Ad's Low tech-ish 54l-Updated!

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  1. AdAndrews

    AdAndrews Member

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    Hi guys, I cant seem to stay away from plants, so I have decided to turn my 54litre rekord 60 from a shelldweller tank to a reasonably low-tech planted :D

    >60cm jewel rekord 54litre

    >15w of t6 lighting

    >Tropica substrate+scattered trace element powder, with Oli Knotts Nature soil, all capped with black gravel

    >EasyCarbo dosed daily(in the past i have found this really helps, so i want to use it again)

    >TPN+ dosed daily(will be changing this to longer period of time, or stop completely)

    >Filtration is by standard jewel internal filter, no extra powerhead, as I dont see the need for one at this stage.

    >Plants:

    rotala rotundifolia
    e.tenellus
    crypt undalata
    crypt wendtii "green"
    crypt wendtii "brown"
    p.helferi
    anubias nana
    java fern "narrow"


    Fish wise, I have currently got a bn plec(about 2") in the tank, and my sparkling gourami, I hope to be getting a nice shoal of neon tetras, and then taking it from there really...

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    ps. Images are sub-edits, i am currently getting used to my new camera, so, taking things a step at a time.
     
  2. russchilds

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    Looks great!! The crypts should do well in that set-up.

    Also great view of the tank while sitting on the sofa!!! :D :D
     
  3. JamesM

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    That is quality bud :thumbup:
     
  4. AdAndrews

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    cheers, should be nice when it all fills in, i mean, its gonna take ages due to the low lighting, but, a nice carpet of p.helferi and i'll be happy.

    Im getting some crypt melt-something i havnt experienced before, so, i'll have to get my scissors out sooner than expected!
     
  5. Nick16

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    are the rocks staying or are they there for weighing down the wood?

    looks good, love the planting.
     
  6. AdAndrews

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    the rocks are staying i think, i know the one may look a little big, but, when the plants grow, algae covers it should look fine *i hope*

    thanks Nick!
     
  7. Pixels

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    Is that the Pogostemon helferi I sent you? I will keep an eye on this one, it feels like I have some sort of attachment to it!

    Carpet should look wick!

    Cheers
    Pix
     
  8. AdAndrews

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    yea mate, some of it is, i brought 2 pots aswell, right ammount i think, i agree, it should look great!
     
  9. LondonDragon

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    Looking great :) I also have a Rekord 60 and your looks much massive that what it actually is. Great stuff :)
     
  10. Spanerman

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    Interesting to see how your Pogostemon helferi grows with your setup as my tank is pretty similar and mine seems to be ok after a few days in there.

    Sam
     
  11. rawr

    rawr Member

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    This is top notch stuff right here. :)
     
  12. AdAndrews

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    thanks guys, just need it to grow now :lol:
     
  13. Jase

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    That's really smart Ad, nice and simple and looks great 8)
     
  14. chilled84

    chilled84 Member

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    That is nice mate, I had that backround on my first ever tank, I also have an updated version in fibreglass in natural couler in rock design for sale.
     
  15. tel

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    Ad, is your foreground a mix of rotala rotundifolia, e.tenellus & p.helferi?
    It will be great to see that blend once they have grown in 8)
     
  16. AdAndrews

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    foreground is simply p.helferi, the rotala and e.tennellus are at the back, only short at the moment, thats why you cant really see them..
     
  17. tel

    tel Member

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    ahh,I was googling the plants and thought the leaf patterns were similar
     
  18. Steve Smith

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    Great setup Ad :) Another great looking journal!
     
  19. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    Two? brilliant tanks in a row now, your getting good at this :thumbup:
     
  20. AdAndrews

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    :D thanks :thumbup:
     

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