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Old 10-25-2018, 06:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, again, and sorry for the noise.

Ok i bought last weekend a 65L curved acrylic tank. During this week i am aconditioning my tank and the support, doing all the electricity ptoection, etc.

Habitants will be, if its possible, one male betta, one couple of ramirezi, 4 otocinclus and ~6 galaxy.

Plants i am not decided, yet. But i was reading the forum and see that many people started the tanks using DSM for carpeting with hemianthus micranthemoides and doing some scaping.

At this point i have two doubts.
1) Its posible while doing the DSM, using CO2 in a walstad tank? (once filled, i not plan to use CO2)
2) About putting some rock here and there, i know that is not desirable that the stone be ON the cap. I was thinking, to put the rocks first and after put the dirt and the cap of sand/mini gravel.

Lamp is pll biax l 24w 840.

Any guidance will be really appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Leonardo
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well well well, tank is setted up.

1" of soil
1" of inert prodac sand.

Two rocks and the following plants:
Ludwigia SP Red
Marsilea Crenata
Equinodorus Amazonicus
Sagitaria Subulata
Valisneria Nana
Rotala Rotundifolia
Lotus Red
Cabomba
Ambulia
Hygrophila Polyesperma

This pic shows cloudy water but i dont mind, is the first pic after filling up. So, beeing patient is a good choice to "clarify" the water.

I put, also a filter (with very tiny filtration sponge, just for removing particles) and later with nothing just for "moving" water.

Thank you all for reading this post.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tank looks promising. You have a nice variety of plants and have included some good growers

If the water stays this cloudy, I would do a 50% water change. Another trick is to not fill the tank to the top with water. That is, keep the water level shallow temporarily. That way there's less cloudy water for the light to go through before it reaches the plants. Once the plants start growing a few inches, you can raise the water level.
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Hello Diana, thanks for your kind advice.

Yesterday at night i changed 50% of water and later i lowered the water level a little so lightining is better for the plants.

Here is a pic i attached after doing it. The tank i looking better =)

Today at nigth i will clean the leaves of the plants.

Thank you !!!
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Good job! Keep us posted.

I think that you have a great plant mix for this tank-- Red Tiger Lotus, S. subulata,and R. rotundifolia, etc. These are all fast-growing plants that have done very well in my tanks.
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Hello all, hello Diana. well, after a week of going, tank is doing very well.

So far, im very satisfied, VERY !!!

I do not know how is the translate for filtering material. But i have added to the pump, wadding filter - if its wadding - and coffe filter paper between wadding and the pump for extra fine particles.

You can see the tank in a file attached how clear is in comparison whith the older pic.

Ill keep you updated about how tank is going. I bought my betta fish, its so pretty !!! In the meanwhile he is at the pet shop waiting for this fantastic home. I did not give him a name, yet.

Kind regards, yours,

Leonardo

PS: Sorry for my bad English but is not my mothers tongue.
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Well well well, plants are growing fine. Except for sagitaria but Is only one. So i suspect is for damage in root, by planting it.

I elected Ares for my betta's name.

This is my nine days update.

Kind regards,

Leonardo

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Old 11-08-2018, 03:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hello, tank is doing awesome!

Optimal parameters.
Ph 7,5
Ammonia:0
Nitrite: 0,5 almost 0
nitrate 10

So, this saturday i will populate it.

Yours
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Well new habitants are in the tank since yesterday.

Attached are the pics o the aquarium and the fishes, all are doing really fantastic.
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It's been 18 days since started up.

Pics of day 1 and 17.

Trully amazing. Thanks all for your kind comments.

Leonardo

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