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PostSubject: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Fri May 16, 2008 12:23 pm

Rise beyond the limits


This is my first planted aquarium with Elos products. How did I start? Simple: with 2 bags of 5L each of ELOS Terra sand (small grain), some schist rocks and a few plants. The first step when we setting up an aquarium is choosing the kind of layout. It is not easy because you have different types of planted tanks like: Nature, Iwagumi, Dutch, Biotope... etc. For this aquarium, I decided to create a mixture of Nature and Iwagumi. I used rocks for decoration and two kinds of plants: Glossostigma elatinoides for the bottom and to compose the spaces between the rocks, I used Blyxa japónica. The secret when you setup the aquarium is to distribute the rocks as good as possible, giving the aquarium the depth and contrast. The rock work needs to be in harmony so it can feel natural. If you fail to provide a good positioning on some rocks, you can hide it later when the flora takes place. When you setup the aquarium, it is better to provide all the necessary arrangements and adjustments so you don´t have to change them later! Be patient and work the rocks for a while until you find the best position. After that, you may start planting.




The result after setup! Sorry but I don't have pictures of Step by Step of this aquarium.

Aquarium Setup
Name: Rise beyond the limits
Setup Date: 30.09.2005
Size: 56*35*30 (57L)
Heater: 50w
Temperature: 26?
Filtration: Aquaclear 18-76L/h
Substrate: Elos Terra 10L Small grain
Light: Home made T8 2 x 15w (6500k e 10000k) + 2 x 18w PC 6500k
Co2: Home made Bottle 1L with Eheim reactor (later replaced by ATO-10)
Fish: Poecilia reticulata and Otocinclus affinis
Invertebrate: neocaridina denticulata sinensis
Plants: Glossostigma elatinoides and Blyxa japónica
Hardscape: schist rocks

After 1 Week:



In this picture, I tried to simulate a sunrise. I have used a yellow coloured lamp on the top of the aquarium, reflected on the wall. It give us a nice effect, like a nature Postcard.


After 2 Weeks:



During this 2 weeks, I didn't fertilise the aquarium. I only did once a week water change of 20%. It was enough for replacing all the nutrients of the water and remove the excess. It is visible the quick growth of Glossostigma elatinoides. See how easy she spreads, filling the bottom of the aquarium.

After 3 Weeks:



After 1 Month:



The maintenance was the same, once a week water change of 20%. Take a look at Glossostigma elatinoides. In one month, she covered the entire bottom.

After 5 Weeks:



I think that yellow background can be fun for a while, but it is not that much natural. So, I replaced the yellow coloured lamp for a white and the result is more interesting. It gives a more depth and natural look to the aquarium.

After 6 Weeks:



Final pictures (After 7 weeks)




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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Fri May 16, 2008 6:55 pm

oooohhhh beautiful !!!
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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Sat May 17, 2008 4:03 pm

Wonderful... amazing... yes ok... I don't like it... where are the clownfishes??? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Tue May 20, 2008 11:59 am

Hi,

Thanks for the comments and compliments! pirat
I know that both of you are ELOS Reef addicted and they're always looking for corals and clownfish Laughing but there are another world called Aquascaping. Plants... plants and more plants!!!! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Tue May 20, 2008 1:30 pm

plants... what is "plants" ???? Do you mean algae???

lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Tue May 20, 2008 1:46 pm

You can do a nice scape with algae to!!!! lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Thu May 22, 2008 10:11 pm

looks good:)
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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:51 pm

FAAO wrote:
...... but there are another world called Aquascaping. Plants... plants and more plants!!!! cheers

I am learning to apreciate this more and am considering getting a smaller Elos for it such as a system70 What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:52 pm

boozeman wrote:
FAAO wrote:
...... but there are another world called Aquascaping. Plants... plants and more plants!!!! cheers

I am learning to apreciate this more and am considering getting a smaller Elos for it such as a system70 What a Face

ehehhe Great!!!
If you need further information or help on this, you can count with me Wink

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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:24 am

I have gone through your blog and have spent considerable time learning all I can (there is almost as much to learn about planted tanks as there is about reefing)... and at the risk of angering the reefing gods, I spoke to Jesse about a freshwater system70 in color cyan Rolling Eyes

I have a question, do you use the under gravel heating cable system...is it necessary?
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PostSubject: Re: 60L Aqua Journal - Rise beyond the limits ' 2006   Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:03 am

I think that a reef is more complex than a planted tank.
The major problem is always the hardscape, plant choice and give the depth enough to scale it in proportion. That is the big difference between a planted tank and a tank with plants.

About heating cable, in this setup I didn't use it, its too small to use the cord!! In my old layouts (240L+) I did use it and with excellent results. It promotes the plant growing and don't let the gravel cold. In my opinion it will be more useful on systems 120 or bigger. The cord is so long, that on system 70 you will have some space problem to install it Very Happy

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