Hello from Suffolk!

Discussion in 'New Members Introductions' started by Dave Pierce, 14 Jan 2013.

  1. Dave Pierce

    Dave Pierce Member

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    Hi all, I've been browsing the forums for some time now and after finally setting up my 60L I thought it's about time I joined up! I have been keeping fish and plants for over 5 years. After just recently moving house I have set up my 60L tank and it's currently on day 11. This is my first high tech aquascape so I'm still learning and this is my first attempt at this sort of set up.

    Please see my pictures below of the tank as of yesterday (day 10):

    Tank information:

    Tank: Clearseal 60L - length 60cm
    Lighting: All Pond Solutions Tropical T5 24w Tank Lights x2
    Heater: 50w 25 Degrees Celsius
    Filter: Fluval 205, Lily pipes (from eBay)
    Co2: Tropica Plant Growth System 60,
    Substrate: Eco-Complete, Sand

    Plants: Rotala Rotundifolia, Hemianthus Callitrichoides cuba, Pogostemon Helferi, Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis, Limnophila Sessiliflora

    Fertz: EasyCarbo 2ml daily.

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    Looking forward to getting involved!
     
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  2. LondonDragon

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    Welcome on board Dave, tank is looking great :) you dose any other ferts apart from EC?
     
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  3. Ady34

    Ady34 Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Dave and welcome to the forum.
    Looks like a well proportioned scape you have there.
    One thing you may need to look at though is you've listed easy carbo as your fertiliser, easy carbo is a form of liquid carbon which will be great to supplement your tropica co2 gas system, but you'll need macro and micro fertilisers to feed the plants also.
    Cheerio,
    Ady.
     
  4. Dave Pierce

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    Not going to start dosing for a couple more weeks. keep the old algae away until plants have filled out a bit more. Not exactly sure what to dose as of yet...maybe some nitrogen and phosphorus in the form of Tropica specialised fertilizer. As I won't be putting to many fish in there...but I don't want to kick start any algae. Need to find that balance :)
     
  5. LondonDragon

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    That would do the trick 2-3ml per day! I would recommend you starting sooner rather than later ;)
     
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  6. Dave Pierce

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    Ok thanks! you don't think this will promote any algae? Must admit the plants have got off to a good start...such a difference from day one.
     
  7. LondonDragon

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    On the contrary, just keep up the water changes.

    Their stored reserves will eventually run out and then you run into trouble ;)
     
  8. Dave Pierce

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    I see. I will start dosing the Tropica Fertz in 5 or 6 days in that case :) Hopefully by then there will be enough plant mass to out complete the algae :)
     
  9. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hello,
    Welcome to the forum.

    Plants cannot possibly hope, even in their wildest dreams, to compete with algae. But that's a story for another post in another section.

    Cheers,
     
  10. Arana

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    Welcome to UKAPS Dave :)
     
  11. Dave Pierce

    Dave Pierce Member

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    Thanks, I will post an updated pic in a week or so :)
     

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