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Old 12-05-2005, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default New 180Gal Tank - Help would be appreciated

This is my new 180G tank. It has only been recently established and is mainly SE-Asian plants.

Parameters are:
3 x 150W Halide
100W Daylight Fluoro
Ph 6.7 - 6.9 (should I lower this?)
Kh = 4
Filter = Fluval FX5

I would be grateful for advice on aquascaping it. I particularly like SE Asian plants and am planning to run it as a community tank with Rainbow fish predominant in the tank.


Thanks in advance

Ari
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Old 12-05-2005, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Scaping is really wide open.
Your tank looks quite nice, if you added a few groups in the foreground, you'd have a nice Dutch tank.
Here's a few examples:

https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ad.php?t=11424

If you wish to add more hardscape, adding wood might help.
It depends on what you want, you need to have more of an idea of the long term mainteance and layout design ideas.

Rock in the midground might be to your liking.

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Old 12-05-2005, 11:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the kind comments Tom.
This is really my first attempt at a big planted tank. I agree with your comments re the rock in the middle. I am hunting for a specific type of Rainbow Rock. I have seen an example in a LFS. It has distinct orange and red layers.
I had been planning to plant some cryptocoryne undulata and glossostigma in the foreground. Do you think that would work well?

The tank is only just over a month old, so I am still fighting green spots all over the glass. I'm not too good with the fertilising regine yet so any help there would be appreciated. I have access to the Seachem range and have been docing Iron and Flourish.

Best regards

Ari
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Good start. It looks dutch from the beginning! Is the background one of those platic 3d ones?
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Thanks Mike,

Yes, it's a 3d latex background made by a local Australian company. It's a miniature copy of the famous rock wall, "The Olgas"

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I like it... May I know the name of the company that makes those backgrounds and a link to somewhere online that I might buy something like that please?
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Brian,

The company is Universal Rocks: http://www.universalrocks.com.au/aquarium.htm
and you can order it from Aquaria Australia on www.aquaria.com.au

Universal Rocks make all kinds of rocks and backgrounds. Their stuff is a bit pricey but very well made

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Thanks dude, I'll check it out and see if they'll ship internationally.
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Ari,

can i ask what is the make and manufacturer of your lighting? Also where in Aust I can enquire about them?

Same with your substrate? What do you have?

I am also in the process of setting up a 180g, very slowly...

cheers!
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Hi JHosie,

What a fantastic looking setup your new tank will be! I like that new stand.

The light is made by MoZoo and was bought from Aquaria in Perth. The pricing is better than other MH lights I have seen on the market. It has 3 x 150W daylight type globes and another 100W of T8 fluoro (also daylight).

It took me a little while to get used to the yellow-ish colour but now I quite like it.

Good luck with your new tank

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