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3rd Attempt - Horizon 130 litre

chr15_8

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Hi all,
So I've decided its time for a planted tank. Had my first planted tank about 12 years ago, more recently set up a small fluval flex which was low tech but thats now just home to some cherry shrimp and the 2 remaining fish from 4/5 years ago.

The new tank is a Aqua One Horizon 130. Not seen many of these tanks about. The set up came with an LED light, internal filter and heater all which will all be replaced.

Filtration
Oase biomaster 350 thermo.
Lighting
I'm still not 100% sure of yet but probably a twinstar of some type.
Co2
Will be a Fire extinguisher Co2 setup as I still have my regulator from my marine tank days with an inline reactor.
Substrate
Tropica soil in the raised sections with a sand around the front and up the valley.

Fish/inverts
Will mainly be small species. So far below is what I have in mind
15x Chilli Rasboras
15x Blue emperer
6x Neon blue Gobies
6x Peacock Gobies
8x Otos (once its mature enough)
Cherry Shrimp
Amano shrimp

Planting
Will mainly consist of plants within the raised sections with maybe the odd piece dotted about on the sand.
Ludwigia mini super red
Dwarf Hairgrass
Rotala Wallichii
Pogosteman Erectus
Anubias Nana
Echinodorus 'Aquartica'
Bacopa Compacta
Lindernia rotundifolia

Thanks for looking
Chris
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chr15_8

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So added the sand last weekend, set up the filter and added some water. Only have the lights on for a few hours a day when I get home as I have no plants/stock in there. There is already something growing on the bogwood. Not sure if its a fungus or algae though? Any suggestions?

Need to set the CO2 up still and need to get an external reactor. Thinking of getting a cheap skimmer from APS as well to take the film away from the surface. Also need to finalise my plant list!

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Paul Kettless

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Well you have a good start there and will be interesting to see it planted up. This is only an observation, so please only take this as constructive criticism from someone very new to scaping, but the wood to my eyes is too upright and doesn't appear very natural (except for the 2 pieces left of the valley) I wonder if introducing some angles wouldn't help give more harmony. Maybe when planted up this will be less obvious.

The growth on the wood is perfectly normal and will soon go. You can remove it with your finger tips or a toothbrush if it bothers you at all. You could try facing the spray bar upwards to give some more surface agitation, that will hopefully help reduce the surface skim. Saying that the little skimmers do work well.
 

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