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New 60 litre aquascape.

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by JohnnyWales, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. JohnnyWales

    JohnnyWales New Member

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    They are coming out, dont worry, I just over looked taking them out.

    As garuf says, I hope the DIY co2 is enough for my 3 watts per gallon!
     

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    Just checking.;)

    You have world wide attention on you and there is no way you are going to do anything and I mean anything that is not right.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Agree with everyone the rocks are pointless - such a great hardscape without them - simple and effective. less is more and all that...
     
  4. JohnnyWales

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    Hey guys, i went to Edis last night and picked up some Marselia, glossa, hc and some moss, the lights are great and im looking to fill it very soon.

    One issue, the external filter i have (filstar xp2) turns over 1050 lit per hour.

    I have a 60 litre tank.

    I purchased a spraybar, as the jet nozzle will be too much, really hope i dont have to replace it for being too big.


    Question 1 : Is it too big?
    Question 2 : Can i restrict the flow of an external cannister filter?
    Question 3: Can someone really have TOO much filtration?

    Grimm....
     
  5. Garuf

    Garuf Moderator Staff Member

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    It's not too big. I've ran bigger and on a smaller tank.
    You can but it will reduce the life of the filter and increase the power used.
    in terms of filtration as a process, no, you can't in terms of turnover which is really why we have big filters, probably not on that count, not with most canister filters at least, what you can have however is too much of however is pressure/velocity, you want low pressure laminar flow, not high pressure jets, you can have much more turnover with a low pressure laminar flow than you can with a high pressure jet running through the tank.
     
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    Absolutely gutting.
     
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    What happened?! :(
     
  8. JohnnyWales

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    I soaked the wood such a long time ago, as soon as I filled the scape, the wood floated and ripped the plants up ... Ruined everything.
     
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    Re-soak and rescape, was going to be a good one so you should persevere!
     
  10. JohnnyWales

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    It's in a bucket, soaking under hammer weights

    On the flip, the filter works, and I replanted all the plants in the substrate, lights on a timer and co2 setup. So it's all waiting.
     
  11. Garuf

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    It normally takes about a month for larger bits of redmoor to be sufficiently soaked. It's a disaster that happens to all of us at some point, it's certainly happened to me before!
     
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    Learning curves, I'm only 26, I need to experience defeat before I can appreciate winning:D
     
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    That piece of DW I would soak it with rocks on top of it until it stays "Sunk" it could even take longer.

    Some of those harder woods can take ages to be completely saturated.

    You are learning the way I did 45 years ago by making mistakes remember in those ancient days no computers to look up for help and answers.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thanks Kieth. A certain amount of humour has to be taken, because as my gf pointed out, there are so variables that have to go right, and the photos you see online are after one or more errors.

    So right now, the wood is soaking,
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    And the plants are just chillin, waiting for organisation, with easy carbo, and DIY co2 ( which hasn't started yet, but I have faith.)
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    I'm not sure about the big leafy plants, but nothing to worry about at the moment.

    Again thanks for the advice guys!
     
  15. keithgh

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    Buy one or two small plastic or terracotta pots and put those tall plants in them and fill the post up with some of the existing substrate you might have to add a Seachem Fert Tab into the pot as there will not be enough food for the roots.

    Those plants will require a substrate 8-10 cm deep to have a good healthy growth.

    Keep topping and changing the water, if you start to see a whitish slime on the DW its OK just hose it off.

    I soaked mine in a very big clean plastic rubbish bin and left it in the spare shower room and all I had to do was just turn the shower on.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I think they are too big if I'm honest.
    I didn't judge the height correctly in the store.
     
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    So the plants go alone. DIY co2 started today, and easy carbo continues.

    Did a water test, zero nitrite, zero Ammonia, ph 8.8+ ....very worrying, maybe a reason why my adult cherries are dying in my main tank, perhaps the water is getting harder, it's clean tap water...RO water might be required.
     
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    Not to worry, I have broken then up into plantlets, I'll just replace them, I'm just concerned about the ph result!
     
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    My water supply pH is crazy it can reach pH8 in the summer holidays (I live in a beach resort) the only thing I have found to work is use API pH down and Seachem Neutral Regulator.

    At every water change I add the pH Down to the prepared water.

    I add all but 7lt I then add the Regulator to that and add it to the tank 30minutes later.

    In theory if the pH goes below pH7 then 30 minutes later the Regulator adjusts it.

    I was advised not to mix the two products together why??????

    The people who were advising me were all Shrimp breeders.

    Keith:):)
     

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