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Hello from Buenos Aires

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greetings' started by Tsigania, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Tsigania

    Tsigania New Member

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    Hi! my name is Javier, I live in Temperley, Buenos Aires. I am a full time profesional musician playing at the National Symphony, teaching, etc.
    I´ve been around planted tanks for 3 years now and there is always a new challenge to meet, still a lot to learn. Im a lover of low techs. Here are some of my past tanks:

    Tank: 70x40x30 cm / 84 litres - 20 gallons
    Lighting: 1 T8 tube 18w (840)
    CO2: None
    Subtrate: river sand
    Filtration: Eheim Lyberty 150 (500 or so L/H) on the right
    Weekly fertilisation routine: 1 gr KNO3 - 0,2 gr KH2PO4 - 2 ml CSM+B solution (solution concentration from James Planted Tank site)

    Flora:
    Bolbitis heudelotii
    Cryptocoryne wendtii
    Cryptocoryne Ciliata
    Cryptocoryne balansae
    Cryptocoryne Albida
    Blyxa japonica
    Microsorum pteropus narrow, windelow
    Cladophora aegagrophila

    Fauna:
    Otocinclus sp
    Corydoras panda
    Palaemonetes argentinus
    Melanoides tuberculata
    Physa acuta

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    Tank: 60x35x20 cm / 40 litres - 10 gallons
    Lighting: 3 x 12 watt spiral bulb
    CO2: Pressurized - 24/7
    Subtrate: river sand
    Filtration: Atman internal filter
    Weekly fertilisation routine: KNO3 - KH2PO4 - CSM+B solution (solution concentration from James Planted Tank site)

    Flora:
    Didiplis diandra
    Hemianthus micranthemoides
    Rotala rotundifolia
    Blyxa japonica

    Fauna:
    Cherry shrimp

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    Tank: 80x40x30 cm / 84 litres - 20 gallons
    Lighting: 1 T8 tube 18w (840) 1 tube grolux 20w
    CO2: pressurized 24/7
    Subtrate: river sand
    Filtration: none, just a small circulation bomb
    Weekly fertilisation routine: 1 gr KNO3 - 0,2 gr KH2PO4 - 2 ml CSM+B solution (solution concentration from James Planted Tank site)

    Flora:
    Blyxa japonica
    Echinodorus kleiner bar
    Glossostigma elatinoides
    Echinodorus tenellus
    sagitaria subulata
    Cryptocoryne balansae
    Cryptocoryne green gecko
    Cryptocoryne wendtii

    Fauna:
    Otocinclus sp

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    Tank: 70x40x30 cm / 84 litres - 20 gallons
    Lighting: 1 T8 tube 18w (840) - 1 tube grolux 20 watt - 1 pll 36w
    CO2: Pressurized 24/7
    Subtrate: river sand
    Filtration: small Atman internal filter
    Weekly fertilisation routine: KNO3 - KH2PO4 - CSM+B solution (solution concentration from James Planted Tank site)

    Flora:
    Rotala wallichii
    Rotala rotundifolia
    Didiplis diandra
    Eichornia diversifolia
    Hemianthus micranthemoides
    Ludwigia repens
    Echinodorus tenellus
    Glossostigma Elatinoides
    Hygrophila polysperma Rosanervig
    Echinodorus kleiner bar
    Lagarosiphon madascariensis

    Fauna:
    Hisinotus leucofrenatus

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    150x40x30 cm / 300 litres - 65 gallons
    Lighting: 3 x 40 watt spiral bulb (6500K)
    CO2 - None
    Filtration: Atman 3338 canister filter on the left
    Fertilisation routine: 3,75 gr KNO3 - 0,75 gr KH2PO4 - 1,3 MgSo4 - 5 ml CSM+B solution (solution concentration from James Planted Tank site)

    Flora:
    Echinodorus kleiner bar
    Echinodorus ?
    Echinodorus amazonicus ?
    Bolbitis heudelotii
    Cryptocoryne wendtii
    Cryptocoryne Ciliata
    Cryptocoryne balansae
    Cryptocoryne Albida
    Cryptocoryne nevillii
    Cryptocoryne sp.
    Sagitaria subulata
    Echinodorus tenellus
    Microsorum pteropus narrow, windelow
    Cladophora aegagrophila
    Vallisneria nana
    Hygrophila polysperma

    Fauna:
    2 Pterophyllum scalare
    Apistogramma commbrae
    30 Paracheirodon axelrodi
    7 Black phantom tetra
    Otocinclus
    Corydoras panda
    Hyphessobrycon eques
    Palaemonetes argentinus
    Melanoides tuberculata
    Physa acuta

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    Cheers!
    Javier
     
  2. bsnyder921

    bsnyder921 New Member

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    Beautiful, beautiful tanks!! I have a couple of questions for you about the first tank (shown in the top two pictures) --

    1) What kind of substrate are you using? It looks tan, but not quite small enough to be regular sand. What is it and how did it work for you?

    2) That tank also looks like a low-tech or low-light tank, based on the plants. I see a crypt, and java ferns. What are the other plants in the tank?

    3) I also see a moss ball on the left side of this tank. What are the purposes of those? I don't think they're pretty or natural looking, but I've heard that they actually aren't balls of moss, but balls of algae -- and that they can help reduce the amount of algae that grows in your tank elsewhere. What are your thoughts about these moss / algae balls?

    Thanks!
     
  3. gamma

    gamma Guest

    Hey Javier!

    :welcome: to be active at ASW and enjoy!

    Yes, there are some nice scapes.

    btw: what kind of instruments do you play?

    cheers
    Eva
     
  4. Tsigania

    Tsigania New Member

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    Hi mate,

    1. The substrate is river sand, around 1mm. Quite common here. I guess is similar to ADA´s La Plata sand. It worked fine, is the only substrate in all tanks except the second tank where I used volcanic gravel.
    2. It is indeed a low light tank, 84 liters and 1 T8 tube, 18w, if I remember well 840. Plants basically were assorted crypts, java fern, marimo ball (cladophora aegagrophila) bolbitis heudelotii, the plant in the front was blyxa japonica.
    3. Regarding algae balls (cladophora aegagrophila) I think is a wonderful algae, no moss! IMHO the mistaken idea about infestation of the whole tank due to this balls is based upon the rejectable practice done by some retailers of selling another cladophora wrapped in a ball form instead of the true aegagrophila. This one looks and feel like velvet, not actually hairy. It was into that tank for 2 years and stayed as you can see it, actually grew a lot. Funny, out of the tank feels in the hand like a plum...
    Don´t know if helps against algaes, some say it does. From my experience I cannot really tell.
    Only weapon against algae is healthy plants, lush grow and pristine mantainance!
    Cheers!
     
  5. Tsigania

    Tsigania New Member

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    Thanks Eva, I actually anjoy more growing plants than scaping... as far as it looks lush is OK, I just try to give it a natural look.
    I play the viola, also another instruments but for fun and just informally at home. By the way great violists in germany, Tabea Zimmerman and Wolfram Christ among others!
    Cheers!
     
  6. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Please remember to post tank stats, tank dimensions, light etc.

    They're some real healthy tanks and I can't emphasis just how right you are here :
    I'd add co2 and good light management myself but the emphasis on good maintenance is something often over looked.
     
  7. Tsigania

    Tsigania New Member

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    Hi Garuf, I edited to post so the stats are already here. Thanks!
     
  8. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    Lovely, thanks!
    Welcome to ASW by the way. Lovely scapes.
     

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