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Old 30-07-2014, 07:09 AM   #1
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I made a post asking for help a few weeks back and updated it realizing it should be here instead so let me restart

Have been out of the Hobby for about 4 years due to NS, school and PT work but the love for a Planted aquaria never faded.

Really lost touch with the Equipment and Plant types so this is a very Amateurish effort. Haha. Nevertheless I hope everyone enjoys

It all started with my Naive thinking that I could just settle for a simple, low-tech setup.



Didn't wanna have a substrate, didn't wanna have a fert system/CO2 or any creeping plants.
It was a little pathetic and so after one night, I added more rocks and re-shaped the substrate





Nonetheless the Internal Filter as well as the Overhead tricker filter just didn't suit this layout. I was left frustrated and puzzled with whats going wrong.

I begun researching online again? Checking for equipments, inspirations and direction & reshaped my entire tank

Started with Looking for Rocks


Washing them


And setting it all up again

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Old 30-07-2014, 07:19 AM   #2
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Still I had to admit I was left fuming with the result and just unsatisfied. The tank size limited what I wanted to make. And the mosses on Lava Rocks didnt suit as well as I had imagined it to be



However on looking on my investments on this project, I told myself I couldn't give up now & I definitely dont wanna settle for less.

You always need your Ferts, what better way than having them neatly packed





Then I chose Solenoid CO2 in order to facilitate days which I wouldnt be home.



Pumped in a little more money for an Aluminium Case so I could have a more slick finish to the setup



Beamswork LED lighting for the poor Student



Sicce Cannister over EHIEM due to the promise and 5 year warranty (price too)



The good ol' faith ADA Amazonia which Hobbyists swear by

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Old 30-07-2014, 07:25 AM   #3
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The most neglected aspect of Fish keeping - Test Kits !



And a separate Surface skimmer for better Water Flow




When you go ADA, you TRY to make it full ADA, at least for the substrate for the poor man. Haha



Being frustrated with the way the project went, 1 week was enough before I made my way to order a new tank



Did up the Oyama & a customised styrofoam base





Tore down existing setup



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Old 30-07-2014, 07:32 AM   #4
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Only to realize the Tank has



A CRACK !




Words can't represent the emotions within me. Thankfully the tankmaker agreed to change the glass at a discounted fee thou I am very sure I didn't knock it but nonetheless my fault for not checking.

After 4 days? The tank is back



As well as dream-equipment pieces since young. Still the lower end of their goods but makes me a happy man

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Old 30-07-2014, 07:34 AM   #5
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I played around with the substrate & layout of the Rocks







Before finally ! (After 6 hours) decided on this!





The planting begins & then finally Water Flooding !!





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This is after 1 day and a little more planting





Tank is a 50cm Cube Tank

Plants are: Weeping Moss, Monte Carlo and UG

No existing Fauna and am currently looking adding another lighting set as the tank is a little deep. Welcome for suggestions !

Hope you all enjoy and guide me as I try my utmost best to Upkeep the tank's progress Cheers !
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The set up like 5 finger mountain! nice!
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The set up like 5 finger mountain! nice!
Haha, thanks bro, it does give that sort of a impression. Pity my pictures doesn't allow to show the real contouring of the rocks.

Hope the moss flourish !
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I believe in no time u will be trimming your plants. go find 1 mini monkey god and place it in there.
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nicely done! and welcome back to the hobby!!!
from day 1, I find that the square rock in the middle does not match the setup... is it of different kind? how about removing it?
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