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  1. We are wanting to do a planted tank with maybe Chinese algae suckers or small catfish types, and a couple of shrimp or smaller fish. We haven't done one before, any tips/suggestions? Will be in a 30Lish tank. Obviously not one with everything listed. What is the best type of plant for beginners? Any hints or tips you have would be greatly appreciated!!
  2. Hi all, I've recently upgraded a few things in my 2ft (20 US gal) planted tank to get it towards the "high tech" end of the spectrum. It's running 2x24W T5HO bulbs at 6500K and 10000K along with pressurized CO2 on a solenoid running at about 1.5bps (for the moment) and is filtered by an Eheim 2215 with an inline CO2 reactor. Prior to adding the CO2 I was adding API CO2 booster (excel equivalent) and micro-nutrients, then gave Seachem's NPK a go, though dosing fairly conservatively and dealing with a lot of thread algae during that time. It currently houses 13 rummy-nose tetras, 2 black phantom tetras and 2 juvenile SAEs (smaller than the tetras) as well as 2 riffle shrimp and 15-25 Neocaridina shrimp at a guess. Moderately planted with Blyxa, dwarf hairgrass, a few crypts (wendtii, balanase, parva), Hygrophila difformis, stargrass, pygmy chain swords, and another stem plant species that I can't recall the name of. Since adding the CO2, growth has increased dramatically in the stem plants, but I am still battling with the algae. So much so that I had to severely cut back most of plants to remove the majority of the algae-infested leaves. Ideally I would like to use the Estimated Index for dosing but with Seachem's NPK that will become a money pit unto itself... and sourcing the dry ferts seems rather difficult here, especially KNO3. Regardless, my questions are more about the nutrient balance in a planted aquarium. Quite a few products that are sold as "complete" plant fertilisers specifically state that they are nitrogen and phosphate free, containing mostly potassium, magnesium, sulfur and calcium, and claim that sufficient N and P produced through feeding and fish waste. Is this likely to actually be the case in a high light system? My understanding is that ammonia is the primary driver for most algaes, at least in the spore stage and that plants are more likely to utilise N and P than algae, provided that other parameters are reasonably good for plant growth. Given the relatively high bioload, is it likely that the algae is benefiting from the immediate form of fish waste (ammonia) and then the plants will be struggling to find enough available N and P, hence I would need to supplement them directly with nitrogen? I haven't seen many obvious signs of deficiencies in the plants themselves, just an excess of algae on some leaves and an increase in green spot algae on the glass. Is that also a sign of there not being enough P in the system? If I dose according to Seachem's calculations and ideal nutrient levels I'll be using 100mL of each in under 2 months... but would providing less NPK than recommended contribute more available nutrients to the algae than the plants? Thanks for your feedback - I'm also interested in anyone else's experience with nutrient dosing and higher tech tanks... problems, solutions, stories, etc. Cheers, Piet
  3. Just wanted to quickly share my tank on here it's a 30cm cube planted almost got it the way I like it now just have to wait for it to grow out now, here's the start to now. Just starting again on the 20/06/13 (all my left over plants just surviving) a couple days later 10 days later also made a diy jiffy box for the lights and Today
  4. Hello everyone, I've enjoyed reading this forum for a while, and finally decided I'd join up and seek some opinions now that I'm getting close to having my tanks set up again. They've been parked in my shed for the past ten years, since I've never had attractive stands for them (my wife doesn't want a display tank with an ugly metal frame - and I don't blame her too much). I've got 3 x 4ft tanks, and 2 x 3ft tanks that I plan to set up over the coming weeks / months. I hope to have four of them as planted tanks - depending on how I go with my first couple. And the other will likely be in my shed, probably just for breeding cichlids. I've been looking into the canister filters for a while, and while the Eheim and Fluval look good, I'm probably heading more down the line of the Aqua One. I've seen the Aqua One 1200 in action, and seems to be quite silent, and simple enough to maintain. I was wondering on everyone's opinion regarding their own filter, especially if you've got experience with any of these non-Fluval, non-Eheim types. I haven't used canisters, as last time I had my tanks running, I had undergravel filters with my cichlids, and also for my planted tank (worked ok). I've set up some 44-gallon drums to capture rainwater, as prefer this to conditioning the Bris water days - I came off the land where we didn't have town water, so am inexperienced with conditioning town water, and unsure of what works best here also. Aiming for substrates using vermiculite mixed with clay; and then some nicer looking gravel on top. Was also considering mixing in some perlite to the underlayer to prevent compaction - but haven't used it before - so if anyone has experience with perlite, I'd love to hear about it. I could only see a benefit in it's porosity - perhaps useful in the filter, and to prevent compaction, but also heard that it often finds its way up to the top of your tank when you least want it to. I think that is all for now - my stands are probably about a week away from completion, getting stained as we type. I'll try and get a few photos up as I can. Look forward to hearing from you!
  5. this is my favourite tank i have ever seen, makes me want to set one up in my room (: i know they are difficult and take years to get this good but how much would it end up costing me around abouts? and what filtration, lighting and anything else would i need? anyways i just thought everyone on here should see this amazing set up! hope the pic works
  6. A few photos of my first fish tank. What do you think? It has been trial and error.
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