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Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby jafar » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:08 pm

Hi,
I am from Guwahati, Assam.
Started my planted tank journey a year ago.
This is what i have learned and achieved in the last year.
Hope to hear from you all so that i can learn more and correct my mistakes or improve my techniques.

Size = 30" x 12" x 18"....my leg was broken at the time and the person i ordered the tank cheated me (i am dumb so everyone cheats me.....sujit da can confirm)
:(( ....actually had ordered for 36" x 24" x 18"...

Filter = ipf with diy surface skimmer

CO² = diy....there are phases due to my negligence where there is no co2 at all

Substrate = diy...garden soil and dried cow dung mix 1 n ½ inch deep, with construction sand topping 1 inch

Lighting = diy pll 36 watts x 2 (for the first 6 n ½ months used 2x 23 watts u-shaped cfl, then upgraded to pll)

Fertz = lab grade kno³, k²so⁴, ph²so⁴ for macro and rexoline cxk mixed in 1 litre bottle for micro

Flora = java moss (melted away this summer), java fern (propagated fast first then thread like algae started killing it), water wisteria (trimmed it very short), common val, anubias nana, echinodorus tenelus (carpet grass), cabomba, amazon sword, dwarf amazon sword.

Fauna = sarpae tetra x 7 , otto x 2, sae x 2, zebra danio x 2 (others died after breeding), trumpet snails (there were 8 tiger barbs...all died)

so here are the pics (sorry mobile photography) taken at various instances during my journey...
:ar!

The first setup
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A month later....added few more plants
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1 n ½ month after startup
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At 2 months
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At 2 and ½ months
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At 4 n ½ months, added a bog wood which i brought from bokkhali and some trimming:
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At 6 months and addition of diy surface skimmer:
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My semester exams started so tank was neglected for 2 months :((
After 9 months:
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At 10 months:
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At present after 11 months:
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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby rahul » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:17 pm

dont give up.this is how we learn.and at present its a very good good low tech. carry on......
And i like the progress.
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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby jafar » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:21 pm

Thank you
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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby jafar » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:31 pm

This is my diy hood

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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby Sourav Bhowmick » Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:13 pm

Oww! I like it! :)
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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby ambor2013@live.com » Wed Sep 23, 2015 1:23 pm

bro .. nice setup .. ur picture prove that,, there are lot of experimental stage & knowledge gathering part in ur tank ...so .in garden soil and dried cow dung mixture there are any specific ratio?
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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby pratiksawai47 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:47 pm

Nice progress bro
What is the thickness of the ply you used in diy hood?
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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby jafar » Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:20 pm

ambor2013@live.com wrote:bro .. nice setup .. ur picture prove that,, there are lot of experimental stage & knowledge gathering part in ur tank ...so .in garden soil and dried cow dung mixture there are any specific ratio?


3:1 ratio ie soil:dried cow dung
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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby jafar » Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:21 pm

pratiksawai47 wrote:Nice progress bro
What is the thickness of the ply you used in diy hood?


½ inch marine plywood
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Re: Planted aquarium... My journey so far...

Postby jafar » Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:25 pm

Thanq saurav bhaumik
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