My planted cube

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    Hey Tasa
    I finally set up my 500mm cube, tank and stand was diyed by myself. It been a few months of deciding what type of scape I wanted and deciding on what plants to get(this was the hardest decision).

    I decided to go low tech to keep the cost down, my building the tank up myself I saved money that I used towards the substrate and plants.

    Lighting I'm using a zetlight marine space 50p
    Filtration is the tidal 55- I have accounted for fry being sucked through the filter. I fitted a sponge over the intake and the inside of the surface skimmer.

    Heater I have a 100w sobo heater.

    Substrate is langa aquasoil 16l of it.
    Planting list -
    2 x anubias nana
    1 pot Amazon sword
    2 pots hydro
    1 dwarf hair grass for between the rocks and drift wood.
    1 x java fern glued to driftwood
    1 needle leaf java fern some glued to driftwood , some stuck between gaps of the rocks.
    Some crypts not sure of name
    1 xHygrophila pinnatifida
    2kgs driftwood
    2kgs dragon rock
    Dosing with scape complete and scape carbon.
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    That looks great.
    Looking forward to the follow-up pics, to see plants growing in and livestock added.
     
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    Thank you . Just undecided on livestock yet . Open to suggestions
     
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    I like Harlequin Rasbora and Dwarf Neon Rainbows.
    Both are schooling fish, and will give a colourful display in that tank.
    Both are also top and middle feeders, and have the same requirements.
    You could add some Sterbai or Panda Corydora to help keep the bottom clean.

    According to Aqadvisor, you could stock the tank with 15 Harlequin Rasbora, 10 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, and 5 Corydora, and still have enough filtration and capacity, as long as you do a 40% water change weekly.
    http://www.aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor....AqSpeciesWindowSize=short&AqSearchMode=simple
     
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    Some shrimp would look really cool in there!
     
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    Shrimp are a whole other ballgame.
    To get the proper effect you could add 20 good quality Red Cherries, Blue Dreams, 24k / Pumpkins, and a couple of Ottos to assist with algae.
    Leave them to breed, and you will soon have a stunning mass of colour in the tank.

    My 3ft RCS tank, as an example.
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    I've got 2 yellow sucking loaches I need to rehome in here aswell
     
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    Nice scape @eco - tech

    Look forward to its progress

    Must admit I also love Rasboras and corries..
     
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    A little update on the tank.
    So this weekend it will be running for 2 weeks.
    The ph is around 6.5
    Ammonia is low, the nitrites is quite high not sure why though.
    I have been dosing with aquavitro seed and with scape complete and liquid carbon . I add some fish food every other day.

    The java ferns are getting a few babies on them.
    The amazon sword and anubias have shot a few new leaves on them .
    The hydro and dwarf hair grass has melted a bit
    The hygrophila pinnatifida has melted completely and the crypts have nice growth on them.
    I did a 50% waterchange on Sunday and a 2nd one this weekend .
     
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    Ammonia - Nitrite - Nitrate
    When the tank is newly set up, ammonia is high.
    That is converted to nitrite, which in turn is converted to nitrate.
    You remove nitrate from the water column by adding plants to the tank, as well as water changes.
     
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    I noticed a white like algae I think ? 20190825_091954.jpg 20190825_091954.jpg 20190825_091934.jpg
     
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    I really like your scape. Can't wait to see what it will look like when the plants grow out. Well done
     
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    Thanks. A lot of thought went into it, I normally just rush into things without planning things.
     
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    Looks like hair algae? Not sure. If you twist an old toothbrush against it, does it stick to it like spaghetti to a fork? Assuming that it is hair algae, that is a good way to remove it, plus remove any badly affected leaves.

    As @Pezulu said, Once your tank is fully cycled, you could add 3 ottos and a couple of shrimp they should sort it out quick sticks.
     
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    You could try spot Hydrogen Peroxide treatment - that sorts algae out well. Just get some 3% H202 (they sell different strengths in SA, 10 Volume is 3%) in a syringe and squirt a bit of it at the algae patch and it'll melt away soon after.
    I'll be doing a full tank dose soon as I have a hair algae problem that's kind of 'slightly' everywhere, more along the lines of this video:

    Worth having in your arsenal but if you have not used it before, do a little reading.
    Also useful: https://greenaqua.hu/en/alga-tajekoztato

    Look forward to seeing the tank evolve, nice setup.
     
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    I've noticed my ph is below 6.5,
    My temp is 26 deg
    My ammonia and nitrates are good,
    Only my nitrites are high.
    Do I need to increase the ph slightly?
    I have noticed the beard algae is slowly going away, but I see I have a diatom bloom , is this part of the cycling process?
     
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    So going into the 4th week now.
    Parameters are good . Added10 neons and 10 guppies and 2 juhli Cory's and 3 peppered cory , 1 didn't make it by the time I got home, I think the guy at the lfs injured it while betting him. Lfs 5 minutes from my house.
    I also added some ghost shrimp from my other tank.
    I'm just struggling to get crystal clear waterl with my tidal55, I have the sponge and some ceramic cubes inside20190904_171450.jpg
     
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    A quick question- I have 10 guppies
    10 neon tetra
    4 corries
    5 ghost shrimp
    I want to add 5/6 khuli loaches , I don't think they have a big bio load as they are scavengers
    1or 3 ottos
    And maybe a pair of pearl gouramis

    Would this be too much fish ?
     
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    You say it’s a 500mm cube, ie 125L?
     
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    Yeah 500mm cube all round. Water level at 480mm. I think a little less than 125l
     

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