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60x30x35, a waste revival, called ???

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by el_jefe, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. el_jefe

    el_jefe New Member

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    hi guys

    a long long time ago, about 2 months :), i started with my first planted aquarium which was a fluval edge 2 with 46 litres of volume. the tank itself was nice to look but not very comfortable to maintain. i also had loads of troubles with algae and other problems, so i decided to sell the tank.

    but what should i do with all the plants (hcc, rotala wallichii, pogostemon helferi amm). didn't want to throw them away.

    a tank with the volume of 60x30x35 cm was still laying in the basement, so i decided to create a 'waste revival', a simple little layout and some space for my plants.

    what did i have for use?

    technique:

    tank
    3xdennerle 11W nano light
    bio co2
    fluval external filter
    some led stuff from ikea


    material for the layout:

    some old pagode stones
    the algae-infected soil, aquatic nature
    some sand
    a few stockings :)


    plants:

    hcc
    pogostemon helferi
    pogostemon stellatus
    rotala wallichii
    hydrocotyle
    riccia fluitans
    cabomba caroliniana


    missing parts:

    some furniture to put the tank on
    some glass pipes (lilypipe, intake)

    ok, first of all i built a small cupboard in amano style, but really simple
    then i bought some pvc stuff to create my lily pipe and the intake

    then i put all my soil in the oven to dry it at about 110°C, just wanted to recycle as much as i could ad the soil was to expensive for this kind of aquarium, which should only be an intermediate project....

    the plants were washed and held in a small bowl with a tiny pump and osmotic water in which i put some ferts, hoping the algae would reduce

    after this i started to layout the tank, because i didn't have that much soil i did some base construction with stockings which were filled with old sand which i also baked out....

    a few of the pagode stones, some soil, arranging the plants, which, indeed aren't reall nice anymore, some have some deformations, especially the pog. helferi and added 100% osmotic water which got fertilized with aqua rebell 'spezial N', 'npk' and 'flowgrow'. so i had all the elements in water which were needed...

    ok, this was two days ago and thats how the tank looks now.

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    lily and intake

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    the aquarium stand

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    with the background lightning

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    and here a few impressions

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    so what do you think? please critique and honour and give me some feedback.

    the whole new project cost me about $40 for material for the diy work

    and i still don't have a name for this project, i think 'waste revival' is to mean for this....
     

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