After many months building a DIY cabinet for the tank, I am ready to start :)
Cabinet was built with 19 mm waterproof MDF. The height is 1 m.
I spent a lot of time to seal and coat the MDF. One layer of polyurethane sealant, two layers of polyester primer, then one coat of polyurethane...
First planted tank - 55 days in. See images for layout and plants. I've got 14 happy harlequin rasboras swimming around a fully cycled tank (still trying to keep nitrates down, taking almost daily water changes for that.
But my carpet plants are suffering from a brown algae...
I have been working on this tank for a while now. I was working in a position where I had to compromise a lot. This is our kitchen and the only place for a main tank in the house, but there was a radiator in the way! The space is almost 5ft, but very shallow (the wife still wanted a...
I got these rocks from my LFS, the owners said they are safe for aquarium and growing plants etc. However I didn't manage to ask for the name of the rock. Fast forward, I soaked the rocks in hot water for a few hours, and there were obvious red/orange dust/powder thing that came off. Then I...
I've checked out the forum for threads on Fishless Cycling but couldn't quite find the answer to my question, please therefore forgive me for starting a new thread on cycling a tank.
So, I've had my new 20l nano tank set up for about 4 weeks now, with 50% water changes daily for first...
I am completely rescaping my aquarium. Setup info:
1. Size of tank : 54 litres (60x30x30)
2. Age of the system approximately : Complete rescape of old system (running since a year)
3. Filtration: Fluval 106 external filter containing sponges and 1 tub section filled with bio media.
I have a 29Gal tank, I am using a fire extinguisher CO2 cylinder as a source of pressured setup. Currently, I have a ceramic diffuser which is located beneath a small 3W power filter. I want to set a venturi setup. will it improve my Co2 diffusion or not?
My 3W power filter can be seen, it was...
I'm currently fishless cycling two tanks and I have a number of plants planted in my substrate (fluval stratum) and I just purchased three more plants yesterday and I haven't planted them. Just dropped them into the tank.
Will this cause any problems with the cycles?
I do intend to plant...
The aim of this aquascape was to create a natural planted tank that will provide a great habitat for my future wild bettas! This tank was set up on 1/3/20 (I have been really lazy and forgot to post this earlier!).
Tank: 50cm x 30cm x 30cm (45 Litres) (Opti White Front Panel)...
Hi everyone, I’m Lou from Manchester and I love keeping fish and plants. I have had an aquarium since I was 14 and was aquascaping right from the start. Back then it wasn’t called aquascaping, I was just going for the most natural look possible. I care for, and am tinkering with a 250ltr 1m x0.5...
550L Planted aquarium build
We have recently just set up a planted aquarium for our client in London. The client was looking for a heavily planted double island style aquascape in their living space. Any feedback is appreciated (good or bad)!!
Tank: 550L or...
Hi all, this is my first post on the forum, I'm looking for help with my planted tank, I live in Cuba and I don't know the name of most of the plants, but all seem to be doing ok, the thing is I recently bought a little ludwigia plant and want to know what parameters do I need for it to grow...
I just created my tank last night using the Walstad method (I think).
First time doing this and I really hope my plants survive.
If they grow nicely I would like to add in some shrimp too.
Don't have a filter on it currently because my one has gone walkabouts - was planning on...
Nice to meet you all.
I had a marine tank long time ago before the internet and I remembered how difficult it was to start and after two years there was a catastrophe and all fishes died. Then I abandoned the hobby. I didn't know about New Tank Syndrome or Old Tank Syndrome back...
Hi my name is Paul Ellis and I've just joined UKAPS. I have a fluval vincenzia 180 litre tank with two 24W flourescents. I'm hoping to turn the tank into a planted tank with some fish and I'm trying to sort out the lighting. My current lighting gives me under 1 watt per gallon and so I'm looking...
Would appreciate some help in identifying and dealing with a very recent problem!
Have had the planted tank for over a year now, and most of the leaves have developed small holes in them. When looking closer there are many black dots about 0.5mm in diameter.
Took a leaf out and under...
I am in the process of setting up a Trigon 190 planted tank. This will be my first venture into a CO2 equipped tank. However, I want to use a DIY citric acid/baking soda mixture. I have found many recipes, many designs and tons of ideas ... but no information on how much citric...
Starting a new build and this time I want to try out the dry start method with a reptile fogger mostly for mosses on my wood, although I do want to try out some other plants using the same method!
I will be using compressed CO2 on a timer once flooded and EI dosing so my main...
So my favorite LFS (www.ecoarium.pt) found me a unique old bonsai tree...
