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My first EVER planted tank. Journal of a 20 long, South American biotope

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by fishman9809, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. fishman9809

    fishman9809 New Member

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    this is the day I got my tank. My equipment should come by the middle of the week. I will modify my current stand to hold a 20/possibly DIY a new one. Here is the tank currently. The tank pics are old, but I will update tomorrow morning, cuz its late.:

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    filled for test

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    another angle

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    inside corner silicone job
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    side of tank with pretty good silicone [​IMG]

    so far the equipment I have is:

    12 liters of Aqua Soil Amazonia
    Whisper HOB 40 Filter
    Peat pellets
    2 Hagen fermentation bottles


    to buy:

    2 t-5 36 watt fixtures
    1 set of Pfertz ferts
    1 Rhinox Glass Co2 diffuser
    1 Chameleon bubble counter

    fish list so far:

    1 pair of Blue Rams
    9 Rummynoses
    6 otocinclus vittatus

    plants have sort of been decided, but not yet, because plants are being donated to me for free, and the plants will be taken from SFBAAPS meets, so I will grab some and work with it.

    I have 2 current aquascape designs on paint, will post tomorrow, and/or even make a 3rd aquascape!!!

    G'night

    Nick

    PS: I will have the pics of the equip, no filled aquasoil and stuff like that.
     

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    before I post the pics of the equip, I want to know, does a biotope have to have the tea colored water and those leaves? I like them, but it seems kinda hard and messy(my parents worst nightmare)
     
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    Hello Nick, welcome to ASW.
     
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    Can't wait to see this set up!!
     
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    x2.
     
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    Hey everyone, I am sooooo pumped, thanks all, so does a biotope necessarily have to have tea colored water? I have seen many like that, like dirrtybirdy's tank, but I like the wild look, but I also like how the clear water looks, so you can admire every single detail.
     
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    Make sure to keep us posted!
     
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    I cant figure out y, but my card reader isn't working, so I cant post pics, yet. Stay patient, the pics will come!! :)
     
  9. goalcreas

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    HURRY UPBoxing


    Just kidding, take your time:))
     
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    hello, actually, in order to make a successful biotope (of the Llanos plains), I rearranged the stocking:

    1 pr of Blue Rams
    1 Clown Pleco
    9-11 Hyphessobrycon sweglesi or 9-11 Pristella Maxillaris

    I cant find any TRUE sucker algae eaters that will attach onto glass for algae that originate in the Llanos plains.
     
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    What about snails from that region, are there any, snails are good at cleaning glass
     
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    I have no idea, I haven't seen any that are readily available for aquarium use. Got any ideas?
     
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    Nope, will have to look,
    Try google "South American Snails" then see what comes up and see which are near that region?
     
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    I found a snail I like, it is Marisa cornuarietis, I am having trouble finding it.

    OK, so all these are in my new list and are found in the Llanos plains:

    1 pr of Blue Rams
    15 Hyphessobrycon sweglesi or 15 Pristella Maxillaris
    1 clown pleco
    5 Marisa cornuarietis

    how that sound? Good? Bad?
     
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    looks like it coming along well
     
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    Hey, what are you going to use that wii-mote for in your fish tank.
    Nunchuck whatever it is called:))
     
  18. fishman9809

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    lol, yup!!!!

    gonna hack at plants with it!!!
     
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    does this sound good?

    I want a school of 15 red phantom tetras or x-ray tetras, do you think 30 inches is enough room for them to school nicely?
     
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    Hack the plants with the nunchuck!!! Looks like is going good keep updating ready to see your tank set up!
     

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