Vito's first planted tank - Juwel Rio 125 (NEW PICS July 09)

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  1. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Hey guys, I have finally begun to setup my very first aquarium and its going to be a planted one :D.

    Its been a lengthy process to get here but it all started when my fiance and I were given a gold fish as a pet, back then I always thought goldfish+bowl+water = happy fish, little did I know how wrong I was. over time I became very interested in watching the little guy swim about and I also got a small filter to keep the water clean. As time went on, I bought some slate for the small tank and also got him a tank mate (shubunkin), at this stage I wasn't educated about fish and required tanks sizes and stuff, but my interest in fish grew and grew, so I bought my first edition of PFK (Issue 10/October 2006), the 32 page pull-out beginners guide sold it for me and thats when the interest grew into an obsession. Many issues later, after all the research into the hobby I purchased a Juwel Rio 180, I then put it in my room and my mum went APE!! So I was forced to return it. I could have bought a smaller one but everything I had ever read about the hob told me to buy the biggest I could afford, lol. Anyway I couldn't have fish unless they were in the shed, which I didn't want, so I carried on reading many issues of PFK, forums and other various sites. I then thought I will just scour ebay and other site to gather my equipment for the day I set up my tank, I found a Juwel Rio 125, never used in walnut for £70, local seller too. I bought the stand from LFS for £60, overall saved me £100. Now me and my fiance have moved into our flat and have settled in, unfortunately furniture and TV was priority over tank setup but like I said at the start, finally.

    Anyway thats my story, now to the Journal!

    Equipment:
    Juwel Rio 125 (Walnut)
    Tetratec EX1200
    Hydor ETH Heater 300W
    Presurized co2 - 500g bottle
    Original Juwel lighting - 18w
    Hagen Glomat twin starter - 18w
    4 Juwel Reflectors
    2 x Juwel bulbs (came with tank)
    1 x Arcadia original bulb
    1 x Zoo Med Ultra Sun
    Glass drop checker
    ADA Aquasoil amazonia - 2 x 9l bags & 1 x 3l
    Rocks - My mums other half sourced them for me...

    Plants so far:
    HC
    Glosso
    Dwarf Hairgrass

    Dosing dry ferts "EI"

    Any way here is the pics, step by step'ish

    All or most the equipment
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    Rocks! Supplied by my mums partner...
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    In with the ADA AS...
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    Toying around with the hard scape and finally got to this...
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    Next day I went to MA @ St.albans (awesome shop!!!) and bought HC, Glosso and Harigrass. Removed rockwool and separated the plantlets...
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    Planting was very time consuming, but it was very easy with the ADA AS... Any way starting to fill the tank, Being a newbie, I just the the hose loose witch messed my hardscape and plants... very annoying, any way I sorted it all...
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    I now use LondonDragon's Water Changer, found on Hardware and Diy forum, makes life much easier.

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    Finished Result - 25/07/08...
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    It was alot of work and It took a long time to get to this stage but it was worth it.

    2 weeks on and this is what the tank looks like now...
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    I just added 14 RCS's and my face was glued to my tank lol... any way guys that's the progress so far, I will keep posting pictures and hopefully my picture taking ability will improve, my cam is an Olympus mini digital 4.0 Megapixel, if anyone know what settings are the best for taking pics of my tank please let me know. Any criticism is welcomed.

    Vito.
     
  2. Joecoral

    Joecoral Member

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    looking good for a first attempt, will look amazing in another few weeks once thr plants have all grown in and are carpetting nicely
    i look forward to more phto updates!
    JC :D
     
  3. oldwhitewood

    oldwhitewood Member

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    Your rock placement on the right hand side is especially good. It will be interesting to see how it matures.
     
  4. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, I'll keep weekly updates on the tank until its fully grown.

    Ive noticed that my on my hairgrass some of the grass is browning and also some HC leave are melting... any ideas of the cause?

    Vito.
     
  5. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    Hi Vito,i think you have made a very nice start and your setup will be interesting when it matures,good luck John.
     
  6. Vito

    Vito Member

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    I need some advice guys, I've noticed since planting leaves of the HC are melting and the dwarf hairgrass is browning in certain stems... could it be down to my photperiod, the co2 comes on at 1pm and the lights come on a 3pm, co2 off 10pm and lights out 11pm, the room is light through the day even with the curtains closed, should i set the photperiod from morning until early evening? or is this melting & browning normal?

    Thanks

    Vito
     
  7. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Vito,
    You need to add more CO2.

