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Lindsay's first real planted tank.

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Linds, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Linds

    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I've done the alterations, just need my parents to get out of the way so I can take a photo lol.
     

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    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok, here she is.

    I wan to set up my CO2 now and perhaps start the ferts going. I basically haven't had the light on at all except to take photos. I didn't want algae and I know the anubias can survive without it on. Because I have so few plants at this stage does anyone have ideas about what I should dose? Also I haven't yet got a drop checker, will any do or should I get a specific brand?

    I have looked at a list of low light plantsand come up with a selection I like.

    *Narrow Leaf Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus v. 'narrow leaf'
    *Green Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma
    *Sunset Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'
    *Rotala Rotundifolia - Rotala rotundifolia
    *Pelia - Monosolenium tenerum
    *Bacopa - Bacopa caroliniana
    *African Water Fern - Bolbitis heudelotii
    *Tropica Sword - Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'
    *Downoi - Pogostemon helferi
    *Christmas Moss

    Any comments? Obviously the plants need to be able to grow in a gravel substrate. I do plan to dose the water column and maybe use some root tabs but I don't have any experience in this area.

    Linds
     
  3. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    This is one of the locations where the plant experts are.

    I would say reduce that massive list to a maximum of 4 plant species that you can grow keep away from all the specialised difficult rooting plants as it will not be long before you will see signs of a slow plant death.

    Keith
     
  4. Linds

    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Yeah, trouble is I don't know enough about them. I'm just going on looks and that they were on a low light list. Though I suppose I can narrow it down more. But it would be pretty much blind choosing.

    Is there a trusted place where I can read about all these plants and get a better idea of what I can grow?

    Linds
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Choosing plants can be a mine field research is the only way I have sent you a few plant forum links.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thank you
     
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    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    So excited. I went to Melbourne for a week. I think I went to nearly every aquarium lol.

    Sold some rocks which was good, but it didn't pay for all I bought :unsure:. However now I have an outlet for them, actually two.

    Anyway, I was in one shop and walked past this tank and all teh fish were schooling like I have only ever seem marine fish do. It was amazing, they moved as one unit. It was love at first sight. Forget rummy nose, forget rasboras. I have never seen a better schooling fish.

    I had a better look and they were skull creek rainbow fish (melanotaenia maccullochi). So I'm now the proud owner of 10 of them :D.

    I also got a lot of plants and some shrimp and two golden rams. I had way too much to plant it all last night when I got home so unfortunately I had to put the fish in before I planted most of it.

    I will put up a photo as soon as I get it planted.

    Linds
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Hello Lindsay

    I hope it all went well where you went.

    Sounds like you had a working and Aquarium crawl

    Waiting for the photos.

    Keith:):)
     
  9. Linds

    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    he he. Without a hangover :p

    Sore back though. I redid my sisters tank. Took me from 8am to 2pm by the time I pulled it down and rescaped it.

    I'm not there to see it grow though.

    Linds
     
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    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Hi all.

    I have planted! Talk about a jungle. but I'm not worried. I never really thought this tank lent it's self to a few species. There are actually 17 if I counted right. Some of them I didn't plant to put in and I'm sure some won't grow but I'm going to give them a chance. Some are leftover from other tanks.

    The sword (which is covered in algae) was in my sisters tank and took up half of it. I trimmed off a lot of leaves but it's still big. Probably too big for this tank.

    There are three types of Crypt or at least two.
    The anubias I had already but added another.
    Elodia, I know it is a cold water plant but I'm trying it out, I read it was eurothermic.
    Bylax japonica, I thought was a high light plant but it was the first one the guy at one place suggested when I said low light so I'm trying it out. I also read that a guy had it growing in a pond at 14C, maybe it would grow in my other tank.
    Three stem plants, I don't know what they are.
    Rotala mexicana 'Goias', was left over from my other tank so I put in a little.
    Thin Val
    Bolbitis heudelotii ? I'm not sure, I'll have to ask what it was at the LFS. But I love it and had to con the bloke into selling it to me. Lucky I'm nice :love:
    Java fern
    Narrow leaf Java fern
    and finally fissidens fontanus, but I haven't planted it yet, it's floating in the corner in a bag.

