New Beginning after years of absent

FishKeeper55

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Recently daughter and me has decided to get a fish tank, due to agreement this should be her tank little does she now dad have another plans near future , looking at old photo book filled with memory she was all fired up, saved money for while as I was pointing out this is not a cheap hobby, I offer some help but most of this was purchased by her self, so I'm impressed been honest. Anyway here were are on day one after waiting for delivery of few items, nothing special compare to some on here but she loves it.

I had some plans for some sort of different scape but is not mine so will have to wait. I think it looks OK, tank it self hmmm is nothing special due to room decor she wanted white option which shows the silicon bit to much and been honest found some silicon residue inside glass that had to remove it, light is reasonable should work for them plants if not might change this at later day, light and filter can be removed, that white plastic in tank is a bit to much but house all the media and heater, pump is a bit noisy, for that price is OK.
I'm not expert on plants and after putting name tags in bin I forgot most of them
I was thinking the best way to secure the moss so it can grow on bed and reading around best option sound to put in isinde mesh/cage

If anyone see things wrong please point it out, I never had much success with plants in tank and don't know much about them.
Once water settles down might get better pictures.











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alto

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most of this was purchased by her self,
Well done :thumbup:

(maybe she will start adding her own posts too :))

Note that epiphyte plants such as Anubias, Microsorum (java ferns) should not be planted in substrate (I’m guessing some might be from photo)
 

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Thanks, wasn't sure so we didn't trim nothing, trying to deal with huge amount of tannis from that wood, looks like mopani to me, might be a while before this clears up a bit. Trying the boiling technique to see if at least will slow down a bit if not might have to look as other options.

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Boiling should speed up the process somewhat
Use a large pot (that is NOT anyone’s favourite cooking pot) and simmer until water turns dark
Pour off stained water and begin again

Sometimes what oozes out is tar like and can only be removed from the pot with 99% alcohol (or similar) but pot will usually retain some dark staining

Changing the water frequently is more efficient

Some mopani wood releases small amounts of tannins, other mopani wood just keep on giving (for years ... though it does slow down)
 

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Boiled for 4 hours changing water, pot is only good for bin or another bits of wood, used old one anyway so is fine, i did hear there is some stuff called API Bio-chem Zorb that should help this is well in tank but is it safe with plants?

 

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It would be fine but not much room in your filter - depending on how much is leaching from the wood, may need a significant amount or product in the filter

I’d use Seachem Purigen instead as it can be regenerated- just read the product page carefully (use of water conditioners with aloe etc may permanently impact Purigen)

Good quality Carbon (most Marine has better activation and pore size than that sold for freshwater) will likely be the most efficient remover of tannins (but single use only)

(note same filter space considerable applies)
 

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Will have a look at them options tomorrow, tank after 24h looked like that pot today, should give me indication how much is leaching now and if any of this boiling worked, smaller tanks always harder to manage due to volume of water, as for the filter unless you run external there isn't much room in any of them, if problem become to big and there is no changes that wood will be coming out.
 

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Had a bit time to have a look around the tank today and notice on side of the mopani wood is covered with this stuff, is this white algae or something else?

 

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It look like you have the very common growth of fungus/mould. This will go away after a week or so. It is not harmful but will grow much thicker and is particularly ugly. Manual removal is possible with a siphon but it will pretty much just keep coming back till it’s done and then will go by itself. Not something to worry about :)
 

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It look like you have the very common growth of fungus/mould. This will go away after a week or so. It is not harmful but will grow much thicker and is particularly ugly. Manual removal is possible with a siphon but it will pretty much just keep coming back till it’s done and then will go by itself. Not something to worry about :)
Thanks, will keep a eye out on this
 

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Had to do a little bit of change in this tank due to mopani leaching so much, back end of tank is not completed as still waiting on couple of things to be delivered, no decent aquatic centre near by unfortunately so everything needs to ordered online, internal filter should be gone soon and most likely will have to remove the side plastic along with the light in near future to provide better lighting, something that I will try to work out over the next couple of weeks.



 
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