First Aquascape!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Thomas Damerell, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. Thomas Damerell

    Thomas DamerellNew MemberMember

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    This is my first ever aquascape, what do you guys think and what should I stock it with?
     

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    That’s really nice! A solid black background would really make it pop.
    What size tank? What is your source water like? GH/KH and ph?
     
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    Really cool! A school of cardinal tetras would look great. With a couple other fish...
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, it’s a 20g tall, yeah I was thinking of adding a black background. Currently ph is about 7, with 210ppm GH.
     
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    Imo, a frosted background would totally suit the tank - and add a small LED RGB light bar behind that...


    I'd go with a single school of fish, like a group of ember tetras, spotted blue eyes, pencilfish, micro rasboras, cardinals, CDP ect.
     
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    Yeah I really like ember tetras and cardinals. How many of one species could I keep in the tank?
     
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    Definitely go with the embers. Their red colouring would stand out perfectly.

    I LOVE your scape, its great!
     
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    How many do you think I could have in the tank, I was thinking of getting some cherry shrimp as well
     
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    I think a nice school of 10 embers would be nice of you wanted to add shrimp too
     
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    15 ember tetras
    20 red cherry shrimp
    1 honey gourami

    The gourami might prey on some shrimplets.
     
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    really nice!

    Or just stock it guppies and let them breed. You will have a tank full of guppies in no time :D
     
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    What would be best to add first the shrimp or the tetras. Also do you think that galaxy Rasbora would go well with the embers?
     
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    That tank is going to fill in so beautifully! Nice work. :). KEep us posted with more pics?
     
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    Looks great! Moss on spider wood looks so nice.

    Since the scape looks new, watch your PH, hardness, and ammonia. Aquarium soil will drop the PH like a rock (regardless of what the KH starts at) within days and it leaches ammonia. This lasts about a month.
     
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    Hi guys just thought I would make an update and ask a couple questions.:)
    There has been plenty of new plant growth now 2 weeks in. However I have some sort of hair algae growing on t he java moss and a couple other plants along with some brown fluffy stuff that is coming of the wood and onto the plants could anyone help?
    I think I will be adding some fish next weekend, hopefully either ember tetras or chilli Rasboras!
     

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    The long stringy green algae is caused by an imbalance of something, either too much or not enough light or ferts or co2, tweaking with whichever of those relates to your tank should sort that out, some flourish excel may help also but check that it won’t have a negative impact on your plants.

    Brown fluffy stuff? Not dusty looking?Because dusty would be diatoms, fluffy might just be as the wood gets waterlogged, the water forces anything that’s in the wood, out, my DW had white fluffy stuff that a few shrimp and snails cleaned up but I soaked mine for a few weeks before setting up the tank so most of it was gone before plants got anywhere near it.
     
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    So the plants are slowly growing in and looking good, had to remove the moss as It became overrun with diatom hair algae, however I am starting to like it more. I also finally got it stocked with 15 ember tetras, 10 yellow cherry shrimp and 5 otocinclus.
    To combat the diatoms I have turned the light down to 6hours per day and stopped dosing flourish, but no change has happened yet, any other suggestions many thanks Tom
     

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    You'll want to continue dosing a good comprehensive fertilizer that contains macros and trace elements (such as NilocG Thrive), especially if you decide to run CO2. The diatoms are self-limiting and leech excess silicates from the water, they usually disappear on their own in a few weeks.
     
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