Roots and Grit

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  1. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Figured i start the new year with a new setup in my 200 litre.
    So, i worked even more on the hardscape part and i'm well aware of the grade of maintenance i'll have to do.
    But where's the fun in it if there's no challenge?

    Starter pack :

    LxWxH - 100x55x45 cm
    Lighting - 6x39w (3000k and 6500k bulbs)
    Filtration - Hailea HF-150 and Eheim 2322, both w/ lily pipes
    Twinstar - M2
    CO2 - Pressurised w/ Tropica diffuser (3 in 1) - 2 bps - all the time
    Skimmer - Odyssea (ebay)
    Hardscape - Red moore wood, Twinty wood, Dragon stone
    Gravel, sand & substrate - JBL Manado, Quartz, river sand

    Full list of plants for this setup :

    -Anubias barteri var. nana 'petite'
    -Anubias barteri var. nana 'pinto'
    -Microsorum pteropus needle leaf
    -Staurogyne repens
    -Staurogyne sp. 'Porto Velho'
    -Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini'
    -Hemianthus glomeratus
    -Hemianthus cuba
    -Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo'
    -Rotala sp. Goias
    -Rotala macrandra red mini
    -Myriophyllum mattogrossense
    -Myriophyllum sp. roraima
    -Aponogeton madagascariensis
    -Cryptocoryne sp. 'Flamingo'
    -Cryptocoryne wendtii Compact
    -Heteranthera zosterifolia

    Fish :

    -Paracheirodon innesi

    Hardscape - step by step, with a lot of details :

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    I used the blue-ish mesh to separate the different types of gravel i used to create the hills and with the help of the Dragon stones, to keep the hills from falling apart.

    More pics to come.
    :brb:



    Happy New Year to everyone at UKAPS!
     
  2. Greenfinger2

    Greenfinger2 Member

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    Hi Alex, Love it :thumbup: Great tip with the mesh :thumbup:
     
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  3. salava8

    salava8 Member

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    Roots placed masterfully :). Like! :)
     
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  4. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Let's see another set of pics :

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  5. Costa

    Costa Member

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    Very nice man! Great looking tank! Looking forward to seeing the plants going in.

    I would advise against neon tetras. They are shoaling fishes and will spend most of their time just hanging around the tank. For this scape I would recommend some schooling species, eg lemon tetras, flame tetras and my favorite rummy-nose tetras.
     
  6. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Thank you so much!

    It is a good advice indeed and maybe i'll add them. The thing is i already have the neon tetras for this setup but they're only 10 of them, so i can add another group.

    More hardscape pics :

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  7. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Last details of the hardscape before i go into "planting mode".

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  8. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Let the planting begin :

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  9. themodernchap

    themodernchap Newly Registered

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    I can't wait to see this grown in. I love anubias. The roots are amazing. You have to put some shrimp in there, they will look great crawing through all those nooks
     
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  10. Nuno M.

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    Like it very much Alex,

    Are you planning on dry start this one ?? It will help a lot securing those slopes with a carpeting plant ;)

    Will keep following this one, keep us updated ...
     
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  11. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    I might get some shrimp at some point, don't know what specie for sure. :D
    And i also want to add some Bucep.

    I added a lot of plants, small rocks and of course some carpet plants to go along and all went well. I didn't go with the dry start till the end, but i must say i tried it for a few days with some carpet seeds of ebay (they said it was glosso, but i don't think so).

    I'm far behind with the pics for now because i want to show you guys all the steps.
    To be continued.
     
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  12. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Another set of pics with the planting :

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  13. Daveslaney

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    Loverly.
    Stunning photos.
     
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  14. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Back with Day 24.

    So, the plan was to try a Rotala sp. Goias carpet at first, but it seems it's quite hard to grow it like that with my aquarium height.
    Although i have 234w T5 lighting for around 180-190 litres of water, it doesn't seem to be enough for this one to grow low.
    Will do my best. Maybe combine it with Glosso or M. sp. Monte Carlo eventualy, to fill to free space.

    Still had some brown algae on the wood, like in every setup i had for the last two years. Not a big problem.

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    Some more pics in a bit. ;)
     
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  15. mibe661

    mibe661 Member

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    Looks glorious! Did you pre-soak the wood before or anything holding it under water?
     
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  16. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Had some big rocks on top of them for more then a week. :D
     
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  17. Kamiel

    Kamiel Newly Registered

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    Awesome scape and foto's
     
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  18. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    More details from day 24 :

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    Thank you, Kamiel. ;)
     
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  19. bobiciupe

    bobiciupe Member

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    Alex, you might have too much light, that is the cause of brown algae, if we assume that the filter is cycled. I was having the same problem until i raise the lamp height above 55cm over the top of the tank
     
  20. alex08

    alex08 Member

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    Bobi, i had brown algae only in the first couple of weeks then it goes away. This seems to happend in all my setups.
    I start with 5 hours of lighting in the first week, then go for 6 in the second and stop at 7 hours.

    My battle is not with the brown algae, but with the GSA or GDA. Those are more likely to appear.

    And that's indeed a problem of fertilizers or/and lighting as far as i know, and i'm working on it. :D

    Thanks for the advice, my friend. ;)
     

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