First Journal - The Aquarium Garden

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  1. Chris Stokes

    Chris Stokes Member

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    Hi all,

    My first journal, and my second attempt and 'scaping. The tank is a 27L, 30cm Cube. The goal was to try make it blend in with the living room, hence the oak side board (although in hindsight I think the hanging bars detract from this slightly). Inspiration taken from GF's Hillside, and another found on Google. And masses of help and support from Dave at Aquarium Gardens; hence the title 'The Aquarium Garden' in homage to its sponsor.

    The tech setup is as follows

    Unbranded Optiwhite 30cm Cube
    Eheim Pro Ecco 200
    -Running Biohome Ultra, three different sponges and activated carbon
    Cascade glass spray bar, rear exit pipe in inflow
    Inline CO2 diffuser, 2kg FE
    AG CO2 Regulator with bubble counter
    Hydor 200w inline heater
    TMC 400 LED tile with Aquaray Controller
    Iquatics Hanging Bar

    Hardscape
    Manzanita off cuts
    Mini Landscape rock
    Tropica Soil Powder
    ADA Power Sand Special

    Plants (All tissue culture)
    Hemianthus Callitrichoides
    Eleocharis Parvula
    Eleocharis sp.Mini
    Hydrocotyle Tripartita
    Cryptocoryne Pygmaea
    Pogostemon Stellatus
    Fissidens Fontanus (to be added shortly)

    The tank was planted on 5th September (with a helping hand from Dave) and I'm currently using DSM, which I plan to do for 4-5 weeks. I'll be doing a weekly progress shot of growth whilst doing DSM, and so far I'm impressed. Anyway, enough typing...

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  2. Chris Stokes

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  3. Alexander Belchenko

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    I can't see images in your first post. You can embed images from flickr to your post if you're using share button (it's like arrow to right) and select BBCode tab. HTH
     
  4. Alexander Belchenko

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    Nice cabinet, by the way.
     
  5. rebel

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    Beautiful cabinet but it's screaming for a 60cm tank! How's the HC going with your light?
     
  6. banthaman.jm

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    Nice, looking forward to seeing more pics
    Jim
     
  7. Joe Turner

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    How's the tank doing after the Dry start? Lovely scape, looking forward to its future!
     

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