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Might as well make a journal of this tank now as its planted up :D

Hardscape:
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Took a trip to P*ts at Home this morning, and came back with far too many Tropica plants :rolleyes: I got 2 big Microsorium "narrow", 3 pots of Micranthemum umbrosum, and a pot of something I haven't heared of before but looks like Hydrocotyl :lol:

All planted up now, so here you go...

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I've had to add some more Aquasoil on the right, and some small pieces of rock to hold the Aquasoil back, and I have lessened the angle of the main branch. Also I had a play with the "roots" in the back left but you can't see them now anyway.

I've started it off with 1ml Brighty K and 1ml Step1 daily, along with 1bps CO2. It all looks a bit tacky and messy now but give it a month or two to get going... 8)

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nice! Much nicer than my 60cm tank :( Wished I started off on the right foot. Saving on the wood and plants and CO2 is not worth it.....
 

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Very nice start. Its a 40cm 25L, right?

Excuse me if this is already in another thread but what light is that? How long and high above the surface? I have a 40cm 25L with a mini desk lamp style 13w but the problem is I don't get an even intensity accross the whole tank as you would with a strip lamp. Should I just mount it higher?
 
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no problem. What is the flow rate of that filter? My tank only seemed to have 1x turnover of the tank volume. was thinking if I should add another pump in the tank to increase the turnover rate. How would love turnover rate affect the plants? Anyone here to enlightened me?
 
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sorry my bad. Miscalculated my filter output. It's rated 400l/hour and my tank is 60l so even if output is half I should be getting nearly 4 time flowrate.
 

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I've just added some of my baby cherry shrimp I found in my last tank and they seem to be enjoying the nicer conditions than the 1g they were being kept in :) They are much hardier than I thought they were and so far seem indestructable, even at 2mm ;)

(By the way the filter has been running nearly 2 weeks and was re-seeded a week before adding them so I'm not worried about water quality and cycling issues. My 6 Emerald Eye Rasbora are doing well in there to 8) )

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A few days in now, and there's already noticable growth on the umbrosum and Hydrocotyl. The moss is getting lighter green tips now so thats starting to spread out too. I am thinking of getting some more stems, maybe Rotala "green" and/or Rotala indica/wallichi to go behind the Java fern.

I'm getting a weird film on the water surface at the moment which builds up fairly quickly, but I suppose that's just from the substrate or wood and will hopefully stop soon.

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Time for some more pics. I've done 2 versions, at different focal lengths. I prefer the wider angle but I'm gonna need more backgroud for those :lol:

You can really see it starting to grow now:

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I don't know whether I'll change the Java fern out for stems yet, but I think I might at some point. I'm not patient enough for these ferns!!

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I don't know about swapping the ferns for stems, to me its the stem's that look out of place, lovely scape though can't wait to see it grow out.
 

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Thanks Garuf.

Just done my first trim after getting back from college. The moss if growing great, nice and compact. The umbrosum seems to be suffering a bit, whether it's just adjusting or not I don't know. Also, the Hydrocotyl is growing like mad but the leaves are a bit yellowy in the top few.

Looking at James's deficiency guide I could have sulphur, nitrogen or iron deficiencies. I am dosing 1ml Brighty K every day, and 1ml of Step1 and Spec Lights every other day at the moment. Should I just up these doses? I am currently dosing the same as I did for the last tank, which had far far more plants in. Any input would be great :)

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I brought some HC and a bit of Riccia home from college yesterday and thats all planted in now, just needs to fill out. I also bought some of what I think is a Red Myriophyllum for the back behind the Java Fern.

The umbrosum is still struggling a bit, but the new growth seems nice and healthy. The moss is still going like mad and to my surprise the Java Fern is growing new (1-2") leaves so the old ones might be cut off soon.

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very nice, very natural look, what are the plans for fish stocking?

My umbrosum that I got from here is struggling too, got some new growth coming , hopefull it will start picking up soon :D
 
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