My rio 180

Discussion in 'Planted Tank Gallery' started by tko187, 30 Jun 2008.

  1. tko187

    tko187 Member

    This is my current setup, before i was bit by the bug and found this site, now im going mad wit ma c/c and ordering the following

    Full co2 setup
    ADA aquasoil x3
    Hydor Koralia pump
    Dry or Tropica+ liquid ferts ???? Which one guys, can i acheive the same result with latter as i cant be bohered with the mixing and maths.

    Already have the rio highlite t5's with reflectors, i think these are all good.

    Tank aint nothing special, i want to get there soon hopefully.

  2. tko187

    tko187 Member


    Another shot, im new to this so any help critiques welcome, i need all the help i can get.
  3. tko187

    tko187 Member

    Im not too happy with the layout at all guys, will be adding new planting substrate this week, so any advice on stuff i need to do would be greatly appreciated, i need pointers on what i should add and take out, pleeeeease....
  4. Matt Holbrook-Bull

    Matt Holbrook-Bull Founder

    Dorset, UK
    once you have a decent substrate your Vals will spread like mad, so you could make a feature out of that, in the background middle maybe.

    I actually really like what youve done with the hardscaping as it is :) but it could do with some more midground floral interest on the left.. but as it grows up in new substrate I recon it would fill in nicely.
  5. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

    In my experience you can achieve good results with TPN+, but it is considerably more expensive than dry ferts.

    Also consider mixing up your own version, as per JamesC's brilliant site -

    BTW your plant on the right, in front of the Redmoor wood is Ophiopogon sp. and is non-aquatic so I'd replace it when you get your new gear.

    As for hardscape, generally most folk prefer the natural look of not mixing rocks or wood types.

    Good luck.
  6. tko187

    tko187 Member

    Thanks guys, so do you mean i shouldnt mix the bogwwod and redmoor?? I was aware that rocks were all mixed up and have already removed them, this is a slightly older picture, i just wanted to give you guys an idea, well ill post some new ones up soon if anyone interested. Should i remove one of the woods and what else would someone recommend, im trying to create depth and height...any ideas welcomed.

  7. JamieH

    JamieH Member

    It sounds like you're on the right track... george is right, you generally get a more striking look by not mixing different types of wood and rocks together - the effect can be jarring. That said, a well placed piece of wood or rock can add contrast and tension - not that i'm an expert!! :D

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