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Bluedave's Tanks
July 3, 2008
10:38 pm
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Right, because Richy is going on and on and on at me, I'm posting some pics of me tanks to shut him up - Enjoy peeps.

Trigon 190 with nice new MV light fitting:

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Pudsey the Crayfish (Juwel Rekord 60:

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Little 12 litre Jobby:

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Will that keep you quiet for a bit Richy??

July 3, 2008
10:50 pm
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Malti nagged me so I nagged you lol
All your plants look so crisp, green and healthy but it's down to the co2, low fish stock and damn hard dedication to it. You shouldn't hide it, be proud /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
Remember what i said about the new light and times etc. I know the wattage hasn't crept up massivly but just be careful /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />
Looking great as always and so is the lobby /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

July 3, 2008
10:56 pm
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Man they look really, really smart /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> Are they both set up with co2?

July 3, 2008
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Cheers Richy, just for you a nice shrimp pic:

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July 3, 2008
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Hi Dunc,

Yes mate, both got CO2, the trigon has a pressurised sytem (sera) with pH controller.

The 12 litre jobby has a dennerle Bioline fermenting bottle on it (which reminds me - about time i changed it!).

The lobster tank used to have plants but he ate them - got some great pics of him with some java moss in his gob!

July 3, 2008
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its a legacy....nag the n00b /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

great plants mate...do you use fert?

July 3, 2008
11:08 pm
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yes mate - I use the dennerle ferts, a liquid once a day, a liquid once a week, iron tabs once a month and something else once a month (don't remember whats in that one!!!). It the Dennerle A1, S7,E15 and V30 stuff.

Ferts is something i'm looking into at the mo' though as i've been reading a lot about EI and other fert methods in various places.

July 3, 2008
11:13 pm
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mine will starting getting ferts once a week...forgot its name, although its nowhere near yours...i actually planted it couple of days ago, changed from plastic to live

July 3, 2008
11:15 pm
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PICS?!

How many plants you got in there mate? If theres loads and high light, once a week might not be enough.

July 3, 2008
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i use API leafzone liquid and root tabs but in all honesty my tank way too heavily fish stocked to have perfect plants.
More plants, less fish is the best way /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> My plants are just for cover, hiding places /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

July 3, 2008
11:24 pm
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QUOTE (Richy @ Jul 4 2008, 12:00 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
More plants, less fish is the best way

Thats my philosphy.

Got a problem with me clown loaches at the min, uprooting everything especially the glosso that I planted when the new light fitting arrived. Seriously considering getting rid of them - only problem is i've had 'em since babies and they lived through a fish tank catastrophe - i love 'em too much!

July 3, 2008
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on the instructions it says once a week...btw my tank's a fish tank not a plant tank /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> so although i care for the plants i focus on the fish more.

do u think fert / co2 etc effect fish?

ps i'm for more fish...hiding places plants /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

July 3, 2008
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ferts don't affect fish.

Co2 will though, overdose that and you wipe your tank out!!!

July 3, 2008
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/ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" /> thats not good

July 4, 2008
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Really superb-looking set-ups Dave, especially the "main" tank. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> Have you found the new light fitting has made a difference? What are the water parameters in that set-up? Good to have another plant enthusiast on here I must say! /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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July 4, 2008
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superb looking tanks mate.

mick

July 4, 2008
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Cheers Matt and Mick,

Matt, only just fitted the new light last saturday so too early too tell if theres a massive difference but the plants are growing well. I only changed from T5's to MV because the Ech. tennellus was struggling (well and I wanted to experiment with MV as the Dutch and Germans use them all the time, but nobody over here seems to).

Water parameters are -

NH4 - 0
NO2 - 0
NO3 - approximately 20 this week but generally 10 ish (left the water change a couple of weeks longer than usual as i couldn't be arsed while waiting for the new light fitting!),
GH - 5
KH - 5
pH 6.7
Temp - 28 oC

July 4, 2008
8:09 pm
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Great looking tanks /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

QUOTE (Bluedave @ Jul 4 2008, 12:07 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Got a problem with me clown loaches at the min, uprooting everything especially the glosso that I planted when the new light fitting arrived. Seriously considering getting rid of them - only problem is i've had 'em since babies and they lived through a fish tank catastrophe - i love 'em too much!


In my experience clowns and plants don't mix well. I'm left with just java fern in their tank, although I will admit to having done little for the plants other than adding some fertiliser. The clowns prefer low lighting and my kh is too low for me to want to risk CO2.

Mind you, given that they'll outgrow your 190L it's not that difficult a decision for you.

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July 4, 2008
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I've had the clowns in planted tanks for ages - they are now upto about 4 inches though and starting to be a pain! Only with smaller foreground plants though, larger plants aint a prob.

I'd agree that Clowns prefer low lighting - lots of plants and some bogwood bridges give them the low ligh they need even in a high light system.

Whats your KH? Could you not raise it slightly if it's that low, i've injected pH with KH of 3 before in tanks - have a pH controller though to ensure no crashes.

July 4, 2008
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Wow! Your tanks look amazing! So healthy and green, but that crayfish looks like a vicious b*gg*r /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

The 12 litre looks so much bigger than it is.

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