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Nature's glory 21 gallon

Discussion in 'Aquascaping Showcase' started by Nithy, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. Nithy

    Nithy New Member

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    Dear Members,

    Iam new to this forum but have been into aquascaping for the past 5 years and was learning a lot through this forum. During May I set up a 21 gallon planted "Nature's glory" at home. Specifications include:

    1. Glass tank - 60 cm x 30 cm x 45cm (LxWxH)
    2. LED lights- 36 w , a Chinese brand by name "Dophin"
    3. Susbtrate - Flourite - Black
    4. Hardscape- Lava rock and quartz sand.
    5. Filtration- Dolphin internal sponge filter
    6. DIY Co2- Citric acid and baking soda diffused through a glass "dymax" atmoizer.
    7. Plants - Hemianthus micranthemoides, Hygrophila polysperma rosanervig, Alternathea reinickii mini, Anubias nana, Java moss, and few other mosses which Iam unable to identify properly, Ludwigia arcuata, Ludwigia ovalis?, Chain sword, Dwarf hair grass. Riccia fluitans, Pogostemon hilferi and Hydrocotyle sibthirpoides etc.
    8. Fishes- Guppy - 5 and Neon tetra - 18 and Borneo sucker -1 and Oto Catfish -1
    9. Invertebrates- Red sakuras and Cherry shrimps and snails

    Looking forward for your comments and suggestions.

    Best Regards,
    M. Nithyanandan

    Nature's Glory (21 gallons):

    IMG_9568.JPG IMG_9578.JPG IMG_9621.JPG IMG_9649.JPG IMG_9760.JPG


     
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    Very nicely done. The plants look healthy and the guppies were a nice choice for the scape. Thanks for sharing with us!
     
  3. Nithy

    Nithy New Member

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    IMG_9568.JPG IMG_9578.JPG IMG_9621.JPG IMG_9649.JPG IMG_9760.JPG

    Hi! Shadowmac,

    Many thanks! for your encouraging comments.

    Best Regards,

    M. Nithyanandan
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Nithy
    To the best of my knowledge you are the first member from Kuwait.

    When I saw your first photo I looked like the typical beginners tank with a glarey white substrate, a path in or close to the middle making it look like two Aquascapes in one tank.

    Then what is happening to the pathway open or rocky?

    Finally a well kept colourful planted Aquascape, with only a little of the white substrate left.

    I also like the marine blue backing it makes a planted tank look very natural.

    Having colourful fish and the red Shrimp will always stand out against the greenery of your plants.

    One suggestion the Otto will do a lot better in a small school of about 6-6++

    You might have to control the FM Guppies in not you could easily have an over population of Guppies what mix do you have of FM & M?

    Keith :cat::cat:
     
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    Hi! Keith,

    Many thanks! for your interesting comments. Iam basically from India, but I live and work in Kuwait for the past 10 years. Glad to know that Iam the first member to post from Kuwait.

    I need to trim Hemianthus, moss and Riccia on the rocks to make the path visible, which I will be doing this weekend during regular maintenance. Will then post a picture. I will try to add more colorful fishes for sure. Unfortunatley here in Kuwait Ottos are bit rare in the market and when they are available next time, I will buy more. You are absolutely right, they need to be kept as a small group.

    Regarding the guppies, all of them are males there are no female guppies in the tank. I have quite lot of experience with guppies raising males and females together which lead to a population explosion and they are prolific breeders. I only have 10 males fancy guppies there along with the others.

    Best Regards,
    M. Nithyanandan;););)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Personally I think it will look a lot better with out the pathway as it could divide your wonderful planted Aquascape in two sections.

    Re the Guppies I thought there was one FM orange top LH corner.

    The Shrimps should breed extremely well with all the coverage and the plant mulm for the fry that will build up under those plants.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Keith,

    Good suggestion indeed, thanks!. Shrimps are breeding intensively and its a heaven for the shrimp fries now. Will post some pictures soon.

    Cheers,

    M. Nithyanandan
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    All I can give you is options and constructive criticisms, as I often say its your tank and only you can see it clearly as all I have is a photo/s.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Agree with you Keith.

    Cheers.(y)(y)(y)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Do you have any personal/work marine tanks?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    No Keith, I am not a big fan of marine tanks.
     
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    Seeing your occupation is a Marine Biologist I thought you would have had a Marine tank at home.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Keith, I personally feel that marine fish keeping is still very unsustainable. The science is still evolving and many species are still wild caught and only a few are tank bred. I have personally experienced during field work, the over exploitation of reef fishes which is very alarming. I always felt the it is not my cup of tea. Being an avid diver I would like to enjoy them in their natural habitat.


    Best Regards.

    M. Nithyanandan
     
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    image.jpeg Cherry shrimp fry

     
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    A great little shrimp photo.

    I have done very little snorkelling on our Great Barrier Reef and very inclined to agree with you.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    I'm in agreement with Keith. The scape was improved by obscuring the pathway.

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
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    All that is left is that white Substrate, I would let those low green plants do that job for you, that will lift your Aquascape into a higher level for a planted Aquascape.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hi! Shawn and Keith,
    At the moment low green plants are slowly carpeting and eventually it should improve the scape as Keith rightly pointed out. Will keep it going, fingers crossed.

    Cheers,
    M. Nithyanandan
     
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    Its great when we are all on the one page (agree on improving your Aquascape)

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    After some trimming this is how it looks... IMG_9846.JPG
     
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