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  1. Hi, Finally, I have purchased enough to set up a fully planted high tech with CO2 (need more lights) shrimp and goldfish setup. This can allow me heavily feed my goldfish like pigs, their ... feeds the filter, and the filter feeds my plants. Shrimps are cleaner. Of course, no heater to save $$$ on power. How good is that? I will upload pic tonight lol
  2. .WorX Freshwater Planted 6500K Led's have arrived at AOA that are exceptionally well priced. This is the unit you have been waiting for to replace your tired old Fluro T8 / T5 lighting unit for your aquarium. Link - Age of Aquariums - WorX Led Super bright 6500K white LEDs and rich 460nm blue LEDs come together in an amazingly sleek fixture that’s dialed-in for freshwater aquariums. Great for display also over a Cichlid display or non planted aquarium. 24w - 48w depending on size of fixture Leg mounts included Low profile ( 2cm high and 8cm wide ) Silver in Colour 12 month replacement warranty Priced at $89.00 for the 60cm unit up to $129.00 for the 120cm unit. I have posted a few pics of these units over a dry display in store. We will be setting up a new freshwater planted display in store and will post up pictures as it progresses. These units are exceptionally bright and really need to be seen in person to be appreciated. Very sturdy build quality and does not feel cheap and flimsy compared to other units on the market. Ben
  3. Hi all, I currently own a fairly small 30 litre tank, but in the near future I would like to upgrade to a 4ft tank. When I do that, I will most likely use the smaller tank for a quarantine/breeding/secondary tank. I have a full setup for the smaller tank at the moment, but when I get the larger tank I want to put the smaller one on a desk or table. I don't want the smaller tank to be covered in wires and what not (I want it to look somewhat clean and low-tech), so instead of using a T8 fluorescent tube over the smaller tank, I would like to use something more subtle such as a reading lamp. However, I've been looking online and can't find any globes that grow plants which would fit in a lamp. I was wondering if anyone knew of any screw-in light globes which can fit in a lamp and can be used to grow plants and/or is aquarium specific? Thanks!
  4. I have a 90g planted tank with angels and tetras in it with a 1800l/h canister and it has dead spots (algae spots due to poor circulation) in the tank what would be best to circulate more water around the tank and how much is to much circulation
  5. Tank is 58 Gallon 130x38x45cm 222L empty, so will be less with Sub and planted. How many Angelfish and Pearl Gouramis fit? 1x Angel 3x Pearl 1M/2F Or 2 -4 Angel 2x pearl with 1x Pictus Catfish 5x Julii Cory 5 x Kuhli loach maybe some Glass shrimp?? Happy to loose the loachs if needed.... and shrimp (i know the angels may eat them) Cheers
  6. This is the largest planted tank I've done after recently upgrading from my 3ft and 2ft tanks. I will be focusing on this one tank. This tank will be dedicated to discus. both of the smaller tanks will be or are already pulled down with the 3ft to be run with sponge filters as a grow out if needed but mainly quarantine / hospital tank. Recently purchased this tank 2nd hand. Very big tank for me! and my unit lol. Equipment: 5ft x 22 high x 18 wide tank, cabinet and hood. approx 360 - 400L when you minus approx 45L of soil. filter: eheim 2215 and eheim 2213 (will be added shortly - still running 2ft tank) heater: 150W jager (think I need to upgrade to a 200w ) co2: 2.6kg bottle, aquamedic regulator and solenoid EI dry ferts mixed into 500ml bottles - still learning with this 1 x 10 000 Build My Led Light - 3ft 1x 3 foot and 1x 2 foot 6500 worz led lights. some t5's in the hood as a back up small internal filter filled with K1 media (as I run Co2 can't run diy air filter as that would be too much surface movement) running the aquael mini uv light to see if that will help minimise algae growth - currently working I guess. substrate: approx 2.5 bags of old ADA soil from my 3ft tank approx 6 years old. 3 new bags of ada on top. Heaps of dino dung that was in the old soil. Proposed Fauna: 4-6 discus. Will start with 4 then will increase over the next 6 months to probably 6, maybe 8 . a few ottos pair of either blue rams or neon blue rams or one pair of each one male apisto cac triple red that I bred from original panda petes stock so have to keep (thought about getting a female but would rather a pair of rams) and lastly if there is room a small school (10) of cardinal tetra to finish it off That's basically it. Main focus will be discus and a few of my favourite fish (rams) to pick up the scraps. Flora: I don't know all the names but will give a rough idea Needle leaf Java fern Small annubius (think it's nana petite but just appeared if my other tank so not sure where it came from ;P) Eleocharis Belem hairgrass - lot's of it!!! reddish crypts Rotala sp "Colorata" a few different red stem plants (not sure what type) Blyxa (need a few more stems of this) and a few random mid ground plants that I'll seeing how they go. now for the pics hood is still off for ease of planting. still need to sand an give a coat of varnish. I'm still waiting for my order of stems and 6 pots of belem grass to arrive. having ammonia spike from new ada soil. sitting at 2. I was currently doing a water change in the pics. Tanks has two endler guppys in there to help cycle. haven't seen a cycle yet, only ammonia spike, (old soil was 6years old and stayed wet, and established 2215 went straight on the tank) doing 50% water change every day / 2 days from now on. tank has been set up just over a week and this was the 2nd water change. before water change. after Let me know what you think! I'm really excited about this tank. the whole right side will be belem so give the discus a lot of swimming space. I think the scape has a great potential once it's grown in. sorry for the really long post
