My First Planted Tank

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  1. Neels

    Neels Striped Kribensis

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    The tank is about 5 months old. The layout has stayed pretty much the same, but the plant species have changed a lot. I killed a lot of plants in the beginning, but over the last month or two things have been going well.

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    I wanted a professional finish, so I made the stand myself. It's made from steel and finished with a glossed rust effect. The glass tank is actually a standard braceless 4 foot tank that slides in the stand/frame from the back.

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    Th small tank at the bottom is a temporary Quarantine Tank

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    Left Side with main focus area.

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    Right Side with secondary focus area

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    Creating 2x focus areas was a bit of a risk and challenge but "He who risk nothing gains nothing.

    Technical stuff: Low Light/Tech Setup
    1200 x 450 x 450 (200liters optimal)
    2x 800l/h power filters (& 1x 500l/h power filter used when QT not running
    2x 200w internal thermostats
    2x Aim Bio-Lux 6400k 30w
    2x Aim Bio-Lux 6400k 10w
    1x Full spectrum 20w (used for early morning or late night viewing
    lights run at 80w total for 10 hours a day with a 2 hour siesta

    Fauna:

    2x Angelfish
    3x 3-Spot Gourami (golden & cosby var.)
    8x Honey Gourami (red-robin & albino var.)
    11x Scissortail
    5x Pepper Cory
    6x Bronze Cory (albino var.)
    7x Otos (Otocinclus)

    Flora:

    Vallisneria spiralis
    Anubias
    Windelov ferns
    Swordplant
    Brazilian pennywort

    Maintenance:
    30% Weekly water change
    Monthly under-gravel tablet fertilizers
    NO liquid fertilizer at present (trying to manage algae growth)
    Feeding happens 2x a day (morning= algae wafers/bottom-feeding tablets, evening = wide variety of flakes/FD shrimp/FD worms

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    Hawk Clown Fish :-)

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    @Neels - The tank looks great. Nice rocks and gouramis.
     
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    That's lovely, Neels! I like the vallis wall/curtain, and your fishies look in great health. Do you not find that the direct light from the window causes algae problems? I tried a "natural light only" tank - heh - epic fail - algae city!
     
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    Wyvren Retired Moderator

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    @Neels, lovely tank. I like the look and feel of it :D
     
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    Neels

    Neels Striped Kribensis

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    The window faces south so in the winter there is no light coming in. I'll still need to put up a background (probably dark blue).

    The rocks are petrified trees. "borrowed" them from my moms garden.
     
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    Bazil Bazil

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    Hi @Neels, Very nice setup. I like the scape and plant layout on this. So the tank is actually open top with expanded metal as a hood. Well thought out.:top:
     
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    Neels

    Neels Striped Kribensis

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    Tank has a glass cover to keep moisture in and stop the stand from rusting more...lol. The expanded metal is too decrease heat around the light tubes. I only had about 50mm of space to fit the lights into. All electrical wiring , switches, ballasts, etc is located in the pitched section of the roof. Will take some more pics of the electrical layout and lights.
     
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    Neels

    Neels Striped Kribensis

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    Some pics of the inmates

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    Neels

    Neels Striped Kribensis

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    some more pics

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    Ryno Kenaal baber

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    good pics good fish :)
     
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    Nice tank.
    I agree with @tracyp, I think with the light through the window, you could end up with an algae problem.
     
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    Very nice tank and awesome looking fish. Great Job!
     
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    Good_Times Kalahari Sandhaai

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    As if it wasn't stressful enough for the wood to be taken from the garden, you just had to petrify them as well. :laugh:

    Very nice tank, it's really impressive.
     
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    Neels Striped Kribensis

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    @tracyp Took your advice on the window issue. I added a black background and the effect is quite drastic. I like it. Also, the algae seem to be calming down as well.

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    Did a major plant trimming and added some plants (hygrophila???) in the right hand corner...

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    Wyvren Retired Moderator

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    @Neels, that looks awesome! I love the black background. I always think it makes the plants stand out more. And the added bonus of keeping the algae under control :D
     
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    @Neels, i am very very very impressed with the way your vallis is growing. excellent! and great build on the stand as well.
     
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