90 gallon planted aquarium

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  1. andy

    andy Member

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    New tank has been up and running for 3 weeks now and to say im pleased is an understatement.

    Specs are as follows

    57" x 24" (h) x 19" (w) custom made tank to fit in alcove
    6 x 48", 36w T8 tubes (grolux, powerglo, floraglo, triplus and 2 skywhite 6500k tubes)
    2" potting compost and 2" playpit sand as substrate
    pressurised CO2 with solenoid
    temp is 78f
    bogwood and a couple of rocks as decor

    fish are a mix of

    Rummynoses
    Cardinals
    Harliquins
    Congo tetras
    Bolivian rams
    Female fighters
    Rosy barbs
    Hoplo cat
    whiptail cat
    plec
    a few other random fish


    Here's some pics...not great due to poxy little camera and bad relections but they'll do.

    This is the tank when i first set it up on April 11th

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    And this is today, 3 weeks later

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    Few more.....Limnophilla Aromatica....my favourite at the moment

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    Alternanthera behind the lilly

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    Uknown plant....any ideas ?

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    Another one of the full tank

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  2. aaronnorth

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    looking nice and healthy :D
     
  3. Mark Evans

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    that unknown looks like ludwigia species?....i think palaustrus maybe?.....not sure
     
  4. john starkey

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    Hi nice tank,plant looks ludwigia repens,if it turns red then it's the rubin variety,
    Regards john.
     
  5. aaronnorth

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    i think it might be palustris too, here is what mine looked like:
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  6. TDI-line

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    Very nice and growing well.
     
  7. StevenA

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    Looks lovely :D Keep the journal going.
     
  8. andy

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    Bit of an update and some new pics. Added some Rotala Indica to the rear far right so that will compliment the bright green Ludwigia. On the far left, ive had to cut back the Limnophylla so that'll come up soon.

    Also added a new CO2 diffuser....one of those little glass jobbies with the porous membrane instead of the old Hagen ladder. This new one produces a steady stream of micro CO2 bubbles which are placed under the flow of a small internal filter. Seems ok at the moment.

    All in all, im pretty chuffed with things, the colours are vibrant and plant growth good.

    Lid and cabinet hopefully to be built soon :rolleyes:

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  9. George Farmer

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    Super growth, Andy! And looking very nice too.
     
  10. andy

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    Thanks George

    Here's what's in there

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    1) Limnophylla aromatica

    2) just at the back, you can see the tips of Althernanthera poking through....my one disaster placing a red plant infront of a huge red Nymphaea

    3) Ludwigia (pulustris ?)

    4) Rotala Indica....just planted

    5) Crypt Pontederifolia (one of my faves)

    6) Blyxa Japonica.....just planted

    7) Crypt species 9may have to come out as getting too tall

    8) Anubias nana 'petite'

    9) Sagittaria nantans

    10) Anubias Barteri (on bogwood)

    11) Large red Nymphaea species
     
  11. LondonDragon

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    Nice jungle, looking great :) will be even better when everything grows into place :)
     
  12. Simon D

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    Now that's my kind of tank! Looks great.

    What ferts are you dosing (sorry if you mentioned this earlier, but I can't see it).
     
  13. andy

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    I dose Nutrafin plant gro once a week. it's a fairly new tank and has a high fish load so there's probably a lot of nutrients in there anyway. But whatever i dose, it seems to work.

    Thanks for the comments....more pics as things develop.

    Andy
     
  14. Tony Swinney

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    Hi Andy

    The tank looks great, lots of growth going on :D

    Thanks for doing the map too, its a great help to folks when trying to pick plants for their own scapes, I think their should be one in every journal ;) :D

    Tony
     
  15. andy

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    Need some inspiration. The plants look superb but i think the tank needs a bit of structure. Therefore, in the pic below, i've indicated where i'd like a largeish piece of that redmoor type root. Currently, there's two rocks there but you can't see them because of the crypts (no 7 in the pic) is hiding them.

    Do you think this will give a bit of "je ne sais quoi" to the tank ?

    many thanks

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  16. Garuf

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    A hood?
    Aquascape wise I think something like spiral vallis would be nice... I'll admit it's not really my kind of scape. There's a dutch aquascape gallery I've seen somewhere that might help your ideas, I'll try and find it for you.
     
  17. andy

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    The hood will be made in a few weeks Garuf :lol: ....the few bits of wood i need will cost £70 to make it mate as i want it right !!!!!!

    I know that this kind of setup is not to everyone's taste but i just think it needs something that stands out as a feature but without it being another plant (as the lilly is already a big feature)

    Your input is well appreciated though...thanks

    Andy
     
  18. aaronnorth

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    i think it is fine as it is. There isnt many Dutch aquascapes around the UK so it is original, especially on this forum where most tend to be NA or Iwagumi's
     
  19. Garuf

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  20. andy

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    yeah...but this is to be a piece of furniture in our lounge and marine ply would look crap. The tank cost £250, the building work to open up the alcove cost £500 and im going to now need a new floor at £500...so cheap isn't an option :lol:
     

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