now, a messy setup heading for a "haircut"!!
     
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    wow!!
    your plants are looking incredibly healthy, well done Ruben
    you must be doing something right in there, it looks amazing :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
     
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    Thnks JP! Perhaps now that the plants can take care of themselves, I can try to improve my "aquascaping" skills. I so badly want a pair of scissors and tweezers for christmas....!!
     
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    Hey Guys.

    Small update. The setup is in its third month and seems to be setting down just fine. Apart from small lay-out changes and some "Die-Hard" algae I am quite happy with the progress at this point in time:
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    I am still open to any suggestion on how to maybe make the lay out look a bit "cleaner"?!

    Here is a better view of the grapevine pieces I added...

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    Any feedback or critique welcome.
     
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    wow ruben, that tank looks awesome!
    that underwater jungle must be like a paradise to your fish, i want one! lol
     
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    VERY NICE!!!!!!
     
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    Now thats a tank to be proud of, the grapevine made a huge difference.
    Nice one, Ruben. :thumb:
     
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