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post #21 of 308 Old 01-07-2013, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Here's another idea someone suggested to me. A puffer fish biotope. They come from th river panba India, BUT I cant find anything on the indigenous plants there:-/
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post #22 of 308 Old 01-07-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so i managed to find a good list that matches others of plants that are found in the DP'S natural habitat/region.
these are;

Scientific Name Common Name Light Requirement Difficulty
Aponogeton crispus Crinkled or Ruffled Aponogeton 3.0 wpg Easy/Medium
Aponogeton ulvaceus Compact Aponogeton 2.0 - 3.0 wpg Medium/Challenging
Aponogeton undulatus 2.0 - 3.0 wpg Easy/Moderate
Cryptocoryne beckettii Beckett's Cryptocoryne 2.0 - 3.0 wpg Easy/Medium
Cryptocoryne walkeri var. lutea 1.0+ wpg Easy
Cryptocoryne parva Tiny Cryptocoryne 4.0 wpg Challenging
Cryptocoryne undulata Undulate Cryptocoryne 3.0+ wpg Medium/Challenging
Cryptocoryne wendtii Crypt Wendtii 2.0 - 3.0 wpg Easy/Medium
Cryptocoryne willisii 3.0 wpg Easy/Medium
Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides 3.0+ wpg Easy/Medium
Hygrophila corymbosa Giant Hygrophila 2.0 - 3.0 wpg Easy
Hygrophila difformis Water Wysteria 3.0+ wpg Medium
Hygrophila polysperma Dwarf Hygrophila 3.0 wpg Easy
Limnophila aquatica Giant Ambulia 3.0+ wpg Medium/Challenging
Limnophila sessiliflora Dwarf Ambulia 3.0+ wpg Easy
Microsorium pteropus Java Fern 1.0+ wpg Easy
Nymphaea lotus Tiger Lotus 3.0 wpg Medium/Challenging
Nymphaea stellata Red and Blue Water Lily 3.0+ wpg Medium
Rotala indica 3.0 wpg Medium
Rotala macrandra Giant Red Rotala 3.0+ wpg Challenging/Difficult
Rotala rotundifolia Dwarf rotala 3.0 wpg Medium
Salvinia natans Salvinia 3.0 wpg Medium
Vallisneria tortifolia Twisted Vallisneria/Dwarf Vallisneria 3.0 wpg Easy
Vesicularia dubyana Java Moss 1.0+ wpg Easy

This list actually gives me quite a few option that iv looked at and thought 'definitly!' so i think this, along with the opportunity to recreate somewhat their natural habitat would be great.

If anyone has any photos of DPs in their natural habitat, or anything else to chime in, feel free to post!

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post #23 of 308 Old 01-08-2013, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so picked up the sand today and have finally finished cleaning it after about 300 fill and rinses - HOW BORING is cleaning sand btw!?!? haha

Its obviously going to be a planted tank, how deep should the sand be? I've filled it with what i've cleaned and its approx 1.2 inches. More? Less? Or im hoping just right!!!
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post #24 of 308 Old 01-08-2013, 01:34 PM
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I'd go a little bit deeper just to make room for roots. My tank is around 2/3 inches, and I still have a bit of trouble with large root systems :p

Also just checked out that plant list. What about tossing in some Aponogeton bulbs? I can pick them up all day long at Walmart, you might have them cheap somewhere too :)
They grow super fast and provide good coverage on top.
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post #25 of 308 Old 01-08-2013, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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hmmm so deep? I read once you went past 2 inches you start having to worry about the build up of anaerobic bacteria? This shouldnt be a tank where its too easy to stir up large parts of it as i aim to plant and fill it as much as i can - and keep my puffers interested!
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post #26 of 308 Old 01-08-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, sands in, NO cloudiness at all
There's the new water mini bubbles on the walls but water is clear well worth all the washing!
And it looks AWESOME!
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post #27 of 308 Old 01-08-2013, 04:23 PM
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What kind of sand did you put in your tank. It looks way bright white.

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post #28 of 308 Old 01-08-2013, 04:24 PM
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Yeah, I read that too, which is kind of a bummer. I wouldn't do the whole tank super deep, just where you want big plants :p Sand roots really well, but in my shallower areas it's hard to get the roots in. That came out all jumbled...:p

Oooh, what type of sand is that? It looks like two different kinds?
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post #29 of 308 Old 01-08-2013, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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No it's just plain old play sand, which my lfs sold me pretty cheap, even compared to big diy stores. They stock it ss they know people like a cheaper option to aquarium sand- as its basically the same. Lol. I agree it's pretty light coloured, but most were I looked at. Maybe the UK has better standards than you lot haha
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post #30 of 308 Old 01-08-2013, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, i have a fluval U2 internal filter for this tank, looking for the best positioning for the tank/puffers. I had it back left corner facing along the back wall to the back right corner - should i leave this or have it stuck at the back left corner facing front left corner as you look at the tank etc? Probably makes no diff, assumed flow etc would be better down the back wall, but perhaps its better at a closer wall to break it up faster...oh i dont know.......
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