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My first thread on my First Planted tank..

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Journals' started by Jack, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Jack

    Seeing you are new at this my suggestion would be do plenty of cut and paste then make a hard copy that way you will always have notes to refer back to.

    Its far safer than leaving them on any forum or on your own computer.

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  2. Jack

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    Sure keith. Will do it.



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  3. Jack

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    A quick update... The tank evolved completely to a different state...

    Photo after the tank got completely cured of the fungus developed on M'carlo and with addition of few plants

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    A little later...
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    And finally spent some time during my last time off to remove some plants and added some stones & DF and rescaped a bit. Just in two and a half weeks time most of the plants other than the Monte Carlo blossomed very well...
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    This tank has really taught me a lot of things...


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  4. lucasgg

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    Beautiful!
     
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  5. keithgh

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    That is one thing I always like to hear.

    My only concern would be replacing that white substrate its extremely distracting, with the same black substrate you have all ready used.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  6. Jack

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    Keith, i might be wrong, but actually did that with an idea that once the Monte Carlo spreads, the edges would be smoothed out and moreover this cheaper substrate will loose it's brightness with a little brownish tint, which I had experienced in the past. And when I took this photo, I had switched my regular t5's with the new t5's of 6500K ( bought it for the iwagumi tank) which makes it appear with little more contrast.
    Saying that, another doubt kicks in, that the Mc in the past had spread even well into this inert substrate. And I noticed some scapes in which the silica sand is used to have some highlights, still looks cleaner without much invasion of the Carpet plants. And in some other scapes, the only medium used is silica sand ( atleast looks like one) and every plant has grown so well, like the ones in Arif Hamsa's tanks. Where's the catch...
     
  7. keithgh

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    If you are going to cover it with plants at least remove the first few Cm from the front other wise you will have a white line at the front.

    To remove it cleanly with no slippage push a piece of plastic into the substrate and remove the front only.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. Jack

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    No Keith, I want to have that contrast in this part of the tank. May be I wasn't clear, sorry. I don't want the plants to creep in and cover this completely, just need them to smoothly cover the edges of white and black.
    Though I have used some plastic inserts between the two substrates, I still fear that there will be some intrusion.
     
  9. keithgh

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    To stop the plants going into the white it will require constant trimming.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  10. Jack

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    Thanks Keith, will try to keep it by trimming.
    Keith, How about my doubt reg the silica sand used for growing plants...


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  11. keithgh

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    I will leave that one for the plant experts here.

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    Silica is inert, so basically gravel. It is not a special plant growing substrate and won't fair better than standard gravel or sand.
     
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    Really nice composition!
     
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  15. Jack

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    A quick update...
    Home sweet home after 5 weeks
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    Little trimming done...
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    Found so many small snails, guess they are going to invade the tank completely quiet soon. Confused a bit, because they are the reason why I am probably looking into tank walls so clean. Such clean looks..... which had never happened before every time when I get back home.
    So, you all know my obvious question...


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  17. keithgh

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    Squashoo, and a few small Clown Loaches will help to control but never 100% eliminate them.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    When I get hitchhiker snails, I persistently squash them with tweezers. I also have 1 or 2 assassin snails in a 20ltr. I can't tell the difference between MTS or baby assassins. My policy is, if I didn't buy the snail, it gets squashed! Total elimination is not possible but after several weeks of squashing I barely see any hitchhikers/MTS.
     
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  19. keithgh

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    I do not know if Jack can get the Assassin Snails.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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  20. Jack

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    That's right Keith, am not able to find a LFS for the Assassin snails.


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