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Old 01-17-2018, 02:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all I started my first 160l (~42gal) tank almost 2 years ago, didn't know anything about "El Natural" method, but it seems that I did it more or less right. Aquarium is heavily planted and heavily stocked and working pretty much without any issues. So I needed a new challenge. I didn't have a chance to read the book yet (on the way to me), but hopefully I understood the basics correctly. I found an unused 10l (2.5g) bowl, put a potting soil, black volcanic substrate, two pieces of driftwood and some plants from my other tank. I will be adding more plants in a couple of days, along with red cherry shrimps (if water parameters will be good). Currently it houses couple of MTS and ramshorn snails. I like how it turned out so far, so sharing my joy with you
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Welcome to APC! The bowl looks really good.
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Welcome to APC! Now, I have a request: I would enjoy reading about the details on your DIY lamp. See the DIY forum. That lamp looks great, and looks like a very effective design. If you made it, please share your experience with us.
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Thanks!

@hoppycalif - I must sadly admit that lamp was purchased from a store, unfortunately I miss the skills to make one. However it looks a bit like "homemade"

It's Globo 21504 (http://www.globo-lighting.com/en/products/55/21504/) with 6500K 10W LED bulb (~1100lm). Wooden lamps are getting quite popular here in Europe, so it's not very hard to find similar lamps from different companies. Skilled people should be able to create one quite easily as it's very simple design and works great. If you're interested, I can provide photos from different angles.
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Thanks!

@hoppycalif - I must sadly admit that lamp was purchased from a store, unfortunately I miss the skills to make one. However it looks a bit like "homemade"

It's Globo 21504 (http://www.globo-lighting.com/en/products/55/21504/) with 6500K 10W LED bulb (~1100lm). Wooden lamps are getting quite popular here in Europe, so it's not very hard to find similar lamps from different companies. Skilled people should be able to create one quite easily as it's very simple design and works great. If you're interested, I can provide photos from different angles.
That link is enough to see how easy it would be to make a similar light. The only half way hard part would be finding and adapting a suitable reflector. The base wouldn't be much of a problem. Thanks for the link - I have never seen that type of light.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I like how it turned out so far, so sharing my joy with you
Very pretty! Thank you for sharing.

My only concern would be the large amount of driftwood in such a small setup. However, I'll bet that you-- as an experienced hobbyists-- are on top of this.

Good luck!
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Very pretty! Thank you for sharing.

My only concern would be the large amount of driftwood in such a small setup. However, I'll bet that you-- as an experienced hobbyists-- are on top of this.

Good luck!
Thank you.

There are only two pieces of driftwood and one dragon stone, it's more visible on the second picture. I wanted to provide more vertical space for shrimps and tiny fish (juvenile endler + platy) so they don't get bored so soon It should get covered with moss eventually. Driftwood isn't leaching tannins after boiling anymore and snails took care of the initial slime/fungus/bacteria bloom (that ugly white cloudy thingy which appears on new driftwood). My water is pretty hard and alkaline, so it doesn't swing with PH at all. Is there other reason why I should worry? I'm sorry if it was mentioned in the book, I still haven't received it. I have experience only with bigger setup, so I'm fully open to ideas/critique for this tiny tank. Tomorrow I plan to add more plants (I had to order floaters and smaller types).

I'm attaching also two pictures of my bigger ~160l jungle. It consists of thin layer of aquarium plants soil and thick layer of old aquarium substrate + gravel. It looks a bit overtaken by plants, particularly in a photo, but in reality it's not that "bad" and fish have plenty of free space for swimming (well, maybe tetras would appreciate more room). There are 3 quite big pieces of driftwood, almost completely covered by moss and plants. Tank houses 10 cardinal tetras, 5 swordtails, couple of platys, probably about 100 of endler guppys in various sizes and between 100-200 of shrimps (quite hard to count). Even with this stocking I have almost exquisite water parameters, everything thanks to plants. I'm still doing weekly 10% water changes, but it's more of "just in case" than "I must do it to remove nitrates" type. I am not using pressurized CO2, but utilizing what is available in air - my surface is heavily agitated by internal filter, additionally I add "bubbling" with Venturi effect and also use small fan to force fresh air into the tank (closed lid). By these actions I'm able to grow many plants with almost zero algae and have happy critters It probably isn't "true" El Natural as I have to add micro nutrient fertilizer on a weekly basis, but for me it's close enough
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Just a small update, I've added more plants and couple of shrimps from my other tank. Some of the plants started to grow already, many of them are pearling a little after about an hour once light turns on. I'm trying the siesta schedule (4 on - 4 off - 5 on), so far it suits this tank. The only small annoyance is oily water surface, but hopefully fish/snails will take care of that and it disappears over time.
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Just a small update, I've added more plants and couple of shrimps from my other tank. Some of the plants started to grow already, many of them are pearling a little after about an hour once light turns on. I'm trying the siesta schedule (4 on - 4 off - 5 on), so far it suits this tank. The only small annoyance is oily water surface, but hopefully fish/snails will take care of that and it disappears over time.

Looks great!

Did you know that there are countries (at least one) where it is forbidden by law to keep fish in sphere shaped tanks regardless of size? Don't ask me why.
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Looks great!

Did you know that there are countries (at least one) where it is forbidden by law to keep fish in sphere shaped tanks regardless of size? Don't ask me why.
Thanks!

Oh, didn't know that. I remember rumors from my childhood, that fish will go crazy in a bowl shaped tank, but I hope that it's not true. Though guppy is swimming in circles quite a lot. Platy isn't bothered, it swims all over the tank and eats what it can find. In each case, it's not their permanent home, they will be returned to the big tank once they grow up a little more.
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