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60ltr first scape

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Cai1987, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Is the tank going through the Cycling process if so your Ph will be all over the place until its fully cycled.

    Under no circumstances try to adjust as you could have a few problems with the water just leave it alone.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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  2. Cai1987

    Cai1987 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    image.jpeg Hi all, it's day 6 of my cycling my tank. I have to say so far everything is going ok. Water changes are being done everyday. I'm clearing 75-80% of water as advised by Ada. Very little melting on plants going from emersed to immersed up to now.

    I'm now at a rate of 4bps of co2 to get to a close enough drop to 1unit in ph. It gets down to 6.6 from 7.3/7.4. Drop checker is a light green by lights on and very light yellow by lights off.

    Ammonia and nitrite levels are very high as expected at this stage of cycling. Hoping another week of heavy water changes will rectify this. That's in regards to my soil choice. My nitrate levels seem to be very high also however. I'm getting 40ppm on my Api test kit. Wether the solution is out of date I don't know. Perhaps this can be cleared up from one of yourselves?

    I've been doing a little research on inverts too which is exciting. I like the look of celestial/galaxy danios,ottos and would like to try some amano and red cherry shrimp if possible. I know my co2 rate is high so don't know if this will be a factor to this choice.
    Ideally I'd like to introduce some ottos and amano shrimp as soon as my water parameters are safe enough to introduce them.

    Here's a few pics I took on my phone also.
    Cheers and merry Xmas everyone
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    very nice .
    where is placed the diffuser ?
    any white balance option on the phone app? it looks purplish to my eyes .
     
  4. Cai1987

    Cai1987 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi Isla, it's an inline atomiser so isn't visible. Ye that's down to my LEDs. I'm hopefully going to buy a nicer colour unit next year. Il check to see if i can edit it abit.
     
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    Cai1987 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Cai1987 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    image.jpeg My rotala bonsai from side, nicely pearling
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    One of my beautiful little Cryptocoryne pygmaea I have dotted about around my rocks.:love:
     
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    Cai1987 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks Keith. How do you think it's coming along. In really happy with the path we sorted out I have to say. Once plants mature a little too it'll look a lot more intriguing. I'm slightly concerned at the back right not getting enough flow. It seems abit of a dead spot for flow etc.
     
  9. keithgh

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    Your tank is coming along great.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Back RH corner or is it the complete RH end?

    Off with the questions again.

    Filtration what are you running?

    Inlet and outlet exactly where are they as it hard to see?

    Any air stones if so where?

    Also location of your Co2 outlet.

    Heaters 1 or 2?

    Please tell me you are running an Eheim Canister and the outlet is at the RH end.

    Sorry I will not be able to assist you until after Christmas I am taking the day off.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  11. Cai1987

    Cai1987 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It's the back right hand Keith behind my larger Rock

    I'm running a fluval 305 canister filter so no problem with flow rate.

    outflow is back right so flow goes along back and inflow is front right. I have a Lilly pipe connected up to outflow.

    No airstone, co2 is an inline atomiser so it comes out with outflow pipe. I also have a Hydor inline heater.

    I've turned flow up a little so I will see how that goes when lights are on. Il be able to see water movement better then.

    Ok Keith, all the best to you and the family.
     
  12. keithgh

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    Thank you for those wishes and that information.

    This is why I asked about your filter this outlet has 3 sections for easy adjustments
    http://www.swelluk.com/eheim-installation-sets-2/

    I would prefer the outlet to be at the opposite end to the inlet this should give you a very good water flow.

    You could put a small fine airstone in that corner.

    Keith:cat::cat:


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  13. Cai1987

    Cai1987 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    image.jpeg Above: some nice growth evident
    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Some photos from a proper camera, all be it from a blind photographer if you will:whistle:
     
  14. keithgh

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    Your aquascape is coming along very nicely, a little trimming of the back plants will help.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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