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New planted tank

Discussion in 'Planted & Display Tanks' started by lyles, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. lyles

    lyles Well-Known Member

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    Ordered a new display tank.
    Can only squeeze a 220 litre tank in. Wanting to put plants in there and maybe a few rocks aswell.
    Also some wood. Will be housing 6 adults with regular water changes. Any advice would be appreciated.
    I'll be using hidden sponge filters.
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    Sand substrate with plant fertilser tabs , only certain species of plants will thrive in "Discus water " , echinoderous , cryptocorynes , anubias , java fern and java moss. The latter three can be attached to the bogwood as they take in nutrients from the water as opposed substrate. If you want exceptional healthy plant growth it is advisable to dose with CO2 gas , if you dont over time you might find the plants struggle. I always use swimming pool filter sand as it is heavier than play sand types and therefore easier when siphoning out food and crap. A good clean up crew of corys help keep the substrate clean and a few otto's are useful as algae eaters on the plants.
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    lyles Well-Known Member

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    Just had a thought Steve,are there any decent fake plants about as all the ones I've seen look terrible.
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    Also,what are Otto's?
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    otoclinus affinis great little fish ive abbout 20 in my tank they constantly graze on algae. i have sand substrate and loads of anubias and java fern glued onto my bogwood and a few tiger lotus lillys in the sand .
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    Might also consider some shrimp?
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    +1 for ottos amazing little fish, I feel a must in a planted tank
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    What type of shrimp?
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    Amano shrimp seem to be highly recommenced at eating algae
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    I may be using artificial, shrimps still OK?
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    Have a look on the Tropica website for comparisons with using shrimp to fight algae
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    Amanos are good fun, mine are very brave. The Large size shrimp from Sharnbrook Shrimp are currently on offer too
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    How do they do in discus temperature?
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    Mine do just fine
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    There any need to feed them or do they just scavenge?
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    Also I have sand and not gravel.
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    Mine are on sand, the black bits in my tank are aquatic soil. I've never fed mine any specific shrimp food, after the beefheart goes in they are pretty quick to find any left over bits.

    Because they are clear you can see the black poo line, if the line is always solid and dark you know they are eating well.

    Be careful with any meds containing copper, the shrimp will drop like flies. I lost a load of shrimp when I bought cheap plants too. The 4 for a tenner plants are often treated with pesticide before they reach the shop and its killed half a dozen Amano's. If you are buying real plants stick to decent suppliers, AquaEssentials is a very good plant place.
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    Thanks for the advice,I'll keep you posted.
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    Two Ruby snakeskin and a blue scorpion added last night.
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