First planted tank

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by jamesw, 24 Aug 2009.

  1. jamesw

    jamesw Member

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    Hi guys, Id be greatfull if you could tell me if im missing anything for my planted tank. I think ive got everything covered but im a newbeee so i dont know much lol.

    Heres what my set-up includes;

    Tank size; 400 litres - 100 us gallons
    Lighting(t5 with reflectors); 2 x 54watt, 2 x 39watt - 10 hours a day
    C02; pressurised (Drop checker green)
    Fert dosing; Traces daily, Flourish pottasium 2 times week, TPN+ weekly
    Substrate; 50% aquarium sand, 50% eco-complete. I also add root tabs.
    Filtration; Fluval fx5(15,000lph), Fluval 405(1300lph), Fluval 4+(1000lph)
    Powerhead; Hydor koralia 3 or 4 (3200lph)
    Plants; Amazon swords, java moss, java fern, sagiteria pusilius, vallisneria spiral and another plant i dont no what it is because a guy i no sent me it. I am gettin some Ceratopteris Siliquosa, Hygrophillia Difformis and Hygrophilia Rosanervis this week.
    Fish; 6 piranhas, 1 plec.

    By the way my plants have only been in the tank for around 3 weeks, if im missing anything your advice would be much appriciated. Thanks
     
  2. glenn

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    all sounds good to me, you have a hell of a lot of flow (close to 20x turnover :thumbup: ) which is good for the plants and i bet the Piranas like it, and the dosing plus the enriched substrate plus the root tabs should be fine and give you some flexability if you forget to dose :crazy: The fx5 is only 2300 L/H not 15000 :silent:
    i beleive TPN+ contains trace elements so dosing traces separatly IMO is a waste.
    let us know how you get on with the piranas + plants and get some pics up if you can :D
     
  3. jamesw

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    Thanks :D Yea i did think that was abit exaggerated, got that from another forum, tut tut. O really? i didnt no it had trace elements, i wont bother dosing seperate traces then! Ive just created a youtube account so will make a video put it on there and post up the link. Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. glenn

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    on second thoughts TPN+ contains Macro nutrients, one of which being Potassium, so dosing Flourish potassium is another waste of money IMO :lol: however having 2 sources of potassium is not a bad thing at all. if your plants are growing fine then it means dont change anything :lol: but if you want to save some cash then you can stop dosing Flourish pottasium, but if you do its probably a good idea to spread the dosing of TPN+ over the week more evenly and to increas the dosing(enless you are allready doing this) have a look on James Planted Tank website at cheap and effective dosing methods http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/dosing-methods.htm :thumbup:
     
  5. Themuleous

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    Are the piranhas OK with plants? they dont eat them I mean?

    Sam
     
  6. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    hope youve got some long scissors to trim your plants when youve got piranhas in there :lol:

    All the above looks fine. the only thing I would have done when starting is run with a reduced light time for the first few weeks when started but if youre 3 weeks in with no problems then that may be mute now.
     
  7. jamesw

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    I only bought the flourish pottasium because on the box all it says it contains is N and P it doesnt mention K? Ive only seem the odd bite in a leaf, other than that they are fine, they dont complete ruin them lol. Trouble is ive started to get a sort of fuzzy algea on my java moss and brown algea on 1 amazon sword, btw my c02 unit has only been set up for two days, before this i was dosing excel daily!
     
  8. jamesw

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    Will i be able to grow "high light" plants with the lighting i have? because i only actuatly have 1.86 WPG. That isnt actuatly a lot is it?
     
  9. Themuleous

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    On a tank that size and with T5 light you should be able to grow most thing, especially with the addition of CO2. I would be tempted to reduce the lighting to 8hrs, at least for the time being, 10 hours is quite a long time for a high light tank :)

    Sam
     
  10. jamesw

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    Ok thanks :D
     
  11. jamesw

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    Heres a video of my tank, sorry for the bad quality it was recored on my mobile.

    Thanks
     
  12. LondonDragon

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    Damn those are some large piranhas!! What do you feed them? Any live mice? Got some videos? :lol: :lol: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
     
  13. jamesw

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    1 is 12" and the others are 6". All sorts, cichlid floating pellets, whole cod fillets, prawns, any sort of white fish. I have only ever fed them live once which was when i first got them, i dont do that anymore because it can give them diseases + not nice for the fish being eaten :lol:
     

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