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  1. mfcphil

    mfcphil Member

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    A look at my first few steps into the planted tank for my Rams...


    My Tank....This is the tank as it is now!!

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    Juwel 180

    180 Litres

    Lights 2 x 35w High-lite bulbs on 11 hours per day (Not sure if high - lite is the same as t-5)

    CO2.....2bps

    Ferts

    40 UK Gallon tank I do the following.

    Potassium Nitrate and Potassium Phosphate mixed
    Phosphate 30g Nitrate 53g added to the 500ml bottle for the solution
    dosage = 25ml Tuesday Thursday and Sunday after 50% water change.

    Trace
    18to 500ml for the solution
    dosage = 25ml Monday Wednesday Friday

    Plants I have in now....not all picture have these

    Hygrophila Rosae Australis
    limnophila aromatica
    juncus repens
    Blyxa japonica
    Spikey Moss
    Pogostemon heferi
    hygrophila coymbosa
    cryptocoryne wendtii tropica
    anubis on bog wood
    Bacopa Caroliniana

    Fish

    2 Otto's
    4 black neons
    4 Columbian Gold tetras
    1 Gold Gourami
    1 Gold Ram.


    My first try

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    my first update

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    I was not really happy how it was looking so I had my first move around

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    Right hand side

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    Left hand side

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    My Co2

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    I found the setting button on the mobile phone which gives off a bit more colour

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    Thanks to Aaron for always answering my questions :D

    Thanks to Phil Valentine for the really great fert chart :D

    and thanks for looking.....please be nice I'm new at this :)
     
  2. Superman

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    Re: Rambling Rams

    If it's advertised as a Juwel Hi-Lite then it should be T5. Measure the diameter of the tubes that'll let you know.
     
  3. Thomas McMillan

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    Re: Rambling Rams

    Nice tank, what fish have you got in there?
     
  4. aaronnorth

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    Re: Rambling Rams

    Plants are looking very healthy :D
     
  5. mfcphil

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    Re: Rambling Rams


    At the moment I have

    2 Otto's
    4 black neons
    4 Columbian Gold tetras
    Gold Gourami
     
  6. mfcphil

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    Re: Rambling Rams

    Added two of the Juwel reflectors to the High-Lite bulbs and the plants have took off :D

    Getting some Potted Hemianthus Callitrichoides delivered tomorrow for the carpet
     
  7. mfcphil

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    Re: Rambling Rams


    Thanks Clark....for what Juwel charge they ought to be T-5 ;)
     
  8. aaronnorth

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    Re: Rambling Rams


    some blyxa japonica would look good in the midground IMO
     
  9. mfcphil

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    Re: Rambling Rams


    Aaron where you thinking of just a bunch in the middle?
     
  10. mfcphil

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    Re: Rambling Rams

    The carpets arrived this morning


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  11. aaronnorth

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    Re: Rambling Rams

    Right in the middle of the tank, you can trim it so it will give a better slope towards the HC rather than it having tall stems with a big drop down to the HC if that makes sense.
     
  12. mfcphil

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    Re: Rambling Rams

    Still using the mobile phone so I'm sorry about the picture quality

    Anubias and crypts added

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  13. mfcphil

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    Starting to take shape now

    I remove the old coral substrate and have added Amazonia 2....lost my rams :(


    Pogostemon helferi added
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    New Limnpholia-aromatica on the left settled on the right
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    juncus repens
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    japonica....not doing great yet!!
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    Thanks for looking
     
  14. Thomas McMillan

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    You probably lost your Rams because of rthe ammonia that Aquasoil realeases when first added.

    This is a nice looking tank, plants look quite healthy! Have you got a recent full-tank shot?
     
  15. mfcphil

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    The bowed front on the Juwel 180 makes it tricky to get a good photo...here you go

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  16. GreenNeedle

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    Looking nice and lush to me. Not keen on the background though but many people have it :)

    Keep us updated with progress

    AC
     
  17. George Farmer

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    Looking good and showing plenty of potential! Well done!

    Where did you get your Blyxa from? It looks different to the regular japonica. Aubertii perhaps?

    http://images.google.com/images?client= ... 1&ct=title

    I'm sorry about the rams. They are delicate little things. Do you have soft water?

    The background will be hidden by wonderful plant growth soon enough too...
     
  18. TDI-line

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    Great planting arrangement.

    The new soil looks great too, just watch those plants grow. :D
     
  19. Tony Swinney

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    Looking nice in there :D

    The aquasoil looks much better to me, and really sets off the greens - especially in the juncus repens which looks fantastic.

    I look forward to it growing in.

    Tony
     
  20. mfcphil

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    I got the Blyxa japonica from the green machine....I will give it time fingers crossed it will look fine :)
     

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