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Old 01-12-2014, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, my name is Jaakko, hailing from Warsaw, Poland. (I'm from Finland though) I've been in the hobby for 25yrs but until last years fish always came first. Then I ended up on AGA competition pages and decided to give plants a go. I've had this tank for 2,5 years but the previous scape just never took flight so during xmas holidays I did almost total re-make. This set-up is now 2 weeks old, starting to grow-in.
I'll be happy for all kinds of comments. I've been aiming for fairly low tech, fairly low maintenance living-room center piece. I'm sorry the photos are mediocre quality, our better camera suffered battle-damage during new year celebrations.

Tank: 120cm long 60cm high, bow-front, appr. 325 litres.

Light: 2x150W metal-halide

Filtration: outside Eheim prof. II, inside Aqua-El sponge/keramic filter

Heating: Jaeger

Maintenance: 25% water change 2-4 times/month, daily liquid CO2, weekly Profito fertilization, weekly Easylife Fosfo and Ferro.

Substrate: mixed gravel and under that Pro-Soil.

Background: "blue lagoon"-paper. I would have gone for black but my better half insisted on this one.

Hardscape: manzanita roots?

Flora:

pogostemon helferi
pogostemon erectus
pogostemon octopi ?
echinodorus bleheri, hopefully hiding the equipment as it grows
two variations of cryptocoryne (wendtii, I think)
hygrophila pinnifatida both on wood and in substrate
red lotus in a plastic pot, wrapped in nylon pantyhose to prevent taking over the tank
limnophila aromatica
java moss
aponogeton boivianus?

Fauna:

Quite a mixed bunch, some my own purchases, some I've been saving from quitting hobbyists.

9 rummynose tetras
8 black neons
10 corydoras rabauti or aenatus
2 angelfish
2 german blue rams
3 keyhole cichlids
2 butterfly plecos
6 otocinclus
3 nerite snails
10+ assassin snails
+- 15 amano shrimps
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's the scape after first real gardening. The growth has kicked of nicely, the tank being now just over 2 months old. Pogostemon octopi and hygrophila pinnifatida growing like mad, and aponogeton being so happy in its new location that I'm sorry I didn't plant it 10cm closer to the back.
Java-fern also growing so fast that it's already nuisance. I'm considering changing into some slower growing moss-type, does anybody have suggestions?
Limnophila aromatica growing slow but steady higher, as are the cryptos.
All in all, it's slowly getting the half-structured/half-wild look that I'm aiming for.

The last photo is of my 60-liter bedroom jungle.
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