Johns 717l / 157G Tank

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  1. johnb

    johnb Member

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    Afternoon

    Well things seem to be going from strength to strength

    I’m on 25% bi weekly water changes (it’s a slick routine now), water testing shows that all is well, I’m using Tropica with N and P and the plants seem to be flourishing and the algae has stopped producing now (I take more out ever time I water change so soon it will be all gone), Temp is now a steady 25C which also helped with the algae. Plants pearl nicely and wont stop growing and the Drop Checker looks good so I’m assuming I have the CO2 balance right for the time being.

    Recent additions include some nice Red leafed plants which gives a nice contrast, I offset it did not want it in the middle, also added a couple that have attached them selves nicely to the wood with different shaped leaves. So again giving something different (it may not be to scientific but I like it)

    Fish wise I now have in total

    10 Amano Shrimps
    5 Siamese flying fox’s
    25 Rummy nose Tetras
    and 3 lovley little fish just cant remember the name of them (Planter Help !!)

    Getting pictures of them is another thing altogether (aghhhh), they just wont keep still

    They all seem happy and the Foxes seem to love getting into the Tetra shoal

    So all in all things are going well, obviously I won’t get complacent and there is still a way to go but I’m happy with progress.

    My only question is lighting which maybe I don’t need to worry about just yet, I have two thoughts?

    I currently have:

    4 x 58W GRO T8 -150cm tubes

    1 – Is it sufficient for the plants?

    2 – Seeing another thread on the forum can I better enhance the visual look with different lighting?

    Regards

    John B

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  2. Themuleous

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    The plants seem to be pearling? In which case, leave the lighting alone. Changing it could be disastrous and is probably unnecessary.

    Plants look ultra healthy BTW, very nice to see :)

    Sam
     
  3. Arana

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    great looking plants, well done mate :D
     
  4. TDI-line

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    Looks great John.
     
  5. planter

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    WOW looking really nice John! What a huge difference The TPN+ seems to have made ....
    Well done!
     
  6. LondonDragon

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    Looking great, very healthy indeed :) congrats
     
  7. Steve Smith

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    Hi John, its looking lovely :) What is the green bushy/tall plant in the back-middle of this shot:

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    :?:

    Thanks :)
     
  8. johnb

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    Hi

    Sorry for the slow reply (had to seek advice) its: Heteranthera Zosterfolia


    Regards

    JohnB
     
  9. Steve Smith

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    Ah cool, thanks for the info :) Common name is star grass isn't it? It looks lovely :)
     
  10. planter

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    Aye ! also known as star grass ... If you let this plant reach the surface it will readily produce a blue flower, Might mean your plant gets a bit leggy in a deep tank though!
     
  11. johnb

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    Hi

    Growth does not seem to be an issue. See what I mean

    Regards

    John B
    The plants are a bit greener in real life, my photo skills seem to lighten everything a touch

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  12. planter

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    looks nice John any chance of a full tank shot straight on ?
     
  13. johnb

    johnb Member

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    A full shot, not sure my photographic skills are that great (but im getting there)

    Regards

    John Berman

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  14. Steve Smith

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    Thats looking fantastic! My only criticism, and it is just an aesthetic thing to me, is the way the substrate is in the middle front. It seems too mounded up at the front. Perhaps take it back from the front of the glass a bit?

    Just an idea :)
     
  15. TDI-line

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    Looks great John.
     
  16. beeky

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    Lovely and lush, your hedge growing skills are to be applauded!

    I think the Alternanthera (if that's what it is) would be better moved to the left a bit though as it gets a bit lost over there on the end. Lovely though, well done.
     
  17. johnb

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  18. Steve Smith

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    Unlucky John :(
     
  19. planter

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    Aww john and you was doing so well ... A real shame.
     

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