60L planted tank attempt

Discussion in 'Planted Tanks' started by LiftCrazy*, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. LiftCrazy*

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    Well i decided to set up a planted tank after seeing some amazing examples on the web. :idea:

    The setup...

    60l glass tank 60(L) x 32(W) x 35(H)
    Air powered sponge filter
    100w heater
    Silica sand substrate
    2x 18w compact fluorescent lights "Warm White" (Quick and dirty method)

    2 patches Hemianthus Callitrichoides
    Vesicularia Montagnei wall
    Vesicularia Dubyana on a rock (Temporary for the inhabitants)
    1x Cryptocoryne Lucens
    1x unknown (Looks like Rotala Rotundifolia, but the leaves are slimmer)

    18x Apistogramma Cacatuoides fry

    It needs a bit of a rescape, but before i start moving the plants around i am letting them settle in.
    At the moment i am dosing with Flourish Excel.
    Enough with the words, lets get to the pics... :p

    No lighting, test fitting the "wall"
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    The quick and dirty lighting... cost no more than R120.
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    The inhabitants, measuring from around 10 to 20 mm
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    Wall done and lighting on...
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    The unknown plant...
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  3. Sean J

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    Very nice little setup!!

    Where did you get the honeycomb to make your wall from? Been looking for something similar. You gotta love them apistos. They are so cute when they are that small.

    Beautiful, well done.
     
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    looking great... id also like to know where you got the honycomb stuuf for:)
     
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    LiftCrazy*

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    Stagter - Thanks man. I got the honeycomb from a local plastics shop. It's apparently a shower mat of sorts. It comes in squares that clip together, so it will work with a larger setup too. Just trim as needed with some side cutters.

    Thanks Butcherman - See above.
     
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    lol wish we had a local plastic shop around here :p
     
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    Lee how much did they charge you for the 'honeycomb' tiles??? Is it made from PVC???
     
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    LiftCrazy*

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    Surely you guys have a plastics shop around there? The world revolves around JHB doesn't it? :p

    I think it was around R25 per tile. Not 100% sure what type of plastic it is, i would say it's ABS. It's not as stiff as PVC...
    They come in assorted colours... i was looking at black initially, but i went for clear/white for light reflection.
     
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    There is a place called WESPACK at the Lifestyle nursery. They have a HUGE range of plastic stuff. I'm gonna go look there for some.
     
  10. speedz

    speedz In need of a fishroom....

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    what light are you using in the big tank? seems pretty good
     
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    Carping MTS Victim

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    :),,, Do I smell another victim of MTS coming up???
     
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    LiftCrazy*

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    Speedz - In the other tank i have 4x 54w T5 tubes (3x 6500k and 1x 10000k)

    Carping - No ways, i can't afford to have MTS :p
    I did have 4 tanks running at one stage... i'm now down to 2.
     
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    so what neds are you taking that you can fight your mts liftcrazy*?
     
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    LiftCrazy*

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    :biggrin: Every time i get another tank, i cut myself with a stanley knife... luckily my arm re-attached fine.
     
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    Nice tank - keep us updated
     
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    LiftCrazy*

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    Thanks Zaf, will do so...
     
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    LiftCrazy*

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    Planted tank is going well... quite a big of algae on the sand at the moment.

    The fry are growing up fast. Here are some pics just after they gorged themselves on BBS this evening.

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  18. Mongwopman

    Mongwopman King Ding-a-ling

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    CUTE!!!!

    In the 2nd pic, whats the plant to the right of the fish?
     
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    LiftCrazy*

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    Mongwopman - That would be Java moss
     
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    The babies really are looking good LiftCrazy! Getting excited now :)
     
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    LiftCrazy*

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    :p I can't believe how fast they are growing, a few weeks ago they were TINY...

    Watching them is great fun, they are starting to scrap just like the adults.
     

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