- 17 Jan 2010
- The Netherlands
Great tank, healthy plants and perfect photos
Some updates… starting 15 days after the last ones.
I'm probably starting to repeat some type os photos... sorry.
I’m very happy with the health of the tank. Completely clean from algae with no need for water changes or other type of maintenance besides the 50% water change at sundays.
Maintenance is around 3 hours (mainly trimming and replanting, but includes water change).
Even the glass stays clean from sunday to sunday.
Fish are happy and 0 deaths.
A large quantity of plants, good fertilisation and a good schedule of maintenances are paying!
I also believe that, for the fish health and top of the water surface, the small air pump and good air diffuser (~5 hours at night) are also contributing.
It’s obvious that i wouldn’t say badly about Tropica products (Soil, ferts and plants) in this topic, but i’m really very happy with this only-tropica tank and the way is going. Couldn’t say better things for the “complete Tropica pack” and it’s the first time with the soil.
Regarding the layout… there are some things i would like to improve, like the Rotana Macandra “road” and i should have chosen a larger Cryptocoryne.
I suppose that for a “small” Dutch (120x50cm) the depth and appearance are not very bad.
1) Montecarlo it at the middle/foreground;
2) Eleocharis sp. and UG are out;
3) Ciperus are at the right side/wall;
4) Crinun was partially changed to go more to the left/wall (it’s now growing very well and it’s easily seen at the last photos);
5) Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis 53B' entered behind Bacopa and in front of Myriophyllum let’s wait for some large leafs to appear;
6) 1 - 3 cm of substrate at the front and keep trying to get some nice borders between the plants (difficult with the mad growing).
7) 20 new Hyphessobrycon Ornatus white fin Tetra
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Details of the new Hyphessobrycon Ornatus white fin Tetra:
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Some details of plants:
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Really in love with Lobelia. It's there for such a long time and it's the first time i use it:
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Staurogyne Repens and CO2 bubbles...
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Congo Tetras are mainly at the middle/top and Ornatus white fin Tetra at the bottom:
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Some underwater lettuce (love this photo!)
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The bad guys...
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I’ll now prepare a trim for a video (and photo) shooting without equipment for the 3 months milestone.
Congos do that, they used to eat almost ever new anubia leaf in my African tank. Very annoying. This doesn't look any the worst for it though, no doubt you grow it quicker than they can eat it!
... I don't know exactly when but a video of the lifetime of the aquarium (since day 0) should come in the near future!
I'd love to see a video of the trim & tank maintenance, followed by tank regrowth
A reminder of previous request
- I'm not consistent enough with trimming (nor knowledgeable enough ), it would be great to see video detail
PS did the Congo's get to stay or did you manage to remove them without plant destruction
sympathiesStill there. Very difficult to catch