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My first tank!

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Ok ok...I don't even have fish in it yet but I want to keep track of what I've done and when, and this is the first it's looked like something other than a glass box on a stand. :lol:

I picked up 20kgs of gravel from @Pet_City on Monday - I'd been chasing the 20kg bags for a while and they still hadn't arrived in, so they were kind enough to do two 10kg bags at the 20kg price. :) I picked up the log on the weekend and have had it soaking since then - it came out and the gravel went in after a LOT of rinsing. Since we're planning on having an albino bristlenose I wanted to have a nice place ready for it to hide in.

I've also changed my mind from initial discussions with my housemate and have decided to go a planted tank. 8O So I acquired a light, heater, thermometer and a net from @AquaholicsOnline and had myself a lovely drive from Ipswich to the Sunny Coast today. The order containing my filter and a piece of mopani wood has (finally) been sent, so in the next few days I'll be looking at getting a test kit and starting to cycle!

I'm so impatient, I know I need to wait until the cycle finishes but I so can't wait to get some fish in here. I guess I'll need to be content with getting plants and scaping it how I want until then. :lol:

 

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At the moment the only thing I'm sure of is I don't want java moss. :lol: I'm not a huuuuuuge fan of the look, and even though it's super easy everything I read says you can never get rid of it...and I don't want to have it potentially popping up down the track when I really don't want it to.

I'm looking into christmas moss as an alternative - I was thinking some anubias on that wood, with christmas moss in between potentially. If that doesn't work out, depending on the look of the mopani when it arrives I will look at using christmas moss on that instead. In the back corner behind the existing wood I was considering valisneria, as that will probably be where the filter goes to help hide it. I've gone with an internal one since there isn't a lot of room between the hood and the tank to have things hanging off, and since we're in a rental I'd like to keep the space take up as small as possible, so avoiding external for the moment.

And I just realised I need to turn the heater around so all my cords are coming out the same side... 

On the other side I'm kind of picturing the mopani, perhaps with some christmas moss as I said earlier and a stone in front of it. I'm leaning more towards blue rams than peacock gudgeons at the moment, and while I'm not setting out to breed them I'd enjoy watching the process if they do, and since I've gone with gravel I'd feel a bit mean if they felt they had to dig a hollow in it. :oops: I'd like to have a bunch of lace fern near it too.

At the back in the middle I'd like some hygrophilia. Ideally it would be the variation that gets the pinkish/red tipping, so if I do decide to get more intensive lighting and get a bit more into the plant side I have something to play with. From my understanding it will just grow as normal unless high light and potentially iron are supplied.

I mostly want to keep the mid to front relatively bare, but was contemplating scattering some dwarf hairgrass through there and seeing what it does.

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Sounds like a good plan. with dwarf hair grass, youd need aquasoil for best results. I've tried dhg in inert substrate and root tabs with co2 and didnt work for me. 
Co2 will help bring the pink/red out of the hygrophila pinnitifida aswell.

If you have high light and co2, your plants will absorb nutrients such as iron a lot faster and efficiently, you have to be careful if you go high light, ferts and no co2. 

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Yeah, the dwarf hair grass is going to be an experiment more than anything. What I've read is that if the conditions aren't right (substrate, light etc) it won't spread, or will spread thinly. Is that what you experienced?

Because of the rental situation and since this is my first go and I feel I've already complicated things for myself enough I don't want to bring in co2 gas, but I'm looking into using flourish excel as an alternative potentially. 

Pretty sure the tank is still sitting firmly in the 'low light' category! The light I got is 36 watt, and my tank without additions is about 140 litres. The light is probably a bit closer than most - approx 40cm from light to substrate so I'm guessing that will have an impact as well. I'm really happy with the light I got so far though - it's dimmable and has a full light, white light and rgb low light option. It's also super slim, so if I decide I want to increase my lighting I can put in another two without issues which would just about put me to being on the low end of high light territory. Maybe for Christmas. :lol: I should take a photo of under the hood, so you can see the space I'm working with - it's not much!

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yeah, in my low tech (ebay LED, no co2, inert substrate) the dhg sayed alive and grew little roots but no spread or grass growth at all haha
After switching to high tech, (one dsm and one submerged) they did well. 

What light did you get? 
Cant wait for the updates :)

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I got the Dee Planted Aquarium 90cm from Aquaholics Online. I've also acquired a couple of vals that have gone onto the driftwood. Still waiting on my filter. :( It was with the couriers on Wednesday, but unfortunately the website I ordered from doesn't supply a tracking number which is super frustrating. I did pick up a master test kit though! 

I think I've also decided on flame moss rather than Christmas - I prefer the look. Now I just have to track some down haha. >_< Everywhere online seems to be out of stock of any moss except java.

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I had a collection of mosses awhile back, wish i still had them.
If you're wanting flame moss, @bluebelle might be able to help. I got a very healthy portion before and couldnt be happier. 
I only have a bit at the moment as i shared some with my mate. 
Are you on Facebook? There are some shrimp groups where they auction off plants and mosses. 



 

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I am on facebook - don't use it much, but I'll keep an eye out. My filter didn't arrive today, so it is officially late. :cry: Is it bad that I'm considering picking up another one since I know Pet City stock the one I wanted and I'll be in there on Sunday anyway, and keep the other as a back up? Hmm...

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make sure you have a read of the heater manual, some of them can be prone to failure if put sideways like that

running 2 canisters isn't a bad idea, you can probably pick up a cheap one on gumtree

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Thanks for the tip Joller, I've had a read and it doesn't mention anything about sideways being bad, just having it not completely submerged.

My package finally arrived, I will take a pic tomorrow to show the new wood and goodies. :)

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