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45L almost nature tank - starting point

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Cip, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Cip

    I would also contact the manufacturer of them.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I know the guy who sells them he is pretty decent human being I don't think he will hide or misinform a fellow aquarist.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    No harm in double checking.

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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You're right, the guy said that the description it's translated from a german site so maybe the translation is not accurate, the thing is I've read allover the internet haven't found anywhere that says it absorbs bad things:

    "Purifies by De-ionization, Stabilizes PH, GH can be raised if used at a high dosage and creates an overall healthier aquarium water"
    "it contains positive and negative poles which can de-ionize the water and make better water quality"

    Although I found something interesting in a description for MK-BREED LIFE BALL which it's made of Tourmaline and Maifan:

    "This product reduces the ammonia in water, prevents growth of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), and effectively maintains a stable PH aquarium environment.
    This product contains more than 30 different minerals; it can effectively improve the mineral/trace element deficiency in aquatic animals/plants and promotes aquatic animals to be more active. The highly porous surface traps harmful substances in water to improve the general water quality."

    It is advised to change these in 5-6months tops, maybe that's why, because it traps harmful substances, I don't know, I've read too much about them :)), maybe they are useless who knows, but there are many shrimp keepers that uses these products so I won't worry too much.

    Anyway this amonia stuff and ph stabilization calls for an experiment, I'll find some time to test it out.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I would be changing them every 3 months, just because others use a product does not make it a good product.
    At the moment a good example is those dangerous Hover Boards.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    You're right :)

    :))
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Long time since my last update on this tank, it turned out to be a shrimp only tank so I'm not focused on the scape itself just on breeding shrimp. With that in mind here a shot with some CBS juveniles. I'll post some more shots tomorrow, water change day.

    cbs-crop-1.jpg
     
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    Breeding tank should be designed as practical tank not like an Aquascape contest winner.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yeah I know :|, I thought it will become an aquascape but due to some elements in the tank usefull for a shrimp setup, it can't. That's why I've decided to focus only on shrimp.

    I'll take an overall photo of the tank and update this journal.

    Best Regards.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Cip that would be appreciated.

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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here is an full picture:
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    Soon I'll have to change the active substrate and I need to decide if I'll give up the rooted plants and make some layout changes, I think it will happen in a month or so.
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Try to hide that white tubing with either DW or tall planting.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I agree with you, I'm still thinking how to do it, I tried tall plants I have some valisneria there but it grows slow ( low lights, no ferts ).

    The only viable option that I can see is hiding the right side tubing with dw.
     
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    This is all I used a piece of DW with a tile base and covered it with Anubia, I also had a fine air stone under the Anubia as it liked a good water movement

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    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    That anubias though :) nice growth. yeah I'll do something like that.
     
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    Cip all I did was trim pieces of all the Anubia I had it looked patchy at first but developed very fast.

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