    Cheers,
     
  8. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    I would set it for 10hours, apart from that it is ok. I would up the CO2 & ferts, HC can take some time to start off when it is new.
     
  9. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Ok guys, I will up the co2, the drop checker is currently limeade green bordering yellow'ish, I have some Cherry shrimp in there and I dont want the OD on the co2 in case it might kill them, thanks for the advice guys. currently set co2 to 2 bubble per second, Ill also up the dosing.

    Thanks

    Vito.
     
  10. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Vito,
    Yes I understand about the shrimp. In that case another thing you can do is to lower the light a bit to give yourself more breathing room. Perhaps one bulb can be shut down, or you can play with the timings of the bulb so that full intensity isn't reached until later in the day. It may also be that you need to play with the spraybar by repositioning it or even adding a second bar to get better or perhaps more even distribution. In the short term you might be able to get by with adding a powerhead to force flow down to the substrate level. Tha's adding more equipment to the tank though so it may not be the ideal solution. Just to cover the bases, are you using 4 dkh water in the dropchecker or are you using tank water?

    Cheers,
     
  11. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    Excellent work, wish my first scape had been as good!

    Sam
     
  12. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Thanks for the advice ceg, ima try upping the co2 and dosing then if i see the shrimps struggleing ill sort the light. I am using 4dkh and I used JBL regent solution thing...

    Just a quick update, some of the samller shrimps kept getting sucked up by the filter so I chopped some corse filter sponge to size and inserted it into the filter inlet, my only concern is its not going to suck up the big bits of rubbish but at least my shrip will be ok, well this is just a trial if it causes me problems i'll remove it.... thanks for your advice guys.

    Watch this space

    Vito
     
  13. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Quick update guys,

    I trimmed the Hairgrass right back to promote some growth and also to try and remove the ugly brown leaves, I broke my drop checker, DOH! new one on order...

    I dont know now how much Co2 im pumping in the tank but its at 2 bps, no pearling yet since set up and the drop checker when its want broken showed yellow.

    Shrimps seem to be getting bigger by the day, Ive spoted a few sheded skins, they seem ok with the uped dosage of co2.

    There is some bright green algae building up on cermaic diffuser, i tried to scrub it off but its virtually impossible, any advice on removing it?

    Also my aquarium is giving of a bit of a smell is there anything I can do to prevent it?

    Thanks,

    Vito.
     
  14. aaronnorth

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    get some bleach, pour it on the ceramic plate and leave it for at least 5mins (Longer the better! I leave mine while i do the rest of the maintenance ;) ) then wash it thoroughly off and soak in dechlorinator for 5mins, repeat if necassary.

    Scrubbing is useless.
     
  15. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Thanks for the advice buddy!
     
  16. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Hey guys, Three weeks in and I though might as well update...

    So Anyway got about a dozen or so Red Cherry Shrimp in there now, I'm sure two females had egges but they didnt carry them under the tail they just dumped them, so possibly a big poop, I dunno any Ideas? they were yellow and there was about 10 of them....

    The tank is doing ok I have a few algae Issues growing on the plants and the rocks... so annoying, I remove as much as I can but its really difficult. Plants seem to be doing much better than when they were first in, at the beginning the HC leaves were melting but has now recovered with some adjustments to the Co2, the Golsso is growing fast as hell and taking over the right of the tanks as you will see in the photos, and the Hairgrass is sprouting runners but many of the orginal planted leaves are brown, I will have to remove each individual one but its so hard!!! is there any tank inhabitant that will eat the dying or browning leaves of plants?

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    Anyways thats the progress so far guys, Ill be going to Vegas this Thursday so the tanks will be left for a week but im sure will be fine, hopefully some crazy growth while I'm away, when I return I'm going to buy some otto's I need more clean up crew otherwise this algae is going to drive me insane.

    Any criticism welcome,

    Vito.
     
  17. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    I love the rock formation :D
     
  18. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Thanks mate, I had a good play around until I settled with this layout but I am really happy with it.

    Thanks again

    Vito.
     
  19. Vito

    Vito Member

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    Hey guys, just got back from Vegas (The best place to party), my tank is not doing so well, the co2 ran out while i was away, algae has coverd rocks and plants and its looks horrible, I think im going to remove plants clean up in a bleach solourtion mix and rocks also and then redo the hole lot, what do you guys think ?

    Vito
     
  20. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    Thatt happened to me aswell :( BBA everywere. The bleah can damage plants, i just got a tootrush and cleaned up the rocks well, pull off the worst infected leaves, then i overdosed excell.
     

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