Planted Nano Comp - Ernie

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  1. Ernie

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    So got my things together the past weekend, just going with things I already have and not spend anything extra.

    Got this tank for my daughter a few years back with a beta.
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    And went to Potch dam for some stones
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    Added java moss and anacharis flora
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    Lightning I went with a study lamp from my daughter
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    And then everything together for now atleast, still planning to get some more stones and substrate, for now its good to get the plants growing till the next free weekend.
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    Nice one @Ernie. The only thing that puts me off a little, and hope you don't mind me giving my opinion, is the bright white substrate. To me it looks a little unnatural and it's gonna collect crud like Zuma collects wives. Id look for some nice neutral, fine substrate if this were mine. Maybe some nice dark sand from the dam where you found those cool stones?
     
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    Nicest nano in this comp so far, but have to agree with border on the white substrate, will be nice to see if that lamp will grow plants long term, been thinking along similar lines
     
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    Looking really nice. Love those rocks...really lucky to have access to something like that right in your local area.
     
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    @Mark K , seeing a lot of tasa members making excuses to attend next years Aardklop fees to visit ''Cough'' the local dam.
     
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    @Saturn, that lamp will definitely grow plants long term. I'm using a couple in quite a deep tank, and all (low light requirement plants) are thriving.
     
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    Im not sure what Aardklop is but I may have to make a turn there. :D
     
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    Yes definitely agree with you on the substrate, its all I had at the moment will check this coming weekend for more natural substrate. I am glad to hear about the lamp, I just took a shot in the dark, do you maybe know what range does it cover in the spectrum? Now we just need a place with great drift wood and Potch will be a tourist attraction.
     
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    The cool white CFL lamps are about 6500 kelvin, which covers the spectrum you need. Warm white are around 4000 kelvin and not so great.
     
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    On the laml. Get a high watt cool white globe
     
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    Very nice attempt, looking good.
     
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    Nice one Ernie :)
    You can get some pool filter sand which will look great. Perhaps post a wanted thread and ask one of the members if they have to spare, you won't need a lot for this tank.
     
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    How's the tank going @Ernie?
     
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    Hai hai, sorry been a while, tank is going on good, mos is growing very fast even though I just use tetra plantmin, the other is much slower but its better that way especially for the small tank, and somewhere along the way I got some snails in the tank, probably from the river sand or rocks I got, will post updated pics asap.
     
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    Some more stones
     
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    And sand from the dam, unsure how to use it, help would be appreciateduploadfromtaptalk1450808820544.jpg

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    With what you have at this late stage, I'd try to create something with rocks and sand and just use the plants as an accent. Maybe drain the tank and create a wide river with the white substrate, with the dark sand as a river bank rising from it. You could maybe make an island in the river with some small rocks, with a few tufts of plants growing out between them. Try not to make it too even, rather place stuff off center at intersection of thirds. Try to raise the scape at the back of the tank to give a sense of depth. Don't be to neat with the layout.. Make it look natural. Visualize a favorite river scene and just have fun with it. That should always be the way to set up a tank.. Play around an have fun. Also.. Google images is a great friend.
     
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    Should I boil this sand as well and rinse couple of times?
     
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    Just rinse it until the water runs more or less clean
     

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