3ft Community tank - Semi Planted

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  1. azurekoi

    azurekoi Loaches & Gobies

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    I know i will be shot down for this...but I have been using cleaned, washed beach sand for YEARS in aquariums... Yes - you do have a bit of a pH and hardness jump initially, but nothing that gets completely out of hand...

    Here's a pic of my 3 foot - PE beach sand and a bit of Hydroton for an even more natural look... most fish in this tank has been living happily in it for round 4 - 5 years...

    FTS pic...Crypts seem to love this substrate btw...

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    Side on pic showing substrate a bit better...

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    I have mainly South American cichlids, loaches and the cories which i fell in love with recently and they ALL love plants...
    I put in a oiece of cucumber or marrow every night and looks like it keeps the off the plants.
     
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    @azurekoi, Tank looks epic!!! Like the substrate, plant selection and growth also looks good.
    @MariaS, Thanks will give it a try.

    Should I ever put in anything for my plants for better growth? The one leave seems to become a bit transparent and another one on the same plant is becoming light brown, rest of the plant is nice and green, other than that fish and snails seems to be eating it. but will try sorting that with some cucumber as MariaS said.
     
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    azurekoi Loaches & Gobies

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    Keeping healthy plants, even easy low tech ones, is dependent on a few things... Lighting, ferts and a source of carbon... Deny your plants one of these and no matter what - they will not grow optimally...

    I like to support local, so the Scape range it is for me... I use the Scape Complete and the Scape Carbon....works a treat and bit better on the pocket than Seachem ferts... give it a try - your plants will reward you for it...
     
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    I will admit, that the timing on my lights might not be 100% it is atleast on 6 hours a day. Thinking of getting a timer to switch it on daily for atleast 8 hours to be more consistent.

    I will definitely have a look out for Scape complete and Carbon. Just hoping my LFS do stock them. Won't these have any effects on the apple snails or Ghost Shrimp?
     
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    azurekoi Loaches & Gobies

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    Nope.... some guys have reported problems with the extremely sensitive shrimps(and "overdosing" by holding the bottles horizontally as opposed to vertically when squirting), but no probs with ghosts and Cherries at all... If your LFS doesnt have it...think Lifestyle and Jungle stocks it... or buy online from Betterweather.....
     
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    @azurekoi,

    Thanks will check online and compare with lfs. Appreciate the advise!
     
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    Looks awesome !!!!
     
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    Thanks to everyone on this thread that contributed their comments/ideas/advice I have been having good success in improving my tanks environment for the fish and now I want to improve on my plants. Also haven't had any casualties since :10msspx:
     
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    +1 on all that @azurekoi said about Scape and the needs of plants.. I'm also using the Complete and the Carbon (got them from betterweather), very happy..
     
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    Really love your tank, much better now then in the beginning.

     
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    Nice pics! I have a guppy female identical to your first pic in post #93. Wonder what you offspring will look like? You should join the guppy challenge... Just start a thread... The more the merrier.
     
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    Thank!

    Also not interested in seeing how the lil ones will turn out, got 23 fry already on the small tank that needs to grow up, still too small to see their colors at the moment.

    I'm really thinking of joining the Guppy Challenge. Will see what I can put together and also start off on my Thread this afternoon then.

    So far the #1 female in my tank I have 3 of and would really be interested in seeing the coloring on them if the father is #1. 2nd female is a neon yellow color would also like to see how her fry turns out.
     
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    Haven't made time yet to enter the Guppy competition, things have been hectic lately @ work and @ home.
     
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    I'll be entering the competition soon as well, just got my first successful batch of fry, they enjoying the drift wood and hide between my moss, two of them made this old golden snail shell their home :cheesy:

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    So. . . . Got a bit tired of the look on tank and played around a bit. Just need some more plants. . . .
    Any comments/advice?

    Will take some more recent pics when I get home, been up and running almost a week now

    Picked up some nice rocks on the hiking route we did over the festive season.

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    A new year with a fresh new look as well.
     

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