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Old 04-05-2012, 11:10 AM   #21
 
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An updated plan, a bit less busy. I need to remember that it's only 18.5" wide which dosen't leave all that much room front to back.

Do you already have the driftwood?

More Java Moss :)
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:16 AM   #22
 
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Yes, I have 6 or 7 pieces in a box waiting in various sizes. I'll try and fit as much as I can in.

With the Java Moss ... we'll see. I have to order it online, no one anywhere around here sells it. I don't like the idea of ordering it online because most who sell it just cut pieces out of their home tanks that are full of fish and it makes me leery of disease.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:19 AM   #23
 
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Yes, I have 6 or 7 pieces in a box waiting in various sizes. I'll try and fit as much as I can in.

With the Java Moss ... we'll see. I have to order it online, no one anywhere around here sells it. I don't like the idea of ordering it online because most who sell it just cut pieces out of their home tanks that are full of fish and it makes me leery of disease.
That is true, well if you initially get a good bundle...get a good amount.

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Old 04-05-2012, 12:18 PM   #24
 
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There are two main styles of planted aquariums (basically) the DUtch style and the Natural (iwagumi) style. Most people tend to gravitate towards one of these two styles. Dutch is the traditional style with rows of well trimmed thick colorful plants. This is a dutch tank.

Here is a dutch tank:



The natural style (iwagumi) has become popular, especially in japan, in the last 10-15 years. It focuses on integrating plants and hardscape to create a snapshot of a natural environment in your tank.

Here is a Natural style tank:

I missed this earlier, sorry. I would expand this definition. The two types of planted aquarium illustrated here are both high-tech styles. Planted aquaria can be some other types. I go for natural planted tanks [this is not the same as Amano's "Nature" tanks which are not replicas of nature nor are they natural] which are low-tech. And there are many variable between these two methods.

Below is one of my natural tanks. These rely on nature mainly; I provide light, and with my very soft water I need to add some nutrients, but not CO2 which is completely natural.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:20 PM   #25
 
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I missed this earlier, sorry. I would expand this definition. The two types of planted aquarium illustrated here are both high-tech styles. Planted aquaria can be some other types. I go for natural planted tanks [this is not the same as Amano's "Nature" tanks which are not replicas of nature nor are they natural] which are low-tech. And there are many variable between these two methods.

Below is one of my natural tanks. These rely on nature mainly; I provide light, and with my very soft water I need to add some nutrients, but not CO2 which is completely natural.
Byron,

My biggest question with this is the water current. Do you use anything to get the water moving?

With the plants I am sure the water has enough O2.

I want to try a set up like this eventually.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #26
 
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For the GH ... I've thought about using Equilibrium but I've been hesitant to do so. My 20 and 10 gallon have been doing okay so far. I would just be concerned about the dosing of it. Would the swings in GH during water changes be a problem for the fish? I plan on using an Aqueon water changer (similar to a Python) to just add water directly to the tank. So the GH will fall, then rise in the span of ~30 minutes.
I do not have any issues here. My tap water GH is near-zero (around 12 ppm or less than 1 dGH) and I now keep the tanks at 5-6 dGH with Equilibrium. I change half the tank volume every week in all tanks. I add Equilibrium after the tank is filled, up to an hour later depending how I'm doing the changes (I have 7 tanks). I don't know how long it takes Equilibrium to completely raise the GH.

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I'm also concerned with the water conditioner, how much to add when doing this. Hate the idea of chlorine being in there even if only for a few minutes.
In my small 10g tank, I use a bucket so obviously add the conditioner to the bucket before the water goes into the tank. I do this because the Python fills the tank too fast and it will easily overflow. On my other tanks, I use the Python and I start the water fill at the faucet in the utility room, walk back to the fish room, squirt in conditioner. It might be 30 seconds. And my tap water is heavily chlorinated.

As for amount of conditioner, I know many say with this method (in the tank) you need to dose for the volume of the tank, rather than the volume being added. I don't and never have done this. Though I admit that by squirting it in I may be adding far more than the amount for the added water. But over the past few months I was using a different conditioner as an experiment and I had to measure it in teaspoons (no squirter jar) and I never added more than for the replacement water. Fish seemed to love it, either way, I've had them swim into the stream and a couple times into the Python.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:47 PM   #27
 
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I do all water changes with a bucket since I don't have any very large tanks. I dose each bucket full. For example, dose for 3 gallons for each 3 gallon bucket of water.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:53 PM   #28
 
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We should explore this, as all the green-leaf swords will do fine in moderate light. But they are heavy feeders, so nutrients may be the issue. If you do want to continue this discussion, give me the water params (GH and pH), light, tank size (length and volume), and nutrient fertilization. Substrate doesn't matter but if it is an enriched one mention it as this is a nutrient source. Also your water change schedule, and if you vacuum the substrate in any way.

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Hey sorry for the delay as I just saw this post. My PH = 7.4, GH = 9. These numbers are from back in December as I don't check the them anymore (I still check for ammonia and nitrites and nitrates. NH3= 0, NO2 = 0,NO3 = 5 were the last numbers I had on those). Lights are Two 48" T8 GE Daylight bulbs @ 6500K. They are on for 8hrs a day. I dose Flourish Comprehensive 1x a week ( also to be completely honest I would forget sometimes) and have FLourish root tablets as well. Will say this as well I do have black sand over a soil for a substrate. Water changes are once a week @ 50%. I do hover over the substrate in the open areas. I don't ever touch the substrate with the siphon cup though. I also have lots of plant cover from my Vals and Pennywort that I have floating so my tank isn't very bright.

Oh the tank is a 55 gallon. 48x12x21

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Old 04-06-2012, 09:34 AM   #29
 
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Byron,

My biggest question with this is the water current. Do you use anything to get the water moving?

With the plants I am sure the water has enough O2.

I want to try a set up like this eventually.
All my tanks have filters. The smaller (10g, 20g, 29g and 33g) have a sponge filter, the larger (like the 70g in the photo) have a canister.

I did an experiment with my 10g a year back, had it sitting in front of a west-facing window, no filter, no light. It was fine for several months, but the lack of an overhead light made is difficult to enjoy the fish and setup, and I felt the water was not crystal clear, so I added a single sponge filter and a light when I moved it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:42 AM   #30
 
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Hey sorry for the delay as I just saw this post. My PH = 7.4, GH = 9. These numbers are from back in December as I don't check the them anymore (I still check for ammonia and nitrites and nitrates. NH3= 0, NO2 = 0,NO3 = 5 were the last numbers I had on those). Lights are Two 48" T8 GE Daylight bulbs @ 6500K. They are on for 8hrs a day. I dose Flourish Comprehensive 1x a week ( also to be completely honest I would forget sometimes) and have FLourish root tablets as well. Will say this as well I do have black sand over a soil for a substrate. Water changes are once a week @ 50%. I do hover over the substrate in the open areas. I don't ever touch the substrate with the siphon cup though. I also have lots of plant cover from my Vals and Pennywort that I have floating so my tank isn't very bright.

Oh the tank is a 55 gallon. 48x12x21
I see nothing here that would cause problems for pygmy chain sword. What other plants are in the tank? I don't know a lot about allelopathy, but I am just wondering. And I assume the other species are all fine?

Can you post a photo of one of these plants? What exactly are the symptoms? Have you tried Flourish twice weekly? I'm thinking the nutrients may be a bit weak for the light; the fish load and feeding can impact here.
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