It was a pleasure to meet two like minded people from UKAPS who are just as nutty as I am. Glad you had a good day out.A quick update on this slow revamp. The Hubby and I yesterday went on a jolly, he drove while I sat and watched the countryside go by, we met up with @REDSTEVEO in a car park, him with his red carnation and us with a copy of PFK tucked under the reg plate for identification I bought a couple of wonderful, large, dramatic shaped bits of wood from him, we nattered and he mentioned he was off to The Abyss. I cannot resist a new fish store so we followed him. Some maybe would call it stalking What a great shop, lots of reduced priced tanks, they had frozen foods in, my fish will be pleased, loved the plant and fish they had. The staff were friendly and chatty but not pushy. I bought some big chunks of Dragon stone, can never have too much rock or wood casually lying around, it may come in handy one day We will definitely be going back to The Abyss.
A great day out, thank you @REDSTEVEO
Liked the video. I was quite surprised to see the amount of different snails inside this tank, especially with injected CO2. The last time I added Nerite Snails they didn't survive because the CO2 dissolved their shells. Even though I thought the CO2 was below 3pmHi Mell, this sounds like an amazing project!
I am sure you have seen the Tropica Video on the 3 meter tank Scaped by Liquid Nature. It has co2 injection , however a lot of the plants seem to be the ones that would thrive in a low tech environment.
Who uswho are just as nutty as I am.
Yep. It’s questionable whether you would want to do this. Personally tried it before to see if it’s worth it. If you have a minimally planted scape in proportion to water volume then there’s an argument for a dark start.A Dark Start, I assume is where the substrate and hardscape is set up, flood the tank, switch on the filter and let it run without lights, is that right? or does the tank need blacking out so no light gets to it at all?
Hi Melll,I have not posted anything for a while so I thought I would add a photo of the tank I am in the process of setting up to move the Discus into.
It is 150cm x 60 x 60 cm custom made, glass bracing.
Interpet Trispec light, 120cm.
Argos play sand substrate, not too deep as no plants will be planted in it, just going for Anubias and Ferns on the wood, maybe some moss covered stones as well. I may have a Bucephalandra red somewhere that can be moved over.
It will have the filters moved across that the Discus have now which are an Oase Biotherm 600 and an AquaManta 600.
4 large bits of of driftwood, a couple of the pieces are from @REDSTEVEO also some Acacia root that is now floating even though it has been soaked and sank for 3 weeks
I have run out of Catappa leaves so got the dark effect using decaff tea bags boiled in a saucepan of water and added straight into the tank.
There is no livestock in there at the moment as I will be getting some Tetras which will be quarantined in there for a month before the Discus get moved over, I also need to get the plants in before the Discus. They get a little upset with hands in their water. Skittish blighters
The livestock will be
6 Discus, already got.
11 Sterbai cories, already got.
24 Lemon Tetras
24 Black Neons
50 Cardinal Tetras.
<"Oak leaves"> and <"Alder cones"> work really well if you want to PYO.I do have some catappa leaves on order though
There is a <"catfish breeder on PlanetCatfish"> who is a great Rooibos fan.for something called Rooibos Tea
For the Oak leaves and Alder cones, anytime from November until April. A lot of Oaks don't shed their leaves until Christmas now, and leaves will hang on until the spring on smaller trees. Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ) leaves last <"on hedges until the spring">, and most <"Beech woods have dead leaves on the floor"> that you can collect any time of year.Picking my own stuff, what time of year is best ?
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