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First tank in over 10 years!

Adumlee

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Hi all.
Decided to set up a planted tank with my Daughter now she is old enough to appriciate it. I've had previous planted tanks with varying degrees of success.
I liked the idea of this being a crystal shrimp only tank but with high maintenance and the fact it would be a massive learning curve in itself (I've only every kept neo's) I've opted for a planted tank focusing on growing easy plants well.
I hope you like my first go at an aquascape I will be planning on planing crypts anubias java fern moss etc on the 'island' section. And maybe a carpet on the rest im undecided yet.

Does anyone have Any recommendations for a plant like vallis for the rear of the tank but won't completely take take over like vallis does?

Tanks specs are as follows.
60x40x40 opti white.
Thermo 200 filter.
Ebay light (can't remember brand)
Working out a co2 set up at the moment. I have a co2 art reg I used on a previous FE set up but not sure it will fit in the cabinet it's on.

I'm sure there will be plenty of questions in bound probably algae related!

Thanks for reading.
 

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Wolf6

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Cyperus helferi looks a lot like it but is a bit more demanding too, but since you are going co2 should be fine.
 

Adumlee

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Current situation with tank.

Tried glueing all the hard scape with gorilla glue only for it to come dislodged from the rocks and start floating. #amateur

Have everything set up filter and Co2 wise Ticking along nicely.
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I will run the tank like this until the wood sinks and rescape it all.

Currently dosing liquid carbon. Tropica fertiliser and some prevent algae.

So far I'm getting odd bits of white fur algae and a little bit of hair algae here and there.

Looking forward to doing the hard scape properly and I will add some more stem plants.

Thanks for reading.
 

Adumlee

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Hi guys thought I'd post a few progress pictures. My tanks been running about 2 months now. For some reason my wood still floats hence the rock on it. ( rocks were ment to be under the wood ) but I'm having to go with it for the moment and will rescape it at a later date. I'm struggling with a bit of algae and slow growth mainly on the stem plants at the back. I've got the lights running for 6 hours (unknown ebay led light) I dose the tropica all in one liquid fertiliser and liquid carbon. I have co2 coming in through the inlet of the external filter and the drop checker is green ( just done a water change in this picture) I'm thinking it may be the lights are too bright as the front is shaded by the floating plants? I had a bit of hair algae but I seem to be winning the battle with that now. I was going to try and raise the light and maybe add some more fertiliser? I'm doing one pump of each 4/5 days a week then water change on Sundays. Not sure if that will make algae worse tho.

All the best.
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