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Old 09-09-2011, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Finally, i have decided to start a journal of my first (serious) attempt at planted tanks. I'm from Hungary, please do not make jokes about being hungry, thx!

At first i will going to write down the facts of the aquarium (soon paludarium), after that I'm going to introduce myself in a few words. Hopefully i will updating my journal often.

Any feedback/comment/opinion are welcomed.
(I hope my English, is not bad as my aquarium, lol...)

Aquarium:
80*35*50cm (WxDxH) - 140 liters

Lighting:
Dymax PL 2 - 2*55 watt
Osram Dulux L 55w/865 (6500K),

Filtration:
Filter: Tetratec EX1200
Filter media: Tetratec Bioball, Ceramic rings, rough sponge + wool (soon to be changed)

(Air Pump:
If needed "Aqua-El Fan micro")

Heating:
Jäger 150w

Cooling:
House Climate - in case

Substrate:
1-2 mm fine gravel about 2 cm thickness (8 kg)

Hardscape:
Mangrove woods (about 5-10 kg)

Plants:
Soon...
Anubias barteri var. nana
Taxiphyllum barbieri
Microsorum Pteropus 'Narrow'

Fertilization:
Soon...
Micro & Macro: made by the well known Hungarian Company Green Aqua
Co2: nope

Livestock: - for now
30 Paracheirodon innesi
3 Ancistrus temminckii

Small introduction:
Well, I'm 25 years old university student, from Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. That's the biggest city in my country at about 1 million people live there, and I live in the outskirts of the city. I have aquarium ages ago, but my passion and motivation were gone, that's why my parents sold it. Not to make them another headache... Last autumn, a friend of mine gave an old, dirty, ugly tank to me, and that was the beginning of something... I have spend a lot on this, and my girlfriend freaks out, if I say "Honey, I have seen something cool" She knows...

This layout, what is still in a try-out phase started 9th August, I hope this will last longer, and makes me much more happiness, than the previous one.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My dream is to change this south-american biotope (kinda) aquarium, into a biotope paludarium. I'm open minded for every advice.

This photo was taken on the first day, without any livestock.

DeadWood hardscape #1


DeadWood hardscape #2


DeadWood hardscape #3

I have seen a lot of gorgeous paludariums in this forum, to keep the quality on top is a tough thing.

My plans/future changes:
- one more mangroove wood to expand the "Tree"/root design
- some corydoras panda will be the new bosses
- no living plants in the "aquarium", just more roots, and a floating plant
- new floating plant: limnobium laevigatum
- the size of the water will be the half of the current one, about 25 cm, that's about 70 liters
- what to take up on the mangroove good question?!

Problems to solve:
- Mistmaker
- Plants to make it a proper paludarium
- possible lighting change -> 150W HQI
- some DIY to make my external filter available for the palu.

I think, I have written down almost everything, changes are on the horizon.
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to APC! Don't worry, your English is very good.

I really like the arrangement of the wood, but since you are planning a paludarium I can see why you want more. I've always wanted to do a paludarium with emersed wood as the only terrestrial part.

If you go to the PlantFinder, look under Aquascape Placement, highlight "epiphyte", hit GO. This will give you a list of plants that will grow attached to your wood, and all most all of them can be grown emersed in a humid environment.

Few are native to South America, so if you want a strict biotope your choices are limited. But no one will criticize you for relaxing the rules.

Good luck!

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I really like the arrangement of the wood, but since you are planning a paludarium I can see why you want more. I've always wanted to do a paludarium with emersed wood as the only terrestrial part.
I hope You won't be disappointed, after the changes, and this make you some motivation to do the "same".

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If you go to the PlantFinder, look under Aquascape Placement, highlight "epiphyte", hit GO. This will give you a list of plants that will grow attached to your wood, and all most all of them can be grown emersed in a humid environment.
That's a great idea, haven't found it yet.

Thanks Michael for your comment!
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Almost 3 months passed, since my last update... A lot of has happened!
First of all, I have sold almost all the decorations I had, as above, and bought new ones. The previous ones didn't fulfill my plans..
There were also some house renovating, university, work and other real life issues. So here it is how it looks:

My plan is the same: a Paludarium!

All the technical background remain the same. And here are the main changes:
[+] New filter media for my external filter
[+] JBL Aquabasis Plus (5 liters) for the water area
[+] Akadama (30 liters) for the water area
[+] Liquid fertilizers (Quality micro&macro)
[+] Two piece of red moor woods.
and finally:
[+] Humidifier/Mist maker (powerful chinese one)

Here are the photos, please don't mind the dirty glass. :$


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Finally, i have decided to start a journal of my first (serious) attempt at planted tanks. I'm from Hungary, please do not make jokes about being hungry, thx!

At first i will going to write down the facts of the aquarium (soon paludarium), after that I'm going to introduce myself in a few words. Hopefully i will updating my journal often.

Any feedback/comment/opinion are welcomed.
(I hope my English, is not bad as my aquarium, lol...)

Aquarium:
80*35*50cm (WxDxH) - 140 liters

Lighting:
Dymax PL 2 - 2*55 watt
Osram Dulux L 55w/865 (6500K),

Filtration:
Filter: Tetratec EX1200
Filter media: Tetratec Bioball, Ceramic rings, rough sponge + wool (soon to be changed)

(Air Pump:
If needed "Aqua-El Fan micro")

Heating:
Jäger 150w

Cooling:
House Climate - in case

Substrate:
1-2 mm fine gravel about 2 cm thickness (8 kg)

Hardscape:
Mangrove woods (about 5-10 kg)

Plants:
Soon...
Anubias barteri var. nana
Taxiphyllum barbieri
Microsorum Pteropus 'Narrow'

Fertilization:
Soon...
Micro & Macro: made by the well known Hungarian Company Green Aqua
Co2: nope

Livestock: - for now
30 Paracheirodon innesi
3 Ancistrus temminckii

Small introduction:
Well, I'm 25 years old university student, from Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. That's the biggest city in my country at about 1 million people live there, and I live in the outskirts of the city. I have aquarium ages ago, but my passion and motivation were gone, that's why my parents sold it. Not to make them another headache... Last autumn, a friend of mine gave an old, dirty, ugly tank to me, and that was the beginning of something... I have spend a lot on this, and my girlfriend freaks out, if I say "Honey, I have seen something cool" She knows...

This layout, what is still in a try-out phase started 9th August, I hope this will last longer, and makes me much more happiness, than the previous one.

I find your information very interesting. Above all I think it is important that you emphasize that you are a university student and from such a prestigious place as the universities in Budapest-Hungary. I want to take the audacity to recommend you to take care of the climate in this place that is very variant and usually surprises the community of Budapest more and more. Use the Budapest detailed weather forecast for a better organization of your itinerary before, during, and after attending the University so that over the years you can become the professional you want to be. Good luck to you.

Love and peace for all.
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