60L - Moss valley

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  1. Hendre

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    Hey guys, short introduction time! My name is Hendre and I am a teenager in South Africa. Fish are a huge hobby of mine and every tank of mine (even fry tubs) are planted to some degree. For the past year and a bit I have been collecting equipment and hardscape blah blah. This is my first serious scape so any help would be appreciated. This is what I have racked up so far :D

    First the tank:
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    I am using a 60cm tank, a perfect fit on my shelf. :)

    Hardscape:
    • Dragon rock
    • Spider wood
    • Lava rock
    Plants:
    • Cryptocoryne wendtii "green"
    • Bacopa monnieri
    • Monte carlo
    • Hygrophila pinnitafida (single piece growing out)
    • Anubias barteri "small" (More growing emersed)
    • "Taiwan" moss
    • "Erect" moss
    • "Spiky" moss
    Livestock:
    • 5x Gertrudes blue eye
    • 12x Khuli loach
    • 3x Otocinclus
    • Red cherry shrimp
    Everything is in other tanks right now, but I will pull them all together soon.
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    Equipment:
    • Tetratec ex600 canister filter
    • Glass lily pipes
    • 2kg CO2 cylinder with regulator and solenoid
    • Black ADA tubing
    • Glass bubble counter, diffuser etc. I have a smaller diffuser somewhere
    • 12W LED lighting rig, it's pretty strong!
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    The dry start will run until the end of November, or longer. I am very excited!

    If anyone has comments or tips for me, I'd appreciate it greatly! :)


    Till next time,
    Hendré
     

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  2. Hendre

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    Appears I missed the lighting :wacky: IMG_20181021_155151.jpg
     
  3. Hendre

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    A week into the dry start :) IMG_20181028_175158.jpg
     
  4. dlambe

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    Hi,

    First thing i would recommend is lowering the water level, ideally you don't want any visible water above the substrate, otherwise you will run into issues with mold etc. I've done a couple of dry starts and learnt the hard way, it's called a "dry" start for a reason. Last couple i've done, i've kept water level at least 1cm below lowest point of substrate.

    Hope that helps
     
  5. Hendre

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    8 November shot:
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    Looks good, water level a lot better. noticing any growth yet?
     
  7. Konsa

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    Hi
    What is your tank volume.
    U may find the Tetratech flow a bit on the low side if U fill with media fully.I run one on my 70l tank and flow isn't great for it when I was having it high tech with spray bar on back wall.U may want to consider a Eheim surfase skimmer on opposite corner from the outlet for aiding flow.
    Anyway very silent filter and one of my favourite brands.
    Regards Konsa
     
  8. Hendre

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    It's kicking in! MC is starting to grow and moss is attaching to the wood. Most of my emersed buce melted so I threw that in too. Background plants are also growing in well!

    60L, I'll see what I can throw together regarding the canister for sure.
    Unfortunately I have never seen one of those available where I live.. I think a 3D printed spraybar should do the trick!
     
  9. Konsa

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    Hi
    My point was not to put too much ceramics in it.The sponges it comes with are very good pore size.And dont use floss.
    Regards Konsa
     
  10. Hendre

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    My bioload should not be terribly high, sponges and such should work fine. I have a lot of plastic/ceramic media to choose from!
     
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  11. dlambe

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    Any idea how long you plan on leaving the dry start before flooding?
     
  12. Hendre

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    Probably until the MC has carpeted, I don't want my kuhlis to dig it up! Probably some time early next year when I have my co2 filled and filtration sorted.
     
  13. dlambe

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    Sounds like a good plan, i left mine 3 months. Just keep an eye out for any mold etc
     
  14. Hendre

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    Long time update! Tank is filling up with greenery!! Loving the growth, just need to configure the lights a bit :) IMG_20190210_112657.jpg IMG_20190210_112728.jpg
     
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    looking good mate, prefer the DSM too, quicker growth with minimal effort.
     
  16. Hendre

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    Allows me to prepare everything else as well! Co2 is ready, just need to build a modified lid for a filter :)
     
  17. TBRO

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    That moss looks super healthy! I would be tempted to only fill it 1/3 and have two mossy islands


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  18. Hendre

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    All filled! Gotta clean the glass and trim the MC down a little. But I'm happy so far :)
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  19. Hendre

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    5 weeks later:
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    A very berried cherry, seen a few babies around so I'm very happy :)
     

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  20. TBRO

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    Looking good, Moss seems to have transitioned well. Maybe give the stems a trim? Bushier would look better with the other plants. T


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