King_Triton's 45L Pass Time setup

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  1. King_Triton

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    Howdy guys,

    So I'm new to this forum, been keeping freshwater tanks since the age of 5, then moved over to Marine, and since some curveballs came my way in life, taking a break from the marine hobby for now, and set this up just to have something going in the meantime. A house is not complete without a fishtank IMHO.

    So I was given this tank from a friend and decided to swap out some marine equipment for a few fish and plants.. This is what I ended up with 2 months later.

    I know its not the best pics and they were not really taken to show off the tank properly. Currently have some really nice guppies, Platies, cory cats, a male and female Siamese fighter, and some cherry shrimp.
    Please share your thoughts.

    I am using poolsand as a substrate with a DIY LED fixture with white and red LED strips. I must say, I am super surprised and the plant growth without any CO2 or fertiliser.

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  3. Christiaan Duvenage

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. For now I would say..think of changing the soil to a aqua soil.None the less you're tank looks good.:thumbup:
     
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    King_Triton

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    Hey Christiaan,

    Thank you.

    I was considering that, however I tried it before and it was too mushy. These plants were all less than 5cms in height when I got them, and they seems to be growing rather fast(not as fast as it would in a substrate for planted aquariums). However, I an still confused as to what is causing the good growth, especially without any C02.

    I don't want the entire floor covered for now, as I dont want the tank looking too bushy. I need to pick up something that remains at a very low height, for some ground cover in a few areas though. Any suggestions?
     
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    Hello and welcome:thumbup:
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    Tank looks very, very nice and the plants do look happy..

    Im not the best person to give advice on plants, only thing I can say is that it looks to me like you have an anubia buried in the soil
    Your picture No 6, the one on the right next to the big stone
    If it is an anubia, you need to take the rhizome out of the soil and tie it to a rock or piece of wood or it will eventually rot
    But, lets see what others say
     
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    I would suggest getting some Osmocote Fertiliser Capsules.
    Place them close to the roots of the plants, and watch those plants REALLY take off.

    The rhizome of the Anubias needs to be lifted out of the gravel, or the plant will rot.
    Glue or tie it to a rock or piece of driftwood.
     
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    King_Triton

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    Wow, thanks guys. It is an Anubia.

    I really like it too so would want to save it. Will it do fine on a rock?

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    Yes, you can tie it to a rock or a piece of wood
     
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    King_Triton

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    Decided to use a rubber band and secure it to a rock.

    Turned the driftwood around as well.

    The java moss grows too much and starts looking messy. So I pushed it into a hole in the wood.e0effeb1aa987b3c4643af7ee6446cd9.jpg1bd3b6b23fe250104b595dcb88416986.jpg874e3bc57d633f4a10e162f3b29ae99e.jpg41d1ec8d6f55f2abe7bb41e23675ae0f.jpg87b758525e084e130d59a729521e3c62.jpg99ceb8fc5ed8db9ce673259013ce0b27.jpg

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    Hi and welcome
    I can see 2 problems.
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    The plant at the back of the betta does not look like a aquatic plant and it look like the rock is coverd with BBA.
    PFS is fine as a supstrate.
     
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    That plant seems to be doing well though. Been in my tank for 3 weeks now and been growing.

    Will need to read up more on BBA but will scrub that part of the rock in the meantime.

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    Scape or flourish excel takes care of BBA. Also improves plant growth
     
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    Hi and welcome. The plant that is refrred to is defnitly not an aquatic plant. It will last a while but unfortunately it will die eventually. Best will be to remove it and plant it in a pot, outside the tank.

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    Hi, and welcome to the Forum

    Nice looking tank :thumbup:
     
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    Guys I'm seeing new growth on this plant already. Im gonna take a chance and leave it in. Will keep an eye on it to see if it rots.74d5acb20677bc3135db880030be75ff.jpgdcce974536fd5530823bf54dcda333b8.jpg088a8bec444bf50f255841a97fd5c214.jpg

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    King_Triton

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    That sucks.. will need to add it to my son's gecko setup then.

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    King_Triton

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    Hey guys... Im looking for a plant for ground cover.. Something that does not really gain height but spreads laterally. What do you guys suggest?
     
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    Depends. Are you running CO2?

    I have always found dwarf hair grass to spread nicely without too much effort and little to no CO2 addition. Just need to put enough light onto it to ensure it stays small
     
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    Nope.. Not running CO2. Trying to keep it as simple as possible for now... and see how far I can go without CO2.
     

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