Osaka 260l First setup

Discussion in 'Journals' started by sbonera, 2 Sep 2009.

  1. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    Hi

    I have been running a duo deep 600 for about year and a half. Much learnt over the year, least not the bright blue gravel I started. I have not restocked my fish a little while now.

    Current setup has

    2 Opaline Gourami
    Harlequin
    Siemese Flying Fox
    Bristlenose Catfish
    Swordfish
    Amano Shrimp

    current setup
    [​IMG] Some plants have changed.


    I have picked up an ex display osaka 260l, so I will look to keep most of the current plants. I have a plants alive 24" collection coming tomorrow. Just working out how to set the tank up

    Any ideas, on the setup I'll post the pictures of the bogwood and green quartz i picked up will be great.
     
  2. glenn

    glenn Member

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    what are you doing about ferts and co2? what lights do you have? more specs please :thumbup:
    and let us know how you find the 24" collection as there are mixed views on plants alive. good luck with it all. :D
     
  3. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    Hi

    I am going for TetraPlant Complete Substrate for a base layer with fine Pea gravel on top.

    Ferts is also Hagen plant Gro as used in my exisiting tank.
    c02 is Hagen Nutrafin C02 fermentor(Will need to upgrade ?? Recommendation?)

    Osaka 260l Tank
    Fluval 305 External Filter
    Fluval Tronic Heater 300w
    LCD Thermometer
    Life-Glo & Power-Glo T5HO Bulbs

    Plants (new)
    Aponogetum Crispus
    Elecocharis Parvulus (Dwarf Hairgrass)
    mini Amazon Sword
    Bacopa Monnerii Twisted Vallisneria
    Sagittaria Natans
    Rotalla Indica
    Hygrophylia Polysperma
    Cabomba Caroliana
    Ludwigia Mullertii
    Cryptocoryne Wendtii

    (existing)
    Java Fern (to go on new piece of bogwood)
    Vallis
    other that I need identifying :D

    2 pieces of bogwood 1 small, 1 medium
    3 Green quartz rocks, Rock scuplture
    Stone Cave(covered in java moss later date)
     
  4. BINKSY1973

    BINKSY1973 Member

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    Regarding the co2, in that size tank pressurissed is the way to go, although the intial set up cost maybe more, will work out easier and less hassle in the long run. As for ferts maybe consider EI.

    Take a read of the following for setting up a Fe co2 system. http://www.ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=266

    And read this article for dosing of EI. This may take several reads to understand fully. But EI is not all that hard.http://www.ukaps.org/EI.htm

    Im sure more experienced people will be along shortly to advise.

    Cheers Gordon.
     
  5. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    Waiting patiently for the post man to arrive. Going to move the old tank out of the way and new one into place. Also while waiting will attaching the existing Java Fern on the bogwood that has been soaking for over a week now Any ideas how long the leeching will continue?

    The old and the new

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    The green Quartz roughly how it will sit in the tank

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    The bogwood
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  6. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    Tetra Plant Complete Substrate goes in
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    The pea is washed and starts to go in
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    The Green Quartz rock are placed in the tank
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  7. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    This promices o be a nice looking set up, I think you need to cover all the Tetra Plant Complete with a caping or gravel. im not too sure because i dont have it my self but the way this comes across to me is that you need to cover it all with your gravel (it doesnt look like you have in your pick). an alternative would be a light sand around the edge to pick up with your rocks.
    http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=487&currency=GBP someone else who uses this may be able to shed some more light on the use of this product. :D
     
  8. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    thanks and so we will carry on

    The rock Formation from the old tank goes in
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    The bogwood and Java fern goes in (Have placed in centre if I decide to create HC carpet)
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    Cave and first plants from Plants alive go in
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  9. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    Twisted Vallis goes in front of Rock
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    More plants around the quartz and cave
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    Plants ready for small bogwood
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  10. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    i see you did fully cap your substraight :wideyed: :oops: lookin good keep the updates comeing. :D
     
  11. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    More planting by the rocks
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    Most of the plants in now
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    More bogwood
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  12. ScottYalloP

    ScottYalloP Member

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    i like this tank, especially the last pic. :thumbup:
     
  13. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    Cheers for the comments

    Water starts to go in, this took forever as not to disturb my planting
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    Plants alive now :D
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    Java Fern with Hairgrass
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    left side of tank
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  14. sbonera

    sbonera Newly Registered

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    Right side of tank
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    Nearly full, Leaving some space for the old tank water
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    Rocks go in
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