My 100L tank

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  1. Rupert Fourie

    Rupert Fourie New Member

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    Hi all

    Like I said in the new member area, I am new to this hobby, so I hope I have not made to many mistakes with setting up my tank. I do apologize if some of my terminology is not correct.

    This is my 100l tank.
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    I let it cycle for about 1 week before I added some plants.
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    I then let it cycle for another week and then added 10 Head and tail light tetra's.
    I left it for another 4 weeks before I added some more fish.
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    I do not know what the names of my plants are and I am not sure if all of them is aquatic plants.
    I have now 10 x Head and tail light tetra's, 5 x Siamese Algae eaters, 5 x Molly’s and 2 x Common Pleco's
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  3. BoelderBeestie

    BoelderBeestie Arowana-Discus-Guppy-Oscars-RCS-CRS

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    Looking good.
     
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    Saturn Active Member

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    Nice looking tank man.
     
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    fishanatic Tales of the sword

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    Everything looks amazing. Congrats. Just keep an eye on those algae eaters. They can become troublesome towards your other fish

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    Rupert Fourie

    Rupert Fourie New Member

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    Thank you.
    I will keep an eye on them.
     
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    Very nice looking tank.
    That golden coloured algae eater looks like a Chinese algae eater. They can become bullies.
     
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    Nice tank

    Agree with the others re the algae eaters becoming bullies
    And the Plec will get quite big too.
     
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    Welcome and nice tank you havethere.
     
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    Rupert Fourie

    Rupert Fourie New Member

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    Thank you for all the great comments.
    MY LPS said I can return the pleco's when it gets to big for my tank.

    Will anyone be able to help me to identify the plants in my tank? Are they aquatic plants?
     
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    Some of the plants are not aquatic, that long grass on the left for instance.
     
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    I agree with @Vis about the plant at the left, but also the broad-leaved one at the back looks non-aquatic to me. Can you maybe post close-ups of the plants? That way we can better ID them. Some of the non-aquatic plants can last a good while submerged, especially the hard-leaved ones, but sooner or later all of them perish. So keep a close watch and remove them when you see signs of deterioration.

    If you want to be really successful with plants, you might want to read up on the different kinds, how much and what kind of fertilisation they need, how much light etc. I say this, because it can at times be a narrow road to keep a planted aquarium at conditions that are good for both fish and plants. Probably the most important thing is to select plants that will thrive in the conditions that you are able to provide, and to resist plants at the LFS that you might want to buy just because they look pretty, but know nothing about otherwise. If the plants decay, it causes problems with water quality that affect the fish, too. So as much as a planted aquarium looks very natural for the sake of the fish, the plants should actually take first priority and not the fish. Most fish live in habitats with no aquatic vegetation at all, and in spite thereof are perfectly happy. It is easier to keep fish healthy and happy with good water quality management and no plants to worry about.
     
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    @Rupert Fourie, the tank looks very, very nice

    I agree with all that has been said but in the meantime leave the plants and keep an eye on them if they start dying, take them out

    You hve done it beautifully to start off with, now do a bit of reading up so that when those plants start needing to be replaced, you have a better idea of what you want to do
     
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    What filtration have you got there? I can see the bubbles, so I assume you have those corner filters or something similar. Looks like the surface area doesn't have any real movement, which can affect the water's oxygen levels. You will need some circulation in there if that is the case. But it still looks good! The plant at the middle back MIGHT be hygrophelia of some sorts, but can't say for sure...
     
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    I have a Dophin TF800 internal filter. I use Flourish Excel every day and Flourish Iron every week for the plants.
    My LPS told me the light is especially for plants, but I cant remember the specs. I will check tonight.
    I will start to replace the non-aquatic plant in time.
    Please see close-up's of my plants.

    Thank you for all your help.

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    I would advise you to return the plecos and replace them with ancistrus. They look basically the same, but Ancistrus does not grow that big. Think they are about 15cm max when they are fully grown, maybe a bit smaller. If you are like me you will get attached to your fish and you would not want to get rid of them once they have outgrown your tank. Nice looking setup you got there. I am no plant expert, but 5 looks like java moss or christmas moss. Those are aquatic.

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    No 2 could be a variety of Amazon Sword (Echinodorus)
    No 5 looks like Java Moss, and No 6 looks like Bacopa Monieri
     

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