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My First Aquascape 65 Litre

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Gary Murphy, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Gary

    When I was hunting for more about 5 years ago the average price then was $3-4 per leaf and they were very young plants.

    Keep the Anubias growing and less chance of Algae taking over, there are Shrimps that love eating algae providing they are in a safe shrimp tank.

    I think Roy has had or still has them.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Gary, Looking good :)

    The shrimp are Amano shrimp fantastic algae eaters (y)

    Mine have a new home in my Grandsons tank for now. As soon as my tank has cycled I will put them back in my one :)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I had a old age moment for a while but I remembered you had them.

    In Australia we often use DAE Darwin Algae Eaters and they also do a good job.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    That is one expensive leaf lol :eek: Yeah i did have a rock shrimp but he died when i was rescaping my tank, Something harmful must have got in there but all my water parameters was ok so still a bit of a mystery what actually happened.

    Im thinking of getting 3-4 cherry shrimp once im fully planted so they have plenty of hiding spaces. Ive notice a bit of green algae forming on the inside of the glass but im keeping on top off my water changes and using a card to scrape it off (y)
     
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    That is one thing many just do not keep up with regular good water changes and keeping every thing under control.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I just received some more Monte Carlo today but dont want to plant till ive got my rocks on Monday and sorted the hardscape. Would these be okay left in the bags like this till monday?

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    Hi Gary, You can Its better to float the plants in a large plastic-- glass bowl of water if its for a couple of days.
    Or let them float in your tank then they will get light too.

    Nice portions of Monte there :cool:
     
  8. Gary Murphy

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    I was supposed to be getting them Monday but Royal Mail came early :) Im guessing if i leave them in the bags and put them inside the box they should be fine as thats how they would have been stored till Monday anyways.

    I just dont want to plant them today and risk uprooting them once i get my stone.
     
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    What I have used is a keeper net of a large fish net that keeps them all together with plenty of water movement.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Will look into that thanks Keith (y)
     
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    Gary Murphy Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ive got these bubbles all over my Java Fern but none on my Monte Carlo. Is this pearling?

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    That sure is! Congrats! It's a beautiful sight, and a sign of a healthy tank.
     
  13. keithgh

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    Looks like you have one very happy plant there, keep up the great work.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thanks guys. Ive just planted some water sprite but im wondering if i should have planted more? Or even closer together?

    Ive got lots of it floating on the water surface.

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    Hi Gary, That will be enough. You wait till it starts to grow:D Good idea to float some as well (y)

    Loved the pearling photo :love:
     
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    I though it would help the low light plants like anubias having a bit of shelter, plus it looks really good having some floating :D

    My harlequin rasboras seem to really like it aswell :cool:
     
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    I grew Floating Water Sprite for many years as a weed it grew so fast.

    All those years I could never get to grow when it was planted in substrate.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Yeah ive heard quite a few people have had problems trying to grow this when its planted, Fingers crossed it grows.

    If it doesn't i can always keep it floating and look into alternative background plants :)
     
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    If you look at the root structure you will notice they are extremely fine not like the average root system for planted plants.

    I think there are two varieties of that Wisteria one that floats and the other that can be planted.

    You might have to do a bit of research on that.

    Keith:):)
     
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    stopped in to see how this one was going. I think its progressing well! Keep up the good work and keep us updated.

    Hygrophilia difformis can be floated or planted. It will even grow over hardscape much like H. pinnatifida if given the chance. Easy plant but can get leggy, so trim frequently in order to get it to bush out.
     

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