180L planted jungle aquarium - newbie

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  1. A new day

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    My new tank! Juwel Rio 180 with aquasoil at the back and pfs in front. No CO2. Will need some time for everything to grow out and I'm sure I'll lose plants - part of the learning curve. But it's fun! Going to require loads of trimming also :)

    Ammonia and nitrites 0. Added 6 amano shrimp and 4 zebra nerite snails today, as well as diamond tetra. And lots of platys.

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  3. Chandz

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    Stunning tank!

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    Looks great
     
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    Wow- very nice! Good size too I think, might also try around 180l for my next tank. Enjoy
     
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    Good rock work, easy plant selection and a reprectable plant density ..., very very cool looking tank. Some of the plant will look totally different if the transition well, all in all I think you have a winner.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    You have a winner with that tank.
    Great job.
     
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    @A new day . Nicely layed out well done !!!!!
     
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    @A new day
    Your tank looks fantastic.
    Very nice :thumbup:
     
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    Great looking tank!!
     
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    Looking good
     
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    Looks fantastic, nice scaping and beautiful dragon stone.

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    Hi and welcome @A new day
    Stunning tank well done!
     
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    You pay for the roots and will prob loose about 50% of the leaves/growth in the first month or two before new growth takes over.

    Love the integration of rock and plants, well done!
     
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    Thank you so much everyone, I'm really enjoying the tank. Will send some update pics.
     
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    PS I also have to mention that I got a lot of behind the scenes advice and support from @Hawk. Wasn't able to deliver on all his suggestions, so he is not to blame for the flaws :)

    Freebies from him e.g. all the aquasoil (with loads of matrix mixed in), all the crypts etc. Some of the dragon stone I bought from him. So some of his stunning dismantled tank literally lives on in mine :thumbup:
     
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    Your tank looks great... love the rocks
     
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    Update and questions: Day 27

    Hi everyone, I’ve been inspired by the journal type updates of some other members including @f-fish . Not only does it track the maturation of a planted tank visually, but I learn so much from the successes, challenges and thought processes of others. I’d really appreciate input i.t.o. what you think is going well, what might be improved upon etc.

    Specifically, I’d like to discuss the uncomfortable issue of fish losses I’ve had (poor survival rates with khuli loaches and panda corys), and am desperately looking for answers. Other tank inhabitants (e.g. pearl gourami, ottos, platys) are thriving, and the surviving panda and khuli seemingly also. Had a bit of a dodgy start with the diamond tetra (lost 2 very young and fragile looking juveniles) but now have a thriving group of 8 and am seeing some nice schooling behaviour.

    - All fish losses have been in the first 3 days after release. I drip acclimatised all livestock.

    - I’ve tried to create a suitable habitat for the fish (but lost khulis in my filter #fail). Mind you, I knew full well that khulis are known for getting themselves into impossibly small spots and dying, I just thought that my filter openings are too small for them to get through. Not so. Found 3 dead stuck between the filter sponges and side of the filter. At the lfs one has died in the bag (possibly due to netting stress/injury) and exchanged.

    - Only 20% of my panda corys survived. I picked @DoubleDutch ‘s brain and he said that there is something going on with pandas at the moment. Folks on the British and US forums are also struggling with them. He reckons it might have something to do with inbreeding, poor stock, poor conditions at the warehouses and during shipping etc.

    - I don’t think that water quality is to blame but I suppose always possible. I’m still testing the water every day / every other day with Sera liquid kits, as I know that the tank is still young and I want to keep my eye on parameters.

    - Added them fairly gradually (not all at once), most of the fish I’ve added are still juveniles so not huge bioload increase, and beneficial bacteria have kept up beautifully with additional livestock. The adult platys have been in there from the beginning.

    - Tank fully cycled and stable at Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 10.

    - Temp 26C. pH steady at about 6,7. I’ve tried to choose species that should do well within these parameters (with the possible exception of panda corys – 26C might be a bit too warm for them), all soft water fish etc.

    - All inhabitants are peaceful (my platys are the least peaceful of the lot).


    I’m starting to think that a) perhaps khulis and panda corys are fragile fish b) bad stock might play a role c) perhaps too young and fragile. I suppose every fishkeeper has lost fish so not sure why I half expected to be the exception. I don’t like it when animals die under my care, no-one does. Not looking for excuses, just answers / possible explanations and learning opportunities.

    All in all still enjoying this tank a lot, though. The buce theia is growing quite leggy, not sure if I should trim it and if so, how? Am floating watersprite, added more ludwigia repens and green crypts. Floating trident java fern leaves to propagate. There is an empty spot on the left where things tend to get blown from by the filter outlet / current. Luckily the Madagascar lace plant is growing like the clappers (was hardly visable in the fist post) and will fill that entire section.

    FTS before trim, Day 26


    FTS after trim, Day 27

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    Wow. Great tank, fishies, etc...

    No Cory no glory
     
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    The tank looks amazing @A new day , well done

    As for losing the Khuli loaches... these silly accidents sometimes happen where you think fish cant fit somewhere and guess what.. they do..
    With their burrowing habits, they would go deeper and deeper into the space and then cant get out
    The Panda Corries.. not sure how sensitive they are but I assume they must be very inbred so. its a possibility
     
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    Great pics !! Amazing tank !
     
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