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Harry's Mangrove Nano

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Ok guys, so you might remember my previous tank 'Nature's River'. After lots of neglect and poor maintenance the tank got into a very bad state. Algae took over and my plants started to rot leaving me with a brown tank. Also my lights failed a few weeks back meaning the plants had no light at all. After all this happening and finally being able to fix the lights i decided to fully rescape the tank. I began removing the plants and wood etc. After cleaning the wood and running the amazonia through water for a good couple of hours i made a new scape. I call this scape 'The Mangrove' due to the way the wood and the rocks combine to form a mangrove habitat. I had the tank running for a couple of weeks with no plants in it and today i finally got some. I chose one species of plant, it being 'Microsorum pteropus'. I chose this because i love the bright green long leaves of the plant and i also like how it is easy to grow and doesn't demand much. With this tank containing only the narrow fern i would like to know how much TPN+ i should dose and if i should dose it at all with it being such a low demanding plant. As always, here are the pictures. Cheers. :thumbup:

**EDIT Sorry didn't notice i posted some duplicate pictures. All of them are there now :facepalm:

The tank in situ
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FULL SHOT by Harry.R, on Flickr

FTS (sorry for the pipes and reflections on the sides of the glass)
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FTS by Harry.R, on Flickr

From the left
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LEFT TO RIGHT by Harry.R, on Flickr

Looking up the middle
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CLOSE by Harry.R, on Flickr

Far left
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SITU by Harry.R, on Flickr

Tropica narrow fern
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MICROSORIUM by Harry.R, on Flickr

Any feedback/advice would be much appreciated. :)
 

pepedopolous

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Looks great! Java fern is undemanding but it will grow much faster with lots of ferts and liquid carbon. So whether you add TPN+ or not depends on how much maintenance you want to do. With EI and injected CO2, I had to remove some older leaves every week or so. However, it looked really green and pearled a lot.

Cheers,

P
 

Deano3

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Looks great Harry nice layout love the wood in the middle

Dean
 

jack-rythm

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Bradleyh91

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I would say three better to keep them in odd numbers would be perfect when all the plants are grown in, what are the tank dimensions?
 

jack-rythm

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Tank dimensions are 36x21x21cm :) Cheers Jon!
I think $ or would be best mate :) I got 4 in my 300mm cube and could possibly be too many but we will set. Check out my journal, it's not in my signature yet but it's called dwarf puffer paradise :) they will love it in your tank nate, looks very cool

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HarryRobinson

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I think $ or would be best mate :) I got 4 in my 300mm cube and could possibly be too many but we will set. Check out my journal, it's not in my signature yet but it's called dwarf puffer paradise :) they will love it in your tank nate, looks very cool

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I think 3 sounds about right, i wanna make sure when they'll have enough room when they grow up :) Cheers for the compliments.

So today i did a water change and also made a short movie.
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water change by Harry.R, on Flickr

 

Lindy

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I think you might find the puffers struggling in that current. You might have to half the flow.
 

jack-rythm

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How would i go about halving the flow of an eheim 2213? :)
Adding lily pipes or replacing your spray bar with a longer one with more holes would lessen flow, I'm sure?

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HarryRobinson

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Adding lily pipes or replacing your spray bar with a longer one with more holes would lessen flow, I'm sure?

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I've already solved the problem now by using the tap on the outflow to reduce the flow, cheers for the suggestion anyway :)
 

jack-rythm

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I've already solved the problem now by using the tap on the outflow to reduce the flow, cheers for the suggestion anyway :)
Would this not put pressure on the filter?

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