120cm Nature Aquarium

ChrisD80

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Hello everyone,

I will set out details of my aquascape below, which was first flooded on 26/04/2020 and, after several weeks of 'dark start' with a cycled filter running, first planted on 06/06/2020.

Thanks
Chris
 

ChrisD80

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Here is a picture taken a couple of days ago and i will post some of the earlier shots as well.
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ChrisD80

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Aquarium
L 120cm x D 53cm x H 50cm 12mm Opti-white glass
Frosted backing

Cabinet
`Kitchen unit reinforced and adapted

Lighting
Fluval 3.0 Plant (46w)
2x Aquaray Grobeam 500 (12w each)
2x Aquaray Grobeam 600 (12w each)
iQuatics light mounting system
2x LED strip backlights with WIFI

Filtration
Eheim 2075 filled with Seachem Matrix with 1.2litre pre-filter filled with sponges and in-line Eheim universal pump 1200 ltrhr
Another filter as above to be added (currently on old aquarium)

Inflow-outflow
Stainless steel inflow with surface skimmer and outflow pipe
Eheim double tap connectors
16/22mm PVC tubing

Heating
Hydor in line heater
Inkbird ITC-306A WIFI controller

Carbon
2kg CO2 fire extinguisher
CO2 Art Elite Regulator with solenoid (bubble counter removed)
UP Aqua in line atomiser (1 for each filter)
Aquasabi C02 splitter
Dwyer Instruments RMA-150-SSV flowmeter
C02 tubing

Fertiliser
D-D P1 Dosing pump
TNC Complete

Water
Pumped reverse osmosis (TDS 7)
Remineralised with TNC GH Boost to GH 6, KH <2

Hardscape
Fossilised wood stone
Manzanita branches

Substrate
JBL Volcano Mineral (in filter media bags)
ADA Amazonia
Tropica Aquarium Soil Powder
ADA Colorado sand
ADA Aqua Gravel
 

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Anubius Nana Mini
Anubius Nana Coin leaf
Bolbitis Heteroclita Difformis (in-vitro)
Bolbitis Heudelotii
Bucephalandra ‘Caterina'
Bucephalandra ‘Red'
Bucephalandra ‘Theia Green'
Bucephalandra ‘Wavy Green'
Cryptocoryne Parva (in vitro)
Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Tropica’
Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Green’
Cryptocoryne Wendtii ‘Mi Oya’
Eleocharis Acicularis (in vitro)
Eleocharis Acicularis Mini (in vitro)
Fissidens Fontanus
Hydrocotyle verticillata
Hygrophila Pinnatafida (in vitro)
Limnophila Aromatica (in vitro)
Limnophila Sessiliflora
Ludwigia arcuata (in vitro)
Ludwigia super red (in vitro)
Micranthemum Monte Carlo (in vitro)
Microsorum Pteropus ‘Trident’
Nymphaea Lotus
Rotala Vietnam
Salvinia Auriculata
Schismatoglottis prietoi
Staurogyne Repens (in vitro)
Taxiphyllum Flame Moss (in vitro)
Taxiphyllum Taiwan (in vitro)
Vesicularia montagnei (in vitro)
 

ChrisD80

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Unfortunately and very sadly I have lost many of the plants in the list above, I will expand on that in due course and hopefully someone can help me diagnose what is going wrong.
 

ChrisD80

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Thanks @kishan313 and @CooKieS for the comments. The volcano filled filter bags worked well to provide a stable platform for the higher parts, and I used cotton wool and superglue the points where the rocks were touching, disguised by covering in ground up aqua soil.
 

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Flooding for the first time:
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I hooked up an established filter, put in the manzanita branches (tied in a bundle and weighted down) and covered over with blanket to keep out the light for what turned out to be six weeks. After this time ammonia and nitrite both read zero.
 

ChrisD80

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So my original set up from memory was as follows:
Lighting - Fluval 3.0 on for 9.5 hours of which 4.5 hours at 100% intensity
Aquaray Grobeams each on for approx 3-4hrs in the middle of the photoperiod
C02 on for approx 7 hrs, about 90min before main light period - 10cc/min - dropchecker light green
Fertiliser - TNC Complete 12ml
Water - Weekly water change 50% using RO remineralised with GH boost to 4/5dGH
Temp 24degC
 

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