Bierman's attempt at a planted tank

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    Bierman

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    Do you add anything to the RO water, or do you use as is?
     
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    I use 80%RO 20%tap water.
     
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    Thanks. I just checked and my tap water PH is 6.75.
     
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    TDS is 180ppm
     
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    That sounds pretty much perfect - check the kH and gH too if you can. If the kH is too low, you'll get some crazy pH dips because of the CO2 injection
     
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    Wow , awesome scape , cant wait to see it planted .Well done
     
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    Some plants to consider (in no specific order):

    • Rotala H'ra
    • Rotala Macranda
    • Eustralis Stellatus
    • Micrantherum Umbrosum
    • Hygrophila Polysperma 'Rosanervig'
    • Hemianthus Micranthemoides
    • Anubias var nana 'petite' (epiphyte; attach to wood and/or rocks)
    • Hygrophila Pinnafitida (epiphyte)
    • Staurogyne Repens (carpet or mid-ground; possibly nice to section a piece of this in contrast to the monte carlo)
    • Monte Carlo (carpet)
    • Blyxa Japonica (midground)
    • Ludwigia Palustris (or Rubin)
    • Rotala Colorata
    • Bucephalandra (various species available; great for mixing in-between the H.Pinnafitida)
    • Cryptocorynes (various species available; great for mid-ground)
    • Ludwigia Arcuata
    • Bacopa Caroliniana 'yellow flame'
    • Rotala Wallichii
    • Hetenanthera Zosterifolia
    • Mayaca Fluviatilis
    • Ludwigia Brevipes

    Personally, I don't go with Echinodorus type plants anymore (ie, swords). Their roots just go throughout the entire tank, just take up too much space and can't grow compact like other plants do. But, it really comes down to personal preference. A sword can make a nice focal plant in your tank if you scape around it with other plants. Or if swords are really your thing, then you could go full out South American Biotope and wouldn't need to invest heavily in Aquasoil for that. Some beautiful Echinodorus I like are E.Rubin and E.Ozelot (red and green).

    Anyway, hope this helps.
     
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    I have never used their canister filters as i run sumps but do havesome of their pumps and wavemakers and no [problems
     
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    Looks stunning
     
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    Thanks! Still loads of work left, but will hopefully fill with water soon
     
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    Small update….
    Over the weekend I turned the lights on again and just realised the tank is just way too scratched up. Theres no point in putting in all this effort and money and to just end up with a scratched up tank that Ill never be happy with.

    So……. Ive decided to build a new tank. Same size, but 10mm rimless.

    All my plans are now a bit delayed, but it will be worth it in the end.


    On another note, to keep myself busy, I bought another tank.
    Its a small 50l shrimp tank. It got a few issues, but will sort it out. Will start a separate thread for it
     
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    No point in having a tank if it is just going to annoy you all the time.

    Good luck with the new build.
     
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    It's a bit of a setback, but would love to keep following your progress. I am also a local here in bloemfontein. So if you ever need help don't be afraid to reach out. I am loving your ideas
     
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    Sorry to hear @Bierman ..

    But you right... when you dont get the joy and pleasure out of something you put so much into, you never happy

    Good luck with the new build, look forward to the progress
     

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