Superman's 180l Asian Retreat

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Great job. It should look amazing once grown in. I agree with the comments about the vallis. I think it's look better if there were some sections that were more thickly planted than the other parts to break up the linear fashion. As was said though it'll change as it grows in.
 

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Hi Superman, its a nice start for your first effort but i would put more plants in if you have them, then you will have more chance to beat any algae issues that may/will arise,regards john.
 

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Really really good Clark, I can't wait to see how this comes on, how did you find scaping the tank in the end, fun I hope?
 

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Garuf said:
Really really good Clark, I can't wait to see how this comes on, how did you find scaping the tank in the end, fun I hope?
Thanks fella.

I have enjoyed scaping the tank, helps that I've been thinking of what to do since our visit to TGM so taken the time out and not rushed things.

I'm just very chuffed that it looks so good.
 

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Yeah I know how you feel, I'm glad its come through for you though, can't beat getting through those first tank nerves. just keep the Co2 high and dosing good so everything grows in nice and fast and you might get lucky and miss the dreaded algae monster. :)
 

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Garuf said:
Yeah I know how you feel, I'm glad its come through for you though, can't beat getting through those first tank nerves. just keep the Co2 high and dosing good so everything grows in nice and fast and you might get lucky and miss the dreaded algae monster. :)

I've managed to get two plug timers now, at the min, the lights are on from about 4pm till 10:30pm. Is that long enough?

Whats the best time to have my CO2 switched on? It's running at 1bps at the min.
 

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Looking great :) an evening well spent ;)
Now you have to let it grow for a few weeks and see how it develops, keep us updated ;)
 

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Co2 to come on an hour before lights and go of at the same time as the lights do, I can't work out your photoperiod but I'd be aiming for 8 hours, once everything is well grown in you can up it to 10 hours.
Make sure you check your timers every week I've known them to stop working without warning and lead to almost gassing fish or running the tank minus co2.
 

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Today I swapped my danios and tiger barbs plus £20 for 20 harlequin rasboras and 10 cherry shrimp at the LFS.

Some photos...

Cherry Shrimp
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Harlequin Rasboras
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Excellent :) Harlies seem to be having a real come back lately. I'd read they were sort of bread and butter fish, like neon tetra but they seem to be getting a new appreciation :)

Oh, you might benefit from lowering your diffuser so the bubbles have further to travel before being hit by the outflow :)
 

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Great choice of fish, I also have them in my tank ;)
 

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Really nice scape :) I see the TMG visit had some influence with the rocks? ;) Once it fills out and matures it should look really good.

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I was going to say the same thing. This scape pretty much feels like a fusion between the demo tank from TGM and george 120cm.

I can't wait for it to grow out. considering the fact there is anubias and crypt in the tank I think it will take a good 6 months before the tank is complete. Hence the reason why I hate slow growing plants
 

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Do plants go through like a phase when in a new tank?

A few of the leaves are going yellow and some of the stems are no see-through. Wondered if I should be worried.
 

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All of supermans plants are of George, It could be that they're crypts then yes, it would be normal.
 

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Garuf said:
All of supermans plants are of George, It could be that they're crypts then yes, it would be normal.
Cool, its mainly the crypts.
One of the Pogostemon helferi but I guess cos I found it floating yesterday.
 

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Forgot to mention that I tied the Anubias to some driftwood and just slightly covered it in gravel.
and another photo of my shrimp as one was near the glass...
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The crypt is probably just melting down due to sudden change in enviroment. Or it could have been easily bruised during packing and delivering (which can't be helped) and now it's kinda showing up. Lots of delicate stem plants suffer the same when I rescape my tank.
 

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daniel19831123 said:
The crypt is probably just melting down due to sudden change in enviroment. Or it could have been easily bruised during packing and delivering (which can't be helped) and now it's kinda showing up. Lots of delicate stem plants suffer the same when I rescape my tank.
Will it recover?
 
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