  7. I scaped this on the 4/4/16. I moved some decor and plants from the 4ft planted into this tank. Still got a bit of maturing to do and growing in Currently home to neons (i added another 10 today), cardinals, ember tetras, dwarf loaches & peppermint BN
  8. [iAPLC] Online Application is now open. Are you ready for IAPLC 2016?! The online application is now open for you. Come visit the contest official website to proceed your entry. The closing date of submission is May 31, 2016. Please take your time as much as you need to prepare; however, the line would be extremely busy on the very last day of application and it may take extra time to upload your photos etc. Thus it would be safe to apply earlier. We’re very much looking forward to seeing your masterpiece! IAPLC official website: EN: http://en.iaplc.com/ CH: https://www.iaplc.com/cn/ There you have it, just one upload of your planted tank away from becoming a star maybe... Go for it, would be awesome to see another qldaf-er in the next book.
  9. Yet another option for planted tanks, we now have in stock the magnificent Elos Terra. Those of you who have been following the exploits of the very talented Filipe Oliveira would have seen this substrate in action. What makes it so good? ~ Zero ammonia release. ~ Natural blend. ~ Porosity is perfect for plant root hairs, and beneficial microbes. ~ Very minimal powdering. ~ Rich in Micro and Macro elements. ~ Encourages an ionic balance which improves the absorption of nutrients by plants. ~ Provides all the nutrition needed for low and medium tech root feeding planted tanks. ~ Easily boosted with root tabs, or initial enrichment layer for full high tech high performance scapes. ~ Mulm settles to bottom, keeping surface looking clean. ~ Compatible with heating cables.
  10. Hey all I am coming back from reef tanks and going to transform my 6x2x2 1000lt total volume system into a planted tank. The aim is a low maintenance setup...if that is ever true haha. I have a sump that is set up like the picture below and I am thinking of filling it with bio balls and using the 2 FBF one for carbon and the other... well not sure. I will run some wool or filter pads before the bio balls. I however cannot suspennd them above the water due to the sump design. Is there another more suitable option? Then it comes to fish list and I am after something vibrant i plan to have a coupple of discus in there and otocinclus for keeping things clean and some rummy nose. Now because of the discus I am thinking 6.5 PH and also safe tank mates. What comes to mind from you guys and gals? In a heavy planted tank with lots of little hide outs will I be able to sustain shrimp enough to not lose them all to the discus but also keep up a natural food supply? or should I ditch the discus all together and go for something else? SO I suppose what i need answers/help with is bio filtration advice and also fish list. I dont want an overly complicated filtration set up but just something that will work well. The fish list I am just after something that has beauty but will leave my plants alone. I am used to the beauty in marine fish so I would love to find something similar. Many thanks for your advise Oh and is there anything around to maintaine PH levels? been a long time since i did fresh
  11. Hi, im trying to find freshwater snails that will eat algae but not damage plants, any ideas? thanks
  12. Currently have a 4' up aqua pro Z series planting focus LED in my 5'x47x39 freshwater tank. I haven't seen much if any results (my plants aren't dying but they aren't growing either) and I clearly realise that I either need more of the same lights or a complete new lighting set-up. Any recommendations in the $500ish range? Happy to go a little more for the right light, or less, if there is something more suitable. Planted I have swords, blue stricta, rotala wallichi, pink baby tears, wisteria, anubias nana petite, java fern and crested java fern so a mix of low to medium lighting needs. In my homework to date I have come across at my LFS both the Aqua Zonic IP4 120cm, the Dalua range and the aqua one plantglo that fall into my price range. What are everyone's thoughts on these products or is there something better out there? Thanks in advance for any comments and assistance. Cheers
  13. Hi, I recently bought an aquarium and would like some advice on how to stock it. I like the look of cichlids but want it to be a planted aquarium, any tips? I am leaning towards picking discus.