Looking at that, i realized that this beautiful piece could be almost 80% of a new aquascape with the right rocks and plants! :)
Hands on work and here i introduce my recent aquascape "Om Shanti".
Cheers guys, i am not posted journals a while ago, as things keeps me very busy, but since we're moving out of the crazy season it's time for sharing and caring again :)
I though i share my last tank which i built at home. Running a business is not easy and most of the guys who is involved...
This is probably the best spot on the web for planted tank discussions with most people eager to help us newbies out.
I had a thought and wanted UKAPS to help me out. I am planning to DSM HC for my 34g tank(36x12x18). I would carry on with the DSM till I have a desired carpet and...
I am planning on buying a 29g tank(75cm x 30cm x 45cm) and wanted to know about a good substrate for a low tech tank. No EI or CO2. I am thinking between laterite or indian river sand or ADA Amazonia. I feel I should go with amazonia because the former gave me a lot of trouble while...
I am in the process of setting up a new tank and here's what I have thought
1) I'll buy a 2.5 feet long tank roughly 25g
2)I want dense planting, basically, some swords, crypts, hygrophilias, anubias and fern
3) I want to carpet it with marselia (whichever I can find)
4) T5-40W light (I...
Hi guys and ladies,:)
I would like to find out from my fellow members if having a UV light is of any benefit in a high light planted tank.
In my past experiences with having fish only tank (not planted), my fish would scum to Ich parasite. On hind sight maybe I can could have done things a...
This is my first post to this forum. I was referred to this forum by John from Aquarium Plant Food UK.
I have recently setup my tank ( 26 days old) and all was going well when I noticed my carpet plant (Monte Carlo) and my midground plants (Staurogyne Repens & Lobelia cardinalis...
My name is John Koncz, and I'm from Hungary. My first nature planted tank is just about to start! I've been collecting knowledge and technical stuff for the past 6 months. It's been crazy, because I'm usually super impatient, but this time I knew I have to wait.
Edit: Latest FTS
Here's some quick shots of my planted angelfish tank, which has been running in this guise for about 8 months.
Tank: 120cm W x 60cm H x 38cm D
CO2: 2kg FE 12 hours 3 bps
Lights: 3*39W T5 for 7 hours
Ferts: 25ml AE Neutro+ daily
50% w/c twice a week
Finally got round to stripping down my existing low-energy scape and starting a new one...Scape-Horn; so called 'cause of the pointy rocks...did you see what I did there?:D
I'm using my usual mix of 1:1 moss peat and aquatic compost. Its 60mm at its deepest and the sand cap is a similar depth at...
With the end of 2013 fast approaching I thought it would be interesting to share our personal planted tank and aquascaping highlights from the year.
They can be anything from your own successful 'scapes, breeding fish, beating algae, new kit, new plants etc.
Mine was setting up my...
I have just joined the forums but have been browsing for a while and found them extremely informative. Three months ago I decided to take the plunge into planted aquariums with pressurised CO2. I have been gradually cycling the tank using a mature filter which is now removed and my...
This is going to be my first proper attempt at an 'aqua scape '. My previous set ups mainly consisted of low light plants which looked like a mess so want something with a little bit more work.
I am planning to plant a DSM 2 weeks today but there's a few things I need to query etc.
These are a few pictures showing the stages of my tank. After moving house I decided to treat fish and myself to a larger tank. Jewel Rio 240. I also thought I'd be artistic and call the aqua-scape "Amazon, the Evolution" The Photos show a week after setup to present i.e. a year and a half down...
As the IAPLC deadline is around the corner i thought i do open a topic on this.
ADA published a nice video on photo capturing at least for the basics.
You probably seen this before:
a week ago or so we also captured one of our tanks. since my partner keymaker (Balázs) is coming from the...
Cheers guys. Not had a journal for a long time, but i hope this isn't a problem if i will post one or 2 around these days. Maybe helpful for some as i also got a lot of inspiration here too.
This tank was rescaped a few days ago.
90P opti white 90x45x45
Filter: Eheim 2075, Eheim Skim 350...
following straight on from the brief 'Coastal Erosion' journal, i thought id better begin a new journal for the rescape.
After considering a hardscape only set up :eh: .... i came to my senses, and used the plants from coastal erosion to start the tank off. These needed adding to and...
my lad is 3 almost 4. i had my 60cm sat in the corner with a box of stone wood and substarte. i put the substarte in and left it. last night i let my little boy have a go at scaping and this is what he came up with.
ABSALUTLEY NO help from me, apart from adding the substarte.
So, it's time to get the 120cm out again, but the difference being, it's in someone else's house. my Aunty and uncles to be precise.
it's literally 2 minutes from me, so i can treat the tank as if it were my own. it's an impressive house, so i couldn't resist persuading them to have a 4 footer...
