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My first nano planted tank

blackwater

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Hi everyone,

I am a new member here and I have found this site a couple of weeks ago. I have been looking around at
some other fantastic planted tanks on this site and decided to show my 2 months old tank :D

ื tank size 35 litre 40cm x 28cm x 33cm
substrate Tropica substrate, ADA Amazonia II
light 11W X 2
filter Tetratec EX400
Co2 yeast, easy carbo
Fertilisers ADA step1, ferka Balance-K
fishes Spotted rasbora, platy, rummy nose also cherry shrimp
plants Microsorium Pteropus Java Fern
Riccia Fluitans
Vesicularis Dubyana (Java Moss)
Eleocharis Vivipara Tall hairgrass
Hygrophillia Difformis or Wisteria
Sagittaria Natans

First day I started on the tank with not much design just wanted to keep the plants alive ;)
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After finished planting
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1 week after Sagittaria and Riccia had made remarkable growth
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At the corner :D
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3 weeks after with the result of ADA soil
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2 months since I started, this is what the tank looks like, very messy but all the fish seem to love it
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Side view of the tank and also my favorite view
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Thanks for watching. My first planted tank is kind of experiment the way plants grow
and also growing without Co2 pressurize so guys please feel free to leave your comments
By the way, I am doing another low-tech iwagumi project as well.
 

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Looks great, i have a arc35litre that i plan to scape in the coming weeks. did you use the purple bulbs supplied? i found them horrible so had to change for some daylight ones.
 

blackwater

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SteveUK said:
That's a great start :) Learning how to grow is definately the thing to do first!

Welcome to the forums/society!


Thanks Steve, I have learnt a lot from the first tank. Hopefully will do better next time. :)
 

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AdAndrews said:
Looks great, i have a arc35litre that i plan to scape in the coming weeks. did you use the purple bulbs supplied? i found them horrible so had to change for some daylight ones.

Thanks Andrews, I did use the light that come with it but I bought another 11W to make sure it was sufficiant
for the size of the tank. What type of daylight bulb did you use?
 

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A great little tank.

i'm not sure if it's just me, but it looks free of algae, so it looks like you've got the knack of growing plants 8)

maybe trim off the leaves of the microsorum (plant with plantlets on leaves) to encourage good, clean leaves.
 

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blackwater said:
AdAndrews said:
Looks great, i have a arc35litre that i plan to scape in the coming weeks. did you use the purple bulbs supplied? i found them horrible so had to change for some daylight ones.

Thanks Andrews, I did use the light that come with it but I bought another 11W to make sure it was sufficiant
for the size of the tank. What type of daylight bulb did you use?


i brought these mate, its much better now, makes it seem really bright:
http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Bulbs- ... att-865-GE
good luck
 

blackwater

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saintly said:
A great little tank.

i'm not sure if it's just me, but it looks free of algae, so it looks like you've got the knack of growing plants 8)

maybe trim off the leaves of the microsorum (plant with plantlets on leaves) to encourage good, clean leaves.


I had algae problem when I just started the tank, but with help from platy and picking up algae I noticed it
did help a lot, thanks for your advice. :D
 

blackwater

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AdAndrews said:
blackwater said:
AdAndrews said:
Looks great, i have a arc35litre that i plan to scape in the coming weeks. did you use the purple bulbs supplied? i found them horrible so had to change for some daylight ones.

Thanks Andrews, I did use the light that come with it but I bought another 11W to make sure it was sufficiant
for the size of the tank. What type of daylight bulb did you use?


i brought these mate, its much better now, makes it seem really bright:
http://www.lampspecs.co.uk/Light-Bulbs- ... att-865-GE
good luck


Thanks so much, I will give it a go :D
 

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Looks like you've got growing sorted - now you run into the problem of one plant overcoming the rest. I bet that will be the sagittaria, it seems to grow taller as it gets older and spreads like a virus. It got to 70 cm in my tank although it is sold as a carpeting plant! I would take it out/ move to the back so the glosso/HC (not sure what the carpeting plant is) can thrive.

Just a thought, excellent work, Tom
 

blackwater

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Thanks Tom, you are right. Sagi grows fast and started to spread everywhere. :?
I'm thinking about growing Staurogyne sp. instead.
 
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