  14. Hi all, I am thinking of doing a low tech planted set up, maybe a 3 or 4ft tank. Never done plants, would like it low tech. No C02, expensive lights etc. Don't mind adding a bit of aquarium dirt and ferts though. Ive tried searching for articles on here but to no avail. Would just like advice on how to set it up very basic. Any articles worth a read floating around? Cheers
  15. Hi All, I am cleaning up a 36x15x18" high tank for upstairs in my lounge, I want to play my hand at a decent planted display tank. I am prepared to do root tabs, ferts and liquid CO2, and the tank substrate is going to be sand. As a non plant guy, I have read a gazillion web pages today and confused the living hell out of myself! One minute we are looking at colour temp, then lumens, then watts per gallon, then all the figures change per light type, then wpg means nothing and it's all PAR for the course! Then you start taking a look at light specs and most of them don't state half of this. Why so complicated lol. I don't want to be a light guru I just want to buy a product to do the job without wasting my money. Can anyone recommend me some good lights, I have not picked out what plants I want (I want to take my time planning that part), but I would like recommendations on both Medium and High lighting options for this size tank? cheers, notsobrightdan
  16. Howdy plant peeps, I'm using a bba treatment in my tank and I can't waterchange for at least two weeks which got me thinking. Are waterchanges really necessary in a planted tank? The main reasons for waterchanges is to remove nitrates and replace minerals that have been depleted, so if the plants consume nitrates and minerals are dosed would that negate the need for them? I don't think the water would go stagnant as there is flow and by injecting c02 the plants release oxygen back into the system, would that be a correct assumption? What are peoples thoughts on this subject? Cheers mick
  17. When we saw this tank at the Pet Expo recently showing off its stylish design we just had to take it home and is now on display in the store. The planted layout was designed by John Bailey from R&J Aquatics and Pets specifically for the trade show, some may recognise the name as the previous owner of the forum. Unfortunately we had to transport it so it had to be dismantled and we have redone the scape adding a few extra plants. The Glossy tanks will be available through us and ordered in as required and comes with the tank stand and as well as the LED light - the lighting is what sets this tank apart from other planted tanks as the LED is in a tube style allowing the twin LED light modules to be directed highlighting specific area's. If you are looking at a Elegant Display planted tank - pop on in and see the tank - the pictures just do not do the tank justice. Aquael Glossy 4ft with LED Lighting
  18. This is a small (~15-17 L) office shrimp tank, running for a bit more than a year now, with shrimp from Daydream. Still looking for some small pieces of rock to fill it out, but happy to take it slow (and happy to take design advice!). I've had setups from bettas to full coral reef in the past, but with school and travel, only have this one little tank now . Livestock: Neocaridina sp. and some unidentified small planorbid snails Plants: Hemianthus micranthemoides, Eleocharis sp. ("dwarf hairgrass") Filtration: Eheim 2213 Lighting: ~45 W compact fluorescent daylight bulb + indirect natural sunlight Substrate: ADA Amazonia No dosing or additives; the shrimps get a small Hikari omnivore pellet ~fortnightly.
  19. After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to build a planted tank. I have done a lot of reading and research on the topic and have decided to purchase the following products next week: Aqua Manta Xanti 40L (60(L)x26(W)x27.5(H)cm) - I would have loved to get a customer tank built but $$$ is limited. Aqua One Nano Co2 Kit Aqua One Plant Glo (45cm, 18W) I feel like this will be enough to get me started, however as a planted tank newbie, I'd love to be corrected if I am wrong! The Mantis has been kind enough to give me some fantastic advice regarding planted tank set ups, particularly HC. I am hoping to use (assuming I can get my hands on them) the following plants: Mini Rose Moss Bamboo Plant Egleria Fluctuans Dwarf Hairgrass Eriocaulon Cinerum Hemianthus Callitrichoides Water Violet Whorled Pennywort Sulawesi Plant Pogostemon Erectus Crsystalwart Now I know it'd be ridiculous and adventageous to put all of these plants into ONE planted aquarium, but I don't anticipate being able to find and purchase all of them... so I put it to the people, what do you think would be good combinations? Have any of you used these plants before? My next question is regarding substrate. I've done a lot of research on the best substrates for planted tanks but I am getting a lot of conflicting information. What would you all recommend as the best substrate/s for a planted tank? I promise you'll all get photos as soon as it all get's going... I also have a sketch/plan I will post ASAP! I will be keeping Crystal Red and Crystal Black shrimp in the tank... so I am aiming to create a pretty epic landscape for them. I should probably also add that I have my rocks picked out and ready to go after a trip to the sunshine coast last week. They're black with white 'veins'. Although I cut up my knees, hands and feet... it was so worth it. They're nice rocks. Who knew you could get so excited about rocks? Happy fish keeping and I hope this post finds you well!
  20. hey guys I got a new camera for xmas and thought I would share some pics of the 240, hope you enjoy cheers
  21. Set up yesterday. Still clearing but getting there. Currently home to 10 crimson spot rainbows. Once I get a heater for the tank I will be looking for some more different types of rainbows to add
  22. 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!!
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