My first high tech aquascape.

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  1. DocY

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    Hi everyone. I've been following this forum for a long time before joining.

    I started my first aquascape about a week ago.

    Tank info
    60cm starfire.
    Zetlight zp4000 60 x2
    Dophin C500 with lily pipes and pressurized co2
    Ada Amazonia substrate
    Wood is similar to Manzanita but it isn't and Guiying stone used for hardscape.

    Plant list
    Rotala macrandra green and rotala pink
    Monte carlo
    Cryptocoryne parva and wendti green and brown
    Bolbitis
    Ecindorus purpurea
    Anubias pongolino and bonsai
    Riccardia moss on wood
    Microsorium trident mini. (Trimmed heavy for new growth)

    At the moment I'm dosing the seachem fertilizer range

    Below are pictures of the tank with just hardscape, after planting and filling up and 1 week since start up.

    Please feel free to give any advice or comments. Thanks

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    Looking great! I was always a bit skeptical about low-iron glass tanks making that much of a difference until i bought a small one for my brother first tank - truly noticeable.

    I wondered about the dip in the middle being too central, but there is enough variety on opposite sides to stop it from catching the eye too much.

    Are you running the 2 lights to make up for the spread or for greater intensity? For the C500, is the flow too much or manageable?

    Plant choice is interesting, good blend of low maintenance and fast growing stems.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how it fills in - especially that riccardia, as i love how mosses look but hate the maintenance.
     
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    Welcome- tank looks great! Nice setup and look forward to seeing things progress
     
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    DocY

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    Thanks so much. The dip in the middle will be filled by the mini trident and there are rotala macrandra planted in the middle background which still need to grow.

    I had one zetlight running but the spread was not enough so I got another and placed one in front and one at the back lighting is now perfect

    The c500 cannister has the perfect amount of flow for this sized tank. It's not too much nor too little.
     
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    Very nice! :)
     
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    I really like it! You got some amazing growth in 1 week already and I look forward to updates.
    Do you know what you’d like to stock it with?
     
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    Thanks I'm impressed with the growth myself. I'm still unsure of what I want to stock it with. I'm gonna add some ottos and amano shrimp as soon as it's cycled. Any suggestions on other type of fish that will suite a scaped tank?
     
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    Ember tetras are awesome! A nice splash of colour. I keep Gertrude's rainbows in my scape, but they don't live long.
     
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    Great! A couple of amano, ottos, perhaps 1 nerite snail, and a school of nano fish that are shrimp safe otherwise your amano will feel threatened and you won’t see them out much and it will hamper them from doing their job (especially when they are still juveniles). Which is what is happening in my 180L at the moment, they feel threatened by the platys. Also, while amano are excellent algae eaters (including BBA that not much else will eat), they will go for easier food sources (like uneaten fish food) first, so try not to overfeed the tank.

    If you go for nano fish you could probably keep a decent school size of 7 or more in your 2 foot. Ember tetra, lambchop rasbora etc etc. galaxy rasbora (celestial pearl danios) are shy so you might not see them out much. Many lovely options!! Wish we had access to all Rachel O’Leary’s nano fish.

    With the ottos, make sure that the individuals you buy will also accept algae wafers etc so that you can supplement feed them if you’re ever in the situation that your tank doesn’t have enough algae to support them. Ive heard that this can be an issue, not sure if anyone has run into this problem with ottos. I love watching my ottos, they’re a lovely addition to the tank.

    So you’re doing a completely fishless cycle? What are you seeding with, Stability?
     
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    Hi @DocY , welcome on board!!

    Love the scape, stunning pieces of wood there

    Keep the updates coming!!
     
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    Awesome, thanks. Each website i go to has differing specs for the flow of the C500, so some actual user experience is useful
     
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    Thanks for the great advice. Especially on the amano shrimp and ottos. I kind of like the lambchop rasboras more. Will see when it's time to add fish.

    The filter was running on another setup so it was kind of established. I have been adding stability and the fish shop gave me one of those biodigest viles which contain beneficial bacteria. Will test water this weekend and see.
     
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    Yes I was also confused regarding the specs but I checked on the dophin site and got some advice from a family member. Was sceptical at first. The flow is perfect for a 60cm. However it was slightly restricted with the inline co2 diffuser which I replaced with a normal in tank diffuser
     
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    I have a thing for Harlequin Rasbora, and 10 - 15 or so in that tank will look stunning.
    I have 30 in my 4ft, and with them all schooling together it is quite a sight.
     
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    Went to lfs for something and checked out the harlequins they so cool. Water still testing positive for some ammonia so waiting patiently to add livestock
     
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    @DocY you’ve gone all quiet, how’s the tank doing? Update pics?
     
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    HI. Was out of town for a week. Will upload some pictures this evening. Tank is doing great. Very little algae but getting it under control. Growth of plants is excellent. Will have to do some trimming of the rotalas this weekend.
     
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    Tank is going to be 4 weeks old. Going to shop for a clean up crew hopefully this weekend. Happy so far. Got a bit of BBA on anubias while I was away but spot dosing with excel and trimmed off the leaves that had it bad. All seems to be good now. Screenshot_20190823_200558.jpg
     
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    Looks really good!!
     
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    What kind of cleaning crew are you thinking of? Fish or shrimps? Or snails?
     

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