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    20130414_201422.jpg This is the plant I'm calling Bolbitis heudelotii. is that correct? (the one in between the wood above the fish).

    Now the fauna.

    I have 10 skull creek rainbows (melanotaenia macculloch), 2 golden rams and 4 glass shrimp.

    What do you think? :D I pretty happy except I would prefer smaller gravel having planted this now. Oh well. Next time.

    Linds
     
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    Hi Linds plant looks like B- Heudelotii :) it grows slow and gets big in time i love this ;) and takes a lot of nitrate out of water column big plus :cool: love the update scape really coming along (y)cheers roy
     
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    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks mate. I found the receipt. It has a name but I cant read the writing (yes, it was a hand written receipt lol) that starts with B.

    I love the look of this one. I was hoping it grows quick but I don't mind as long as it grows. One guy says it thrives on neglect and bad conditions o_O He said if you keep it in a well fertilised tank it won't grow fast...hmmm.

    Lindsay
     
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    Hi Linds, don't think any plant thrives in bad condition and neglect [i think that guy should be shot :LOL:] some plants need more care than others but you know that:D scape coming along nice now and that DW love the shape:rolleyes: F/Fontanus love it :love: in one thread guy put it in a meat mincer and ground up then put over rock in DSM and had really STUNNING results :cool: now that's what you call thinking out of the box :D when i get some i am going to try this(y)cheers roy
     
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    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I know what you mean, but I agree with him. Some garden plants die if you fuss over them and grow better if you throw them in a corner and forget them. This guy had them in his office and rarely did anything with the tank. He had to prune it back because it would cover the tank. He threw the clippings in the bin :eek:

    [qutoe]some plants need more care than others but you know that:D scape coming along nice now and that DW love the shape:rolleyes: F/Fontanus love it :love: in one thread guy put it in a meat mincer and ground up then put over rock in DSM and had really STUNNING results :cool: now that's what you call thinking out of the box :D when i get some i am going to try this(y)cheers roy[/quote]

    Yeah. Apparently you put it in a blender with some yoghurt (yeah, you are thinking what I did :sick: o_O) then painted it on rocks with DSM. fantastic! I might try it with some but I don't really have anywhere to put it. Well, maybe I can put it outside before it gets too cold here. Tom Barr used the method and recommended it. Yoghurt and all!

    Thanks for your kind words.

    Linds
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the world of Aquarium plants and their names.

    Some have had their Scientific name changed now you have two or even more in some cases, then you have the local LFS of private owners name.

    You can call it what every you want but you can never argue with the plant and a photo of it.

    You can argue with a label all day and get nowhere.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Looking good mate :p Loving the gravel !
     
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    Yeah. I'm starting to lean that. My problem is I don't read scientific names. I see them and give up. Its a bad habit.

    True. But it is a common plant and should be easily identified. However it is hard typing in 'fern like aquatic plant' and having to go by photos.

    I did this and came across lot's of plants that it was not. Eventually I got onto the right one. The more photos I see of it the more I am convinced I got the right name.

    Honestly to me i don't care what it's called. It only comes in handy when you have to talk to others about it.

    Linds
     
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    Thanks
     
  19. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Now you are talking like me as long as it looks like what it should, its what I want and it grows well in my tank.

    The experts will tell you the only true way to name a Crypt is when it gets older and it sends up a stem that looks like a long enclosed leaf/flower.

    Just go to any LFS/pet shop and see what they call a plant they will give them a name that sells the plant.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Linds Aspiring Aquascaper

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    OMG! I just found my golden rams have eggs. Already! Only been there 6 days.

    I was going to go online to see if I could find out what sex they were and how to breed them but it seems they were a step ahead. I thought one was a male and one female just because of colour and size but I thought one might just be younger.

    Turns out I have one of each. found a little hollow in the gravel and spawned. It looks as though the eggs are fertile as they aren't white. So far they aren't eating them.

    The happy couple
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    Dad
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    Was going to hook up my CO2 today but they sent me the wrong regulator. Getting a better one though now and I get to keep the wrong one too ;) So I'll just get some fittings and I'll have 3. one as a spare but it doesn't have a solenoid.

    So I'll be waiting a week or so. Hope my tank can do without it.

    Linds
     
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