Well, my tank is here at last and im most pleased with it.
Its a 90x45x45cm optiwhite on a metalika stand from Aquariums Ltd. Had a wee problem with the original tank which was sorted with no problems by Ray at AQ and to say im happy with it is an understatement. The silicon on these tanks is...
120 x 45 x 45 240L opti-white
substrate, 5 x 10L florabase
lighting, 2 x 54wt5
filter, AquaPro NR4 1550lph, korolia no.3
injected co2 via boyou inline diffuser.
Tank: 120 x 45 x 45 optiwhite from aquariums ltd
Lighting: Arcadia 4 x 54wt5 (running 2 x 54t5)
Filter: Aquadistri 1500LPH
Co2: pressurised via in line diffuser (2 hours before lights on- 2 hours before lights off)
Ferts: EI via spoon (dry)
Substrate: Columbo flora base x 5 10L
Just thought I would post a few photos of my Juwel Rio 125.
I haven't been in the planted scene for too long, I have really started using real plants in the past 9 months, was using mainly plastic before.
Started reading the various forums on the web and also asked a lot of...
I'm collecting everything i need for an up and coming journal in my 60cm.
A change in substrate, is exciting.(thanks to Aquajardin :thumbup: ) I've used ADA in the past with tremendous results, I'm itching to get this into a tank :D
The [IWAGUMI] Project Scree aquascape has evolved after almost 7 months with the original plant layout.
Here's the original thread - viewtopic.php?f=35&t=12095
The hardscape concept, inspired from a mountaineering expedition to Snowdonia, Wales -
To final full-tank shot -
Keen to attempt...
Ehehei 777th Journal :)
That is what we have managed to do during LFKC meet on Sunday.
Huge thanks to all the guys for coming and helping with the hardscape. This would not look as it does without your help and advice.
Initially plans were very different but i am very happy how this turned out...
Llyn Peninsula (below) was stripped down this week with much regret but I wanted to have a go of using the black lava rock I picked up from a local quarry a while back.
90x45x45cm ADA Entry 2010 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
This is what ive been working on for the last few days.
Lots of prep...
Hi Guys, has some might be aware sometime ago decided to setup a shrimp only tank to see if I could breed some cherries and hopefully one day some decent Crystal Reds.
The Tank has been up and running for about a month and since over the past week I have noticed loads of little Cherries on my...
Hi, this is going to be a loooooooooong planning...
Some of you have seen my recent topic about bottom drilled tanks. Originally i wanted to go for 370L bottom drilled but decided that its a little to big and i dont have enough experience to pull it out yet and that its better to go for...
I thought i'd have a mess around with some hardscape this afternoon, ready for my new scape. The old scape will be shut down next week and i'm away on holiday for a week. I will have my plants on order over the week when i'm away and will be planting on the Friday when i get back. I have the...
Inspired by a recent mountaineering expedition to Snowdonia.
This is my third attempt at an Iwagumi, and I think it has potential. I think it's the strongest use of hardscape I've used in any design so far.
This dry run with the hardscape has been set up in a 60x30x30cm, but I will be...
Right, thought it was about time I finally start my journal especially after a few people pushing me to start it up. Brownie points to the first person to guess why I chose the name for the journal ( those who know are excluded).
Having had so much fun running high tech, there was one tank...
I dont know what to call it, its too early and i think I will only get a real feel of where it is going when im in the tank, bruising my fingers and getting angry at the tree stumps. Hopefully I wont get too frustrated about it and it will manifest itself with ease... hmm.
***WARNING*** This journal is likely to contain any, some or all of the following: mud, dirty glass, terrible typing, horrible crawly things, really boring fish, algae, piles of rotting crap, bad photography, drunken ramblings, non-existent aquascaping, total disaster and complete disregard for...
Following on from this last scape which to be honest got too grown in.
Final photo for IAPLC 2011 - #577 - The Unknown Valley
The Unknown Valley Stu Worrall - 90x45x45c IAPLC 2011 - #577 by Stu Worrall, on Flickr
Ive now stripped the tank down and started on a new design.
this time its...
Tank: ADA Cube Garden 60-P: 60 x 30 x 36cm
Cabinet: Custom made ADA Style cabinet (white)
Lighting: Custom made LEDs 30w, Custom made reflector, Customised light stand + suspension kit
Filteration: Eheim Professional 2 2026 external filter
• Filtration Media: ceramic rings...
Like a few other people on here this is not my first experience with aquariums but,it is
my first attempt at a planted one so here goes.
The tank is a braced one made by clearseal and my plan is to be very loosely based
on a South American theme ie most of the fish...