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Commercial Tank Suggestions Needed

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by Garhan, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Garhan

    Garhan New Member

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    Hello all,
    I have been asked to setup a planted tank on a commercial bases. Again like others it is 48l x 12w x 18t. Depth is an issue apparently. But my thoughts are that I want to keep this very simple. I can only spend 1 hour a week with it to maintain the tank after the initial setup. I will hopefully run EI fert base and ask one of the staff to do the dailey dosing. Not my favorite idea though. What I intend to do here is setup 12 film containers premixed with dry ferts and have them tagged Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Alternately I will also have 2 or 3 syringes preloaded with Trace Element in liquid at 10ml per syringe marked Tuesday, and Thursday.
    My delema is what would some of you suggest as a plant layout that would look appealing but is relatively easy to maintain. I dont really want crazy growth and have to trim considerable amounts. Any ideas would be greatfull as I know there are several people doing commercial tanks. Dont forget the client wants only a 1 hour visit per week.

    On the other hand maybe I shoulnt even bother....but he is a friend.
     
  2. Anti-Pjerrot

    Anti-Pjerrot New Member

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    Go for a low light, bottom ferts only, slow grow, no CO2 tank. Lots of moss, anubias, crypts and ferns. Just fill with roots and some moss-rocks and dont save any space for algae...

    Easy to do, easy to hold, nice to watch.
     
  3. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    I agree. With the short depth from front to back, I think you maybe want to either try a set of low light plants as suggested above. This way you won't need to have that much maintenance (both trimming and fertilizing).

    The other option is to go with a Iwagumi layout with HC. HC grows slow enough where there won't be any major trimming. Maybe once a month you can go in and make any necessary adjustments. This layout will make that 12 inch depth larger then it is. Just be sure to get a nice set of rocks, and create good slopes to set the stage for the scape.

    Also, fish selection is important especially in a commercial/public area. I think a large school of fish is very attractive to guests.

    -John N.
     
  4. Garhan

    Garhan New Member

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    Gents,
    Thank you very much for your input. I think you both make very good points. It just so happens that I have loads of Java Ferns in 2 types, Anubias in 3 species and Java Moss in 3 species. (Tearing down an old established 40 gallon for repairs.)Hardscape is done as of today. Just need to polish the water as I used Seachems Florite Black Sand as a topsoil and it leaves a very milky residue, even after extensive washing...Will see tomorrow how that comes clean with the diatom filter running overnight.

    Cheers..
     

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