New Member tank

Discussion in 'Journals' started by andyh, 1 Jan 2009.

  1. andyh

    andyh Member

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    Hi guys this is a little tank i have been getting to grips with over the last few months. its only 35l so it small one but it does give me a fair amount of satisfaction. I welcome comments and feedback. I am looking for a decent plant to create a carpet across the gravel. Any recommendations?

    40l with CO2, twin tube and daily ferts.

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  2. Thomas McMillan

    Thomas McMillan Member

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    This tank has good potential, well done.
     
  3. andyh

    andyh Member

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    Thanks Thomas, I just needed to prove to myself i could grown plants successfully. I am going to move to the more arty setups shortly. Just wanted to try and get my head round all the high tech stuff.
     
  4. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    A good start - well done.

    Some of the plants will soon outgrow your tank i.e. the Amazon sword, but it's a fun learning curve figuring these things out.

    It looks like you already have some Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC) in there - the smallest leaved plant in the center and left foreground.

    Try splitting up the plant into lots of smaller portions and planting these across the substrate to create the carpet you desire. Tweezers are your best friend!
     
  5. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    A good start - well done.

    Some of the plants will soon outgrow your tank i.e. the Amazon sword, but it's a fun learning curve figuring these things out.

    It looks like you already have some Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC) in there - the smallest leaved plant in the center and left foreground.

    Try splitting up the plant into lots of smaller portions and planting these across the substrate to create the carpet you desire. Tweezers are your best friend!
     
  6. andyh

    andyh Member

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    What a great idea! So simple, i will try that and let you know how i get on.

    Yes i have realized that some of my plants are going to be a little large! Some of them are taking over, the photo was taken on the 22nd dec, this is the tank as of yesterday and as you can see things are growing well.

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    I struggle with planting itself, do use the tweezers and simple push the plant into the gravel? I always ending up pulling the plant back out of the gravel especially the small ones when i remove the tweezers! Is there a trick i am missing?
     
  7. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Planting small plants is always tricky. Just keep at it and you'll get better.
     
  8. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    I think you have a nice tank, and when i saw it on the 'test' thread i thought it was a 60l :) And it is good that you are growing a wide range of plants to start with, as this will help with future tanks. :D
     
  9. Fred Dulley

    Fred Dulley Member

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    I love it! :D
     
  10. andyh

    andyh Member

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    Thanks for all the comments!! Its good to hear i am doing things ok

    Took your advice George and broke up the Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC) into a number of small portions, also went to GreenMachine for the first time and OH MY GOD!! its wicked. Its a real find the shop is the only fish shop i have ever been to aimed purely at Aquascaping and some of their tanks are out of this world.

    Need less to say i made a couple of small purchases. I would recommend everyone to visit.

    Tank as of yesterday:
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    Thanks

    Andy
     
  11. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Nice :) try keeping the foreground plants a bit lower :) but I have an 8" high tank, so I know that can be tricky!!!

    Keep us posted.

    Sam
     
  12. stephanie

    stephanie Member

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    It is such a lovely tank.....looks alot bigger than it is.

    Keep up the good work

    Steph
     
  13. altaaffe

    altaaffe Member

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    Looking good and some good growth going on in there too.
     

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