An unexpected success

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Gallery' started by hartle, 17 Feb 2010.

  1. hartle

    hartle Newly Registered

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    My first tank (well, since my 6 year old goldfish phase). Had no real clue what I was doing so just read through web and had a crack. Expected a lot of trial and error but tank's been going for about 9 months and has gone from strength to strength I feel. Except for my Amazon swords which loses leaves regularly and has been completely replaced once. Any thoughts on this problem anyone?

    Tank is Juwel Rekord 600 - approx 60L
    Was 70/30 RO and tap to start. Now tap replacement of 25% every week + 50mm alder cone 'tea'.
    Tetra plantamin once a month and 1ml Easycarbo every two days (or so).
    Plants are all planted directly into substrate of B&Q playsand only :wideyed: (I didn't know anything about aqua soils etc).
    Large roots are Marsh roots. Lights on for 10hrs per day. I prune when necessary (usually only the Hygro diff)

    Plants:
    Vallisneria, Hygrophila difformis, Cryptocoryne (I think the brown is beckettii, the green I don't know), Java ferns and Amazon sword.

    Fish:
    Cardinal Tetra, Head and Tail light tetra, Panda corydoras and Otocinclus affinis (so hardly a spot of algae anywhere)

    I'm due to move house in a few months and think I'll get into some more/new aquascaping it's as much fun as keeping the fish. That means new and bigger tanks (my girl will be pleased! ;) )

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  2. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    welcome to the forums :) Thats a real nice and natural looking tank youve got there. looks spotless too
     
  3. alzak

    alzak Member

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    welcome nice tank after long break :clap: but be carefull as if you start with one tank you end with few :lol:
     
  4. mlgt

    mlgt Member

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    Great looking tank. I like the simplicity of it :)

    Great shot.
     
  5. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Member

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    Welcome to the forums! Great photos, captures a real sense of atmosphere :) Lovely looking tank too.
     
  6. andyh

    andyh Member

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    Welcome ! Nice clean and tidy scape you have there!


    Cracking effort for a first tank!

    Andy
     
  7. mikeb210

    mikeb210 Newly Registered

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    Not too shabby for a first go :) Its a great looking tank, very natural looking. Is that a 3d background? The first image looks like it might be. Either way, well done!
     
  8. dr zaius

    dr zaius Member

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    Good tank! The swords could be having a problem because they are growing along the surface, are they close to the light source?
     
  9. greenjar

    greenjar Member

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    Very nice tank, as everbody has said before me, and great first effort.

    Do you dose any CO2 and what lighting has the tank got?

    Jason
     
  10. ofere

    ofere Member

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    Beautiful tank!
     
  11. Ekennaj

    Ekennaj Newly Registered

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    Nice tank, the wood looks great. And it got a nice natural look
     

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