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DREAM:: Journal Of A 120G :: Rescaped

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by tirtha1979, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. iam_koi

    iam_koi New Member

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    nice work! i'm a fan of DIYs too. :)
     

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  2. asimkhatri

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    hi Tirth,
    dat is a Nice Scape it'll look much better when plants start grow
    best of luck
    bye
     
  3. tirtha1979

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    Thanks a lot for your kind words. Will keep you posted as the tank will mature.
     
  4. altaaffe

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    Like the set-up Tirtha, I'm looking forward to seeing it growing out.
     
  5. tirtha1979

    tirtha1979 New Member

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    A small visual treat for eyes. :) When I received this plant, it was completely green. But in last 2-3 days it turned out Orangish Red and started growing fast.

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  6. Jurijs mit JS

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    very nice, i´m looking forward to see the whole tank in progress :)
     
  7. Carolina

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    You said you are hoping that the pure laterite will help me to bring down the pH.

    What is the ph at present? I havent' heard of that helping ph? Let us know if it does. I found that flourish excel, form of Co2, lowers my ph 8.4 to 7.2. Possibly the pressurized Co2 will lower the ph.
     
  8. tirtha1979

    tirtha1979 New Member

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    Pure laterite releases lots of negetive H ions (Don't ask me anything more, am dude in these stuffs) so it brings down the pH a bit. But not something drastic change we can do with Laterite (Hardly .2-.5 reduction).


    Excel will not alter pH at all. It happened due to your CO2 setup.
     
  9. tirtha1979

    tirtha1979 New Member

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    Here Is the tank after 10Days of Plantation.
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    Positives: Following Plants have settled down and doing well. :)
    Crypt Petchii
    Cryptocoryne Wendtii 'Tropica'
    Limnophila Aromatica
    Ludwigia Inclinata Var. Verticillata
    Rotalla Wallichii
    Mayaca Fluviatilis
    Micranthemum Umbrosum
    hemianthus micranthemoides
    Negetives: 3 Days in a packet and sitting at Singapur Airport took a costly toll on the plants.
    Completely Melted Away,
    Ludwigia Ovalis Sp "Red"
    Rotala Rotundifolia
    Rotala Sp'green'
    Myriophyllum Mattogrossense also badly hit by shipment and 75% of the stock melted away.
    Failed To Survive,
    Ericaulon Sp. (My kH is more than 11DKH and this plants simply melted away within a day.)
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    Tonina Sp. Belem, this plant is also following Ericaulon's foot step for the same water hardness problem. Keeping my fingure crossed if it survives.
    Surprise:
    No one other than Glosso. I received these plan patch in 99% melted state and it was smelling like hell. For first 7 days I could see only the melted twigs on the sand, but for last 3 days they greeted me with lots of fresh green Twigs. :cheering:
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    Now I have to again search for new plants as I have lots of spaces to fill up. :)
     
  10. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    it makes allready a very natural feeling :)
    i hope it will mature fine
     
  11. tirtha1979

    tirtha1979 New Member

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    Yesterday received couple of more plants. Super Plant quality and received them in good health.
    1. Glosso
    2. Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
    3. Ludwigia Repens

    Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
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    Glosso
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    Replanted Glosso
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    I was not happy with CO2. It was running at 3BPS speed for 14Hrs a day. But I thought I am pushing insuffiecient amount. So I spike up the bubble count to 5 BPS and running for 24Hrs. Within a day my pH dropped from 7.5 to 6.2. And Drop checker is showing I got a killer amount of CO2 in water column. :)
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    Now I filled up 90% of the tank surface with Plants. Increased Photo Period from 7 to10 Hrs. And dosing in EI pattern. No algae still now. Only brown Algaes on Rocks and glass.
    A small treat for eyes: :) Micranthemum Umbrosum started growing.
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    Comments welcome. :)
     
  12. tirtha1979

    tirtha1979 New Member

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    18 DAYS after Plantation:

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  13. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    your stones look kinda way dirty .. :-\ :p
     
  14. tirtha1979

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    I know. They are covered with Diatoms. :sad: Ordered 10 Ottos and waiting for the delivery.

    There are lots of snails came along with the plants. Don't know how to kill them. :%3
     
  15. Al G. Begone

    Al G. Begone New Member

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    If they are small snails a puffer will eat them.
    Also, many small botia species like skunk loaches will eat snails and also their eggs. Yoyo's work but they may mess with your substrate too much.

    The snails aren't MTS are they?
    Your Ottos should do a fine job with the diatoms.
     
  16. dg2606

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    get some yoyo loaches. Had a snail problem and within 24 hrs they ate all of them. You could get a dwarf puffer fish but the are very aggressive.
     
  17. Al G. Begone

    Al G. Begone New Member

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    watch out though you Yoyo's may mess with your foreground plants that you are trying to establish.
    Skunks may be more gentle.
     
  18. dg2606

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    haven't had a problem with mine. but they a small yoyo's. They look so cool schooling around my tank darting through the micro sword. :)
     
  19. Al G. Begone

    Al G. Begone New Member

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    Yes they are fun to watch and also very friendly to other fish.
    Skunks are more aggressive.
     
  20. tirtha1979

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    Thanks Al and Dg for your valuable Input. Yesterday I was discussing the same problem with one of my Doctor friend, and got to know Quinine sulfate has a lethal effect in all kind of Inverts including snails. But the medicine does not have any negetive impact on plants. As the tank is still fish less, I am planning to try this out.

    Did you ever tried this solution?? Will be waiting for your inputs.

    I had a very bad experience with Yoyo in past. When they are small, they will be happy with the snails, but when they will be grown up arround 3 inches, they will become a menace for the foreground plants. What about Kuhli Loach?
     

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