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Old 10-04-2004, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have tried to select plants & fish from the brasilian river basin. I would appreciate any advice or opinions on equipment, fauna & flora selection, & on the placement/aquascaping.

55g (48"L x 13"W x 21"H)
2ea 65 watt CF @ 6500K (84CRI) (supposedly same as 500 watts?)
2 ea 15 watt "aquarium plant" bulbs
HOB mechanical filter w/ bio screen (for 75g)
canister filter - undecided on filter media - Peat?
wet/dry (behind background, small 1 gal in tank)

1 - Zebra Pleco
6 - Zebra Angels
6 - otocinclus
3 - blood heart tetras
1 - blue ram
5 = cory cat (not sure on these)

I'm planning on using 4" fluorite as a substrate, & as you can see from the pic, it is almost a potted environment.



AFA the second pic, will the vesiculara give a good "climbing vine" appearance for the higher roots?
Any suggestions for #3? I'd like it to hang down over the cave entrance a little to help provide some shelter for the fish that like to hide.



Here is a view from a few steps back. Black sand will be used for the lower floor areas.



The back wall/background is next & will hopefully look like a crumbling rock wall. It will protrude towards the roots to hide the heater,filters, etc. Water circulation is plumbed under/through the foam rocks (hidden).

Have I made a decent plant selection? Any of those that have really difficult upkeeps? Sufficient lighting? I am making a co2 injector/reactor out of a nalgene bottle & a small powerhead (supplied by DIY CO2 generator). I am not sure on the co2 amount that I will need however...
Am I setting myself up for a PH crash with the soft water & adding co2?
Sorry for the long post...
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I have tried to select plants & fish from the brasilian river basin. I would appreciate any advice or opinions on equipment, fauna & flora selection, & on the placement/aquascaping.

55g (48"L x 13"W x 21"H)
2ea 65 watt CF @ 6500K (84CRI) (supposedly same as 500 watts?)
2 ea 15 watt "aquarium plant" bulbs
HOB mechanical filter w/ bio screen (for 75g)
canister filter - undecided on filter media - Peat?
wet/dry (behind background, small 1 gal in tank)

1 - Zebra Pleco
6 - Zebra Angels
6 - otocinclus
3 - blood heart tetras
1 - blue ram
5 = cory cat (not sure on these)

I'm planning on using 4" fluorite as a substrate, & as you can see from the pic, it is almost a potted environment.



AFA the second pic, will the vesiculara give a good "climbing vine" appearance for the higher roots?
Any suggestions for #3? I'd like it to hang down over the cave entrance a little to help provide some shelter for the fish that like to hide.



Here is a view from a few steps back. Black sand will be used for the lower floor areas.



The back wall/background is next & will hopefully look like a crumbling rock wall. It will protrude towards the roots to hide the heater,filters, etc. Water circulation is plumbed under/through the foam rocks (hidden).

Have I made a decent plant selection? Any of those that have really difficult upkeeps? Sufficient lighting? I am making a co2 injector/reactor out of a nalgene bottle & a small powerhead (supplied by DIY CO2 generator). I am not sure on the co2 amount that I will need however...
Am I setting myself up for a PH crash with the soft water & adding co2?
Sorry for the long post...
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Old 10-04-2004, 01:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you planting the floor of the aquarium?

I would buy one good canister filter with a heater in it. The only worry you'll ever have is restart after power outages.

You wont be able to tell until you make the plant groupings but i dont think the 3 per pot will work to aquascaping principals most people look for.
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Thanks igrowroots -
Not sure where I can find the aquascaping prinicpals? but those "pots" are actually just one big area/"pot", 4" deep minimum. Basically, the foam roack are hollow.
AFA a canister filter, what media works well for a softwater setup?
Thanks again -
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Interesting project. I've got a 20 gallon hex that I've been looking (for forever) for interesting ideas to aquascape it.

Take a look at this sticky:

http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.c...2&m=3876034022

I think this is what iplantroots is referring to.
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Thank you rssjsb - I think I understand what igrow was referring to, the visual aspects. I was taking it as the plants would not grow well in the "potted" foam container.
I believe it will be the concave setup, but I obviously have much to learn...
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