Best of Both Worlds

Poseidon

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I have started my first aquascaping around two years ago. It was initially fun. but due to inexperience that I did not plan a proper layout, it turns out that trimming the plants was increasing difficult when it is fully grown. Problems start to arise, when I have BBA, which infected the whole tank from rocks to wood and to the plants. Hence I start tearing down the tank around half year ago, and stopped aquascaping totally.

Around 2 months ago plus, I was thinking to sell away my tank to recoup my losses. But after reconsideration, I decided to come back to this hobby again.

After watching some youtube videos and researching on the forums, I have planned the type of plants, the layout and the type of fishes I'm gonna keep.

I reused my ADA 60p tank and started scaping. After having success to setup the first tank, I decided to set up a second tank. Hence the title best of both worlds.

First tank would be simple, it will be iwugami style and the second tank would be slightly more "complex" due to more plants.

Tank 1

Objective is to allow easy cleaning. The number of plants excluding floaters will be kept to three. Fish species will be kept to three as well excluding the cleaners like oto catfish and amano shrimps.

Created a high slope at the back, hidden underneath the soil is some egg crate that will support the rocks later. The substrate I used is ANS planta soil. In certain way I like this soil as it retains it's shape over a long period of time.

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Rocks are added together some the planting of monte carlos and Eleocharis acicularis 'Mini', both are from Tropica. The tank was misted to allow easy planting of the plants. Rocks are setup in a way that cleaning the sides of the tank will be easy, there will be no obstruction if I were to stick a ADA pro razor to clean the sides of the tank.

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Flooding begins. A small filter was used instead for now, juz to circulate the water around.

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Around a couple of days later, I added the Eheim 2215.

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Poseidon

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Start to add 3 amano shrimp on the 5th day, as there's no algae in the tank yet, so I feed it with some algae wafers.

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Started to add fishes when the water is stable. Chose the Harlequin Roaboras for it's schooling abilities and Cardinal Tetras for it's ability for create that special sparkle in any tank. A honey dwarf gourami was chosen to be like the centre piece fish for the tank.

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After the third week, the Eleocharis sp was planted, and 3 oto catfish was also added.

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Poseidon

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Lesson learnt from this tank

1) Do not introduce shrimps too early in the tank, as it will uproot some plants when they are still trying to get rooted.
2) Should have use egg crates to create more height
3) Too early to intro a holland ram which continuously help me to uproot my plant
4) Should have fill the top with a finer substrate.

Hope I don’t repeat the same mistake in the next tank.
 

Poseidon

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Fixed some problems over the weekend. Change to an eheim flow pipe, as my pump is too strong, even with a lily pipe, substrate get “blown” all over the place.

Cuba is slowly carpeting and Rotala is growing well so far.

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