First Attempt 27ltr

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Gallery' started by MrHidley, 31 Jul 2014.

  1. MrHidley

    MrHidley Member

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    Started this tank in late January. It's my first aquascape. It's also my first foray into planted tanks. Started off low tech, went high tech for 4 months, after the extinguisher ran out, I just decided to move to liquid co2, which seems to have kept the carpet alive, even if it's not quite as bright as it used to be. I initially tried to grow some Alternathera mini in the back left corner, but it just melted away and died, so I pulled it out and only replaced it earlier this week with some Micranthemum Umbrosum, so we'll see how that goes.

    Substrate -
    3ltr - ADA Aquasoil Amazonia

    Hardscape -
    2kg Dragonstone from aqua-essentials.

    Lighting -
    Boyu canopy with 3x8w t5's although I only run two of the bulbs as 24w seems like overkill for this tank.

    Flora -
    Heteranthera Zosterifolia
    Eleocharis Sp. Mini from 1-2 grow
    Micranthemum Umbrosum

    Fauna -
    Colony of Cherry Shrimp
    7 Ember Tetras.


    Initially I battled with the algae on the dragonstone but I've come to like the character it gives the rocks, seems to make them stand out much more.

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  2. parotet

    parotet Member

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    You should be very proud if it is your first planted tank: you sorted out your algae problems , you have a nice and healthy carpet of plants and your composition looks very nice... :)

    Jordi
     
  3. mr. luke

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    I wish my first planted tank was half as good :D
     
  4. allan angus

    allan angus Member

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    looks very nice :)
     
  5. Adam humphries

    Adam humphries Member

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    Looks nice , I like the dragon stone
     
  6. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Looking good...
    If you still want to do something about that algae on your stone, you could spot treat it with excel or just scrub it with a toothbrush.
     
  7. MrHidley

    MrHidley Member

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    Thanks guys.

    I do scrub the front stone occasionally but i never intend to remove all the algae, the rear stone I haven't cleaned in months, and I honestly think I prefer it that way.

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    Here's an old picturem of the tank, before the Star Grass went in back when I cleaned it every day, and to be honest, I think the algae makes the tank look a lot more natural.
     
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  8. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree, it looks more natural, you could even place some small (tiny) type of mos on them (just a little bit here and there).
     
  9. MrHidley

    MrHidley Member

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    The thought of mosses had crossed my mind, but I've never quite settled on the idea. I assume you're suggesting planting it in the little nooks and crannies of the dragonstone?

    What kind of moss would you suggest?
     
  10. Martin in China

    Martin in China Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    Mini pellia and fissidens would work nicely
     
  11. MrHidley

    MrHidley Member

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    Quick update to say that this tank has been taken down, as i will be moving home over the next few months. Almost a year to the day since i first started the tank, the timing felt right. It has been a very encouraging experience, and i'm looking forward to setting up a new tank, probably in an ADA 60 once we've settled in to the new house.

    Here's a video of the tank a week or so before i decided to take it down.



    Thanks for all the nice comments, and i look forward to doing a proper journal with my second scape.
     
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