Dry start: My first attempt on a 11gal nano

jonny_ftm

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I modified the layout mainly by changing the left rock to a shorter one with more surface relief:





Anubia roots are heading to the substrate. They don't dry in the moist air and I could remove cotton now:






Now, the P. Helferi is showing an interesting move to the emersed less sexy form:




The P. Helferi in middle of the tank are still showing a nice submerged form (look at the one in 2nd photo, on the right of the anubia). The front lateral plantlets are loosing submerged leaves and sending emersed ones. I don't get it why, but the light, more intense in the middle, can be an explanation

I'm also thinking at the fish. It will be around 10-15 Boraras maculatus red fish or the Danio erythromicron (blue fish, but likes harder water and very shy not shoaling), some critters or some Hara jerdoni

I need an advice on what I can put all behind/above the big mountain on the right: Anubia var nana (not petite), Winlow Java fern?
 

jonny_ftm

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Hi, sorry to insist:

Any help on what should I put on the right back corner, above the "mountain" on the right? Anubia var nana (not petite), Java fern, other... any advice?

many thanks for helping
 

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Hey here is this tnak again. It looks really cool. This makes me want to try some Pogostemon helferi again. I had some a while back, but I killed it off.

What about Echinodorus cuadricostatus there in the back?
 

jonny_ftm

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hydrophyte;41351 said:
What about Echinodorus cuadricostatus there in the back?

Not too much in my liking, sadely

Otherwise, I submerged it yesterday, CO2 injected via the UP atomizer system, the mist is incredible and all plants are covered with CO2 microbubbles. In few minutes, the mist looks effective.

CO2 injected shots:









After CO2 shutdown:




Water is crytal clear from startup. The organic layer formed during emerged phase helps avoiding the cloudy effect when filling the aquarium. Also, first fill was done with a perfusion like mod using air tubing.


I missed the layout of the right corner though. The java windlow fern looks like put there and the rocky aspect is completely lost with the Anubia nana petite. I'm a bit disappointed and will lokk at it later. I'll open a topic just on that right corner I don't like
 

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Fighting some BGA (cyano)

I made a big mistake. Was too lazy and short of time, so didn't remove any decaying organic matter that infiltred soil surface during the 4.5 months of emersed setup. BGA grew on the organic debris like mad in 24h

Now, I syphoned/aerated the soil, removed massively the debris and doing 80% WC 1d/2 + ferts/KNO3

Cut the light by 2, from 22W to 11W. Indeed, effective volume is only 7gals instead of the theorical 12 gals (5 gals lost in layout/soil).
 

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If it's not too late, perhaps try planting some plugs of HC into that rock over on the back right so it looks like the HC is sort of weeping out of it. From there if you can get your hands on it, some Rotala goias would look nice up above.

Failing that, try moving your anubias petite lower down on the rock; cover the base of it and have it become sparser as it moves up along the stone. From there you could put the HC in the back where it's easier to plant, and have it sort of spilling over the top almost to suggest a waterfall like motion. Utricularia gramnifolia would look great too, but I've heard it's a real pain to keep.

Your tank is doing very well. You've put time into it, and it's starting to show. A few months from now when things are grown in and adapted, I'm sure it'll be amazing.

-Philosophos
 

jonny_ftm

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Hi,

Your idea look great indeed. I didn't like HC at the beguinning as it needs maintenance and I like a low maintenance tank, that is very little trimming.

I'll try lowering the anubia and sparsing it + put the HC in place of the java fern as you suggested

Thank you again for the tips
 

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Tossed in about 125mg of Claritromycine (CM) instead of Erythromycine. That is about 2.5-3 mg/L. No blackout

Waiting for Tom to advice me the next CM doses, treatment duration and WC shedules during treatment
 

jonny_ftm

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In 3 weeks, the thing grew really a lot, only one 11W Arcpod for now, the 2nd is off since 3 weeks. P. Helferi is growing rather fast in a more beautiful submerged form (emersed form is so ugly and unstructered). The Anubia that suffered from submersion is doing fine. R. Wallichii needs a trim. No algae exept on the moss















Will wait for more growth before I modify some parts maybe
 

jonny_ftm

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Hi,

Here's how it looks, after 6 weeks of immersion. Clean, no algae, except self limited green hairs on mosses.
Only 0.9W/gal total volume (1.5W/gal real volume)

I put some glosso in front right side. Just will wait a while till it grows than remove the remaining P. Helferi in the middle and right to extend glosso there and let P. Helferi only on left

R. Wallichii was trimmed hardely today so it doesn't show well

http://www.izipik.com/

















 
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kevinicus

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great tank,
i would love to see a close up of the rock section of the tank and a closer image of the FTS :)

merry xmas
 

jonny_ftm

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Hi,

I'll post a close shot of the right rock section when back to home. Hopefully you asked now as I'm gonna redo it all :-(
Stones are calcareous and despite using RO and doing 50% WC 3x/week, I end up with GH 8 and KH 5

But, what do you mean by FTS?
 

jonny_ftm

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Hi,

I had to remove the rocks because they were very calcareous and the KH and GH were very unstable
Used petrified wood instead

Eleocharis was never trimmed, only delimited to not invade the front. Glosso is growing so slowly, but it roots and grows, very low light doesn't help, but CO2 does help. Hopefully I prove that we can carpet glosso with so low light.



















 
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jonny_ftm

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Here's how it grows, 0.9wpg light. Glosso adapted to extreme low light and now grows quickly and responds to trimming by launching many shoots. P. Helferi needs a little more time as I trimmed and replanted it in a more spaced pattern. It should cover the left side in few weeks.

Eleocharis was never trimmed or maintained at all yet.

The mosses were trimmed and need a new trimming soon.

Overall, this is a very low maintenance tank, except weekly WC for now, without syphonnig: 20mn only









 

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need names of the plants.

liked your setup.

can you please name the plants as numbered by me in the attached image?

plants copy..jpg
 

jonny_ftm

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1- Ceratophyllum Demersum, floating to reduce light on "2" and "4"
2- Windlow Fern
3- I'm not sure what you mean here: On the back, it's Eleocharis acicularis and Rotala Wallichii (the red parts). On the woods, weeping moss. On the stone in the left, some Christmas moss. I find the christmas moss much slower in growth but also worst in attaching to stone. Its old growth also decays faster, so I prefer the weeping in such a small setup
4- Anubia bareter var nana va petite
5- Pogostemon helferi
6- Glosso

There are also on the right front corner and behind the glosso under the root, some Parvula crypts. Also in there a fissidens moss attached on the lower wood part behind the glosso